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by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 116733

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

"goo-al" (rhymes with "new towel") Do you pronounce "towel" to rhyme with "fall" rather than "fowl"? No. (Confused). These words all rhyme to my ears: Al, bowel, cowl, dowel, foul/fowl, gal, howl, jowl, owl, pal, Powell, shall, towel, vowel, yowl. I...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 323461

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Honda after Honda Soichiro, the founder of the company. Suzuki after Suzuki Michio, the founder of the company. Mazda after Matsuda Jujiro, the de facto founder of the company (and also from Ahura Mazda; Jujiro seems to have made use of the coincidence). Toyota after the Toyoda family (hard to say ...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 15496

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

I stand by all I said. This would appear to be one of those internet situations where neither of us is going to change the other's mind, so I'll just leave it as "agree to disagree."
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 25707

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Oh, I should add to my previous rant, that mushrooms are also commonly considered vegetables, despite being fungi. But they go in garden salads or on burgers, so there you are. And I guess vegetables can even include animals, if the sea cucumber is an example ! (Kelp can be a vegetable too. Wikipedi...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 116733

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Manoeuvre No word should have that many vowels in a row. Then you'll probably hate this page: https://www.wordnik.com/lists/words-with-four-consecutive-vowels And the word "queueing" has five - I said FIVE - vowels in a row. Oh me yarm! ;) Yeah, well, I know a word with lots more vowels i...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 15496

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

Another riff on the footprints poem (one with, I think, some theological import. Also includes the original poem at the top): http://adam4d.com/footprints-sand/ Oh gosh, as an ex-Christian, that brought back a whole lot of horrible feelings of what it was like to actually think that way. I can't sp...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 25707

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Fish is a kind of meat. Biologically yes, in a culinary sense, not particularly [...] This is a distinction that eludes many people. Take the classic question, "is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit?" Many people answer "fruit" because biologically, a tomato is indeed a fruit, but ...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 323461

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Portia is a real name too, and it sounds just like Porsche. Portia and Mercedes would make great names for sisters, or a first and middle name. Born to Mr and Mrs Ford Well yeah, most * car companies are the founder's last name... Lamborghini, Chevrolet, Buick. (Lincolns are named after Abraham Lin...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Adding a possessive to franchise names
Replies: 10
Views: 4341

Re: Adding a possessive to franchise names

My wife corrects me all the time when I say "Panera's". It just sounds better in my head. I say "Meijer's" too (although I'm equally likely to say "Mee-jur", the way our old Garmin GPS pronounced it!) But I don't say Walmart's or Walgreen's *. We don't have Eckerds ** a...
by mathmannix
Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 323461

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Portia is a real name too, and it sounds just like Porsche. Portia and Mercedes would make great names for sisters, or a first and middle name.
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1571: "Car Model Names"
Replies: 62
Views: 13790

Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Pfhorrest wrote:
orthogon wrote:rhotically challenged

I like this and am going to steal it.

What a very Presidential thing to say!
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1574: "Trouble for Science"
Replies: 41
Views: 10503

Re: 1574: "Trouble for Science"

Yup, about time those so-called "scientists" admitted they were up to a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hitchhiker's Guide XKCD style narrative plot
Replies: 3
Views: 5822

Re: Hitchhiker's Guide XKCD style narrative plot

Looks pretty good. Just to nitpick, shouldn't Arthur and Trillian start closer together, both being earthlings?
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Toy Story 3! ^^;
Replies: 87
Views: 22168

Re: Toy Story 3! ^^;

Not surprised, considering how successful the franchise has been, and, Disney. I have a hard time believing that the fourth installment won't be disappointing compared to the first three, and almost certainly unnecessary considering how the trilogy came together and finished off. Then again, Pixar ...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Whose name comes after "Mrs."?
Replies: 25
Views: 5482

Re: Whose name comes after "Mrs."?

Also note that there is the form, typically only used only in very formal circumstances, of Mrs. His-first-name His-last-name. For example, Mrs. John Smith. I always found that form really unusual myself, and kind of off-putting, like the woman doesn't have her own name or something. I have a great...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430456

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I mean, as far as I'm aware, English is the only language that treats them as two separate continents. And along with that there are a whole host of issues surrounding the way we (inhabitants of the Anglosphere) divide that part of the world into North, Central and South America - in particular the...
by mathmannix
Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Use of 20km tall "space elevator"?
Replies: 69
Views: 10023

Re: Use of 20km tall "space elevator"?

Tyndmyr wrote:I have no idea why you need a shaft to begin with.

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Any more questions?
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 116733

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I mean, I love all those numbers, it's so hard to choose. All numbers are interesting! There ARE no boring numbers. Proof: (a) See above, there are at least some interesting numbers. (b) if there ARE any boring numbers, then there is a FIRST boring number. That's interesting! Ehh, that only works f...
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia shooting
Replies: 64
Views: 15223

Re: Virginia shooting

Executions are expensive They really don't have to be. Bullets cost, what, about a dollar each? Sure. It isn't the bullet itself, it's all the rest of it. The necessary security for death row, the appeals, the checks and balances. If you ditch all of that, and allow cops to just shoot people in the...
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia shooting
Replies: 64
Views: 15223

Re: Virginia shooting

Tyndmyr wrote:Executions are expensive

They really don't have to be. Bullets cost, what, about a dollar each?
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430456

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"New World" has its own whole host of issues, mainly stemming from the fact that it wasn't new to any of the people who had already been here for several thousand years. Yeah, but most of those people didn't speak English*, so if we're talking about it in English we can use the English as...
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Disney Film with Aggregate Best Original Music
Replies: 27
Views: 4869

Re: Disney Film with Aggregate Best Original Music

This quiz was somewhat idiosyncratic, because the vast majority of the films on the list were from the Official Disney Animated Canon (TM), most of which have one or two memorable songs each. These are the ones I've seen: 1. Snow White 2. Pinnochio 3. Fantasia 4. Dumbo 5. Bambi 12. Cinderella 13. Al...
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430456

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

gmalivuk wrote:And what about if you want to talk collectively about people from the Americas?

