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by mathmannix
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 5393

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

BiffCo to Build New Dioxin Plant ...the most disturbing part is the implication that it's a whole chemical plant that actually produces dioxins, as a product. No useful output, just deadly carcinogens, for no dang reason. Obviously we can't read the article, as it's below the fold even if it wasn't...
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA joke
Replies: 10
Views: 4218

Re: IPA joke

OK, I don't really understand IPA very well. I admit that. I looked up "beer" on wiktionary and found this: Pronunciation • IPA(key): /bɪə(ɹ)/ • (UK) IPA(key): /bɪə/ • (US) IPA(key): /bɪɹ/ • (near–square merger) IPA(key): /bɛə/ • Rhymes: -ɪə(r) • Homophone: bier So that's where I got bɪɹ. ...
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 15
Views: 5975

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

My bad, I got confused and thought we were responding to the actual thread topic name.
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 5393

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

There's also the possibility that he caused Nixon to lose one (or both) of the elections he won in Earth prime. Nope, the headline specifically says "Nixon to Seek Fifth Term". As in, he won in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980, and intends to run again in 1984. https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/dail...
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 5393

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

I once found a reasonable-seeming estimate of the butterfly effect. It started with the temporary cancellation of the gravitional effect of one electron at the edge of the known universe. That is a smaller effect than adding a whole Biff right here on earth. This change in gravity would affect the ...
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA joke
Replies: 10
Views: 4218

Re: IPA joke

beer.png

ftfy.
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 25
Views: 9364

Re: Longest Name

Lothario O'Leary wrote:Nebuchadrezzar and Tiglath-pileser

Oh, you mean Nebuchadnezzar and Pul. (Pul is only one syllable.)
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 15
Views: 5975

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

tomandlu wrote:Is this logical statement true or false?

Cannot compute, no statement found.

(A "statement" (or "proposition") must, by definition, have truth value; i.e., it must be either true or false.)
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Has anyone ever made a word square?
Replies: 31
Views: 11161

Re: Has anyone ever made a word square?

EAT
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TEA

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by mathmannix
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 579
Views: 103448

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

For example, I think "pull" is a homophone of "pole" and "poll", while she thinks "pull" is a homophone of "pool", and I think she's nuts. You're both nuts. There's a third sound that's not like "pole"/"poll" or "pool"....
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 579
Views: 103448

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

My wife and I have a lot of disagreements about pronunciation, and the end result is that she gets to be the authority for our kids on correct pronunciation, not me... For example, I think "pull" is a homophone of "pole" and "poll", while she thinks "pull" is ...
by mathmannix
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"
Replies: 21
Views: 3421

Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation. Alexander Graham Kowalski - inventor of the telephone Pole. Not to mention the honorable Sir Veigh, inventor of the Telephone Poll. also, Fisher Price, inventor of the Telephone Pull... https://b3h2.scene7.com/is/image/BedBathandBeyond/104628360287...
by mathmannix
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 5155

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

Ok, so what exactly is a Dremel? I tried looking it up, but all I got was that it is a company that is known for "hand held rotary tools", but that doesn't really help me either, and honestly makes me think of phones. Also they apparently make such diverse other products as hot glue guns a...
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 4111

2095: "Marsiforming"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/marsiforming.png Title Text: "It has so many advantages--it preserves Martian life, requires fewer interplanetary launches, and makes it much easier to field-test Mars rovers." It would also be necessary to move earth into Mars' orbit (obviously not exactly wh...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 5268

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

How does Randall find all these obscure newspapers from 100+ years ago that he mentions periodically (ha ha?) in the comic? I mean, it's one thing to look up a specific newspaper for a specific day, but how to know which newspaper and which day? Even if you have a subscription to newspapers.com, wh...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 5268

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

So 1896 was, like, degrees of magnitude less annoying than your average New Year's Eve? Yeah, I'll take the occasional fireworks over the breathless media coverage designed to inflame passions that in turn increase ratings. I may be able to turn off the TV, but I can't necessarily turn off all the ...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 15379

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I wonder [if anybody has / how many people have] been fired for posting their votes? I mean, that probably wouldn't explicitly be the reason for firing somebody (unless they work for a campaign, maybe, and they could say "not a team player" or some such...) but I think most employers have ...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 5268

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

How does Randall find all these obscure newspapers from 100+ years ago that he mentions periodically (ha ha?) in the comic? I mean, it's one thing to look up a specific newspaper for a specific day, but how to know which newspaper and which day? Even if you have a subscription to newspapers.com, whi...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 10282

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

I wonder if and how this comic will effect changes in the election outcomes? I am certain that people are affected by polls in their decision to vote or not (and probably also, to a lesser extent, whether to vote for one of the two major candidates, as opposed to a third party candidate they REALLY ...
by mathmannix
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can Renesemee catch on?
Replies: 45
Views: 12831

Re: Can Renesemee catch on?

