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by da Doctah
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison
Replies: 42
Views: 2304

Re: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

Carteeg_Struve wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Singularities are really big. You may think it's a long walk.... etc.


Actually, they aren't. They can get massively tiny (pun intended).

Now the distance from the singularity out to their event horizon, THAT'S BIG.


ObFranchiseShift: and they're bigger on the inside.
by da Doctah
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 1629

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

Now, I really would not want to fight and die for Big Sugar. However, I could REALLY get behind a war on behalf of Big Chocolate, if that effort could secure the blessings of liberty and the ready and inexpensive supply of that manna from heaven, that source of all that is good and holy in this wor...
by da Doctah
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 1629

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

Heimhenge wrote:Growing up in Wisconsin I was well aware of the influence wielded by Big Cheese.

In this part of the country they were mere adjunct to Big Enchilada.
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2129: "1921 Fact Checker"
Replies: 49
Views: 3277

Re: 2129: "1921 Fact Checker"

cellocgw wrote:Umm, you guys all missed it : the first few items are consumables, but "Brandy" is a fine girl, and what a good wife she would make.

If she's such a fine girl, how come she works in a bar frequented by sailors?
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"
Replies: 37
Views: 2840

Re: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"

The world needs more physics and astronomy related oaths. ⋅ LIGO's Length! ⋅ By Brahe's Nose! ⋅ Chandrasekhar's limit! Reminds me of the time I decided to call in sick to work. Said I had been diagnosed with a Dirichlet condition and needed to undergo a xiphoid process.
by da Doctah
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2123: "Meta Collecting"
Replies: 17
Views: 1693

Re: 2123: "Meta Collecting"

One is reminded, oddly, of an alternative title once suggested for Monty Python's Flying Circus: "A Horse, A Spoon, and A Basin".
by da Doctah
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 3779

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

Pfhorrest wrote:Since when are plants "eldritch abominations"?

Okay, I'll grant you kudzu.


And oleanders. And pyracantha. And bougainvillea.

(Do I even have to bring up kale and quinoa?)
by da Doctah
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 3779

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

"It was so clear you could see the epicycles and deferents."
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2120: "Brain Hemispheres"
Replies: 16
Views: 2543

Re: 2120: "Brain Hemispheres"

The southern hemisphere of the brain controls those parts of the body that swirl the wrong way down the toilet.
by da Doctah
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 43
Views: 4862

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

Because we needed something to replace the old "letterbox vs pan-n-scan" argument.
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 4886

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

Any truth to the rumor that Neil DeGrasse Tyson wants to have plutonium reclassified as a dwarf element?
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2113: "Physics Suppression"
Replies: 23
Views: 3687

Re: 2113: "Physics Suppression"

I've always had the exact opposite of this guy's experience. All my life I come up with some kind of hair-brained crackpot half-baked idea I know I could never do proper scientific justice to and so I let it sit as just some crazy idea I have that's at best a neat thing for idle conversation... and...
by da Doctah
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 4220

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

What's the longest great circle path on Earth that can be traveled over water. The answer may surprise you: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611012/computer-scientists-have-found-the-longest-straight-line-you-could-sail-without-hitting/ They also show the longest route over land. I would have gue...
by da Doctah
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 4220

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

I've never been to Egypt but have been to Arizona, even though two trips and 36 hours through the Suez Canal is considerably more time spent than half an hour on the interstate in the northwest corner of Arizona - in the dark, no less. Thing about that interstate, though. You can't get to any other...
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 4220

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

Soupspoon wrote:1 is not a prime number. There, I said it. But now I'm torn over whether i is a prime number!


Posited: ½ and -1 are prime numbers. Discuss.
by da Doctah
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7532

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

I don't see "Quickgravy", "Efferessence" or "Belchifacient water".
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 7574

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Biff, why don't you just make like a tree...and BARK!
by da Doctah
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 4795

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

Are the Great Lakes the main visible mark of that failed rift? Only indirectly. The lakes are glacial formations. Much of the geology around and under the lakes, especially Superior, comes from the rift formation, and the exact shapes carved out by the glaciers are at least somewhat controlled by t...
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 5224

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

I looked in vain for Billy Keane's progress along this path.

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by da Doctah
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2100: "Models of the Atom"
Replies: 34
Views: 5253

Re: 2100: "Models of the Atom"

That Bohr model also made a lot of us think the solar system was just a huge fluorine atom. (Until NdeGT kicked out one of our electrons and turned it into oxygen.)
by da Doctah
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"
Replies: 21
Views: 4488

Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

qvxb wrote:Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation.

Alexander Graham Kowalski - inventor of the telephone Pole.
by da Doctah
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 6775

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

Because the 9-11 hijackers used box-cutters, TLS confiscates all "tools" at the security checkpoint.

