Physics T-Shirt Ideas -- Win $250K, $1,000,000, or Both! (in Contests)

SNK3R October 8 2007 12:06 AM EDT

Our physics club is trying to think of T-shirt ideas to print our annual physics club T-shirt. The best ideas in this thread will be thrown into a poll on CB, and the winner will win $250K. All ideas in this thread will be forwarded to the club as t-shirt ideas, and if one should win the design for this year's t-shirt contest, that person will get $1,000,000. You could win up to a total of $1.25M if you're both winners.

Requirements: You may enter as many times as you wish. No fee to enter. Anyone can participate.

If you can't be descriptive enough with text only (and it contains a picture or image), PLEASE draw up a quick mock-up of a front and back design of the shirt and E-mail it to me, or link it in this thread.

An example of a physics club T-shirt is:

Deadline for entries ends Tuesday, October 9th, 11 PM EST (server) time.

Nerevas October 8 2007 12:09 AM EDT

Gravity got you down? <-- on front

Blame Newton. <-- on back

Thraklight Resonance October 8 2007 12:40 AM EDT

Front: Schrodinger's Cat Is Dead, Jim.

Back: Schrodinger's Cat Is Not Dead, Jim.

zeaderan October 8 2007 2:13 AM EDT

Physics Club
[picture of right-handed rule]
Tricks of the Trade

Alternative Tricks
[pictures of the alternatives]

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] October 8 2007 8:26 AM EDT

>_< underneath Physics would be more fun with out all the math!

QBJohnnywas October 8 2007 8:27 AM EDT

Lets Get Physical

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] October 8 2007 9:11 AM EDT

I have one which only has a backprint idea

Picture of 2 magnets with the positive ends facing each other (repelling) and have the statement underneath "Who said opposites attract?"

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] October 8 2007 9:12 AM EDT

or could just be on the front, either way works :P

Maybe the back could just say "Do not deny the laws of physics"


AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] October 8 2007 10:32 AM EDT

Front: Equasions/Proofs that look like they'd make your head esplode

Back: if you understood any of should be in physics club

LordSushi [Demon Forging] October 8 2007 10:37 AM EDT

Front : Entrence to black hole

Back : EXIT

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] October 8 2007 10:38 AM EDT

Front: the words "Physics Club" arched over the top of a small mushroom cloud

Back: a Hydrogen Atom with the tag line under it "We blow stuff up"

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] October 8 2007 11:45 AM EDT

the physics club...expanding the universe since the big bang

SNK3R October 8 2007 12:40 PM EDT

Updated initial post with an example of a previous t-shirt design:

Keep up the good ideas! You can take pointers from the example or not, doesn't matter.

QBsutekh137 October 8 2007 12:58 PM EDT

Idea 1:

Graphic of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, and/or of a waveform representing quantum tunnelling...not sure what would work best) on front. On back, the letters: "EMBRACE UNCERTAINTY".

Sort of lame, but more ideas to come -- just needed a warm-up... *smile*

QBsutekh137 October 8 2007 1:03 PM EDT

Idea 2:

A graphic of h-bar (or just an italic "h") on front.

On back, the phrase:

"Living well in a quantum Universe." OR
"Start small." OR
"Good things come in small packages" (maybe a bit too self-deprecating for a bunch of nerds. *smile*)

QBJohnnywas October 8 2007 1:23 PM EDT

Picture of Jessica Alba on the front,
on the back "The Laws Of Gravity Don't Always Apply" ;)

Thraklight Resonance October 8 2007 1:29 PM EDT

Front: We offer hands-on training for all future Beauty and the Geek applicants. We'll supply the Geek.

Back: _______ Physics Club.

QBsutekh137 October 8 2007 1:45 PM EDT

Idea whatever:

Front: Large graphic of greek psi (notation for quantum wavefunction)


"Ride the wavefunction."
"Quantum surfing."
"Anything can happen."
"It's a small world after all" (that could also go for the h-bar idea, or any quantum punchline).

Another generic line for any cosmos-based graphic or equation could be: "Because God doesn't like roulette", in reference to God playing dice with the universe... (Steven Hawking quote).

QBsutekh137 October 8 2007 2:25 PM EDT

Variation for h-bar: "Think small."

(though that one seems so dang obvious that I bet there are already shirts with that phrase on it...a lot of my ideas are that obvious, so you might want to Google first and make sure no copyrights are being violated...)

SNK3R October 8 2007 5:00 PM EDT

Time left to submit entries:

1 day, 6 hours.

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] October 8 2007 5:05 PM EDT

Or some variation on the wording.Image Hosted by

QBsutekh137 October 8 2007 5:37 PM EDT

Some last-ditch carpet-bombs... (I'm just in brainstorming mode, so I apologize for the lack of quality up front...):

Front: E=mc^2
Back. <name of physics club> , next line: "Relatively cool."

Front: A simple picture of an apple.
Back: "Appreciate the gravity of the situation."

Front: Newton vs Liebniz (heads? names?)
Back: Either "We think they're both integral" or "How derivative."
(probably more of a math shirt idea, actually...)

Front: Graphic of a p-vector.
Back: "Momentous."

