As the story goes, the star in the upper-left corner of this flag has enslaved this bear with its beauty. The bear will walk the earth endlessly, never getting closer to its beloved star, all the while going slowly insane. The designers of the flag repeatedly stressed that the bear dies shortly after the events depicted in the flag."
The Symbols And Stories Behind 8 State Flags | Clickhole http:/
Cartoons from the September 28th, 2015 Issue | New Yorker http:/
This article, discussing how economics as a field has traditionally used math to justify its theories rather than using empirical data to create theories, reminds me of one of my favorite SMBCs.
"In other words, econ is now a rogue branch of applied math. Developed without access to good data, it evolved different scientific values and conventions. But this is changing fast, as information technology and the computer revolution have furnished economists with mountains of data. As a result, empirical analysis is coming to dominate econ."
Economics Has a Math Problem | Bloomberg View