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by da Doctah
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 2791

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: 2791

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: 2791

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: 5031

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: 5534

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: 3534

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: 4052

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: 4057

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: 3492

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: 5276

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: 4635

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: 4919

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: 4635

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: 4635

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: 4635

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: 4919

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: 4497

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: 4497

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: 8213

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: 8213

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: 8213

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: 5113

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: 5113

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: 13091

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: 3914

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: 3914

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: 4388

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: 7339

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...
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 3823

Re: 2078: "Popper"

cellocgw wrote:For some odd reason [cough] myusername {/cough] when anyone mentions Popper I expect them to be talking about this guy

His publications are subject to interpretation, too. :mrgreen:


I picture Blues Traveler (one of several musicians I've been told I look like).
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 7339

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

SDK wrote:I hate roller coasters too, but that's mostly just because they discriminate against tall people.


Interesting. That's the reason I hate the mirrors in public restrooms.
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 4388

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

The town I lived in for pretty much all of the 1960s no longer exists, except as an "historic district" within the third largest city in Los Angeles County. The hospital where I had my first job (unpaid) is no more, and in fact the building itself hasn't existed for over a decade. The firs...
by da Doctah
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 5955

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

Despite having now taken three months longer than the airplane people... Surely it's the spaceship people we've taken three months longer than? The airplane people had all of human history to get to the Wright brothers. No, just since someone figured out how to fold a piece of paper into a glider. ...
by da Doctah
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 5955

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

July 20, 1969 - first people on the moon
December 14, 1972 - last people on the moon

Where were *you* 1243 days ago?

Edit, more interesting coincidence around the time period:
Nixon'sfirst inauguration to first moon landing: 181 days
Watergate breakin to Apollo 17 lunar liftoff: 180 days
by da Doctah
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13091

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

The metric system is unnatural anyway. There's a reason God made the diameter of the sun in miles ten times the number of seconds in a day.
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 5781

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Soupspoon wrote:I've seen video footage from houses of friends of Dorothy. NSFW.

"Friends of Dorothy". Is that anything like Friends of Bill W?
by da Doctah
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 4224

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Feynman complains in his book about the trig notation for exactly this reason: i.e. that it looks like multiplication. He invented his own notation for sin (a kind of sigma with a long top bit iirc). Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. I've always been a littl...
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 4224

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Feynman complains in his book about the trig notation for exactly this reason: i.e. that it looks like multiplication. He invented his own notation for sin (a kind of sigma with a long top bit iirc). Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. I've always been a littl...
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 5586

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

fibonacci wrote:Dug from the movie Up! Because who wouldn't want to play as Up dog?


I don't move in the circles where all this would be familiar to me, but am I right to assume this movie "Up!" is not the one directed by Russ Meyer?
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 15447

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Plus, schools are very common voting locations and a week off school might make all the munchkins happy, but not the taxpayers paying to educate the munchkins. Or parents. Replacing the schools with new polling locations would be tough. For what it's worth, in my town they used the elementary schoo...
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 10367

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

All this political talk and I'm just wondering how Randall picked which landmarks to include. :P I happen to be pumped because he included Hatcher Pass and Summit Lake (north of Wasilla, AK) because that happens to be my favorite few square miles on the planet. Not far from me, he included Heart At...

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