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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby kesmille » Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:59 pm UTC

I, for one, actually know where Bermuda is and recognize just how far north it is. This is because I played Sid Meier's Pirates! for hundreds of hours on the Commodore 64 and NES. (not to mention XBox and PSP) Mind you, it was completely worthless to get there because it took like half a year to get there, there's nothing, NOTHING, at all anywhere near it, and the town was always poor as hell.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby ThemePark » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:00 pm UTC

shadowboy wrote:
shadowboy wrote:What's interesting is that Tampa has not had any direct hurricane hits in over half a century. By direct hit, I mean where Tampa is first landfall. Francis and Jeanne went through Tampa, but they hit FL on the Atlantic coast and crossed the state to get to Tampa.

Given the low elevation of the downtown area, the fact that the bay is surrounded by land, etc., a 20ft storm surge from the bay would demolish the area. If a hurricane directly hits Tampa Bay it could be disastrous.

The irony? Tampa is one of the stormiest places in the country. In fact, there is a thunderstorm going on right now as I type this.



And not 2 minutes after posting this... the power flickered. This is a bad storm, even by Tampa standards. There's probably 30-50mph gusts.

And then the power went out again while typing this very post.

I really need to replace the batteries in my UPS.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby zachary » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:00 pm UTC

Florida is known as "America's Wang" since it just kind of hangs down there... which is why I'm sure Hurricane Freud is where it is.
oh god no it's the SASQUASH!!!

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby MoD » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:16 pm UTC

Excuse this offtopicness:
ThemePark wrote:
fennecfanatic wrote:This made me laugh more than any other XKCD strip in recent memory. High-larious! Got all the jokes.

Offtopic wonderings:
Spoiler:
PatrickRsGhost wrote:PRG

An important message for you:

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Way off topic, but I'm curious about your signature. Here's what I got:

Code: Select all

 00000000  42 84 09 13 26 4C 99  32 65 CA 94 29 52 A4 48 90
 00000010  20 40 81 03 07 0E 1C  39 73 E6 -- -- -- -- -- --


In string form, that'd be...

Code: Select all

 "B\x84\t\x13&L\x992e\xca\x94R\xa4H\x90 @\x81\x03\x07\x0e\x1c9s\xe6"


which is also

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 B„   &L™2eÊ”)R¤H @9sæ


I've tried considering it as EBCDIC and big- and little-endian unicode, and nothing is lining up. Is it compressed? Is it encrypted?

...Is it nerd sniping? :shock:

It's much, much worse than that. It's...
Spoiler:
Monty Python's Flying Circusssssssssssssssss!

No really, it's
Be sure to eat your bacon.


Is it really? All I've noticed so far is that the first byte times two is the next byte, and the third byte times two is the fourth, and suchlike, except that sometimes the second byte of the two is incremented by one. I smell nerd sniping.

On-topic: Is it just me, or did anyone else, after reading the name of the Freud one, notice that the extensions of Hurricane Floridasomething are vaguely phallic, and that the endings of the two look rather like ovaries and the accompanying ducts?
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby ThemePark » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:28 pm UTC

MoD wrote:Excuse this offtopicness:
ThemePark wrote:
fennecfanatic wrote:This made me laugh more than any other XKCD strip in recent memory. High-larious! Got all the jokes.

Offtopic wonderings:
Spoiler:
PatrickRsGhost wrote:PRG

An important message for you:

010000100110010100100000011100110
111010101110010011001010010000001
110100011011110010000001100101011
000010111010000100000011110010110
111101110101011100100010000001100
010011000010110001101101111011011
1000101110


Way off topic, but I'm curious about your signature. Here's what I got:

Code: Select all

 00000000  42 84 09 13 26 4C 99  32 65 CA 94 29 52 A4 48 90
 00000010  20 40 81 03 07 0E 1C  39 73 E6 -- -- -- -- -- --


In string form, that'd be...

Code: Select all

 "B\x84\t\x13&L\x992e\xca\x94R\xa4H\x90 @\x81\x03\x07\x0e\x1c9s\xe6"


which is also

Code: Select all

 B„   &L™2eÊ”)R¤H @9sæ


I've tried considering it as EBCDIC and big- and little-endian unicode, and nothing is lining up. Is it compressed? Is it encrypted?

