1682: "Bun"

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1682: "Bun"

Postby Al-pocalypse » Wed May 18, 2016 10:40 am UTC

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Title text: "If a wild bun is sighted, a nice gesture of respect is to send a 'BUN ALERT' message to friends and family, with photographs documenting the bun's location and rank. If no photographs are possible, emoji may be substituted."
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Whizbang » Wed May 18, 2016 11:13 am UTC

I, for one, welcome our new, footless overlords.

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby taifu » Wed May 18, 2016 11:42 am UTC

Isn't it "hierarchy"?

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby doogly » Wed May 18, 2016 11:51 am UTC

The younger, smaller ones have more power, so it is an heirarchy.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby ViperFUD » Wed May 18, 2016 12:01 pm UTC

taifu wrote:Isn't it "hierarchy"?


technically it's a harearchy ...

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby taifu » Wed May 18, 2016 12:06 pm UTC

doogly wrote:The younger, smaller ones have more power, so it is an heirarchy.


Ah! Got it. I'm italian so... am I justified? :-)

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby mosc » Wed May 18, 2016 12:10 pm UTC

Small bunny Owsla ftw!

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Znirk » Wed May 18, 2016 12:16 pm UTC

doogly wrote:The younger, smaller ones have more power, so it is an heirarchy.

Not necessarily younger. It might simply be a lowerarchy.

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Echo244 » Wed May 18, 2016 12:21 pm UTC

mosc wrote:Small bunny Owsla ftw!

(go read watership down)


But under this system, Fiver could simply have ordered the bigger rabbits to go somewhere safer, instead of struggling to persuade them every time...
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby jc » Wed May 18, 2016 12:45 pm UTC

taifu wrote:Isn't it "hierarchy"?


Google seems to agree with you, FWTW.

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Keyman » Wed May 18, 2016 1:12 pm UTC

taifu wrote:
doogly wrote:The younger, smaller ones have more power, so it is an heirarchy.


Ah! Got it. I'm italian so... am I justified? :-)

There you go.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed May 18, 2016 1:32 pm UTC

Keyman wrote:There you go.

You ninjaed me! I just deleted my own variation...

(But you may have learnt the term, like me, in that there was left-justified, centre-justified, right-justified and full-justified. Wheras those are really just left-flush, centred, right-flush and (plain old) justified... xkcd1676 notwithstanding.)

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby The Moomin » Wed May 18, 2016 1:33 pm UTC

Whereabouts do bread buns, fairy buns and chocolate buns come?
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby doogly » Wed May 18, 2016 1:33 pm UTC

jc wrote:
taifu wrote:Isn't it "hierarchy"?


Google seems to agree with you, FWTW.

Yes, heirarchy was a pun, which I usually would not indulge in. Power held by the heir, as opposed to power held by the holy. Which is not what they actually use hierarchy to mean all that much anymore. For crimes against Greek, puns are a fitting punishment.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed May 18, 2016 1:45 pm UTC

The Moomin wrote:Whereabouts do bread buns, fairy buns and chocolate buns come?

Well, when a mummy bread/fairy/chocolate bun and a daddy bread/fairy/chocolate bun like each other very much1,2,3...

1 Or two daddies or two mummies can get help.
2 Or when mummy and/or daddy got rather drunk and daddy or mummy didn't mind or realise what hadn't been arranged beforehand.
3 Or when there was that 'business conference'...

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Zooty » Wed May 18, 2016 1:56 pm UTC

The Moomin wrote:Whereabouts do bread buns, fairy buns and chocolate buns come?


If you can't find the bun, try checking the oven. They are often there.

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Pied typer » Wed May 18, 2016 2:16 pm UTC

Zooty wrote:
The Moomin wrote:Whereabouts do bread buns, fairy buns and chocolate buns come?


If you can't find the bun, try checking the oven. They are often there.

And if it's not there, make sure you haven't eaten it yet.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby cellocgw » Wed May 18, 2016 4:08 pm UTC

Embarrassed to admit I actually looked in Wikipedia to see if "bun" was ever used in a scientific (mammalian) context. It isn't. :oops:

Anyway, is that lecture really about hares' and rabbits' Blood Urea Nitrogen?
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Soup » Wed May 18, 2016 4:10 pm UTC

Bun buns!

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Waiting for it...

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby da Doctah » Wed May 18, 2016 4:22 pm UTC

Eerie coincidence: last thing I ate was one of these.

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Tasted pretty good for blood urea nitrogen.

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby chenille » Wed May 18, 2016 4:30 pm UTC

Sheesh, "we will be learning about the bun", this is just annoying misuse of language. Look, teacher, there are about a dozen genera and sixty species of Leporidae. There is no one thing that is the bun, they are all different buns. Dropping the distinction between rabbits and hares, on the other hand, works fine by me.

Echo244 wrote:But under this system, Fiver could simply have ordered the bigger rabbits to go somewhere safer, instead of struggling to persuade them every time...

