1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

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1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Qaanol » Mon May 07, 2012 4:34 am UTC

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http://xkcd.com/1052/

Title: Someday I'll be the first to get a Ph. D in 'Undeclared'.

In other news, wanting people to go to college makes you a “snob”. And Pirates of Penzance for the win!

Bonus internets for whoever posts a recording of themself singing this.
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby anu3bis » Mon May 07, 2012 4:39 am UTC

Thank you.
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby XbHW_TestEngr » Mon May 07, 2012 4:41 am UTC

I loved the Feynman reference. I just purchased the books of his Lectures on Physics.

Everything about this comic is pure awesomeness, IMHO.
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby benwr » Mon May 07, 2012 4:44 am UTC

Did something weird happen? Google reader tells me today's comic is called "Ten Thousand" and I can find mirrors of a "Ten Thousand" comic that point to #1052, but #1052 is "Every Major's Terrible."

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Milnoc » Mon May 07, 2012 4:45 am UTC

Forget just singing it! I want to see a video where the entire strip is played out in a live performance! :D

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby ApolloZani » Mon May 07, 2012 4:46 am UTC

One of the questions that will likely be answered soon, how long until someone makes a music video of decent quality? Considering the size of xkcd's fanbase and the kinds of things they've done in the past, it shouldn't be too long.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Jurgan » Mon May 07, 2012 4:47 am UTC

benwr wrote:Did something weird happen? Google reader tells me today's comic is called "Ten Thousand" and I can find mirrors of a "Ten Thousand" comic that point to #1052, but #1052 is "Every Major's Terrible."


I saw that. I checked about twenty minutes ago and "Ten Thousand" was up. It was something about taking joy in people discovering common knowledge for the first time. My guess is that Randall accidentally loaded a comic he was saving for another time. My first thought was that we were seeing another Umwelt situation, but I don't think so.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Kaelri » Mon May 07, 2012 4:48 am UTC

benwr wrote:Did something weird happen? Google reader tells me today's comic is called "Ten Thousand" and I can find mirrors of a "Ten Thousand" comic that point to #1052, but #1052 is "Every Major's Terrible."

Confirmed:

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The broken image's URL is http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/ten_thousand.png.

Probably just human error during the publishing process, but you never know. (My first thought was another 'Umwelt' scenario.)
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Kvothe » Mon May 07, 2012 4:49 am UTC

bah, every major isn't terrible, there's still engineering! (except for civil... they apparently don't get jobs anymore)

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby ManaUser » Mon May 07, 2012 4:50 am UTC

benwr wrote:Did something weird happen? Google reader tells me today's comic is called "Ten Thousand" and I can find mirrors of a "Ten Thousand" comic that point to #1052, but #1052 is "Every Major's Terrible."

Glad it wasn't just me. I actually saw it on this site though. The gist was that you shouldn't make fun of people for not knowing thing "everybody knows" because based on some fairly hasty looking calculations, 10,000 are learning one of those things each day. And by not doing so, you improve the chance you'll get to be the one to tell/show them exciting/horrifying things in the future. The other example was "that mentos and diet coke thing".
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby zwolf4444 » Mon May 07, 2012 4:51 am UTC

There was another comic briefly posted about being one of ten thousand people a day to hear learn something for the first time. The guy takes someone to the store to learn about mentos and soda instead of making fun of them. The mouseover text was about the supervolcano in Yellowstone. Sorry I didn't screenshot it, didn't think I would need to. :)

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Alfonzo227 » Mon May 07, 2012 4:53 am UTC

Instant classic, one the best posted recently IMO.

I would like to add that the comment on seismology extends to other branches of geophysics, specifically climate geophysics and meteorology. I've had many lectures where the essence was "Our models are so wrong, your best bet is to predict that nothing will ever change and you'll probably be right most of the time".

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby benwr » Mon May 07, 2012 4:53 am UTC

Perhaps 'Ten Thousand' was only served to the first ten thousand requests for the page?

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Icalasari » Mon May 07, 2012 4:54 am UTC

If my only recording device wasn't my phone, I'd have something up in a few days

As it is, I'll just practice until I can get a headset and sing this loud and proud upon that day

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby DenverCoder9 » Mon May 07, 2012 4:56 am UTC

Preparing to enter college in the fall, planning to major in CS. Those close-perens will be mine!

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby W_A » Mon May 07, 2012 4:56 am UTC

Randall just quoted pratchett. FUCK YES.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Qaanol » Mon May 07, 2012 5:00 am UTC

A post was made in the original Ten Thousand thread saying Randall simply forgot to turn off the auto-upload, so Ten Thousand was inadvertently published.

Personally I expect it will probably go back up later this week. In the meantime, those of us who saw it can, um, educate 10,000 people who missed it?

