1762: "Moving Boxes"

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1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Jorpho » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:20 pm UTC

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Alt-text: Later, when I remember that I'm calling movers, I frantically scribble over the labels and write 'NORMAL HOUSE STUFF' on all of them, which actually makes things worse.

What, no monkey tacos?

Also, I'm a little surprised there's no thread for this already; I guess the comic was a little later than usual.

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby orthogon » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:34 pm UTC

Putting membranes in the same box as shards seems extremely unwise.

At least his new house isn't going to be full of traps. Just one boxful.
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Rombobjörn » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:49 pm UTC

This reminds me of Ursula K. LeGuin's short story The Darkness Box in the collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, and especially the anecdote of how the story came to be:
Ursula K. LeGuin wrote:When my daughter Caroline was three she came to me with a small wooden box in her small hands and said, “Guess fwat is in this bockus!” I guessed caterpillars, mice, elephants, etc. She shook her head, smiled an unspeakably eldritch smile, opened the box slightly so that I could just see in, and said: “Darkness.”

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:51 pm UTC

Rombobjörn wrote:This reminds me of Ursula K. LeGuin's short story The Darkness Box in the collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, and especially the anecdote of how the story came to be:
Ursula K. LeGuin wrote:When my daughter Caroline was three she came to me with a small wooden box in her small hands and said, “Guess fwat is in this bockus!” I guessed caterpillars, mice, elephants, etc. She shook her head, smiled an unspeakably eldritch smile, opened the box slightly so that I could just see in, and said: “Darkness.”


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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby peteispo » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:11 pm UTC

What, no Bobcats?

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby ZeusTKP » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:12 pm UTC

We folded up and kept all our moving boxes in the garage. Now I think they are infested by a civilization of silverfish.

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:20 pm UTC

peteispo wrote:What, no Bobcats?

They're in the mail
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Archgeek » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:27 pm UTC

This reminds me intensely of what I'll write on such boxes -- "Live Scorpions (250 ct.)" "Ans. Machine + Grenade" (in my defense that box actually contained an answering machine and a hollowed-out grenade). The difference being I label things as such intentionally.

peteispo wrote:What, no Bobcats?

Instead of dark matter, package contained bobcat. 1/5
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby ebow » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:35 pm UTC

Be careful when lifting the dark matter box--each pound in there weighs over ten thousand pounds!

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:37 pm UTC

The ne plus ultra of useless labeling has to belong to Staples, the office-supply company. They had a contract to supply stationery and the like for the last office I worked in, so the supply room was filled with boxes of all sizes, all with the word "Staples" written on the side in big friendly letters. Which doesn't sound like a big deal until you go in to look for an actual box of staples.

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby dysprog » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:37 pm UTC

I did label them as I boxed them. It didn't help much, because I am bad at labels. One box was labeled "other other books". When I opened it, it was mostly kitchen stuff (some of which was cookbooks, which I assume was why I named it that).

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby orthogon » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:49 pm UTC

Rombobjörn wrote:This reminds me of Ursula K. LeGuin's short story The Darkness Box in the collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, and especially the anecdote of how the story came to be:
Ursula K. LeGuin wrote:When my daughter Caroline was three she came to me with a small wooden box in her small hands and said, “Guess fwat is in this bockus!” I guessed caterpillars, mice, elephants, etc. She shook her head, smiled an unspeakably eldritch smile, opened the box slightly so that I could just see in, and said: “Darkness.”

Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:23 pm UTC

peteispo wrote:What, no Bobcats?

The whole point was that the package contained a bobcat contrary to the expectations of the recipient. As such, any number of these boxes might actually contain bobcats.
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby airdrik » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:26 pm UTC

And here I thought the mislabeling was an intentional obfuscation to reduce the likelihood that the moving company might "accidentally" lose the one with all of the valuables, and that the destination room could be determined by taking the last character from the hash of the label, using a simple mnemonic: k -> kitchen, m -> master bedroom, b -> bathroom, B -> upstairs bathroom, l -> living room, etc.

(and what average moving company worker or random friend who came to help move stuff into the new place doesn't know how to compute md5 hashes of random words in their head? I suppose they could cheat by using an app on their phone).

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Heimhenge » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:38 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?


Seems like all the boxes could be labeled with "dark" and "matter" and still be correctly labeled, even if empty and devoid of bobcats.

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby orthogon » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:42 pm UTC

Heimhenge wrote:
orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?


Seems like all the boxes could be labeled with "dark" and "matter" and still be correctly labeled, even if empty and devoid of bobcats.

Is it possible that the one labelled "particles" contains only photons, and hence neither matter nor dark?
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby ThemePark » Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:40 pm UTC

Three of the boxes contains Apples, Oranges and Apples & Oranges.
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby deskjethp » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:14 pm UTC

Water hooves?

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby colonel_hack » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:04 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?


No, no. Like Sherlock Holmes: ``The dark matter of the American seamstress''.
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Copper Bezel » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:20 pm UTC

deskjethp wrote:Water hooves?

