Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Essay Of The Day: On the Implausibility of the Death Star’s Trash Compactor

You know, the writer (Joshua Tyree) has a point. Several of them. All brilliant.

For example:

And what of the creature that lives in the trash compactor? Presumably, the creature survives because the moving walls do not extend all the way to the floor of the room, where the liquid is. After all, if the walls reached the floor, the creature would be killed each time trash is compacted. The design employed on the Death Star must allow the organic trash to filter down to the bottom, where the parasitic worm-creature devours it. But what happens when heavier pieces of non-organic trash fall down there? Would such trash not get wedged under the doors, causing them to malfunction? Do stormtroopers have to confront the creature each time they retrieve pieces of un-compacted trash?

Read it at McSweeney's Internet Tendency.


  1. Hahaha! He sounds like he's given this a lot of thought, much more than I ever would have given it. I wonder if he's an engineer. If he isn't, he ought to be. That was fun to read. :-)

  2. a) Commentary says there is a spot where it can hide, not underneath, more of a nook where there's a groove or something

    b) If you're going to put that much thought into it you think you would realize that since they dump trash before jumping to hyperspace, compacting the trash first is pointless. Unless the trash is also bound in some way, it will just fall back apart anyway.

  3. Off the subject and re: Mugshot of the Day: What, is he on a dolly and being made to change the police cruiser's oil? And...judging from the 'stash, it's John Waters!



Related Posts with Thumbnails