West Hemispheran?
New Worlder?
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 144
Views: 39325

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

The little Zamfir had 2 different solid foods today! 2 icecubes of mushed peas and an icecube of carrots. She ate it all with enthusiasm. And tried hard to eat her bib (if that's the right word in English?) And after dinner, a cloth. Hungry like caterpillar I've never heard of giving babies ice cub...
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001652

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

If they repeal the 14th amendment, does that mean that anyone who isn't an indigenous native American has to leave the country? Or does it apply to them as well? Repealing most amendments, including this one, wouldn't actually change any laws - it would just change what types of laws are allowed to...
by mathmannix
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 116733

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word.... It's occasionally. Still can't spell it in this post :P Me too. Manoeuvre . Damn, had to resort to spellcheck yet again. Yeah, you spelt it very weirdly. It's supposed to be maneuver . So, was anyone else bothered by the fact that the "p...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001652

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

OK, changing the subject, why would Republican candidates want to repeal the 14th Amendment * when it is the 14th Amendment that clearly makes abortion unconstitutional, if only the justices would just interpret the Constitution literally like they should? (* - yes, I know it's because of Mexicans t...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001652

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

My prediction is that Hillary will keep burying herself in scandals until she cannot possibly election even to city council, and then Biden will come out of nowhere with Obama's endorsement, and face off against Carson (or possibly Trump). At that point, I can't predict any further.
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia shooting
Replies: 64
Views: 15223

Re: Virginia shooting

The aims of the justice system include 1.) removing dangerous people from society so they can't harm innocent, law-abiding citizens; 2.) rehabilitation, so that offenders who serve their time have a decent shot of re-entering society in a productive way; 3.) punishment, to deter others from committ...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 25707

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

And on boxes of frozen pizza, they actually print "Take the pizza out of the box & plastic before heating". It amazes me to imagine people who actually benefit from such advice. Well... I have gotten in trouble from my wife for omitting to remove the pizza from the cardboard circle be...
by mathmannix
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 20333

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

I don't like the Wandboy subtitles in general, but I really hate the one for the 6th book/movie. I mean, the whole point of the title was that it had a misleading word in it... it was set up for expectations that there was an actual prince, but Professor Snape was the half-blood son of a muggle fath...
by mathmannix
Fri Aug 14, 2015 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Three Letters in a Sentence
Replies: 180
Views: 25871

Re: Three Letters in a Sentence

The prophet Habbakuk's son nabbed a cabbage from his father's garden for his kebab, badly stubbing his toe in the process and calling out "Abba!" (which, in Aramaic, is "father".)

yxyax
by mathmannix
Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001652

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

jestingrabbit wrote:Its clear and present danger.

Ahh, thanks! That was really starting to bug me.
by mathmannix
Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1001652

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'll start off with my opinions, which I am fairly certain nobody else here agrees with, just to get them out of the way. Like I said, you probably disagree, and I really don't need to hear any insults to my intelligence or whatever. I stand by my opinions. Anyway, I believe George W. Bush is a grea...
by mathmannix
Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1560: "Bubblegum"
Replies: 28
Views: 7110

Re: 1560: "Bubblegum"

While risking showing my age, I think the cartoon refers to Duke Nukem 3D. Hey kid, have you heard they're making a new film called Ghostbusters? Can't wait to see the comedy duo of Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in action... First of all, I have seen many movies made in 1988*, but not They Live...
by mathmannix
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 14094

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

So... in all seriousness, why does a phase diagram for water look like this? (Or like this:) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/08/Phase_diagram_of_water.svg/285px-Phase_diagram_of_water.svg.png As I understand it (not a scientist), water is [a rare substance / unique in the univ...
by mathmannix
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0139: "Jupiter Descending"
Replies: 30
Views: 18499

Re: What-if 0139: Jupiter Descending

So... who's Ada?
by mathmannix
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430456

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Aiwendil wrote:But when it's just chopping off parts of words and mashing them together, it just seems pointless and puerile.

Pointile!
by mathmannix
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Jurassic World
Replies: 56
Views: 7469

Re: Jurassic World

You know the drill: Jurassic 2: Electric Boogaloo More like Jurassic 5: The Final Frontier (I can't think of any other named 5th 4th sequels - which in themselves are rare - obviously not counting Star Wars. Although apparently Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Ice Age 5, and Rambo 5 are all coming out e...
by mathmannix
Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words before their meanings were changed by pop culture
Replies: 16
Views: 8184

Re: Words before their meanings were changed by pop culture

You're looking for words that haven't just changed overtime, but specifically have changed due to popular culture? A lot of people (well, my parents at least) blame video games for "versing". I don't know how common it is/was to say that someone writing poetry is/was "versing", ...

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