Useful drawing

By Phil Plait | September 28, 2008 10:29 am

Edited to add: The artist who drew this, Plognark, left a comment below, which totally rawks. If you like this cartoon — and you should — then read his stuff, and buy the t shirt.

The stupid, it burnsYou know, I try to be polite here. Sure, I’ll call ’em like I see ’em, but I try to avoid the ad hominems and such.

But still, I’m thinking a drawing like this will come in handy sometimes. No matter how patient you are, there comes a time when you need to get something like this off your chest.

Hat tip to a random thread on Fark, from which many such ideas flow.

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Comments (38)

  1. We also know that no matter what someone else will try and come to the rescue with petrol (gasoline).

  2. Michelle

    Art: the one answer to everything.

  3. Right arm! Well put!
    That graphic -WILL- come in handy again, like the “Doomed” cat & mouse graphic has.
    Rich in Charlottesville

  4. “Art: the one answer to everything.”

    Not if it is subsidised by my tax dollars dammit!* Oh, hang on that was manned space travel. Nothing to see here. Carry on.

    *I actually agree with Michelle.

  5. madge

    Any chance of a Sunday web chat any time soon? PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ!
    :)

  6. I think there’s a typo there. It surely means Teh Stupid, It Burns — or am I mistaken?

    ^_^J.

  7. Ian

    That’s great. A few weeks ago I made a cartoon depicting the employees of one of our recent clients running out of their office to greet the stupid truck. I will have to post a link if I can find it.

  8. IVAN3MAN

    As Dr. Phil Plait often brings up the subject of pareidolia on this blog, I thought this cartoon would be appropriate:

    Grilled Cheese Jesus Image

  9. Gryfin210

    My Great Grandfather had a saying:
    “If stupidity hurt, you’d be screaming”.

    Also, I need clarification. Is the person depicted here a stupid person whose stupidity has reached critical mass, or is it an otherwise intelligent person who has suffered a lethal exposure to someone else’s awe inspiring level of stupidity?

  10. IVAN3MAN

    The cartoon that I had attempted to post above has failed to appear, due to it exceeding the 500 pixel width limit; however, the link to it works and by clicking on the cartoon image there will enlarge it.

  11. So you’re saying stupidity may be an exploitable source of energy?

  12. Gary Ansorge

    IVAN3MAN: That was hilarious,,,

    Just to be a party pooper however, I’d like to note that increased intellectual activity is associated with increased brain metabolism and thus more heat , so shouldn’t it be more along the lines of,
    ” ARG! The cold. It burns,,,,” or possibly,
    ” Minus 459.67 degrees F? Hey, that’s my temp.,,,”
    Another insult could be “If your brain was working at all, you’d still be nearly absolute zero,,,”

    GAry 7

  13. Ad Hominid

    Harold:
    “So you’re saying stupidity may be an exploitable source of energy?”

    Well, it’s certainly an exploitable source of power, at least in the political realm.

  14. dan2

    Phil,

    You must have forgot to make a post about the launch today but Falcon 1 successfully made earth orbit 45 minutes ago.

  15. Chew

    Ad: not just exploitable, but renewable.

    That is about the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I literally soiled myself I laughed so hard.

  16. Buzz Parsec

    Michelle, I think you got the quote wrong. Isn’t it supposed to be “Beer: Both the cause of and the solution to all of life’s problems!”

  17. Nasikabatrachus

    In other news, SpaceX got a rocket into orbit just a couple hours ago!

    Here’s the video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To-XOPgaGsQ

  18. themadlolscientist

    Ad Hominid wins this thread!

    @ gyokusai: shud bees “teh st00pid,” akshuly……

  19. ChazInMT

    OK, So, maybe my head should be on fire…I Dunno, but could someone explain the context here?? Gryfin120 posed the same Duh..Huh? remark and no one has yet chimed in to flesh out how “The Stupid, It Burns” makes any rational sense. Thank’s alot….your all grate!

  20. ctcoker

    I just want to clear up one common misconception, and that is that ad hominems and insults are the same. They aren’t. An insult: “You’re a (insert derogatory thing here).” An ad hominem: “You’re a (insert derogatory thing here), so therefore you’re wrong.” An ad hominem is a negation of the argument because of some characteristic of the speaker, and is thus a form of fallacious reasoning. An insult does not attempt any reasoning whatsoever.

  21. I think we strive to be polite a little too much. Not all ideas are valid and not all view points need to be respected. Those ideals are predicated on the assumption that everyone involved in discourse is rational and actively working towards an understanding greater than they presently possess. When someone steps outside of that, it should be culturally acceptable to treat them like the dumbass that they are.

  22. Wow, this thing has really made the rounds since I drew it… cool to see it on one of my favorite sites though! Thanks Phil!

  23. “Also, I need clarification. Is the person depicted here a stupid person whose stupidity has reached critical mass, or is it an otherwise intelligent person who has suffered a lethal exposure to someone else’s awe inspiring level of stupidity?”

    The second one.

    I waffled on whether to use “the” or “teh” in this one. Looking back, I wish I’d gone with the typo. Maybe I’ll do an edit on the original for anyone here who wants to use it.

  24. Joe Meils

    It works for me on several levels…
    1) the art is fun. Great cartoon, high line quality.
    2) the message is perfect, as Phil says, this one’s going on buttons and t-shirts.
    3) …am I the only one who gets the “Quatermass 2” reference?

  25. All I request is that if you want a T-shirt or a button or something, get it from the guy who originally drew it! ^___^

    http://www.plognark.com/?q=cafepress

  26. Aha! Wonderful, thanks Plognark! I was wondering where the original was, and couldn’t trace it. So I’ll take this chance to thank you. It’s awesome.

  27. Glad you like it; I drew it for this very reason and let it loose into the wild, wild interwebs. Very cool to see it take on a life of it’s own. I guess this is some sort of a weird meme now, eh?

  28. alfaniner

    Nice drawing. However, I’d think that the situation of your head being on fire would call for an exclamation point!

  29. Well, as Ginger Baker once remarked to Dick Heckstall-Smith, “stupid” doesn’t mean unintelligent. It means “in a stupor”. Ha!

    Seriously though, superb drawing – I have bookmarked the T shirt link for now as I currently have far too many…

  30. Nigel Depledge

    Thomas said:

    I think we strive to be polite a little too much. Not all ideas are valid and not all view points need to be respected. Those ideals are predicated on the assumption that everyone involved in discourse is rational and actively working towards an understanding greater than they presently possess. When someone steps outside of that, it should be culturally acceptable to treat them like the dumbass that they are.

    I wholeheartedly concur!

  31. Nigel Depledge

    Mike Torr said:

    Seriously though, superb drawing – I have bookmarked the T shirt link for now as I currently have far too many…

    What, too many links or too many T-shirts?

    😉

  32. Funny stuff! I haven’t checked Plognark for a long time, thanks for reminding me.

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