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by dp2
Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 17541

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

...I know that this is wrong . I just can't quite figure out exactly how it's wrong. I'm not familiar enough with the normal map of the US. It's weirdly unsettling though, a kind of geographic uncanny valley. Well, it's sort of like this: http://i65.tinypic.com/htskjn.png I'm sure Randall could do ...
by dp2
Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 17541

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

I wonder... are there any examples of land disputes that involve each party trying to offload their claim onto the other? For example, Indiana might try to convince Illinois that Gary actually belongs to them, due to some historic surveying error? Michigan and Ohio both wanted the Toledo Strip, but...
by dp2
Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 17541

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

project2051 wrote:
LittleBunnyFuFu wrote:wow... Being from Michigan this is surprising. The Mackinac bridge just got a lot longer. And I mean A LOT.


I just came here to say that the long drive up into the U.P. just got a whole lot longer.

"If you seek a pleasant peninsula, I guess you're stuck going to the Thumb area now".
by dp2
Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 17541

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Actually, only three out of fifty have borders made entirely out of straight edges. Actually, no states have straight edges. The straightest edges are still great circles. If you treat great circles as "straight" then none have all straight edges, because lines of latitude are curved. One...
by dp2
Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 11256

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

Calling someone pedantic, a grammar snob/nazi reminds me of people using the accusation of racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamaphobe to shutdown conversation. People I converse with online are more likely to invoke the "you idiot, don't you realise that language EVOLVES?!" response, which ge...
by dp2
Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 11256

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

"Road work ahead," no, actually, Road Not Work Ahead. Reminds me of the Postman Plod comic strip in Viz magazine, where the postman gets an envelope that says PHOTOS DO NOT BEND. "Yes they do", he says, and goes on to prove it. Or the classic "'Do Not Touch Willie'. Good ad...
by dp2
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 11256

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

Apeiron wrote:
dp2 wrote:Can you stop being so pedantic?
Yes, I can, anytime I want.

A true pedant would have also called out "anytime".

Otherwise, you did good.
by dp2
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 11256

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

Can you stop being so pedantic?
Yes, I can, any time I want to.
by dp2
Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 11200

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Do you need to say anything about it? Do you feel compelled when meeting a new person to make remarks about them? "Hi, it's nice to meet you" is arguably about the person. And generally from there, you ask questions to find out more about the person. I know a lot of us here have trouble w...
by dp2
Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 15102

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

jc wrote:Remember W.C. Field's famous comment “I never drink water, fish shit in it.” I noticed that the comic's public water pipe in fact contains a fish, which I wonder is a reference to Fields' comment.

To reference the quote as I've heard it, there would have to be two fish, one of each sex.
by dp2
Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 7353

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

Wait, we live in a world in which there's people on the internet who don't know The Lion King? I suddenly feel old. This isn't right. I took the more optimistic view that everyone else here is old. My favorite bit of Lion King lore: the movie is based loosely on "Hamlet", and they later d...
by dp2
Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 9700

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

The sausages are usually sold in packages of "Hot Dogs", without the bun. Also, such treats as "hot dog on a stick" exist apart from the bun. "Where confusion could arise...". If you call out to the vendor "can I have a hot dog?" then he's probably not going ...
by dp2
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 9700

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

I always thought a "hot dog" was the entire "sandwich", sausage+bun. The sausage itself is a frankfurter, a wiener or just a sausage. Is it in fact the case that a hot dog is just the sausage; it's just that they always come in a bun? Well, the bread is described as a "hot ...
by dp2
Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"
Replies: 43
Views: 6726

Re: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"

"I don't even know who's playing" is the new "I don't even own a TV".

Full disclosure: I didn't even know who was playing.
by dp2
Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 11207

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

Aperture Science is located in a salt mine in upper Michigan, though I'm not sure there are actually any up there. In Detroit, yes, but I only know of copper mines up north. I could be wrong.
by dp2
Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1635: "Birdsong"
Replies: 40
Views: 8621

Re: 1635: "Birdsong"

ps.02 wrote:Yeah, aside from having a few notes not quite how they sound in my head (which is probably just my faulty memory, or maybe I never did play it correctly in the first place), the Chopin looks fine.

Eh, my bad. You're talking about the one single eighth note in the comic, not the paired ones.
by dp2
Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1635: "Birdsong"
Replies: 40
Views: 8621

Re: 1635: "Birdsong"

Their "consultant" would only need something like grade 2 theory. Or wikipedia. Except on Wikipedia, they'd see this: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8e/Chopin_Prelude_7.svg/500px-Chopin_Prelude_7.svg.png And God forbid they look up how, say, Beethoven wrote his not...
by dp2
Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 13273

Re: 1624: 2016

They'd be at least 206 years old! How so? 1899 was 117 or so years ago, so they'd be at least... 116? Which is not absurd. There have been older people. [1] They are dead now. [2] I believe CharlieP is implying that "the 1800s" refers to the decade 1800-1809, in the same way that "th...
by dp2
Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 11811

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

I remember this rhyme being used in some 70s adventure cartoon. The heroes were trapped in a pit with "Deadly" snakes, but then they remembered the rhyme and realized they were safe. However, being a 70s cartoon, the six frames of snake animation were colored such that the stripes were cha...
by dp2
Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 17226

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

I recently upgraded my front bike light from "vaguely know there's a cyclist there" to "this path is daylight now". Real bright, though I presume this is an Americanism, as I would use the phrase "Real ly bright" I caught that too. I hope it's not an Americanism. I don...
by dp2
Mon Nov 09, 2015 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 22336

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

Nice one, but I'm afraid the punchline will get lost in what seems like commentary.
by dp2
Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 23765

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

da Doctah wrote:Just as Fahrenheit has the advantage that there are 180 degrees between boiling and freezing, which is exactly how many degrees there should be between opposites.

