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by da Doctah
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 18
Views: 877

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Given the slowness of transatlantic communications at the time, it was September before anybody in Britain knew about what happened in the American colonies on 4 July 1776. And the situation persisted. The most famous battle of the War of 1812 was fought after the Treaty of Ghent ended the war itse...
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 18
Views: 877

Re: 2086: "History Department"

May 16, 2001, was fairly uneventful , but it must have taken some extensive research to prove that definitively. Powers &8^] On Good Friday 1930, the BBC reported that there was "no news" in it's bulletin and played music instead. And on July 4th, 1776, George III made an entry in his...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 2372

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (or Fudge). (Learning to read music, the lines in the treble clef from bottom up. The Moody Blues used that for the title of an album.) Of course, being British, they spelled it "Favour". We were taught it as "Every Good Boy Does Fine", and for the ...
by da Doctah
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 2372

Re: 2084: "FDR"

rhhardin wrote:In the year 1493 Columbus sailed the dark green sea.


And then, in fifteen hundred six,
Columbus crossed the River Styx.

(If, as seems unlikely, you ever need a way to remember when he died.)
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 2372

Re: 2084: "FDR"

DonJaime wrote:Maybe one of you USAians would be kind enough to tell us what in tarnation this is about. December 7th some year in the 1940s? Some president? What?


A date which will live in Innisfree.
by da Doctah
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 1787

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Creepy fact on which to base your next school report: Berlin Wall, 29 years. World Trade Center, 28 years. How is that creepy? Coupla things for next year's Beloit Mindset List: The WTC has always been a memorial, and incumbent political parties have never nominated the sitting vice president as th...
by da Doctah
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 1787

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Where will the proposed wall between the US and Mexico actually be? Berlin. They do the best walls! That wall didn't even last 30 years, if you want something that will last talk to the Chinese. Creepy fact on which to base your next school report: Berlin Wall, 29 years. World Trade Center, 28 years.
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5609

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

If the base unit of mass is the kilogram, surely my vitamin supplements should be labelled in microkilograms (or nanokilograms for the trace nutrients).

Or if you'd rather use centimeters for length, how many hectokilocentimeters is it from here to New York?
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 1385

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

edo wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country.


on a related note: I have more than the average number of legs (and I will guess that most of you reading this do too)


The average American has one breast and one testicle.
by da Doctah
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 1385

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I still remember when the news came out that Barry Manilow was getting a hip replacement. It was probably the first time the words "hip" and "Manilow" had appeared together in the same headline.
by da Doctah
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 2046

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

The answer to "the address of my home changed" is to send a GPS device to the previous address, and move to wherever it's delivered to. Someone once left a GPS receiver atop the trunk of my car at my home here in Phoenix. I decided to attempt to find the owner, and after asking a few neig...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 2699

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

I'm not too fond of downer endings (though their existence might play a role in suspense as to whether or not the story will have a happy ending; not that suspense as to how can't be comparably memorable) but bittersweet ones are a good way of saying "some things will work out, some won't.&quo...
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 1759

Re: 2078: "Popper"

cellocgw wrote:For some odd reason [cough] myusername {/cough] when anyone mentions Popper I expect them to be talking about this guy

His publications are subject to interpretation, too. :mrgreen:


I picture Blues Traveler (one of several musicians I've been told I look like).
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 2699

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

SDK wrote:I hate roller coasters too, but that's mostly just because they discriminate against tall people.


Interesting. That's the reason I hate the mirrors in public restrooms.
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 2046

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

The town I lived in for pretty much all of the 1960s no longer exists, except as an "historic district" within the third largest city in Los Angeles County. The hospital where I had my first job (unpaid) is no more, and in fact the building itself hasn't existed for over a decade. The firs...
by da Doctah
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2537

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

Despite having now taken three months longer than the airplane people... Surely it's the spaceship people we've taken three months longer than? The airplane people had all of human history to get to the Wright brothers. No, just since someone figured out how to fold a piece of paper into a glider. ...
by da Doctah
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2537

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

July 20, 1969 - first people on the moon
December 14, 1972 - last people on the moon

Where were *you* 1243 days ago?

Edit, more interesting coincidence around the time period:
Nixon'sfirst inauguration to first moon landing: 181 days
Watergate breakin to Apollo 17 lunar liftoff: 180 days
by da Doctah
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5609

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

The metric system is unnatural anyway. There's a reason God made the diameter of the sun in miles ten times the number of seconds in a day.
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2878

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Soupspoon wrote:I've seen video footage from houses of friends of Dorothy. NSFW.

"Friends of Dorothy". Is that anything like Friends of Bill W?
by da Doctah
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2315

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Feynman complains in his book about the trig notation for exactly this reason: i.e. that it looks like multiplication. He invented his own notation for sin (a kind of sigma with a long top bit iirc). Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. I've always been a littl...
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2315

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Feynman complains in his book about the trig notation for exactly this reason: i.e. that it looks like multiplication. He invented his own notation for sin (a kind of sigma with a long top bit iirc). Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. I've always been a littl...
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2989

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

fibonacci wrote:Dug from the movie Up! Because who wouldn't want to play as Up dog?