Front: Picture of a bunch of vectors, v, p, etc.
Back: Various forms: "We can take direction", "Knowing the importance of direction." "Always read directions", "Take as directed", "Directors of the Universe", etc.

Front: Pictures of various field vectors and/or equations.
Back: "Out here in the fields...", um, dang, I thought I'd have more for that but I'm out...

Front: various transformations, like, heck, I can hardly remember anything Laplace transform? Hamiltonian something or other?
Back: various transformer puns... "Transform your mind", "More than meets the eye," etc.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] October 8 2007 7:09 PM EDT

Front: graphs depicting Alternating Current and Direct Current
Back: Something like "We're Back in Black"
(note: best used on a black shirt :P)

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] October 8 2007 7:15 PM EDT

Front: Physics Club with 11 dimensioned whatchamacallit around it

Back: This shirt is nothing but strings

AdminG Beee October 8 2007 7:19 PM EDT

If the Titanic had struck a Heisenberg, would it still be floating?

Thraklight Resonance October 8 2007 7:49 PM EDT


________ Physics Club

We Know How to Rotate A Rigid Body About A Fixed Axis

Thraklight Resonance October 8 2007 7:55 PM EDT

Front : Some people study Human Sexuality. We study Spin-Orbit Coupling.

Back: ________ Physics Club

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] October 8 2007 8:32 PM EDT

Wording could be improved...Image Hosted by

ScY October 8 2007 10:02 PM EDT

rofl @ last post

zeaderan October 9 2007 5:19 AM EDT

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Talion October 9 2007 9:48 AM EDT

Terms that everyone will understand...

QBsutekh137 October 9 2007 11:19 AM EDT

Thought of a better quote to go with the "fields idea:

Front: Various graphics of field notations: flux, magnetism, etc.
Back: "Fields of dreams."

QBsutekh137 October 9 2007 11:23 AM EDT

Another idea, a variation on the Atlas not doing any work...

Front: Picture of Atlas with the world on his back, and words, "You think he's working hard?"
Back: "You'd be wrong." with an equation of work being force through distance.

Variation would be Sisyphus rolling his rock up the hill with an equation for potential energy or least he's working. *smile*

SNK3R October 9 2007 11:26 AM EDT

11.5 hours left for entries to be valid.

QBsutekh137 October 9 2007 11:31 AM EDT

A bit risque:

Front: Picture of an arrow pointing down.
Back "Spooky action at a distance." (Einstein phrase).

(Yeah, I don't even know what that means, but it seems funny to me for some reason).

It's also very gender-specific, so probably not a good idea at all.

QBsutekh137 October 9 2007 11:37 AM EDT

Quantum Entanglement:

Front: Picture of something like Bell's theorem, or a better depiction of quantum entanglement if there is one (I am almost entirely ignorant of quantum physics and wish to remain so *smile*)
Back: "Let's get entangled", or "Get quantum entangled." or something like that.

Talion October 9 2007 1:32 PM EDT

A classic, but I couldn't resist posting it...

Flamey October 9 2007 1:36 PM EDT

lol that is so cheesy ;)

SNK3R October 9 2007 3:31 PM EDT

Deadline: 7.5 hours left.

Ernest-Scribbler October 9 2007 4:58 PM EDT

Front: An Apple.
Back: A dead guy under a tree with a huge apple on his head.

SNK3R October 9 2007 9:16 PM EDT

1 hour, 45 minutes left.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] October 9 2007 9:28 PM EDT

Front: Physics Club

Back: "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour.
Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.
THAT'S relativity." - Einstein

Thraklight Resonance October 9 2007 9:34 PM EDT

Front: We use wet engines to stack tail on the triplet train.

Back: Physics Club

48Zach October 9 2007 9:44 PM EDT

Front over heart - The Physics Club
Back - We ARE Physical

48Zach October 9 2007 9:45 PM EDT

Sorry -- fix that too

Back - Don't Mess With Us! We ARE Physical

SNK3R October 9 2007 11:02 PM EDT

Time's up.

I'm going out-of-state until Saturday, so when I have time when I get back, I'll get back on top of this contest for winners and pitch the ideas to the physics club.

QBsutekh137 October 19 2007 12:36 AM EDT

So, who won the t-shirt contest?

SNK3R October 19 2007 2:55 AM EDT

Nobody yet. I've been swamped with work; the t-shirt ideas will be given to the physics club tomorrow (the meetings are on Fridays), and then when I get some time after that, I'll make a poll with the best ideas.

The Pope [Serenity In Chaos] October 19 2007 8:36 AM EDT

I added a shirt... I sent it Via e-mail cause i have no clue how to post a pic on here...

SNK3R October 19 2007 8:02 PM EDT

Nobody's idea in this thread made it onto the T-shirt, unfortunately.

However, there was one idea in this thread that made it to the final-selection, but wasn't selected by a count of 13 to 11. Close, but no cigar. I won't post the winner (yet) so that the poll for CB's best T-shirt idea isn't affected.

AdminNightStrike November 4 2007 11:27 PM EST

Shirts that I made up one time for Physics class were in the style of a sports jersey, with the left breast saying "FIZIX" in a polynomial squeeze font, and the number on the back being 9.8.
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