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- Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:15 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
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### 1589: "Frankenstein"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/frankenstein.png Alt text: "Wait, so in this version, Frankenstein is also the doctor's name?", "No, he's just 'The Doctor' " How can the monster be saying that the moon landings were faked when they haven't happened yet? Maybe there were some other f...

- Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:01 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Words common to different languages with different meanings
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### Re: Words common to different languages with different meani

phoque = seal and sounds like the f-word.

- Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:49 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
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### Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

Yeah, we should have called them "wha" and "sen". The only problem then is: What would we do for rhymes with "heaven"?

Eleven, duh.

- Sun May 13, 2012 9:31 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
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### Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Bad pun: The Maths panel demonstrates that mathematicians can get employment from the military, in the field of logistics . (At least, I think that cannonball trajectory's meant to be the bifurcation diagram of the logistic map ). People have known that since Shakespeare, who observed that Mr. Mich...

- Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Literally, Really, Very, Truly, Seriously
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### Re: Literally, Really, Very, Truly, Seriously

goofy wrote:So "literally" is here used in its non-figurative sense. Where is the confusion?

"Le Médecin volant" is a play by Molière and literally could refer to letters i.e. literature.

- Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:55 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
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### Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Randall: Tu vois bien... ce n'est pas un mouton, c'est un bélier. Il a des cornes...

The XKCD readers have been deceived. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

The XKCD readers have been deceived. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

- Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Math GRE Subject Test
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### Re: Math GRE Subject Test

I didn't worry that much about the math when I took it - the schools I was looking at didn't seem to focus on the math too heavily, although they wanted high verbal and logic scores (this was back when you didn't do a written logic section). Your post seems to be referring to the Quantitative secti...

- Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:34 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?
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### Re: Should we make students memorize the quadratic formula?

What about solving quadratics using this method? a x^2 + bx + c = 0 (x - z_1) (x - z_2) = 0 z_1 + z_2 = -b/a z_1 * z_2 = c/a z_1^2 + z_2 ^2 + 2 z_1 z_2 = b^2 / a^2 z_1^2 + z_2^2 - 2 z_1 z_2 = (b^2 - 4ac) / a^2 (z_1 - z_2)^2 = (b^2 - 4ac) / a^2 z_1 - z_2 = \sqr...

- Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:35 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: The Language of Molière
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### The Language of Molière

My high school is doing things which suggest that they are trying to phase out French classes. They have already phased out German classes, and counselors are trying to convince students that French is "useless", "élitist", and "inapplicable". The school appears to be r...

- Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:15 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Trick math problems?
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### Re: Trick math problems?

From a Russian math test: Solve the equation \sqrt{x+1}(4 - x^2) = 0 If you answer, "x = -1 or x = 2" you are marked wrong because it should be "x = -1 and x = 2". But if you answer "x = -1 and x = 2" you are marked wrong because it should be "x = -1 or x =...

- Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:13 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
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### Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

So you're trying to model making a webcomic ? Just model it as making a lolcat with corrections for drawing skills and math why does xkcd have a whole journal anyway? So you're trying to model the zeroes of the Riemann zeta function ? Just model it as shopping with corrections for being hard . Why d...

- Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:04 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Really basic stuff that was never proven in class
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### Re: Really basic stuff that was never proven

Lemma 1 Let p be prime and a positive <p . Then no positive number b can be found less than p such that ab \equiv 0 \pmod{p} . Proof If the theorem is false, then we have numbers b, c, d, \ldots all <p such that ab \equiv 0 , ac \equiv 0 , ad \equiv 0, \ldots . Let b be the smallest of all of these ...

- Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:03 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Really basic stuff that was never proven in class
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### Re: Really basic stuff that was never proven

Yeah, you go over to your nearest elementary school and try to prove that to them. And I think the fact that gcd(n,m)=1 -> (there exists r and s such that rn+sm=1) is much less elegant to show - if you can call the proof you gave elegant. Of course it seems trivial now, I just had trouble with the ...

- Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:16 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Really basic stuff that was never proven in class
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### Re: Really basic stuff that was never proven

Divide the circle into [imath]n[/imath] sectors and make them into triangles. Then take the limit as the number of triangles approaches infinity.

- Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:31 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Really basic stuff that was never proven in class
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### Re: Really basic stuff that was never proven

Fundamental theorem of arithmetic. :evil: I'd asked why it was true when I was six, I never got a satisfactory response. I got things like "Well, can you think of any examples?" and crap I like that. I had to wait until I got a book of number theory before I actually saw a proof. They wer...

- Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:24 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: A facebook joke.
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### Re: A facebook joke.

I think ε> (epsilon is greater than) looks more like a heart.

- Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:41 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite math jokes
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### Re: Favorite math jokes

Why do they call it the center of the city?

**Spoiler:**

- Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:28 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Hating on the statisticians
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### Re: Hating on the statisticians

P.S. I have degrees in math and statistics. Sometimes I hate myself so much I go into a dark room and write poetry that overuses the words "Angst" and "Erdos". Poems or it didn't happen! Well at the very least he could create a haiku consisting soley of the words "angst&quo...

- Thu May 27, 2010 5:38 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Looking for pointers with integration by parts
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### Re: Looking for pointers with integration by parts

From James Slagel's PhD thesis on "A heuristic program that solves symbolic integration problems in freshman calculus : symbolic automatic integrator: SAINT should give priority to partitions of the integrand which result in differentiating expressions that are logarithmic, inverse hyperbolic, ...

- Tue May 04, 2010 1:54 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite math jokes
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### Re: Favorite math jokes

I like this one:

http://brownsharpie.courtneygibbons.org/?p=69

http://brownsharpie.courtneygibbons.org/?p=69

- Mon May 03, 2010 10:29 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Need some understanding.
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### Re: Need some understanding.

l'Hopital's rule is a rule about what happens when you take the limit of f(x)/g(x) at some point a where f(x)->0 and g(x)->0. Actually it also works if g(x) tends to either +∞ or to -∞. To see why L'hopital's rule works, multiply both the numerator and denominator by 1/(x-a): { f(x) \over g...

- Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:27 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Alternating harmonic series of primes
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### Alternating harmonic series of primes

Is there a name for the sum of the alternating series of primes (i.e. 1/2 - 1/3 + 1/5 - 1/7 + 1/11 - 1/13 + ...) ?

[math]\sum_{x=1}^\infty{-1}^{1+x}/p_x \approx 0.27[/math]

[math]\sum_{x=1}^\infty{-1}^{1+x}/p_x \approx 0.27[/math]

- Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:43 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 0721: "Flatland"
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### Re: "Flatland" Discussion

For those who don't get the alt text:

circle = priest in Flatland and women = lines.

circle = priest in Flatland and women = lines.

- Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:43 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Math in Moscow
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### Re: Math in Moscow

In Soviet Russia, math does you!

- Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:55 am UTC
- Forum: Coding
- Topic: Coding: Hacks and Snippets
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### Look and Say Sequence

(define (digits n) (map (lambda (x) (- (char->integer x) 48)) (string->list (number->string n)))) (define (rle lst) (let loop ((retval '()) (num 1) (cur (car lst)) (lst (cdr lst))) (cond ((null? lst) (reverse (cons* cur num retval))) ((eq? (car lst) cur) (loop retval (1+ num) cur (cdr lst))) (else ...

- Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:06 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Four color theorem
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### Re: Four color theorem

That can't possibly be true, as the following counterexample has been published by Gardner in Scientific American

- Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:30 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Have You Been Taught Things Which Aren't True?
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### Re: Have You Been Taught Things Which Aren't True?

That there's no method for solving equations of the form n x =m exactly where n and m are known. I think this was because the teacher didn't want us tapping that log button instead of approximating them using that method which is apparently called the bracketing method. You mean a binary search: Ex...

- Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:19 pm UTC
- Forum: Music
- Topic: What is this song (Classical)
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### What is this song (Classical)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYJKUiSHCR0

What is the name of the song that he is sing before Napoleon shows up? (Chant du depart is the song he is singing later).

What is the name of the song that he is sing before Napoleon shows up? (Chant du depart is the song he is singing later).

- Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:29 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Interesting Infinite Radical Formula
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### Interesting Infinite Radical Formula

\sqrt{1 + x\sqrt{1 + (x+1)\sqrt{1 + (x+2)\sqrt{1 + \ldots}}}} = x + 1 Proof by induction: This theorem is clearly true for x = 0: \sqrt 1 = 1 Assuming the theorem is proven for x, proving for x+1: f(x) = \sqrt{1 + x\sqrt{1 + (x+1)\sqrt{1 + (x+2)\sqrt{1 + \ldo...

- Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:49 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
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### Re: Honor Societies

If you school has two different honor societies and you're in both does that make you twice as honorable? And then you can write on your university application about how you're honorable like Brutus and they should admit you instead of all the other dishonorable people. Long cat is long, and tautolo...

- Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:33 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite math jokes
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### Re: Favorite math jokes

Improving Ludolph van Ceulen 's tombstone: 3.141 5926 5358 9793 BURMA SHAVE (sort of fits the meter) Henri Poincaré, once grew suspicious and started to weigh the bread loaves he was getting at the bakery. Indeed, he discovered that the average weight was 900 grammes (rather than 1 kg, as required)....

- Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:17 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Recurrence by induction and Fermat
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### Re: Recurrence by induction and Fermat

TNorthover wrote:Amateur. I got an e-mail recently from someone who'd proved both fermat and the 4 colour theorem. Just doing one of them won't cut it any more.

They're both trivial...

- Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:57 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
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### Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

Arancaytar wrote:After countless

Engineers

Spend trillions over

Fifty years

A modern Babel

Disappears

Because some fuck brought

Pruning shears

BURMA SHAVE.

So who else thought it?

I did.

- Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:29 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
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### Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

Academia: My goodness, this dramatically decreases the time to compute the answer-- but you didn't do it recursively (the slower way with more application overhead, yet an assignment requirement) -- sorry it doesn't count. Unfortunately, most of this particular Computer Science program was a bunch ...

- Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:01 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite math jokes
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### Re: Favorite math jokes

What's the difference between a mathematician and a large pizza? The large pizza isn't insane.

- Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:55 pm UTC
- Forum: Coding
- Topic: New initiate into the grand order
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### Re: New initiate into the grand order

Magilla wrote:Welcome!

Also, if you get emacs, you'll have to get a text editor to run in it. Try "vim" for that...

Do people actually run vi in an emacs term buffer?

- Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:34 am UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: Right vs Left
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### Re: Right vs Left

Cynical Idealist wrote:Meteorswarm clearly got it too: "I find myself more dextrous with my right."

I can see that you are more dexterous with your right hand, as you left out the e from dexterous, and e is on the left side of the keyboard.

- Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:38 am UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: Comic Sans
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### Re: Comic Sans

Thanks to GNU/Linux, I am immune to the Comic Sans.

For Windows users:

For Windows users:

Code: Select all

`DEL C:\WINDOWS\FONTS\COMIC*.TTF`

- Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:30 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
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### Re: Geocities redesign discussion

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE='SCHEME'>(define (eval exp env) (cond ((self-evaluating? exp) exp) ((variable? exp) (lookup-variable-value exp env)) ((quoted? exp) (text-of-quotation exp)) ((assignment? exp) (eval-assignment exp env)) ((definition? exp) (eval-definition exp env)) ((if? exp) (eval-if exp env)) ((l...

- Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:15 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Hilarious use for bad computer translations
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### Re: Hilarious use for bad computer translations

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" becomes We simply hand man, the man in the air, he is a wealthy country in the camel. http://www.translationparty.com/#4910402 "I have discovered a truly marvellous proof of...