1632: "Palindrome"

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1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:40 am UTC

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Title Text: "I hope that somewhere in the world, "Panamax" is the last option on a "size" drop-down menu on a sex toy site."


Can somebody translate "A God's 'Nam Tables"?

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Carlington » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:40 am UTC

Re: "A God's 'Nam tables":
'Nam I would read as a shortening for Viet Nam, but a shortening which I associate with referring to then war in same. 'Nam tables, then, would be tables in Viet Nam, or tables somehow pertaining to Viet Nam - be they physical actual tables for resting things on or abstract tables for arranging information. So I would read this as "Tables belonging to and/or created by a God, that are either in or from Viet Nam or somehow related to or pertaining to Viet Nam and/or the war that took place there."
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:46 am UTC

Yeah I can get "Tables of God pertaining to Viet Nam" from the dictionary, I was just wondering if it had any specific meaning or if it was just inserted to make the palindrome work.

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:08 am UTC

I think usually palindromes just go for whatever works.

This is an odd one.

And, as a compulsion, I'll link the Weird Al Song.

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:11 am UTC

My favorite palindrome is the name Blake DeKalb, because it's a legit name. "DeKalb" already looks like it's something spelled backwards.

I have no idea what the mouseover caption is on about. By all accounts, the "X" should render it impossible to do anything palindromic with it.
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Envelope Generator » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:12 am UTC

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby brandbarth » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:28 am UTC

Steve the Pocket wrote:I have no idea what the mouseover caption is on about.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panamax

Post-Panamax or over-Panamax denote ships larger than Panamax that do not fit in the canal


Harrumph!

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby da Doctah » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:15 am UTC

Steve the Pocket wrote:My favorite palindrome is the name Blake DeKalb, because it's a legit name. "DeKalb" already looks like it's something spelled backwards.


I'll give Norabel LeBaron your number....

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby orthogon » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:29 am UTC

brandbarth wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:I have no idea what the mouseover caption is on about.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panamax

Post-Panamax or over-Panamax denote ships larger than Panamax that do not fit in the canal


Harrumph!

Coincidentally, Panamax is also the brand name for a painkiller, which you might need after deploying the aforementioned sex toy. (Paracetamol, the active ingredient, can also be taken anally, so you could conceivably have a panamax Panamax suppository).
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby higgs-boson » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:49 am UTC

orthogon wrote:Coincidentally, Panamax is also the brand name for a painkiller, which you might need after deploying the aforementioned sex toy. (Paracetamol, the active ingredient, can also be taken anally, so you could conceivably have a panamax Panamax suppository).


You better don't panamax-OD on Paracetamol, for death will not be painless and you may find yourself a walking dead for a couple of days beforehand.
Although being used by almost everyone, this agent is really dangerous.


liverage, to (v) - stuff somebody with an unhealthy overdose of Paracetamol, which leads to permanent liver damage, resulting in a couple of really bad days followed by inevitable death (unless an organ transplantation is possible, which usually isn't, even less on short notice).
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:59 am UTC

brandbarth wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:I have no idea what the mouseover caption is on about.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panamax

Post-Panamax or over-Panamax denote ships larger than Panamax that do not fit in the canal


Harrumph!

That would mean that Post-Panamax would be an even better maximum size.
Or DeathStar (for beads) or
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Copper Bezel » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:05 am UTC

Is that a spoiler box containing an actual spoiler?

In a comic thread?

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:30 pm UTC

Quick: someone list all the palindromic prime numbers w/ >2 digits (sorry, 11)
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Flumble » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:46 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:Quick: someone list all the palindromic prime numbers w/ >2 digits (sorry, 11)

But there is (presumably) only a finite number of particles in the universe.
Anyway, here are a few: 1111, 111111, 11111111, 111111111111, 11111111111111, 111111111111111111, 11111111111111111111 (oh, you mean those palindromic in decimal?)

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby orthogon » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:47 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:Quick: someone list all the palindromic prime numbers w/ >2 digits (sorry, 11)

Up to 1000: 101 131 151 181 191 313 353 373 383 727 757 787 797 919 929
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:48 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:Quick: someone list all the palindromic prime numbers w/ >2 digits (sorry, 11)

Wolfram wrote:As of Nov. 2014, the largest proven palindromic prime is
P=10^(474500)+999·10^(237249)+1
which has 474501 decimal digits

Sorry, the forum only allows 60000 characters in posts.
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby orthogon » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:52 pm UTC