♫♪ Shoo be do. Shoo shoo be do. ♪♫

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Rombobjörn » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:32 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?

That interpretation did occur to me. I also read "water hooves", "glucose kits" and "peat crowns".

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Heimhenge wrote:Seems like all the boxes could be labeled with "dark" and "matter" and still be correctly labeled, even if empty and devoid of bobcats.

Is it possible that the one labelled "particles" contains only photons, and hence neither matter nor dark?

If the box is made of cardboard and is handled by movers, then I can guarantee that it contains air and infrared photons, in addition to whatever else it may contain.

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby ShifterCat » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:47 pm UTC

The people who most recently helped me move told the story of a guy who labeled every box "Pornography".

As it turns out, some moving companies have dishonest people, who might read a box label and decide to make off with an expensive item. This guy had been burned by one such company.

So, giving your boxes weird labels can serve the purpose of confusing potential thieves... but you'd want to have some sort of answer key for yourself.

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:53 pm UTC

Label every box after some niche genre of porn, and keep a translation key for yourself, e.g. fisting = dishes, double penetration = linens, etc.
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby fibonacci » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:27 pm UTC

I'd just label them all "ding an sich".

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby CasualSax » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:35 pm UTC

Maybe I just hate moving more than the rest of you, but all of my boxes end up with profanity on them. "Fragile as @#$&" is one that comes to mind. Oh, and the box labeled "X-MEN X-MAS."

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby leidentech » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:05 pm UTC

Which one has Schrodinger's cat?

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Copper Bezel » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:13 pm UTC

It's in a superposition with the one full of circus peanuts.
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Mike Rosoft » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:21 pm UTC

>Which one has Schrodinger's cat?
That's impossible to know until you open the right box. (Or all the wrong ones.)

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Mike Rosoft » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:30 pm UTC

deskjethp wrote:Water hooves?

♫♪ Shoo be do. Shoo shoo be do. ♪♫


I don't think that seaponies (or mermares) have hooves. :-)
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Jorpho » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:33 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:What, no monkey tacos?

peteispo wrote:What, no Bobcats?


Oh, I forgot the other likely possibility:
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Copper Bezel » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:03 pm UTC

Mike Rosoft wrote:
deskjethp wrote:Water hooves?

♫♪ Shoo be do. Shoo shoo be do. ♪♫


I don't think that seaponies (or mermares) have hooves. :-)

Seaponies don't, but "mermare" implies they would, if only on the front end, and most of the G4-based seapony fanart I've seen interprets them that way.

Edit: Oh, and, duh, the Sirens. I knew I was thinking there was a canonical reference somewhere.
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Rombobjörn » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:10 pm UTC

Mike Rosoft wrote:>Which one has Schrodinger's cat?
That's impossible to know until you open the right box. (Or all the wrong ones.)

And until you open it, the box contains a superposition of Schrödinger's bobcat and Schrödinger's friend Catherine.

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Coyne » Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:41 am UTC

If I'm doing the box moving, I'm leaving the "MANIFOLDS" box strictly unmolested. Might take a chance on that one on the bottom labelled "DOUGH", just on the off chance...
In all fairness...

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby addams » Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:11 am UTC

uh-oh....Is someone moving?
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby ps.02 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:06 am UTC

Coyne wrote:Might take a chance on that one on the bottom labelled "DOUGH", just on the off chance...

He should've labeled it BEWARE OF DOUGH.

The random-label thing could be fun. ICE CREAM, maybe, or PROSTHETICS, or CLOCKS (FAST), or THE NOTEBOOK, or TAM, R.

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby Flumble » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:31 am UTC

addams wrote:uh-oh....Is someone moving?
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Given his express interest in the Netherlands in the past, maybe xkcd will be dutch soon? :mrgreen:

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby azule » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:38 am UTC

Is a box labeled Pornography more or less likely to be "mishandled" by paid movers?
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby YellowYeti » Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:31 am UTC

Flumble wrote:
addams wrote:uh-oh....Is someone moving?
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Given his express interest in the Netherlands in the past, maybe xkcd will be dutch soon? :mrgreen:


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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby orthogon » Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:42 am UTC

ps.02 wrote: [...] CLOCKS (FAST) [...]

If the removal van travels fast enough, that might partially correct the problem. If you mean that the clocks gain time, a good GR-aware removal company will put them in the attic of the new house. (Or is it the basement?)
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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Postby somitomi » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:13 am UTC

CasualSax wrote:Maybe I just hate moving more than the rest of you, but all of my boxes end up with profanity on them. "Fragile as @#$&" is one that comes to mind. Oh, and the box labeled "X-MEN X-MAS."

I haven't experienced the pleasure of moving yet (yes, I am young), but I have a few boxes designated to a specific subset of things ("PC-parts", "wall wart plugs" etc.). I've picked up the habit of labeling them in blackletter, because I happen to have a permanent marker that makes blackletter relatively easy to make. I do it just for my own amusement, but it also makes them more legible than the average box-scribble.
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