...Is it nerd sniping? :shock:

It's much, much worse than that. It's...
Spoiler:
Monty Python's Flying Circusssssssssssssssss!

No really, it's
Be sure to eat your bacon.


Is it really? All I've noticed so far is that the first byte times two is the next byte, and the third byte times two is the fourth, and suchlike, except that sometimes the second byte of the two is incremented by one. I smell nerd sniping.

On-topic: Is it just me, or did anyone else, after reading the name of the Freud one, notice that the extensions of Hurricane Floridasomething are vaguely phallic, and that the endings of the two look rather like ovaries and the accompanying ducts?

http://www.purplehell.com/cgi-bin/riddles/binary.pl

Edit:
Heh, I see your error. You translated the bytes by moving one bit at a time, instead of moving one byte.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Kebrel » Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:17 pm UTC

Very odd. My mom read this one before me. She likes xkcd I guess but most of the physics, computer, and math details are lost on her. She hollered from the other room "DID YOU READ xkcd? HE DREW A PENIS AND OVARY'S ON FLORIDA". Very odd.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby mojotoad » Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:27 pm UTC

I, too, thought red/blue were Qix references. I thought the sparklies at the end of the paths were dead giveaways. However, the other paths have those as well.

Qix fans unite! Those upstart Tron fans think they had it all.

Cheers,
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby smartalco » Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:26 pm UTC

cclifton wrote:
Shakes wrote:There's a NOAA tornado data poster above my desk here at work, with a graph of average number of tornadoes per year 1989-1998 for each state. Illinois: 43. Florida: 79.
In fact, the only state with more frequent tornadoes is Texas. Damn science! Always getting in the way of good complaining! That said, I'm guessing most of the nados in Illinois are stronger and associated with more dangerous outbreaks. And no arguments about Mississippi flooding. That's some crazy stuff.

I think you are either missing the highest states, or they just didn't record the number or tornadoes in Kansas/Oklahoma/Nebraska in that time frame...

we had 76 tornadoes in Kansas in 1 week in late May this year (which is pretty typical for that time of year, we ended the season with well over 130 last year I think), then proceeded to have over 20 in the first week of June http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late-May_2008_tornado_outbreak_sequence

even if Florida did have more, you don't get any F5's down there ;)

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby dorcus » Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:21 am UTC

This comic is win, but epic fail at drawing Canada.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby ShaKri » Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:33 am UTC

I laughed like hell at the Red and Blue.. (no idea what Qix is but the Red and Blue hurricanes are Deffo from Tron)

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Platypodes » Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:49 am UTC

Syka wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Jean ... _track.png

That storm drove me NUTS.


Kind of like Hurricane Freud?
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby yarian » Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:51 am UTC

Since I live in Florida, and the part that gets most of the hurricanes too I found this awesome. Hurricane cos (x) was great and so was Hurricane "where the hell is Bermuda" (lol ampersand).

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby xAstral » Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:09 am UTC

yarian wrote:Since I live in Florida, and the part that gets most of the hurricanes too I found this awesome. Hurricane cos (x) was great and so was Hurricane "where the hell is Bermuda" (lol ampersand).


It disgraces me that I found you so easily.

Do we really get the most hurricanes? I think that most miss us and head either a bit further north or massacre the Keys. I most likely am wrong.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby erik542 » Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:19 am UTC

Shouldn't it be Hurricane Sin(x)? If one considers the left side to be the y-axis, then it is much closer to a sin(x) than a cos(x). Its nearly impossible to guesstimate where the hurricane would be at 0º longitude so we can't call it for sure.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby sje46 » Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:30 am UTC

erik542 wrote:Shouldn't it be Hurricane Sin(x)? If one considers the left side to be the y-axis, then it is much closer to a sin(x) than a cos(x). Its nearly impossible to guesstimate where the hurricane would be at 0º longitude so we can't call it for sure.


Well, wouldn't the Y axis be the Prime Meridian?
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby HPDDJ » Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:56 am UTC

sje46 wrote:@ californians/southerners poking fun at people inexperienced with earthquakes/hurricanes.

Well at least we Northerners don't freak out over a quarter inch of snow. And we don't say "y'all"

Spoiler:
Burn.


QUOTE FOR TRUTH.

I also got them all, it took a second but yeah...

iain wrote:I'm a self-confessed wuss.

Living in the UK, in an area where temperatures vary from about 28 °F (coldest in winter) to 77 °F (hottest in summer), going to Illinois in both summer and winter was a shock.