What's disturbing is not the name itself, but the fact that parents have managed to spell it so many different ways already (none of which match OP's spelling, funnily enough). My parents considered calling me Christopher, but settled on Paul, partly to save me time and effort. :lol: If I constantl...
by mathmannix
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stephen Hawking has passed away.
Replies: 11
Views: 5466

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Well, I don't know that Hawking actually had electronic parts implanted into his flesh. He was just an expert at interfacing with a computer that was in front of him. I can interface with a computer that's in front of me, but since Hawking could barely move, and he depended on his computer to do th...
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 12273

Re: 1986: "River Border"

Pfhorrest wrote:Google seems to agree with me.

Yes, I just realized this. Today I learned something, but I'll probably intentionally forget it and go back to being ignorant. Ignorance is sometimes bliss.
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 12273

Re: 1986: "River Border"

Pfhorrest wrote:Here in California I've never heard anyone say "pizza pie" in conversation, but everyone knows the song "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore..."

Wait, so the lyrics aren't actually "piece of pie" ???

...
Seriously?
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 12273

Re: 1986: River Border

chrisjwmartin wrote:*reads tooltip*

What on earth does pie have to do with pizza?

*thinks for a bit*

Oh, right - Randall is American from New England, and for some reason they talk about "pizza pies".

ftfy. I never heard a pizza called a pie growing up in the Midwest.
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 14354

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

...you don't actually own the thing you have, if you own it on borrowed money (using it as collateral). Jose Sorry, that is not correct. The Lender does not own the asset. The Borrower owns it. Then Lender will have some lien against it, and may foreclose and take ownership in event of default, but...
by mathmannix
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 7877

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

sunset quote.png
by mathmannix
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 12552

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

It might not be a particularly USEFUL chart, but it is what it says it is (assuming the numbers are correct, which I didn't check), a chart of all Americans. And my two preschool kids are Americans who didn't vote in 2016, and probably won't vote for at least a decade!
by mathmannix
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 12552

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Edit: looked it up. Minors make 24% of the US population and immigrants 13%. Implies immigrants were not included in "How America participated" That 13% of the total U.S. population is ALL immigrants, most of whom become legalized citizens, and can (and many of whom do) vote. Nobody knows...
by mathmannix
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word association, rounded to the following letter
Replies: 697
Views: 73330

Re: Word association, rounded to the following letter

Zoo -> Cage -> Match -> Fire -> Arson
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 9589

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

Well, it actually seems very similar to me in theory to the idea of a LEGO movie. I imagine people who "grew up" playing with emoji (I don't think this has actually happened yet) might love the movie. The big difference here seems to be that, outside of people who love LEGO's, most people ...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 5843

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

One thing I would like to know: how much does altitude affect eclipse length time? (Because obviously as you approach the moon, the eclipse time approaches two weeks or so.) Would being on a high-altitude airplane increase totality by a few hundredths of a second? I mean, sure, I'm probably being ov...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 25
Views: 9364

Re: Longest Name

My two cents: I think longer names are primarily used in order to distinguish names that are the same when shorter. So "The" Bach has to be Johann Sebastian Bach because he had relatives named Johann Nicolaus Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Snagglepuss Bach, etc... and when you click o...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 8435

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

I think that would better describe San Francisco...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0010: "Pi Equals"
Replies: 11
Views: 5744

Re: 0010: "Pi Equals"

Pi is exactly 3. See the bible, Kings 7:23 for proof. Actually, the established Rabbinical interpretation is that the "error" is due to the difference in the inner and outer circumferences (the difference being the thickness of the rim) of a very large bowl (about 15 feet across.) And of ...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 13264

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

rhomboidal wrote:Russell's teapot really raises a profound question: Will it make hot tea or iced tea?

Khan wrote:It is very cold in space.
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 22375

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Potatoes are dubious as a vegetable, they're mainly a source of carbohydrates. And containing a vegetable does not make it a vegetable, especially if it's wrapped in a carbohydrate heavy source. It would be more adequate to count it as a complete meal (although with too little vegetable and lacking...
by mathmannix
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 22375

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Oh, wait. 7/11 doesn't have any fruits and vegetables. Ours sells bananas (a dollar a banana!) and samosas, which I guess are vegetableish. But this probably varies by region. Samosa as in deep fried pastry? You count that as almost a vegetable? Umm, yes? They have vegetables in them. Potatoes and ...
by mathmannix
Tue May 02, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 15364

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Morgan Wick wrote:Relevant

Ahh yes, Dilbert was much funnier in the first couple of years / books, before it became all office "humor", all the time.

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