1245: "10-Day Forecast"

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1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby Trurl » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:02 am UTC

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:03 am UTC

I so hope the world ends on a Tuesday. I hate it when those things fall on the weekends.

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:11 am UTC

So Monday's forecast is for... people to have long legs?

And on Tuesday, Momo takes over the world?
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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby TheEngineer » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:14 am UTC

Judging from Sunday's forecast, he typed the UK postcode DL2 3UG ... which is in Killerby, County Durham.

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby Quicksilver » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:16 am UTC

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby Red Hal » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:34 am UTC

TheEngineer wrote:Judging from Sunday's forecast, he typed the UK postcode DL2 3UG ... which is in Killerby, County Durham.
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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby uncleroy » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:04 am UTC

I always wanted to live in a zip code which was a prime number. I grew up in one that was a perfect square though, which is nearly as cool.

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby Ilze123 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:11 am UTC

The figure on tuesday looks a bit like Frank the Rabbit from Donnie Darko. Any other ideas?

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby zachpw » Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:42 pm UTC

I couldn't find any sites that would let me use negative zip codes. :(

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby mathmannix » Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:46 pm UTC

uncleroy wrote:I always wanted to live in a zip code which was a prime number. I grew up in one that was a perfect square though, which is nearly as cool.

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Well, that's disappointing - I have lived under 25 different U.S. zip codes, all neither prime nor perfect square.
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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby dp2 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:05 pm UTC

uncleroy wrote:I always wanted to live in a zip code which was a prime number. I grew up in one that was a perfect square though, which is nearly as cool.

Roy

I never thought to check this before. My current zip code is not prime, but the next closest prime is one I have lived in. Nice!

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby susanoodin » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:05 pm UTC

ummm ... I'm unsure I get all the joke here. I assume that there are no negative zip codes and that negative being the opposite of positive (i.e. whats normal) would be strange, but: Is that it ?
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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby squonk » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:20 pm UTC

Is that a QR code?

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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby xRAINxOFxBLOODx » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:29 pm UTC

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susanoodin wrote:ummm ... I'm unsure I get all the joke here. I assume that there are no negative zip codes and that negative being the opposite of positive (i.e. whats normal) would be strange, but: Is that it ?


I think there are negative zipcodes, it's just that adding the negative sign changes the zipcode to that of a completely different place. I live in Oregon, but adding a negative sign to the front of my zipcode got me a couple different cities in Mexico and one in Netherlands, both places probably have drastically different whether conditions.
So, the joke is related to a situation where you looked for the whether reports in your area, and were completely baffled by results, which were unlike what you're were experiencing. Then, it turns out you just added the negative sign to your zipcode.

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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby algorerhythms » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:40 pm UTC

Huh... why have I never noticed before that the zip codes in Oklahoma begin with -7?
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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:47 pm UTC

Zip codes are allotted by state, grouped by the first 3 digits. For example, Delaware zips are all 197xx, 198xx, or 199xx. The numbers start in the 0's in the northeast, and go up as you move south and west, which is why Beverly Hills 90210 isn't Beverly Hills 10210.

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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby Sizdian » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:54 pm UTC

Tuesday is the 3rd day of the week, and there are 3 extra Tuesdays in this comic.

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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby stickler » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:58 pm UTC

I used to do this with firebug and the old BBC Weather wobsite. You could change the URL of the images to get a different one.
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Unfortunately they no longer have a 'sandstorm' sprite (But they still have a 'UFO' one).

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby VectorZero » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:01 pm UTC

rhomboidal wrote:I so hope the world ends on a Tuesday. I hate it when those things fall on the weekends.
Bugger that. I don't want to work all Monday then have to suffer through the end of the world as well.
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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby richP » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:12 pm UTC

OK, truth time... who else tried it?

I have to believe there are plenty of xkcd fans at weather.com, given the geeky nature of weather people, I wonder if they'll do an easter egg on their zip code search for us?

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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby netcrusher88 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:18 pm UTC

Just another Monday in Amigara.
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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby pkcommando » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:41 pm UTC

VectorZero wrote:
rhomboidal wrote:I so hope the world ends on a Tuesday. I hate it when those things fall on the weekends.
Bugger that. I don't want to work all Monday then have to suffer through the end of the world as well.

Sunday night would be great. You've just wrapped up your weekend and you're not all that eager to go back to work on Monday and then - BAM - world ends. It's almost like the universe is doing you a favor.

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby jpers36 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:41 pm UTC

Ilze123 wrote:The figure on tuesday looks a bit like Frank the Rabbit from Donnie Darko. Any other ideas?


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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:54 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:So Monday's forecast is for... people to have long legs?

And on Tuesday, Momo takes over the world?

I think Monday is spaghettification and tears in time space.