Comments that I was made fun of for included:

  • "Why is the snow doing that?" (It was too cold to clump together "properly", leading to "snow drifts", which I'd never seen before. I only normally see snow once every few years, and it never "drifts".)
  • "I'm dying of heat." (Said in the spring, when it was about 85 °F.)
  • "Can we put the air on?" (Said when the inside temperature was 72 °F.)


I once read in a Tom Clancy Book (Red Rabbit) that Englishmen start dropping dead in the streets at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. :D
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Carnildo » Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:01 am UTC

smartalco wrote:
sje46 wrote:But I have to wonder if tornadoes are really that bad. I mean, I've never seen one before, but they don't look like they would destroy a city and kill dozens of people. It'll destroy some buildings, yes, but it won't destroy the infrastructure of a city and cripple it.

You obviously don't live in Kansas. (google Greensburg if you think tornadoes aren't that bad, its just that between the relatively high amount of open space on the plains, and the fact that tornadoes often don't travel more then 10 miles, that more crap isn't destroyed, but when they hit, they hit hard)


Try the Lubbock tornado sometime. Only F5 to hit the downtown area of a modern city. Among the few thousand buildings damaged or destroyed was a 270-foot skyscraper twisted several degrees out of true.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby scarletmanuka » Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:29 am UTC

vaderdudenator wrote:Damn, beaten to the freud question. i saw the shape but for a (generally) high brow comic like this i expected something deeper.

Right, because comics like Science Fair, Penises, Loud Sex, Important Life Lesson, Know Your Vines and The Sea would certainly have fostered that impression.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby cclifton » Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:36 pm UTC

smartalco wrote:I think you are either missing the highest states, or they just didn't record the number or tornadoes in Kansas/Oklahoma/Nebraska in that time frame...

we had 76 tornadoes in Kansas in 1 week in late May this year (which is pretty typical for that time of year, we ended the season with well over 130 last year I think), then proceeded to have over 20 in the first week of June http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late-May_2008_tornado_outbreak_sequence

even if Florida did have more, you don't get any F5's down there ;)


Certainly the most devastating outbreaks occur in the plains states. And the past few years have been rather exceptional in that regard. I don't think anyone doubts that Kansas is nasty for nados. But for more info check out here: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/sev ... .html#maps NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. 1953-2004 average, Kansas and Florida both have 55, Texas has 139. But if you normalize it by area, Florida does have 9.4 per year per 10,000 square miles, vs. 6.7 for Kansas, 8.2 for OK, 5.2 for TX.

You're totally right about strong nados though... all the Tornado Alley states have more of those.

And you bet I don't have F5s... I'm not from Florida, I'm from upstate New York! 7 tornados per year. Phew. I'll take 2 feet of snow over my house asploding any day.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby sithpirateknight » Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:40 pm UTC

sje46 wrote:You probably react the same way with the word "wicked"
That storm was wicked bad.


From a fellow New Englander (Maine here) I didn't even have to look at your home state when I saw the wicked. Such a useful word in any conversation.

I also see the ovaries resemblance.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby dharmamama » Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:04 pm UTC

mojotoad wrote:I, too, thought red/blue were Qix references. I thought the sparklies at the end of the paths were dead giveaways. However, the other paths have those as well.

Qix fans unite! Those upstart Tron fans think they had it all.


I had completely forgotten about Qix! Where's my stack of quarters? I'm next in line, after I finish here on Tempest.

(I still think the Red & Blue are from Tron. So does Yori.)

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby kanavazk » Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:13 pm UTC

Red and Blue ARE from Tron. There is no other game that fits. Not even Qix.
THIS IS FROM THE INTERENT!

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby almightyze » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:36 pm UTC

zachary wrote:Florida is known as "America's Wang" since it just kind of hangs down there... which is why I'm sure Hurricane Freud is where it is.


Why is it called that? I tend to think of it more as an amputated leg...it had so much potential. :P

As for the country's waaaaaaaang...Texas. It only looks big.

sje46 wrote:This is what I was talking about:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Englan ... f_May_2006
I remembr Boston definitely had flooding, but I'm not sure how much. Lawrence's streets were rivers, and my town was pretty much at the worst part (even though it is only a small town, there was very massive flooding and you couldn't get anywhere). But I guess maybe flooding is relatively rare in New England anyway.

