Despite being unlikeable, Barry Kripke has someone who wants to be his friend: Sheldon. The only reason Sheldon wants to be his friend is to have access to the open science grid computer which Barry controls. Sheldon isn't having any luck befriending Barry in his usual friend making way, so he, approaching this task from his usual intellectual manner, asks his current friends to complete a questionnaire on why they are his friends. Still approaching the task on an intellectual level, Sheldon decides to use traditional friend making approaches, such as going out for food, for a hot beverage or to participate in a common interest. Sheldon has to find the right meeting point that offends his sensibilities the least. But does Sheldon have room in his life for one more friend, especially of the Barry variety? Written by
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Leonard reminds Sheldon of the time he tried to learn how to swim by reading about it on the Internet. This is likely a reference to physicist Theodor Kaluza who reportedly learned how to swim by reading about it in a book. Unlike Sheldon, however, he supposedly actually went in the water and succeeded in swimming immediately. See more
In the bookstore set, a sign on a shelf incorrectly spells "Newbery" Award as "Newberry" Award. See more
Mmmm! Gentlemen, I put it to you: the worst tapioca pudding is better than the best pudding of any other flavor.
First off, that is axiomatically wrong because the best pudding is chocolate. Secondly, the organic structure of tapioca makes it a jiggling bowl of potential death. It is extracted from the plant...
- Hey, I'm thinking of growing a mustache.
Oh, no kidding. A Fu Manchu, a handlebar, pencil?
It's extracted from the plant...
I'm not sure yet. You know, George Clooney has ...
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #237 There's a funny moment in tonight's episode where Sheldon gets stuck on a rock-climbing wall and remarks, "What part of an inverse tangent function approaching an asymptote don't you understand?" I thought it'd be helpful to take a moment and examine that joke. A linear asymptote is essentially a straight line to which a graphed curve moves closer and closer but does not reach. In other words, given a function y=fn(x) with asymptote A, A represents a number that, no matter how big (or, given the function, small) you make x, y will never make it to A. The particular example Sheldon quotes is the inverse Tangent function, or Arctangent, which has two asymptotes. If you graph it, it sort of looks like a horizontal S: [shows a graph of atan x] No matter how big you make x (that is, how far you move to the right), the function is never going to hit that top line (pi/2), and no matter how small x gets (moving to the left), y is never going to be smaller than -pi/2. The more you know, the funnier it gets. See more
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