Tuesday (S.W.A.G.), is an image of the anti-Christ at noon (the sky is clear, the sun's just not working too well)

The eighth, ninth, and tenth days are all Tuesday, because (removes glasses) there's not going to be a Wednesday.

richP wrote:OK, truth time... who else tried it?
I did. Weather dot com says "Go back, friend, go back!" Slightly alarmist for a 404.

susanoodin wrote:ummm ... I'm unsure I get all the joke here. I assume that there are no negative zip codes and that negative being the opposite of positive (i.e. whats normal) would be strange, but: Is that it ?
Negative numbers are a classic source of computer bugs. For instance the "minus world" of super Mario bros 1; level -1 can be reached (through a bug) but causes trippy bugs.
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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby KingErroneous » Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:14 pm UTC

Negative ZIP codes are where the 5-digit portion is less than the +4 section, so basically random spots in the northeastern US.

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby Tables » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:25 pm UTC

Quizatzhaderac wrote:Negative numbers are a classic source of computer bugs. For instance the "minus world" of super Mario bros 1; level -1 can be reached (through a bug) but causes trippy bugs.


Just as a point of information but as best I understand it, the minus world is not in fact a negative number, but world [blank] - level 1, which displays as world -1. The glitch that reaches it is from trying to find level data in a place where no level data exists, not because the game is sent to a world numbered -1.

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby da Doctah » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:28 pm UTC

Ilze123 wrote:The figure on tuesday looks a bit like Frank the Rabbit from Donnie Darko. Any other ideas?

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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby KartoonKrazy » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:21 pm UTC

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby Mr. Cat » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:28 pm UTC

Quizatzhaderac wrote:
richP wrote:OK, truth time... who else tried it?
I did. Weather dot com says "Go back, friend, go back!" Slightly alarmist for a 404.

Yeah, uh, no it does not. Having just tried that, I can safely say that, in fact, weather dot com simply gives alternate possible suggestions for what you might have meant.

Also, I live in a prime zip-code (48187) :D

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:34 pm UTC

Tables wrote:Just as a point of information but as best I understand it, the minus world is not in fact a negative number, but world [blank] - level 1, which displays as world -1. The glitch that reaches it is from trying to find level data in a place where no level data exists, not because the game is sent to a world numbered -1.
Checks. You're right, but it's still an unchecked illegal argument error. If you pulled open a hacking emulator and actually sent a negative one, I'd give 3:1 odds you'd end up with a similar, half-working, world -1 -1.

I still hold the opinion Randal's suggesting that absurd parameters break reality; which they're physical parameters, less so arbitrary numbers like zip codes.
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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:37 pm UTC

Blasphemy! The Universe was created last Thursday afternoon, and will be destroyed this coming Thurs PM, at which point you, yes you, as God will create the Universe.

You could look it up.
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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby zukenft » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:12 pm UTC

"for you, it might be the end of the world. But for me, it was tuesday"

nice comic, slightly creepy.

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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby PolakoVoador » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:22 pm UTC

I could never get the hang of Tuesdays

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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby Tables » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:19 pm UTC

Quizatzhaderac wrote:
Tables wrote:Just as a point of information but as best I understand it, the minus world is not in fact a negative number, but world [blank] - level 1, which displays as world -1. The glitch that reaches it is from trying to find level data in a place where no level data exists, not because the game is sent to a world numbered -1.
Checks. You're right, but it's still an unchecked illegal argument error. If you pulled open a hacking emulator and actually sent a negative one, I'd give 3:1 odds you'd end up with a similar, half-working, world -1 -1.


I don't doubt it, but really in that case it's still less because you've put a negative number in as it is that you're merely outside the expected range. Assuming it read -1 as 255 mind, you'd get about the most bizarre thing you could, I expect. But just to clarify, I'd agree with your initial point about negative numbers.

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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby gmalivuk » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:21 pm UTC

xRAINxOFxBLOODx wrote:I think there are negative zipcodes, it's just that adding the negative sign changes the zipcode to that of a completely different place.
No, there are no negative zipcodes, seeing as ZIP code only refers to the system used by the USPS for postal codes. In addition, no other countries have negative codes to my knowledge, though occasionally it's normal to use a dash to separate the country code from the (alpha)numeric postcode (when sending from a different country), which might be something that some websites use to guess what you might be trying to get.
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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby algorerhythms » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:34 pm UTC

stickler wrote:I used to do this with firebug and the old BBC Weather wobsite. You could change the URL of the images to get a different one.
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Unfortunately they no longer have a 'sandstorm' sprite (But they still have a 'UFO' one).

That trick works with the U.S. National Weather Service site as well. They have a sandstorm image, too, and also an image for wildfire smoke, but I couldn't find the URLs when I made this image because apparently the weather is really good everywhere in the U.S. right now and those images aren't being used anywhere.
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Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Postby pixeldigger » Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:09 pm UTC

Can't help but be reminded of this
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Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Postby swsail » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:01 am UTC

Mr. Cat wrote:
Quizatzhaderac wrote:
richP wrote:OK, truth time... who else tried it?
I did. Weather dot com says "Go back, friend, go back!" Slightly alarmist for a 404.

Yeah, uh, no it does not. Having just tried that, I can safely say that, in fact, weather dot com simply gives alternate possible suggestions for what you might have meant.


You get "Go back friend" if you go to a forecast page for a real zip code and then change the URL to a negative zip code (or any time you enter a nonexistent URL, it's their standard 404). You get suggestions if you enter a negative zip code in the search field. For some reason the suggestions for any negative number are Cancun, Mazatlan, and Amsterdam.


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