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  1. The car is representing light (the license plate is a clue). The speed of light is described as the universal speed limit…

    All in all, a good effort, but not particularly funny. At least not to me.

  2. It’s a beam of light driving the car. It was going the “speed of light” which is really fast, but ‘light’ cannot tell the officer how fast since it was not paying attention is science class. The car is on fire, and the tires have melted due to going so dang fast.

  3. So how could a cop pull over a car that’s traveling at the speed of light? There’s no way he could catch it, and even if he turned on his lights and siren, the driver of the light-speed car wouldn’t see or hear anything.

  4. swazoo: How could a car be traveling at the speed of light in the first place? How could light be driving a car? Figure out those first. 🙂

    Yeah, arseetoo has it, but this is really unclear. At first, I thought God was driving the car.

  5. A “Jack B. Quick” comic book story by Alan Moore in TOMORROW STORIES fifteen or so years ago had Jack (sort of an ultra-Tom-Swift guy) angry that not only was light ignoring speed limits in his community, but that very fact suggested it might be drunk. Turns out he was right (who knew?).

    One more thing to worry about.

  6. If your’re driving a car at the speed of light and you turn on the headlights, do they do anything?

    Now, relating to the comic itself, I’m wondering it it’s one of those new-fangled autonomous cars we’ve been hearing about. I don’t see a driver.

  7. “So how could a cop pull over a car that’s traveling at the speed of light? There’s no way he could catch i”

    You’ve got an unspoken assumption there, because you say “traveling at the speed of light” but you mean “traveling at the speed of light in a straight line.”
    There is an OBVIOUS way to pull over a car traveling at the speed of light, and it involves access to a black hole, from which nothing escapes.

  8. Einstein was led to his theory of relativity in part by a thought experiment: what would a light beam look like if you chased it at the speed of light?
    Incidentally, if you’re driving a car at the speed of light, you can’t turn on the headlights. You can’t do anything; zero time passes for you at the speed of light. Hence neutrinos have mass.

  9. The headlights thing is old. What I want to know is, what happens when you turn on the radio? At the speed of light, I’m going to want accurate traffic reports…

  10. What happens when you turn on the radio? It depends on whether you are driving toward or away from the ratio station. You’ll get one hell of a doppler effect.

  11. As mentioned upthread, photons in motion can’t do anything, because no time passes (from their reference frame, which is physics-ese for “point of view”). I think the joke is just that the light-entity doesn’t remember the speed of light (c) off the top of its metaphorical head.

  12. The melting tires and flames just detract. Light driving a car is unusual and bizarre and surreally odd enough as it is.

    It’s actually kind of funny if you can get that it’s light driving a car, but that’s so weird that it’d be practically impossible to convey. I absolutely wouldn’t have got it. But if the rays were more centralized and if I weren’t distracted by puddles (which interpreted as he was a sot and spilling bodily fluids in a chaotic fashion) and fl a message I *might* have.

  13. Heisenberg and Schrodinger in a car get pulled over by a cop.

    Heisenberg is in the driver’s seat, the officer asks “do you know how fast you were going?” Heisenberg replies, “No, but I know exactly where I am!” The officer looks at him confused and says “you were going 108 miles per hour!” Heisenberg throws his arms up and cries, “Great! Now I’m lost!”

    The officer, now more confused and frustrated orders the men outside of the car, and proceeds to inspect the vehicle. He opens the trunk and yells at the two men, “Hey! Did you guys know you have a dead cat back here?” Schrodinger angrily yells back, “We do now.!”

    slightly different than the version i was looking for but same basic joke….

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