Mind blown. Seriously, did everyone but me realize this?
by dp2
Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 23765

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

I still dont understand why we havent implemented the 13 month / 28 day calendar yet ?? 13 * 28 = 364 then every year we relax and chill for 1 day every 4 years we relax and chill for 2 days and EVERY FREAKING person on earth would know what date each week-number would have and everyone would know ...
by dp2
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 11772

Re: 1590: "The Source"

Steve the Pocket wrote:Are high-pitched hum generators produced in burn-smell factories?

That's a fly that got too close to your torchiere lamp.
by dp2
Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"
Replies: 31
Views: 6557

Re: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"

I don't get it. Which 'No one else' is the questioner referring to? 'Cyber' is buzzword of the month (more like the last several years) in the computer security racket. It's often used as a stand alone word, an adjective to indicate that it modifies something else. But you'll also see it as modifyi...
by dp2
Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 113524

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

eran_rathan wrote:did no one else type 'five random words' when it said to type five random words?

Guess it was just me then. :oops:

No, but I did include the quotes when I typed "cat".
by dp2
Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 113524

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Literally the last two things that I did right before this survey were shopping for underwear, and telling someone how nice it is to have all of one kind. Needless to say, the last question freaked me out!! That is a little weirder than mine, using "broccoli" as my frequently misspelled w...
by dp2
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1571: "Car Model Names"
Replies: 62
Views: 13418

Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/XtremeKoolLetterz :roll: There are a few like that, such as the Chevy Cruze. But mostly, it's legitimate words. "Expedition", "Explorer", "Flex", "Trailblazer". Or just clusters of letters that may or may not have me...
by dp2
Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 19952

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

thesingingaccountant wrote:Okay, I own my incompetence. What the HELL is "Hot and Cold Music"?! I figured out everything else. This will break me.

You are ignorant of everything, Bathroom Frozen Precipitation.
by dp2
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 22329

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

I quite liked 'Forgetful People Are Happy Forever', although the male lead is more well known for his 'The Disguise' and 'Spawn of Disguise' movies James Transfer wasn't in 'Spawn of Disguise'. The successes of Expert Mullholland: Domestic Animal Investigator and Ignorant & More Ignorant made h...
by dp2
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1562: "I in Team"
Replies: 43
Views: 9767

Re: 1562: "I in Team"

Jackpot777 wrote:
leeharveyosmond wrote:And, also, "but there are four U's in shut the f*ck up".


Three.

Not counting the mezzanine.
by dp2
Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1560: "Bubblegum"
Replies: 28
Views: 6826

Re: 1560: "Bubblegum"

I guess I'm is counting as only one word, huh. I've certainly always counted contractions as one word, and the Googleverse seems to agree with me. Just for yuks, I looked up "word" in several of the well-known dictionaries. Then I took a couple of sentences, stripped out all the non-lette...
by dp2
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 13878

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

So... still no guesses for what the joke is? I'm going to give the illustrious author enough credit to believe that just referencing recursion is not the whole punchline. Maybe it stemmed from thinking about the nested narrators of the original poem. The narrator The traveler The pedestal The sculp...
by dp2
Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 8431

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

Durn. I have "Seveneves" and the brain and thought "Dock Connector" might be a reference. But that was "HELLO I AM RIGHT ON TOP OF THE DOCKING PORT".
by dp2
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1540: "Hemingway"
Replies: 71
Views: 13778

Re: 1537: "Hemingway"

Anyone who has been to a Mom 2 Mom sale will find none of the gravitas that the story is supposed to suggest.

It reminds me a bit of the "I hope Randall is okay and his family didn't die in a fire" type post that comes whenever xkcd gets a little dark.
by dp2
Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 23591

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

PS - just looked up the lyrics to "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight" by REM, a song I must have heard hundreds of times: "Call me when you try to wake her up"? WTF? As I understand it, that's just one candidate for what he sings. I believe REM are one of those bands who refuse to d...
by dp2
Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 23591

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

QFT. The most common interpretation of one line of "It's the End of the World As We Know It" is "Every motive escalate, automotive incinerate", but I am adamant that there aren't enough syllables for that. Yeah, the -ive and in- would have to merge into one syllable for that, le...
by dp2
Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 23591

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

PS - just looked up the lyrics to "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight" by REM, a song I must have heard hundreds of times: "Call me when you try to wake her up"? WTF? As I understand it, that's just one candidate for what he sings. I believe REM are one of those bands who refuse to d...
by dp2
Sat Jun 06, 2015 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 38972

Re: 1534: "Beer"

About the actual comic, notice that hairguy's first response is "Man, you are no fun at all.", not "can I get you something else?". "Fun people" enjoy beer, hair guy likes "fun people" and cueball values hairguy's opinion enough to act as though he likes beer...
by dp2
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 38972

Re: 1534: "Beer"

IPAs taste like grapefruit juice to me. And I love grapefruit juice.

Acquired taste? Maybe so. That doesn't mean it's a lie.

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