I have a cached copy of the image, including title text, but my only hosting service is DropBox and I don’t want to exceed my bandwidth allotment for it by posting something that’ll garner a ton of views.
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby myusernameisthus » Mon May 07, 2012 5:02 am UTC

I managed to grab the "Ten Thousand" comic before Randall pulled it. Not sure why he pulled it in favor of the majors song, I like this one better.

https://imgur.com/MQQ8U

Alt text: Saying 'what kind of an idiot doesn't know about the Yellowstone supervolcano?' is so much more boring than telling someone about the Yellowstone supervolcano for the first time.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby walkerm930 » Mon May 07, 2012 5:03 am UTC

It it quite Difficult to say the lyrics in the comic at the tempo of Modern Major General. Because, logically, this is the first thing to try.
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby awatk » Mon May 07, 2012 5:03 am UTC

Try as I might, I can't sing this to anything but the theme song in the Barney & Friends opening credits. And now its stuck in my head. For the love of all that is holy, someone post it to another tune.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby DenverCoder9 » Mon May 07, 2012 5:06 am UTC

walkerm930 wrote:It it quite Difficult to say the lyrics in the comic at the tempo of Modern Major General. Because, logically, this is the first thing to try.

It's quite difficult to say the lyrics to Modern Major General at the tempo of Modern Major General.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby awatk » Mon May 07, 2012 5:07 am UTC

Try as I might, I can only make this comic work to the tune of the Barney & Friends opening theme. And now it's stuck in my head.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby samadam » Mon May 07, 2012 5:08 am UTC

Munroe's drawing has taken a major step up in artistry, and I love it. The figures are drawn with wonderful little details, and the evolution of his designs have really been fun to watch.

Plus, this is a hilarious breakdown of what we all know but don't say about majors. We ain't so great! (notice no knock to EE, eh?)

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Sulayman-F » Mon May 07, 2012 5:09 am UTC

I managed to sync it up properly in my head, although in Tom Lehrer's voice.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby rainspeaker » Mon May 07, 2012 5:10 am UTC

Oh my. Oh my oh my oh my. This is fantastic.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby tagno25 » Mon May 07, 2012 5:12 am UTC

Qaanol wrote:I have a cached copy of the image, including title text, but my only hosting service is DropBox and I don’t want to exceed my bandwidth allotment for it by posting something that’ll garner a ton of views.
What about using imgur?

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby cellery » Mon May 07, 2012 5:13 am UTC

samadam wrote:(notice no knock to EE, eh?)


To be fair, you can only fit so much into the template of Modern Major General.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby drewjcooper » Mon May 07, 2012 5:14 am UTC

I can't work out what the best thing is about this comic, the little jokes about each discipline, the alt-text, or that fact that it actually scans.

Well done, sir. The best XKCD for a while. In fact I think this is my second favourite of all time behind "Can't Sleep" (http://xkcd.com/571).

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Save Point » Mon May 07, 2012 5:14 am UTC

As long as you don't go to law school.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby ks_physicist » Mon May 07, 2012 5:17 am UTC

I'm just fuming that "physics major" redirects to engineer.

Wouldn't bother me quite so much if physics majors could actually still have a decent chance of getting jobs as engineers (as was apparently one the case).

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby drainbramaged » Mon May 07, 2012 5:19 am UTC

Certainly my favorite in a while. Poster, please!!
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby pbnjstowell » Mon May 07, 2012 5:20 am UTC

No reference to linguistics?!

I shoulda just majored in everything.
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Cauchy » Mon May 07, 2012 5:22 am UTC

Randall, you write that math is "unconstrained by the precepts of reality" like it's a bad thing.
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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby mercutio_stencil » Mon May 07, 2012 5:26 am UTC

Sulayman-F wrote:I managed to sync it up properly in my head, although in Tom Lehrer's voice.

I'm glad I'm not the only one. I managed to have Tom Lehrer sing the entire thing through.

Although I am willing to donate one whole internet to whoever actually posts it to youtube first.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Theamazingjex » Mon May 07, 2012 5:28 am UTC

This was the very model of a modern memetic parody.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby matrix3509 » Mon May 07, 2012 5:30 am UTC

I notice he didn't actually say anything bad about astronomy. BOOM astronomy wins everything forever. If you disagree you are wrong etc.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Rai » Mon May 07, 2012 5:35 am UTC

matrix3509 wrote:I notice he didn't actually say anything bad about astronomy. BOOM astronomy wins everything forever. If you disagree you are wrong etc.

Astronomers all cringe when they hear "supermoon" or "zodiac"

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon May 07, 2012 5:36 am UTC

Tis not what degree you get, but how far you get beyond the precepts of what that degree is expected to get you which defines your success.

That said, Egyptology is a fairly successful bet provided that you can beat everyone else in the duel to the death for employment.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Schmidty589 » Mon May 07, 2012 5:37 am UTC

benwr wrote:Perhaps 'Ten Thousand' was only served to the first ten thousand requests for the page?



Wait, perhaps we should check it tomorrow at midnight. The post stated that 10,000 people learn of something "everyone knows" every day. So perhaps on a new day, it will be a new 10,000 people.

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Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Postby Quicksilver » Mon May 07, 2012 5:38 am UTC

First "Forgot Algebra" then "Every Major's Terrible." This is why I don't care what other people think about me. Universal appreciation for achievements will never happen, there's always someone who thinks it's a waste of time.


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