If the Internet was invented so people could post pictures of their cats, webcomics were invented so people could tell cat jokes. Webcomicsdom is filled with megalomaniacal cats, squishy shape-shifting cats, cats with snarky internal monologues, and the ominous ghosts of stillborn kittens.
But among webcomickers, there is one particular cat joke that stands above all over cat jokes: the Schrödinger’s Cat joke. Schrödinger’s Cat is a quantum mechanics thought experiment proposed by Erwin Schrödinger that goes like this: Imagine you have a cat placed in a windowless box, with a rig set up so that there is a 50/50 chance of a poisonous gas is released into the box. This means that there is an equal chance that the cat is alive as dead. According to certain interpretations of quantum mechanics, before you observe the cat to determine whether it is alive or dead, the cat can be said to be simultaneously both alive and dead. It’s a macabre, geeky notion, and it’s perfect for the often macabre, geeky world of webcomics.