Speculatory Mathematics

I've left this script entirely unedited, largely because I couldn't be bothered and because I figured it might be fun to tear into the idea of "wazillion" as a mathematical measurement. A startlingly large percentage of the original scripts in the old section of the Dead Library are like this - just me complaining about the changing state of affairs of cartoon stations in the mid 2000s. If you've been wondering why the whole Energetic Wayback Drive/Franco narrative exists, it's because of strips like this getting rewritten.

Now, regarding wazillion. It should go without saying that informal measurements like "zillion" are frequently used for comedic effect. I wish I could tell you that was the intent when this strip was written, but 2006 me was clueless as to where the boundaries of comedy lie. I might still be, comedy is a finicky thing - but that's another matter for another time. The gist of things is that "wazillion" comes up quite a bit in these early scripts, and is usually written out before making its way to the site. In the context of the dialogue, it's often delivered for dramatic effect as opposed to comedic effect, as if we're supposed to assume any number ending in "wazillion" is the big shit deal.

But let's humor 2006 me. It was Kasner's nine year old nephew who conceived the idea of a googol (and subsequently, a googolplex) as numbers so unfathomably large, the universe literally can't contain their written form (the latter moreso than the former.) And to butcher a quote from Oppenheimer, there are children on the street right now who are more brilliant than the most learned of scientists because they have fresh perspectives.

So let's talk Wazillion. Let's assume it's a valid measurement and not something I pulled out of my ass over a decade ago. It's obviously a very large theoretical number, though all of the extensions of googolplex are taken. Googolmilliplex, -petaplex, -exaplex, and so on. So what is it then? Good question. I suppose it's whatever the largest plex extension would be, with an 80 in place of any given 10. A number so large, that if there were a multiverse, you still wouldn't be able to fit every zero if you printed it on every last quark and anti-quark that formed the fabric.

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