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by Tribunzio
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 17173

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Wind resistance can be a boon... Prevailing winds are generally from West to East and could significantly help, particularly if the bicycle is equipped with a suitable kite.
by Tribunzio
Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 11715

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

Lewis Carrol (fallacies in early attempts at formal logic theory?)
"He thought he saw an Argument
That proved he was the Pope:
He looked again, and found it was
A Bar of Mottled Soap.
'A fact so dread,' he faintly said,
'Extinguishes all hope!'"
by Tribunzio
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!
Replies: 77
Views: 49705

Re: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!

I have a microwave with two knobs, three buttons, and a digital display. One knob drives a digital timer (mm:ss): clockwise adds seconds, anti- takes them away. The other knob drives power (---------- display under the timer); clockwise to increase, anticlockwise to decrease; I set it to about half ...
by Tribunzio
Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words common to different languages with different meanings
Replies: 69
Views: 32878

Re: Words common to different languages with different meani

Italian and Spanish have a few surprising false friends. My favorites are Italian (English) Spanish (English) largo (wide) largo (long) aceto (vinegar) aceite (oil) narice (nostril) nariz (nose) pelo (fur/body hair) pelo (head hair) rostro (beak) rostro (face) Also strange for corresponding words to...
by Tribunzio
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Next Thursdayism (What's "next Thursday" mean on a Sunday?)
Replies: 56
Views: 24013

Re: Next Thursdayism (What's "next Thursday" mean on a Sunda

Problem is that "next" means "the one closest after this" and sometimes what "this" points to is unclear in context ("this day" vs. "this Thursday") . I don't think the traffic light example is any different, except that it is more often clear what &...

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