How to Remember That Thing You Can't Remember

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Taroc Nor?

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranon imus

Ummmm..... is it "Deep Space Nine"?

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Haha, time for Rick to get some zingers in. Ba-da-bing!

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

In panel 4, Scott could have recovered by amending his comment to say that he was trying to remember the station's original Cardassian name.
As it is, this is a win for Rick, but Scott forgetting the name "Terok Nor" would be a perfectly reasonable case of forgetting a minor detail about a show that has been off the air for 14 years.
But that wouldn't be a funny comic, so you did the right thing here.

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDon

"Journey to Babel One".

Or, "I Left My Orb With Captain Sisko".

Or, "Everything You Wanted To Know About Holodecks But Were Afraid To Ask In Public".

People's brains may work differently, but the techniques I'm aware of are to try to remember facts -around- the fact that you want to remember, such as names of cast, or else just let go of trying to remember. If the fact doesn't come back, then it was never yours to begin with.

Both basically are poking the memory cells that may contain the fact and then... well, the second time in one day that you try to remember the thing, it's much more likely to come back. But if you don't stop trying the first time, then it -isn't- ever a second time.

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

One day, in my fourth year as a German major, I could not for the life of me remember the German word for "milk".
(It's "Milch".)

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

"Who's buried in Grant's tomb?"

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuan

My favorite is from the great film Father Goose, where Leslie Caron asks Cary Grant how to say "parachute" in English.

Grant pauses and answers "Ummmm... parachute."

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

I once spent about 10 minutes looking for a pencil... it was certainly in the last place I looked: my hand.

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom

Actually, the old "who's buried in Grant's Tomb?" query isn't that dumb, since some people don't know that his wife is buried there too.

It's not so bad is not when I can't remember an answer. What gets me is when I know that I had a question, but I can't recall what the question was.

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

At this very moment, I'm watching Deep Space Nine on Netflix, so I got a good belly laugh out of this comic. Bravo!

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

In response to me saying I couldn't remember the name of something, my father used to say, "Well, if you could remember what the name was, what would it be?"

It's oddly surprising how often that worked to trigger the memory...

November 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraustin travis

Had the same idea as Don about the original name.
But since he beat me to it I'll say you could have meant to ask what was that *other* space station show that was on at the same time? (Babylon 5) Rick likely wouldn't have known the answer, but even if he did it might've been a face-saving ruse. Who really remembers that downer of a show anymore?
Of course, that's assuming one can think of such solutions while a bona-fide brain far... uhh, shutdown... is in progress.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason Toddman

I remember panicking on a chemistry test. "I can't remember the formula PV=nRT! I can't remember PV=nRT!" Because I'd mentally been using the whole formula as its name.

Now that I think of it, I really wish n could have been replaced with e.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDevinC

Two wins for Rick in a row?
Oh no! Whats gonna happen to poor Rick in the next comic. :O

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwickedragon

Seems strange to me that the Federation only had eight deep space stations prior to adding Terok Nor.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

Terok Nor. And not so odd to only have nine deep space stations, given the two neutral zones (Klingon, Romulan) and demilitarized zone (Cardassian). Most of the federation stations would be well within their borders, and thus not "deep space."

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

"the Sisko is of Bajor, but he will find no peace there..."

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterastroluc

Terok Nor.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRamsesThePigeon

No one is buried in Grant's tomb. He and his wife are entombed in sarcophagi aboveground.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMoist Robot

@ austin travis, we do something similar...

"I can't remember the name, uh..."
"Who's name are you looking for?"

Works indeed!

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlerk one's buried in Grant's Tomb. They're 'entombed' there, thank you.

This comment brought to you by excessive anal-retentiveness.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeekRyuu

"Who's buried in Grant's tomb?"

Cary Grant?

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKierkegaard

Ah, yes, Babylon 5. The show that wasn't "some Deep Space franchise-- this place is about something!" So true.
If only the writer didn't have that whole problem with authority figures.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Amazing to find some of the same comments over here: . Although nobody over there has made the multiple, multiple mentions of Terok Nor.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

Like half the commenters so far, I immediately thought 'Terok Nor' before realising the joke is that it's in the name of the show.

Of course, Scott could also have been thinking of Empok Nor (Terok Nor's sister station) or any of the five bazillion other space stations seen, mentioned or otherwise featured in individual episodes of DS9. So really, the question was perfectly reasonable.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErrant

Two wins in a row for Rick?

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWaste

It's a bit like that scene in that know the one...that film...the one with that bloke in know...the bloke that was in that other film...the one with the woman in it...

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStevie Hair

Huh, that's not what we called a brain fart. We called it a brain fart when you said something without thinking it through first (ie just blurt something out).

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I always used 'brain fart' to mean an unformed idea which springs unbidden, too ephemeral to become a solid mass. Some people find them amusing, but if you don't share it with others, it'll pass undetected and forgotten.

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchive Binging

Oh, and sometimes you'll expel a lot of them while trying to produce something more substantial and difficult.

July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchive Binging
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