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by ThirdParty
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 11755

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Evidently, from the tone of the replies, I must have stated my thesis too strongly. I meant to be asserting a rule of thumb, not some sort of ironclad law. (While still gently suggesting that harry.lime's recommendation that we aim for clear urine is overshooting the mark a little.) Urochromoanalysi...
by ThirdParty
Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 11755

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Hydrated = Your urine is clear Actually, this is by far the most common bit of pop hydration advice you will get from friends and strangers, and it is not based on a single bit of science. You are evil, and wrong. [Citation Needed] Do we really need a citation? Can't we reason it out? There are two...
by ThirdParty
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 692 contains twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, and a pear tree. The partridge, assuming there w...
by ThirdParty
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 6363

Re: My wife and I's...

my mind quickly settled on "Me and my wife's..." as how I would phrase that. The question is: why is the pronoun in the accusative case when it is not the object of a verb? I supppose one analysis is that "me" isn't just the accusative form, but the default, used whenever it's n...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 6363

Re: My wife and I's...

After considering all the options, I've decided that "my wife and myself's favorite book" is the least bad. You have a wife, you have a self, and they jointly have a favorite book; problem solved. To my ear, "my wife's and my" sounds best This sounds good because it's a grammatic...
by ThirdParty
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 661 contains a flock of headless chickens being tended to by robotic cockroaches which are being controlled by an AI which is plotting to convert the entire solar system into paperclips. (How tending to a flock of headless chickens contributes to this goal is unclear. Perhaps the AI expects th...
by ThirdParty
Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 654 is being excreted by a caterpillar.
by ThirdParty
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 644 contains some appalling ululation, as well as a bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth, emanating from one of the floors above it.
by ThirdParty
Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 631 contains a perfect copy of all floors not containing perfect copies of themselves.
by ThirdParty
Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

On Floor 609, all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.
by ThirdParty
Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 553 contains no perpetual motion devices.
by ThirdParty
Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Fivethirty McFivethirtface was named by an online poll.
by ThirdParty
Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 527 contains the ruins of a previous meth lab.
by ThirdParty
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 513 contains a banana spider silk protein milk goat herd.

(For those of you who have trouble parsing compound nouns: that's a herd of goats which have been genetically engineered to produce milk containing proteins derived from the silk of banana spiders.)
by ThirdParty
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 499 contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

(Prop. 65)
by ThirdParty
Fri May 20, 2016 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 494 contains a single Möbius strip of corridor. If you go far enough in either direction, you end up back where you started, but with your left and right reversed. Posted at the exit is a warning sign, printed in reversed lettering, explaining that leaving the floor while reversed may result i...
by ThirdParty
Thu May 12, 2016 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

In contrast, Floor 476 is completely describable. I just choose not to.
by ThirdParty
Wed May 11, 2016 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 474 has about a hundred portals, each of which is linked to itself. Kind of like mirrors, except the images are flipped horizontally and you can pass through them. At any given moment, there are a dozen or so visitors to the floor experimenting with the self-linked portals. Most self-grooming ...
by ThirdParty
Wed May 04, 2016 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 459 makes cheese to feed newly-bred mice, and offers free Heimlich maneuvers to people who try to breathe mice.

Also, it is in the right place.
by ThirdParty
Mon May 02, 2016 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 455 consists of a giant (like, building-sized) tortoise, which is standing on the back of a second giant tortoise, which is standing on the back of third giant tortoise, which is somehow hovering in the open air above the previous floor. Occasionally giant tortoise-droppings plop down into the...
by ThirdParty
Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Split Words
Replies: 5
Views: 3804

Re: Split Words

I managed to get up to 6 word-halves wa-, ba-, ha-, pu-, wi-, di-, du- -ll, -ke, -re, -sh, -nk, -ck Nice job, but neither "wike" nor "dush" has seen much use in the past hundred years, "dink" is more of an acronym than a word, and "wank" seems inappropriate f...
by ThirdParty
Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 433 has foam-padded walls and is painted Baker-Miller Pink. There is also a foam-padded cabinet containing a selection of pale-green straightjackets.
by ThirdParty
Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 426 is dark and full of terrors.
by ThirdParty
Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 424 contains all our notes on the "go back in time and kill Güyük Khan" idea, which appears to have worked flawlessly. You have no idea how awful the 13th century was going to be. Neither do we. All information about the original future was obliterated when the time travelers altered...
by ThirdParty
Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 398 does not contain anything edible, because the velociraptors have been there.
by ThirdParty
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

