The group is arguing over Superman’s abilities and where he got those abilities from.

(Season 1, Episode 2: The Big Bran Hypothesis)



Leonard: Excuse me, your entire argument is predicated on the assumption that Superman’s flight is a feat of strength.

Sheldon: Are you listening to yourself, it is well established that Superman’s flight is a feat of strength. It is an extension of his ability to leap tall buildings, an ability he derives from exposure to Earth’s yellow Sun.

Howard: Yeah, and you don’t have a problem with that, how does he fly at night?

Sheldon: Uh, a combination of the moon’s solar reflection and the energy storage capacity of Kryptonian skin cells.

Penny: I’m just gonna go wash up.

Leonard: I have 26 hundred comic books in there, I challenge you to find a single reference to Kryptonian skin cells.

Sheldon: Challenge accepted(Tries door.) We’re locked out.

Raj: Also, the pretty girl left.



trivia = details or information that are not important

to be predicated on something = If an idea or argument is predicated on something, it depends on the existence or truth of this thing

assumption = something that you accept as true without question or proof

feat = something difficult needing a lot of skill, strength, courage, etc. to achieve it

to derive from something = to come from something

solar = of or from the sun

solar reflection = the return of sun light from a surface

Kryptonian = According to Wikipedia, Kryptonians are a fictional extraterrestrial race within the DC Comics universe that originated on the planet Krypton. The term originated from the stories of  a superhero termed “Superman”.

Challenge accepted = A saying typically used in a situation where someone says a definite statement you disagree with and you want to prove him or her wrong.

(definitions taken from the Cambridge and Urban Dictionary)


Another funny scene from Big Bang Theory:

The group is preparing for the physics bowl




Big Bang Theory: The group is arguing over trivia

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