Up to 100,000:
2,3,5,7,11,101,131,151,181,191,313,353,373,383,727,757,787,797,919,929,10301,10501,10601,11311,11411,12421,12721,12821,13331,13831,13931,14341,14741,15451,15551,16061,16361,16561,16661,17471,17971,18181,18481,
19391,19891,19991,30103,30203,30403,30703,30803,31013,31513,32323,32423,33533,34543,34843,35053,35153,35353,35753,36263,36563,37273,37573,38083,38183,38783,39293,70207,70507,70607,71317,71917,72227,72727,
73037,73237,73637,74047,74747,75557,76367,76667,77377,77477,77977,78487,78787,78887,79397,79697,79997,90709,91019,93139,93239,93739,94049,94349,94649,94849,94949,95959,96269,96469,96769,97379,97579,97879,
98389,98689

ETA: no 4-digit palindromic primes because 1001 and 110 share 11 as a common factor. Likewise no 6-digits. (Yeah, I know this is all probably on Wikipedia, but I'm discovering it for myself...)
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby richP » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:16 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:Yeah I can get "Tables of God pertaining to Viet Nam" from the dictionary, I was just wondering if it had any specific meaning or if it was just inserted to make the palindrome work.


Reference to a little-known SQL-injection hacking attempt the Soviets made against a US Army database. Involved a guy named "Little Ho-Jon Tables"

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby The Moomin » Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:24 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:Image

Title Text: "I hope that somewhere in the world, "Panamax" is the last option on a "size" drop-down menu on a sex toy site."


Can somebody translate "A God's 'Nam Tables"?


I doubt it answers your question, but I found this about tables in Vietnam fascinating.

Just goes to show the pointlessness of everything I guess.
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby quihana » Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:26 pm UTC

I think this is a SarahPalindrome. A bit word salad-y, no?

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby jimmosk » Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:30 pm UTC

The best of these I've seen is:

A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal... Panama
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby robhagopian » Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:56 pm UTC

Panamax is so dated (there are already ships that don't fit through) - new hotness is Malacca Max.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaccamax

*EDIT* oh - there's another class that's not restricted by a strait/locks/channels/bridges:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinamax

Try fitting that in your canal...

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:00 pm UTC

But how does that compare to Cinemax?

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby PsiSquared » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:02 pm UTC

Meh... Lame.

At first I thought "okay, it is mildly amusing"... But then I discovered that the palindromic phrase in question goes back to at least 2012.

This, no doubt, deserves the "most lazy and pointless XKCD comic in all time" award. It isn't even bad. It just... pointless.

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby orthogon » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:05 pm UTC

I've been trying to construct a Palin-drome all day. I'm working on something like how a newswire story from Associated Press, about this morning's* declaration by the former Alaskan Governor in support of Trump, might be reported. So far I've got this:

Palin nod to hot Don, nil (AP)

If the woman in question had instead been a Democratic Senator representing Louisiana, something like this could have worked:

Palin (D, LA) nod to hot Donald, nil (AP)

I can't do anything with the annoying "nil", though.

* It was this morning our time, probably last night her time.
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:57 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:I've been trying to construct a Palin-drome all day. I'm working on something like how a newswire story from Associated Press, about this morning's* declaration by the former Alaskan Governor in support of Trump, might be reported. So far I've got this:

Palin nod to hot Don, nil (AP)

If the woman in question had instead been a Democratic Senator representing Louisiana, something like this could have worked:

Palin (D, LA) nod to hot Donald, nil (AP)

I can't do anything with the annoying "nil", though.

* It was this morning our time, probably last night her time.


Maybe something that ends with " if you slowly run, I lap" ? You just need to figure out how to reverse urylwols...
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:48 pm UTC

PsiSquared wrote:Meh... Lame.

At first I thought "okay, it is mildly amusing"... But then I discovered that the palindromic phrase in question goes back to at least 2012.

This, no doubt, deserves the "most lazy and pointless XKCD comic in all time" award. It isn't even bad. It just... pointless.

Wait so the entire palindrome is lifted? The only original part of the comic is the title text?

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Keyman » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:41 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:
PsiSquared wrote:Meh... Lame.

At first I thought "okay, it is mildly amusing"... But then I discovered that the palindromic phrase in question goes back to at least 2012.

This, no doubt, deserves the "most lazy and pointless XKCD comic in all time" award. It isn't even bad. It just... pointless.

Wait so the entire palindrome is lifted? The only original part of the comic is the title text?

per explain xkcd, yes. http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.p ... Palindrome
And their link is to a thread started in 2008 (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=5397)
that's supposedly about "What is the best (by which I mean worst) post you have encountered anywhere today?"
On page 210, four years later (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread. ... ost1370627) there it is. With no attribution....
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby ps.02 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:44 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:Wait so the entire palindrome is lifted? The only original part of the comic is the title text?

Well, you know, plus the artistic depiction of two stick figures in motion, one with hair and one without. And they are creepy because they don't have eyebrows.

