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by ShifterCat
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 15927

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

azule wrote:Is a box labeled Pornography more or less likely to be "mishandled" by paid movers?


Well, apparently the ruse worked, so I guess the movers were either too embarrassed or too scared to look.
by ShifterCat
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 15927

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

The people who most recently helped me move told the story of a guy who labeled every box "Pornography". As it turns out, some moving companies have dishonest people, who might read a box label and decide to make off with an expensive item. This guy had been burned by one such company. So,...
by ShifterCat
Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1621: "Fixion"
Replies: 19
Views: 7034

Re: 1621: "Fixion"

This is a very different usage of "peryton" than the one I'm used to, which is a sort of carnivorous flying deer from medieval mythology: Image
by ShifterCat
Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1550: "Episode VII"
Replies: 60
Views: 11549

Re: 1550: "Episode VII"

4) Lucas's official answer - techno-babble: "hey chewie, watch me BS these yokels, he he ..." i like this best, it actually fits with Han's personality and the stupid look on Luke's face. Only Obi-Wan should have called him out on it, unless he was holding back. Did you catch the look on ...
by ShifterCat
Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1550: "Episode VII"
Replies: 60
Views: 11549

Re: 1550: "Episode VII"

Then Luke finds out that what used to be Tosche Station is now a strip mall with a bunch of chain outlets, identical to what you can find anywhere else in the galaxy. All the local charm is gone. You can't go home again.
by ShifterCat
Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1485: "Friendship"
Replies: 78
Views: 18098

Re: 1485: "Friendship"

I can't believe nobody has brought up the problem with this word-substitution: it suggests that "friendship" can only exist between males.
by ShifterCat
Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 23327

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

Growing up, I heard it as "Miss Mary". I found out later that such ditties are called "teasing songs" -- they tease the listener by starting to say something, then segueing off into something else. "Suzanne Was A Lady" is another one. Miss Mary had a steamboat, the stea...
by ShifterCat
Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 23327

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

cellocgw wrote:"So, God, .... how is a raven like a writing desk? "


According to my copy of The Annotated Alice, a few answers have been written for that. The best one is:

"The notes for which both are noted are not noted for being musical notes."
by ShifterCat
Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 33042

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

Relevant to the discussion, and also amusing: http://slacktory.com/2013/02/okc_ebooks-deconstructs-online-pick-up-lines-with-horse_ebooks-tweets/ PUAs trying to seduce a Twitterbot. The results are as revealing and hilarious as one could expect. That's a matter of mislabeling. Sure, they reveal the...
by ShifterCat
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 33042

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

Oh, sure, patriarchal culture will punish rape. But only if it's, you know, legitimate rape. If there's even the tiniest suspicion that the victim is "impure", or if she knew her rapist at all, well, she's not really a victim. And hey, boys will be boys, let's not ruin this promising youn...
by ShifterCat
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 33042

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

Saying "a culture where sexualized violence and rape are normalized, excused, tolerated and occasionally condoned" is rather long and cumbersome. Is that normalization & toleration the reasons they're considered punishable crimes in said culture? Oh, sure, patriarchal culture will pun...
by ShifterCat
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 33042

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

Relevant to the discussion, and also amusing:

http://slacktory.com/2013/02/okc_ebooks-deconstructs-online-pick-up-lines-with-horse_ebooks-tweets/

PUAs trying to seduce a Twitterbot. The results are as revealing and hilarious as one could expect.
by ShifterCat
Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 30188

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

I don't know if anyone's linked to this yet, but there is a great post by Greta Christina about why we need the word literally to remain unadulterated. It's here: http://gretachristina.typepad.com/greta_christinas_weblog/2007/08/literally.html tl;dr version: it's an extremely useful word, and we don...
by ShifterCat
Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 37135

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

In Canada it's usually hockey. Occasionally the same three as the U.S. chart, but mostly hockey.
by ShifterCat
Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 31654

Re: "Beautiful Dream" discussion (#800)

The really alarming thing about The Rules is that it's basically encouraging women to seek out stalker-types. Acting cool, evasive, and inaccessible is generally read as "I don't like you very much" behaviour -- and yet the authors insist that a guy who persists despite these signals is no...
by ShifterCat
Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73849

Re: "One Two" Discussion

Gobo wrote: One wonders when some physicist is going to cross disciplines and finally solve all of the soft sciences' research questions. Imagine the accolades that person would receive. As it happens, I've been reading The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS by Elizabet...

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