I don't move in the circles where all this would be familiar to me, but am I right to assume this movie "Up!" is not the one directed by Russ Meyer?
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7499

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Plus, schools are very common voting locations and a week off school might make all the munchkins happy, but not the taxpayers paying to educate the munchkins. Or parents. Replacing the schools with new polling locations would be tough. For what it's worth, in my town they used the elementary schoo...
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5954

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

All this political talk and I'm just wondering how Randall picked which landmarks to include. :P I happen to be pumped because he included Hatcher Pass and Summit Lake (north of Wasilla, AK) because that happens to be my favorite few square miles on the planet. Not far from me, he included Heart At...
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5954

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

How do you zoom with a mouse? Edit: Figured it out. If you're still trying to, it's double-click. There doesn't seem to be a way to pinch. The four-way race for Mayor of Phoenix (replacing the resigned incumbent) isn't listed, nor is the AZ Secretary of State, who is effectively the Lieutenant Gover...
by da Doctah
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 3023

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

... I was thinking it might work without you making any sound at all, just moving your (normal) mouth-parts, ... Wow, flashed back to one of Asimov's Foundation stories. Silently talking would send the words to a receiver who could talk to you through tiny speakers in your skull.... read it decades...
by da Doctah
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 3023

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

I'm off the graph to the right. I wouldn't even have a texting feature available if not for the handful of people who can't think of any other way to communicate. (That goes for the guy who I contacted to repair my gate after it got pulled off the hinges, whose first response was "text me a pic...
by da Doctah
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 3856

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Tyger, Tyger! Burning bright.
Removes the colours from our sight.
I wish I may, I wish I might...
Beware my power: Green Lantern's light!
by da Doctah
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 3339

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

Soupspoon wrote:
J%r wrote:I have a meter that measures a character in Star Trek: DS9.

That'd be a Mil(esO'Brien)ometer, yes? Or does one perchance mean someone, if not -thing, else? ;)

My nogometer only gets used around New Year's Eve.
by da Doctah
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 3339

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

In one of my calculus classes, the professor offered us extra credit on an assignment if we could name a device used for direct measurement of arc length. He refused to accept my response of "opisometer", even after I brought one, in its case, to class. (I think it later developed he was l...
by da Doctah
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 3791

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

leeharveyosmond wrote:Core/mantle geologists aren’t the problem. It’s the astronomers you need to watch. They’d abolish the atmosphere if they could.


They just need to get over it.
by da Doctah
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6305

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

The book Lord of the Flies just baffled me when I read it in ninth grade, but maybe I would like it better if I gave it a second try. I'll probably never know. It certainly doesn't represent the way people actually behave when in these types of situations (which actually happen occasionally in the ...
by da Doctah
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 5411

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

IT at a Fortune 500 company: "If computer memory is made of silicon, and stones are made of silicon, how come the opposite of 'in digital form only' is 'written in stone'?"
by da Doctah
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6305

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

This is just one of the oldest questions in aesthetics: Why do we enjoy watching bad things? Horror is watching scary things, drama is watching sad things, comedy is watching stupid things, mystery is watching things that don't make sense, action is watching dangerous things. There now. That wasn't...
by da Doctah
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6305

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

And roller coasters. I don't get those either. And coloring books. And parades. And, for the most part, fireworks displays. And just about all sports. I can understand being scared of fireworks displays, and I suppose parades have the danger of possibly including scary clowns, but coloring books? I...
by da Doctah
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6305

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Ken_g6 wrote:[url=https://xkcd.com/2056/]And roller coasters. I don't get those either.


And coloring books. And parades. And, for the most part, fireworks displays. And just about all sports.
by da Doctah
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 5518

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

I was watching an episode of the '90s reboot of "Outer Limits" last night when the main character answered her phone right after hanging up on someone else she didn't want to talk to. Her entire end of the conversation was "I don't want to change my long-distance carrier", which ...
by da Doctah
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 3247

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

Look up Barium Swallow Tests. You can basically see this comic IRL. They're pretty freaky. Oooh, I've done one of those before. They were checking the extent of a gastric fistula (remnant of a neo-natal feeding tube) that had opened up enough to become a middle-school annoyance. The stuff tasted li...
by da Doctah
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 7026

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

The Japanese term for stroller is “baby car” (ベビーカー) which fits the pattern and always gets a brain giggle from me despite just being a slightly shorter version of the (giggle-free) ‘baby carriage’. A crib is also called a “baby bed” (ベビーベッド) and a playpen is called a ‘baby circle’ (ベビーサークル). By al...
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 7174

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Cueball's system get really messed up above the arctic circle. Adjusting the seconds to meet his conditions would make them last longer than a day. Eskimo astrologers are no doubt familiar with the problem of births at or near the solstices, when a natal chart may have no fourth or tenth house what...

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