Watership Down is a speculative story that justifies the current order. It shows a world where the very smallest bun is ignored by most of the others, and later they meet an absolutely giant bun ruling over a vast concealed bunhive. Both end up in disaster, and so we are left with an understanding of why ranking might work the way it does.

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby HES » Wed May 18, 2016 4:55 pm UTC

Is the hairstyle named after the animal's tail, the food, both, vice versa, or all or none of the above?
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby cellocgw » Wed May 18, 2016 5:00 pm UTC

HES wrote:Is the hairstyle named after the animal's tail, the food, both, vice versa, or all or none of the above?


If you're going to start that branch...


Audubon and Autobahn are pronounced more or less similarly in USAian. Find the source of the root "bun" in those two.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby slinches » Wed May 18, 2016 5:27 pm UTC

Do people actually use "bun" to refer to rabbits? What, is bunny too long?

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby ThemePark » Wed May 18, 2016 5:35 pm UTC

doogly wrote:For crimes against Greek, puns are a fitting punishment.

That was a fun bun pun, son.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed May 18, 2016 5:38 pm UTC

Gotta admit, I don't get why the smaller ones are held to outrank the larger ones.

I'm not gonna lie: personally, I like big buns, and I'm sure there are others who won't deny that they do too.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Sableagle » Wed May 18, 2016 5:39 pm UTC

The Moomin wrote:Whereabouts do bread buns, fairy buns and chocolate buns come?

In a sock designated for that purpose.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby dash » Wed May 18, 2016 5:42 pm UTC

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed May 18, 2016 5:49 pm UTC

Well, this explains why the rabbit object in 1663: Garden is called "important-bun".
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby doogly » Wed May 18, 2016 6:50 pm UTC

slinches wrote:Do people actually use "bun" to refer to rabbits? What, is bunny too long?

Some people are impossibly twee.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Moose Anus » Wed May 18, 2016 6:54 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:I'm not gonna lie: personally, I like big buns, and I'm sure there are others who won't deny that they do too.
Usually the smaller ones appear in Spring, but when the big buns are around I get Sprung.
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby philip1201 » Wed May 18, 2016 7:21 pm UTC

chenille wrote:Sheesh, "we will be learning about the bun", this is just annoying misuse of language. Look, teacher, there are about a dozen genera and sixty species of Leporidae. There is no one thing that is the bun, they are all different buns. Dropping the distinction between rabbits and hares, on the other hand, works fine by me.


'The bun' is a mass noun, like 'cutlery' or 'the Hun' in older English. There are some inferior castes of leporidae which pluralise, like rabbits.

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby cespurgeon » Wed May 18, 2016 8:31 pm UTC

OK, I'll admit it, I have no idea what #1682 is about, or what the humor is. Can someone provide me with an explanation?

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Keyman » Wed May 18, 2016 9:00 pm UTC

cespurgeon wrote:OK, I'll admit it, I have no idea what #1682 is about, or what the humor is. Can someone provide me with an explanation?

When in doubt.... http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1682

I do particularly like this snippet:
In the original version the word hierarchy in the 2nd panel was misspelled as heirarchy.
Later this was corrected with an updated version with this word spelled correctly.
To begin with there where some funny thoughts about if this was intentionally due to the closeness to hare and heir:
The word "hierarchy" is misspelled in the comic as "heirarchy", which is most likely intentional to evoke the pronunciation "hare-rarchy", as in "a hierarchy of hares". It might also be a portmanteau of "heir" and "hierarchy", reflecting the highest status being accorded to the youngest rabbits.
This was obviously not the case but a good example of how much comics are over analyzed here on explain xkcd...
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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed May 18, 2016 9:24 pm UTC

"over analyzed"? "over-analyzed"? "overanalyzed"?

(Nevermind. I'd spell them all with an 's' instead of a 'z', but for the sake of transatlantic (trans-Atlantic? tranz..?) harmony...)

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Djehutynakht » Thu May 19, 2016 12:21 am UTC

Whizbang wrote:I, for one, welcome our new, footless overlords.



Footless?

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby da Doctah » Thu May 19, 2016 12:33 am UTC

Soupspoon wrote:"over analyzed"? "over-analyzed"? "overanalyzed"?

(Nevermind. I'd spell them all with an 's' instead of a 'z', but for the sake of transatlantic (trans-Atlantic? tranz..?) harmony...)


Remember, you can't spell "over-analyzed" without "anal".

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby Whizbang » Thu May 19, 2016 2:09 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:
Whizbang wrote:I, for one, welcome our new, footless overlords.



Footless?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit%27s_foot

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby cyanyoshi » Thu May 19, 2016 4:26 am UTC

slinches wrote:Do people actually use "bun" to refer to rabbits? What, is bunny too long?

Apparently so. (source: Undertale)

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Re: 1682: "Bun"

Postby kodiac » Thu May 19, 2016 6:12 am UTC

Here's a picture featuring my favourite bun:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sam_%26_Max_3D.png
This particular bun is also sometimes referred to as a "hyperkinetic rabbity thing".


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