The Final Countdown by Adam | Jan 29, 2013 | 23 comments Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 23 Comments KJ on January 29, 2013 at 12:35 am I like how the countdown is continuous in all 4 panels. Also, County McBackwards also reminds me of The Count in Sesame street. Reply Love The Bad Guy on January 29, 2013 at 12:49 am Oh God, imagine how long that would take. Fifty-nine! Bwa ha ha… Fifty-eight! Bwa ha ha… Fifty-seven! Bwa ha ha… Reply BugFanNo1Million on January 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm The nice thing is that you get a good amount of escape time before the sobbing commences. Reply Someone on January 29, 2013 at 1:24 am The countdown is more like a warning. The launch time is set, and if you want to get into certain orbit, you need to obey it.(Especially when you need to go somewhere further than the Low Earth orbit) The launch itself is actually somewhat automatic even without the countdown and the pressing of the button. Reply Gadzinisko on January 29, 2013 at 3:59 am Thank you, Captain Obvious! Reply Tom on January 29, 2013 at 6:13 am No need to be snide, his comment was actually somewhat enlightening, I hadn’t considered why the countdown actually existed til I read it. Reply Splox5 on January 29, 2013 at 7:26 am The contents of Someone’s comment doesn’t seem like information that could easily be deduced without specific knowledge about the launching of rockets into space. A person who is ignorant of such things wouldn’t be able to know if it’s automated or not. Reply Someone on January 29, 2013 at 9:44 am I AM Captain Obvious, and proud to be one. Reply Ol' Gui on January 29, 2013 at 11:43 am ladling out bits of tasty information is a thankless job but, Someone has to do it, yeah? Reply Someone on January 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm And I am that Someone, lame pun but works 😛 Kleriker on January 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm More like an obvious pun. Yeah, sorry about that one. Odai on January 29, 2013 at 10:07 am That information is far from obvious. Reply Katsuni on January 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm Kinda what someone said. Do you have any idea how fast a planet moves? Earth travels about a 1/4 mile or about 1/2 kilometer every second. The difference in fuel for being 15 seconds late at launch could be valued at over a million dollars due to being out of position. Keep in mind that space agencies tend to calculate out the landing times to within a few seconds difference, accounting for gravity, travel times, rate of mass loss from fuel burning, and things like that. Being even off by a tiny amount tends to result in undesired effects. Like death. Usually not, though, but it can be an amazingly big deal to be off by even a few seconds, hence why the timing’s so important. The countdown itself, however, is mostly just for show. For example, if you’re anywhere near the part of the rocket that’s facing at the ground at 60 seconds, you’re not going to be making it out of the kill zone in that time. =P Yes, I know, that’s not what the countdown’s for, but that’s WHY it’s not for that! Reply Margaret on January 29, 2013 at 2:54 am My son loves count downs more than anything. I guess that is the difference between being a grown-up and being 3. Reply Gorm on January 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm “Counting is a lot of fun if you are under four. Try again in thirty years, it’s not so fun no more.” Reply Jeff Clough on January 29, 2013 at 6:47 am WHO doesn’t do countdowns before launching themselves at Burger King? Is it just me…? Aw, maaaaan! Reply Leshka on January 29, 2013 at 7:54 am I don’t do countdowns before Burger King, because BK’s not as good as Checkers, although my countdowns for that are more like 54321GO! Reply snark^ on January 30, 2013 at 2:20 am Bug has a strangely determined look on his face as he speeds (ever so diligently) towards the local BKs there… Reply LanceThruster on January 29, 2013 at 10:37 am I like the fade to silent countdown of live TV — Back on air in 3, 2, (one)… Reply ninelen on January 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm I like the countdowns before the start of really old films. I don’t know why, but I always have. Reply LanceThruster on January 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm x2 Reply Guy hero on January 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm <blockquote cite="Gorm" I love you now. Adam buxton ftw! Reply Izzie on September 29, 2013 at 6:38 pm The countdowns are to increase suspense. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.