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by johnmarkos
Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 25577

Re: 1093: "Forget"

I remember Nixon's resignation, and I was born in November, 1970. Why? Because my parents moved the TV into the dining room for the occasion.

Note to parents: if you want your young kids to remember a cultural event, do something weird with the TV.
by johnmarkos
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 49466

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

I noticed an earlier objection that we use "handful" to describe a quantity of things that cannot fit in a hand, because they're too large or intangible. I think in those cases, handful expresses a kind of ambiguity: it's more than one, but not a huge number. Using the phrase "a handf...
by johnmarkos
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 49466

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

"A handful" is a measurement of volume, not quantity. The quantity depends on the granularity of the thing in your hand: how many can fit?
by johnmarkos
Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0716: "Time Machine"
Replies: 112
Views: 23569

Re: "Time Machine" Discussion

I thought the Rob in the last panel was original Rob, having never thought of the time machine idea after being bonked in the head by future Rob.

But then I realized that's not right when I saw the baseball bat.
by johnmarkos
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 29594

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

They tell me I traveled here from late 1970, but for some reason, I can't remember a single thing that happened before summer, 1973, and I have only the vaguest idea of what was going on around me before about 1977.
by johnmarkos
Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 29594

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

How do you know that you existed before this moment?
by johnmarkos
Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 47998

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

Me: "I'm psychic, you know."
My wife: "Really?"
Me: "Yeah. Pick a number between 1 and 100."
My wife: "Um, seventy-two."
by johnmarkos
Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0572: "Together"
Replies: 102
Views: 17241

Re: "Together" discussion

Where did he get the hat?

Maybe happiness came with the hat.

Also, why couldn't he look for those other things while he was aging, and couldn't he see them on the list? I'm confused.

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