Which is how my mother lost the locking pliers she had in her wheelchair.
by da Doctah
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 5306

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

I'm sure that on many occasions after he became known to the general public, people who met Dr Sagan on the street were able to persuade him to say "billions and billions". I do recall him saying things like "a billion billion stars in a billion billion galaxies" during the cours...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 5715

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

Even small birds can be pretty fiesty and fearless". Anyone else here ever been menaced by a hummingbird? Damn things have no fear of anything. And I don't just mean slow-moving humans taking too long to refill the feeders. I recall house spiders cowering helplessly in a corner while marauding...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 5306

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

I remember as I grew up, the UK flipped from the old approach to billions to the US version, so for clarity, news reports etc. would either write/say billion (1000 million), or just plain said "thousand million" "million million" as needed. Either I'm too young for milliard/bill...
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 5306

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

Here's one I foisted upon a trivia contest a few years back: what's the next number in the series 3, 9, 27, 2, 0, ...? When everyone announced they were stuck, I offered the first hint that I would accept an approximate answer correct to five decimal places. I’m gonna need another hint. Okay. The p...
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 5306

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

For years now I've been trying to get people to accept Thousiard as another name for 10^6. Here's one I foisted upon a trivia contest a few years back: what's the next number in the series 3, 9, 27, 2, 0, ...? When everyone announced they were stuck, I offered the first hint that I would accept an a...
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 5715

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

Heck, I'm apprehensive about geese, and mockingbirds. They may not be as big as dinosaurs, but I don't think they realize that. There's a bit in one of the Spider-Man movies where the Lizard says he's an unstoppable foe because reptiles have no natural enemies. Apparently this guy never took a good ...
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5108

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Given the slowness of transatlantic communications at the time, it was September before anybody in Britain knew about what happened in the American colonies on 4 July 1776. And the situation persisted. The most famous battle of the War of 1812 was fought after the Treaty of Ghent ended the war itse...
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5108

Re: 2086: "History Department"

May 16, 2001, was fairly uneventful , but it must have taken some extensive research to prove that definitively. Powers &8^] On Good Friday 1930, the BBC reported that there was "no news" in it's bulletin and played music instead. And on July 4th, 1776, George III made an entry in his...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8989

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Every Good Boy Deserves Favor (or Fudge). (Learning to read music, the lines in the treble clef from bottom up. The Moody Blues used that for the title of an album.) Of course, being British, they spelled it "Favour". We were taught it as "Every Good Boy Does Fine", and for the ...
by da Doctah
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8989

Re: 2084: "FDR"

rhhardin wrote:In the year 1493 Columbus sailed the dark green sea.


And then, in fifteen hundred six,
Columbus crossed the River Styx.

(If, as seems unlikely, you ever need a way to remember when he died.)
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8989

Re: 2084: "FDR"

DonJaime wrote:Maybe one of you USAians would be kind enough to tell us what in tarnation this is about. December 7th some year in the 1940s? Some president? What?


A date which will live in Innisfree.
by da Doctah
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5607

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Creepy fact on which to base your next school report: Berlin Wall, 29 years. World Trade Center, 28 years. How is that creepy? Coupla things for next year's Beloit Mindset List: The WTC has always been a memorial, and incumbent political parties have never nominated the sitting vice president as th...
by da Doctah
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5607

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Where will the proposed wall between the US and Mexico actually be? Berlin. They do the best walls! That wall didn't even last 30 years, if you want something that will last talk to the Chinese. Creepy fact on which to base your next school report: Berlin Wall, 29 years. World Trade Center, 28 years.
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 14049

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

If the base unit of mass is the kilogram, surely my vitamin supplements should be labelled in microkilograms (or nanokilograms for the trace nutrients).

Or if you'd rather use centimeters for length, how many hectokilocentimeters is it from here to New York?
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 4284

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

edo wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country.


on a related note: I have more than the average number of legs (and I will guess that most of you reading this do too)


The average American has one breast and one testicle.
by da Doctah
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 4284

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I still remember when the news came out that Barry Manilow was getting a hip replacement. It was probably the first time the words "hip" and "Manilow" had appeared together in the same headline.
by da Doctah
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 4744

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

The answer to "the address of my home changed" is to send a GPS device to the previous address, and move to wherever it's delivered to. Someone once left a GPS receiver atop the trunk of my car at my home here in Phoenix. I decided to attempt to find the owner, and after asking a few neig...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 8058

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

I'm not too fond of downer endings (though their existence might play a role in suspense as to whether or not the story will have a happy ending; not that suspense as to how can't be comparably memorable) but bittersweet ones are a good way of saying "some things will work out, some won't.&quo...

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