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by Epod
Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 25643

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

A 20 ounce "classic Coke" is 240 food calories, and a food calorie is 4184J, which is also the energy in a gram of TNT. So, three years of one soda per day is the energy equivalent of 263 kilograms of TNT. A soda per day for 170 thousand years is the energy equivalent of the 15KT Hiroshim...
by Epod
Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 11015

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

Although if we were to redefine the graph's Y axis as "Danger per Mile Traveled"....
by Epod
Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 38954

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Canada abandoned the penny in 2012. Australia abandoned their one cent coin (and the two cent as well) in 1992, and New Zealand in 1990. None of these countries seem to have suffered any ill effects. The movement to drop the US penny is pretty strong and getting stronger. Pennies are rarely used as...
by Epod
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 38954

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

One other irony worth noting is that Andrew Jackson HATED the idea of a central national bank. The semi-official national bank at the time, called the "Bank of The United States" was due to have its charter renewed during the Jackson presidency. Jackson ordered all the federal government's...
by Epod
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"
Replies: 43
Views: 10399

Re: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"

KittenKaboodle - I found the book online http://www.sciencemadness.org/library/books/projects_for_the_amateur_scientist.pdf The project you and I remember starts at page 365 of the PDF (p 344 of the book itself). "For less than the average cost of a set of golf clubs, you can equip yourself for...
by Epod
Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"
Replies: 43
Views: 10399

Re: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"

I always thought that there should be a special award at school science fairs for "Largest Number of Hazmat Emergency Vehicles Summoned". I found the perfect project in a book of old Scientific American "Amateur Scientist" columns...it involved building a particle accelerator. Th...
by Epod
Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1600: "MarketWatch"
Replies: 17
Views: 4882

Re: 1600: "MarketWatch"

orthogon wrote:I was once testing the Automatic Gain Control (AGC) circuitry of a television tuner with a colleague...


Was the tuner connected to a Cathode Rorschach Tube?
by Epod
Mon May 25, 2015 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 50006

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

We don't know whether the contest is based on physical combat, trivia, style, a dance-off, or who knows what, but I would *totally* get the Oscar De La Hoya / Oscar de la Renta match on pay-per-view.
by Epod
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 20134

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

Interesting. So what is responsible for young people's poor grammar and spelling? The problem isn't just that today's kids are learning SMS abbreviations, rather, the problem is that they are NOT learning the telex abbreviations we used ("WUTCO GA" still brings a tear of joy to my eye), o...
by Epod
Mon May 19, 2014 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 17714

Re: 1370: "President"

One more reason to loathe the inevitable Chelsea Clinton - Noelle Bush campaign.
by Epod
Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 105
Views: 20588

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

Gargravarr wrote:In related news, Lego Minifigures have become angrier.



They are reacting to overcrowded habitat. I'm no Lego population biologist (which should totally be a thing), but have you seen how many are jammed under the sofa in the living room these days?
by Epod
Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 39989

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

I get a surprisingly large volume of mail intended for other people.

In retrospect, when I was invited to be a beta tester for Google's Gmail app, I should not have chosen the address "SMTP(at)Google(dot)com"
by Epod
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25074

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

Legend has it that this formatting character is also the name of Bobby Tables' firstborn.
by Epod
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 81398

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Couldn't the stick figure couple save a lot of time over the years by agreeing to name all of their children "George Foreman"? A physician in my family tells a story from their OB/GYN rotation in medical school of a mother who decided to name her impending daughter "Sagittal" (pr...

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