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Mikeski » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:41 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:
brandbarth wrote:
Post-Panamax or over-Panamax denote ships larger than Panamax that do not fit in the canal

That would mean that Post-Panamax would be an even better maximum size.

"Too big to fit" as a maximum size? Just to put it on your coffee table as a conversation piece, or something? Or to set future goals? :twisted:

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby ManaUser » Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:57 am UTC

'Nam is sometimes consider the first war we ever lost (thought not strictly correct), so perhaps God's 'Nam refers to that incident with the iron chariots. Not sure how the tables fit in though.

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby StClair » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:24 am UTC

What's Ace got to do with this?

... actually, never mind, I don't think I want to know.

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Copper Bezel » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:26 am UTC

Are we being wooshed?
So much depends upon a red wheel barrow (>= XXII) but it is not going to be installed.

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Eebster the Great » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:30 am UTC

Well if we take the palindrome to be a sentence, then "tables" must be the verb. So one possible interpretation of "A man, a plan, a god's 'Nam tables, nitrate, tar, tinsel, Batman's dog: anal Panama" would be that the man, plan, and god are all the same object of the subject " 'Nam" (cf. "A pharaoh, a visionary, a god's tomb lies in El Giza" or something dumb like that). If they were not all the same thing, but instead different things all independently possessing the 'Nam, then I think all three should end with -'s. Either way though, there must be a punctuation error, because a comma should not come between a verb and its direct object(s). Nevertheless, if we ignore that comma, we find that this 'Nam (which may be Viet Nam, or perhaps some other, better Nam) is tabling nitrate, tar, tinsel, and Batman's dog. Finally, after the colon, we have a definition for the previous situation.

In other words, imagine a conversation:

"This situation is what we like to call Anal Panama."
"What's Anal Panama?"
"Let me give some examples. A shrimp nervously filters water: Anal Panama. A regression pries Lexus's nexus: Anal Panama. Andrew the foreman's sinuses threaten tartan pumpernickle science: Anal Panama."
"I still don't get it, give me a better example, maybe one that reads the same backwards as forwards."
"A man, a plan, a god's 'Nam tables, nitrate, tar, tinsel, Batman's dog: Anal Panama."
"Thank you, that totally clears things up. By the way, you shouldn't have that comma after 'tables'."

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby RogueCynic » Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:11 am UTC

A friend told me he knew someone who submitted a palindrome to the Guinness book. The reply was it qualified as the world's longest palindrome but it could not be published due to content. He got a mention in the book though.
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby commodorejohn » Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:52 am UTC

Poor Ace the Bat-Hound...whatever this is he's caught up in, it doesn't sound good.
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby LockeZ » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:42 am UTC

I think my favorite palindrome is from Kingdom of Loathing: "No sir, away! A papaya war is on!" It's actually useful! Papaya wars happen all the time, it's immensely helpful to have a palondromic warning ready to keep civilians away from the battlefield.


Keyman wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
PsiSquared wrote:Meh... Lame.

At first I thought "okay, it is mildly amusing"... But then I discovered that the palindromic phrase in question goes back to at least 2012.

This, no doubt, deserves the "most lazy and pointless XKCD comic in all time" award. It isn't even bad. It just... pointless.

Wait so the entire palindrome is lifted? The only original part of the comic is the title text?

per explain xkcd, yes. http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.p ... Palindrome
And their link is to a thread started in 2008 (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=5397)
that's supposedly about "What is the best (by which I mean worst) post you have encountered anywhere today?"
On page 210, four years later (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread. ... ost1370627) there it is. With no attribution....

I choose to assume that it's still Randall's original palindrome, it just took him years to turn it into a comic.

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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:39 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:"Let me give some examples. A shrimp nervously filters water: Anal Panama. A regression pries Lexus's nexus: Anal Panama. Andrew the foreman's sinuses threaten tartan pumpernickle science: Anal Panama."

I don't know what's going on with this paragraph, but it's the best drug trip I've ever read.
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby xtifr » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:45 am UTC

One of my favorite things is failed palindromes:

A man, a plan, a canal—Suez!

Able was I ere I saw Waterloo.

Madam, I'm Cain.

Satan, oscillate my metallic arpeggios.
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Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Postby Copper Bezel » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:42 am UTC

Steve the Pocket wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:"Let me give some examples. A shrimp nervously filters water: Anal Panama. A regression pries Lexus's nexus: Anal Panama. Andrew the foreman's sinuses threaten tartan pumpernickle science: Anal Panama."

I don't know what's going on with this paragraph, but it's the best drug trip I've ever read.

Indeed, full points assigned. The shrimp is also, somehow, cute.
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