The residents of Floor 394 don't even know what "uudecode" is, but they do wish that Floor 393 would learn to speak 'Merican instead of that math-looking gibberish.
by ThirdParty
Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 379, like the two floors below it, is underwater; its residents are aquatic. However, it contains a public terrarium: a zoological park with various land creatures on display in glass containers, for aquatic visitors to come gawk at.
by ThirdParty
Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 357 contains a clowder of cats and also a glaring of cats. Oh, and also a few dodo feathers: the clowder has figured out how to access the floor below, although the glaring has not.
by ThirdParty
Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

On Floor 350, the speed of light is not constant, but instead varies with orientation, as if it were permeated by a moving matrix of luminiferous aether . The floor contains a lot of very interested physicists, who are trying to measure the situation more precisely. They've identified an otherwise-u...
by ThirdParty
Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 333 is another apocalypse: just as on Floor 330, the end of the world will begin here. (How the world will begin to end on two floors simultaneously is something of an open question, but death will find a way.) There is a difference between the two floors, however: this one is the version wher...
by ThirdParty
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 289 contains an explanation of where to find some of the missing floors: Floor 259 was destroyed and replaced by the second floor labeled "258". (See the memorial on Floor 260 for an explanation of what happened.) The first floor labeled "255" is actually Floor 270. (The se...
by ThirdParty
Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 250 is just 6 floors away from a big round-number milestone.
by ThirdParty
Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A math problem (maximization with restraints)
Replies: 2
Views: 1739

Re: A math problem (maximization with restraints)

I agree. x = 200/3, y = z = (200/3)(√2/π). Here's my reasoning: Just by eyeballing it, we can see that the optimum solution will have y and z equal. (Because we want y*z to be high but y^2+z^2 to be low.) Substituting y for z gives us: 100 ≥ x ≥ y ≥ 0 200 ≥ x + (π√2)y Since we want x...
by ThirdParty
Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Drawing Two Bingo Balls
Replies: 3
Views: 2808

Re: Drawing Two Bingo Balls

Yeah, that's better. Good job.
by ThirdParty
Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 226 is a wild bird sanctuary that has some construction machinery temporarily parked in it. It contains a backhoe, a bulldozer, a crane, a flamingo, and a stork. I think we're on the correct floor now. The post count is two higher than the floor count because there were three posts that di...
by ThirdParty
Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 219 contains a number of people who can't count.

Spoiler:
There was an extra floor amid Floors 30-35, so as long as we're skipping labels to try to catch up, I figured we should skip another one.
by ThirdParty
Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Drawing Two Bingo Balls
Replies: 3
Views: 2808

Re: Drawing Two Bingo Balls

The first solution that came to mind was this rather-inelegant one: <html><head><title>Brute Force</title> <script language="JavaScript"> function getanswer() { var a; var b; var count = 0; var sum = 0; for (a = 1; a <= 75; ++a) { for (b = 1; b <= 75; ++b) { if (...
by ThirdParty
Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

In Floor 209, the floor is lava. Floating in it are a variety of sofas, chairs, tables, decorative rugs, etc., all made of exotic materials that remain solid even under these conditions. There are just about enough of them to make it possible to jump from one to the other, and so navigate the entire...
by ThirdParty
Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1195
Views: 58130

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 204 is another "normal" floor. It's arranged as a store, kind of a cross between an old-fashioned soda shop and a modern ice cream parlor. A big glass counter displays tubs of 31 different flavors of carbonated beverages, which are served into customers' cups using ladles. You can re...
by ThirdParty
Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Colliding Missles
Replies: 11
Views: 3077

Re: Colliding Missles

since this is a math puzzle and not a rocket engineering exercise, you take the ordinary assumptions that things generally travel in straight lines and obey Newtonian physics in a flat Euclidean universe. It would still be a math puzzle if we tried to figure out the answer for elliptical paths rath...

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