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by cct
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 221
Views: 76501

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

The graph shows the expectations for a group of 9 average American males. The 9 specific males were, in fact, a select cohort. I think the evidence is starting to suggest that the space program selected astronauts for qualities that have translated to slightly longer life spans than average - for th...
by cct
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 10272

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

Arguably, YTZ could be considered Toronto Downtown. Certainly, that is how the operators want it to be viewed.
by cct
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1930: "Calendar Facts"
Replies: 32
Views: 5183

Re: 1930: "Calendar Facts"

I am disappointed that there is no path allowing "...because of the eccentricity of Isaac Newton..."
by cct
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 2461

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

The chart seems to be missing all the arguments that start when someone phones and wakes you up an hour after you fall asleep.
by cct
Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 12645

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

The initials "TMR" are slowly moving across this map toward my location.
by cct
Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 37664

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

⋅ God is defined as that which possesses all properties. I think that "all properties" is a proper class (if that) and certainly not a set. This severely limits the ways you can use it in logical arguments. At least one other person mistakes "having every greatest property&...
by cct
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1460: "SMFW"
Replies: 106
Views: 30530

Re: 1460: "SMFW"

title="wtfw it's like smho tbfh, imdb." I hate to admit this (IHTAT) because everyone else seems to have figured this out (EESTHFTO) but I don't know what "LIKE" stands for. As for the others, I know that "f" is only added to the initials for emphasis, so you only need...
by cct
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"
Replies: 60
Views: 13759

Re: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"

Having been a netnews regular in a previous millennium, this all reminds me of
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_V_Shaney.
by cct
Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1418: "Horse"
Replies: 101
Views: 22895

Re: 1418: "Horse"

Miscellaneous comments: I frequently see messages from IT informing the company, "there was a power outrage last night." Then I look again and see that I read one word wrong. Other than the four forces of the apocalypse, the most famous force must be the Trojan Force (did that completely o...
by cct
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1417: "Seven"
Replies: 130
Views: 27986

Re: 1417: "Seven"

As an answer for the original question, there is something particularly pleasing about the Colossus of Rhodes being one of the seven dwarfs.
by cct
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1417: "Seven"
Replies: 130
Views: 27986

Re: 1417: "Seven"

I thought the reference was to the "Seven Moles of Oaxaca" and that using guacamole was just an error.
by cct
Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Neanderthal Cave Art: Is it a hashtag?
Replies: 6
Views: 3852

Neanderthal Cave Art: Is it a hashtag?

It looks like a hashtag to me.

Does that explain the demise of the neanderthals?

("TTFN. #cavebearattack caught me by surpr")
by cct
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 21824

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

Can anybody identify which hurricane should be marked on North Carolina, in the blank spot to the east of Isabel?
by cct
Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 36562

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

co-ax? especially a vampire tap
by cct
Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1402: "Harpoons"
Replies: 41
Views: 21071

Re: 1402: "Harpoons"

This graph does not represent all the harpoons the spacewhalers of zlorblach use. I think he meant "Number of human-created harpoons in space," unless he knows that no non-human space-faring creatures take harpoons into space (to comply with the Interstellar Strategic Harpoons Limitations...
by cct
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1395: "Power Cord"
Replies: 38
Views: 9005

Re: 1395: "Power Cord"

I always wondered whether certain phonemes just go well together and are these sequences are independently coined in a kind of convergent linguistic evoloution, or whether the existence of the term in one field influences, consciously or otherwise, the coining in another. Well, sometimes it is a de...
by cct
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1395: "Power Cord"
Replies: 38
Views: 9005

Re: 1395: "Power Cord"

orthogon wrote
I understand that charging Li-Ion batteries is non-trivial.


Is this in relation to
Neil_Boekend wrote:You might get better1 results with bigger cats. ...Try tigers or lions?


Although I imagine that inflating a charging Li-ion is more of a challenge than a stationary one.
by cct
Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 34707

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

Fire is good, if you have access to it. No! No! No! Fire is dangerous. Fire must be kept out of the hands of humans. If a species starts using fire, they may evolve into something intelligent - if they don't kill themselves first. The last thing we need in this solar system is intelligent humans.
by cct
Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 34707

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

It says Solid Surfaces, but some of it looks like liquid surfaces. (I realize there is solid under the liquid, but then the boundary differentiating the two kinds of surface is misleading.) (And, yes, I think it is creepy that randall thinks that this should be done, including all human skin. Is rea...
by cct
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1383: Magic Words
Replies: 47
Views: 19376

Re: 1383: Magic Words

I would pronounce "anapest" as a dactyl, but "amphibrach" as an anapest.

I understand what she wants to do during the dactylic segment, but I can't figure out what activities might count as iambic - and I think an amphibrachic denouement might be more appropriate.
by cct
Fri May 09, 2014 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1366 - "Train"
Replies: 64
Views: 15419

Re: 1366 - "Train"

I have to admit, I used to see it this way when I was a kid and my dad drove us around in the car. Strangely, my 4-year-old objected very emotionally when I tried to explain that our feet were pushing the sidewalk away until our house reached "here." (The original question was, "When...
by cct
Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 17031

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

Mornington Crescent, on the XKCD "Subways of North America" map?
by cct
Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 17031

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

King can capture any adjacent piece, bishop and pawn capture on the diagonal - but do they end up on the far side of the captured stone, or on the interstice? Going back to very early rules for chess-pieces, you can still use these definitions of the queen's and knight's moves: Queen can use a bisho...
by cct
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 35078

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

I was led to believe that goats don't like grass. Mind you, they do like the clover, the dandelions, the tulips, and any other plants on your lawn. As for the Monty Hall Problem: the way I convinced myself was that, the host has information the contestant does not have, and provides some of the extr...
by cct
Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 34445

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

The thing is, "begging the question" was either a terrible translation ... Of the three words, we are asked to accept that "begging" means something like "assuming", and "question" means "premise", ... I herd you're idea, but I defiantly disagree. (...
by cct
Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 36896

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

I draw pentagrams in a non-Eulerian style (that is, I lift the pencil between strokes, and don't start the next stroke from the end of the previous one). What is the effect of that? In practice, there are 3840 ways to draw a pentagram drawing each of the five sides with a single stroke. The illustra...

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