You're right about the blizzards though.

But I have to wonder if tornadoes are really that bad. I mean, I've never seen one before, but they don't look like they would destroy a city and kill dozens of people. It'll destroy some buildings, yes, but it won't destroy the infrastructure of a city and cripple it.

Earthquakes and hurricanes? Those seem like a pretty big deal.


Yeah, I remember. A few classmates at the time were concerned about their dorm (back when we had dorms near the Esplanade). But it only threatened the Charles at that extent. It came close, but never flooded. After all, from what I've been told, the Charles to this extent is mainly artificial, they prolly know how to control these things.

As per tornados, look up the Atlanta tornado either from this year or last year (time has become so lost to me lately). That was a minor tornado, if I'm not mistaken. Imagine how much damage there would be if it were a major one.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby The Reaper » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:49 pm UTC

Needs moar tron references. :D

Comic made me lol. My family just sat on the front porch and watched the last hurricane come in, and then ninjaflip around them and shower them with the much needed rain. They live right down there on the border :D

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Phoenix '97 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:27 am UTC

Hurricane cos(x) is going to wreak havoc with my sinuses. *achoo!*
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby dave.haku » Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:14 am UTC

Mmmm... I just don't get the joke on the Where-the-hell-is-Bermuda hurricane. I mean, is it the shape of the &? Maybe I'm missing an important cultural reference here :|

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby ConMan » Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:18 am UTC

HPDDJ wrote:I once read in a Tom Clancy Book (Red Rabbit) that Englishmen start dropping dead in the streets at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. :D


Presumably because they're the only ones to go out with the mad dogs in the midday sun.[/Noel Coward]
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby A. Smith » Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:41 am UTC

On snow:

We got 5½ yards this winter. They had to open new snow dumping sites, the normal ones were completely full!

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby sje46 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:28 am UTC

A. Smith wrote:On snow:

We got 5½ yards this winter. They had to open new snow dumping sites, the normal ones were completely full!

Are you from Parish, New York, or thereabouts?
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby almightyze » Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:49 am UTC

dave.haku wrote:Mmmm... I just don't get the joke on the Where-the-hell-is-Bermuda hurricane. I mean, is it the shape of the &? Maybe I'm missing an important cultural reference here :|


Ummm...can you actually see Bermuda there?
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I love the Red / Blue "Snafu" or "Snakes" whatever reference

Postby utsuprainfra » Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:57 pm UTC

I played Snafu on Intellivision every day when I was little. No one ever knows what I am talking about. Also, the Freud bit on "America's Wang" is beautiful.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby mojotoad » Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:15 am UTC

kanavask: Since not too many people remember Qix, I'd like to refresh our memories. `

Qix had two drawing modes -- fast and slow. If you were drawing in fast mode, the squares were demarcated as blue. In slow mode, the squares were filled in with red -- this, presumably, because slow drawing exposed you to more risk of catching the touch of death from the qix. If you took too long drawing, a sparkly thing would race up the incomplete line, like a lit fuse, urging you onward (as if the threat of the qix wasn't enough).

Anyway, I agree that the reference is probably Tron. But my game Qix ass!

Cheers,
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P.S. I'm also a shameless Tron fan. Just boostering for Qix.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Death by Kidney » Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:03 am UTC

This comic makes me giggle every time I see it. I also feel it is special because it happened on my birthday. :) Thanks for being so awesome, XKCD!

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Re: I love the Red / Blue "Snafu" or "Snakes" whatever reference

Postby Hulyen » Sat Jul 26, 2008 7:41 am UTC

utsuprainfra wrote:I played Snafu on Intellivision every day when I was little. No one ever knows what I am talking about. Also, the Freud bit on "America's Wang" is beautiful.


SNAFU!!! Those two songs will be FOREVER ingrained in my memory. In fact, I think I want to go track one down to use as a new ringtone on my phone! (I've been trying to come up with something good to replace the Steel Samauri for a few weeks now...thank you internet stranger! <3)

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby mrflippy » Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:40 pm UTC

This is interesting, because in Illinois, we just had a huge windstorm (90+ mph winds) a week ago. Trees down everywhere, and lots of people in town were without power for 5-6 days. Of course, most of our windstorms are localized, while hurricanes usually cover a larger area.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby SirMustapha » Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:30 pm UTC

Darnit, I don't get the ampersand. Am I missing the whole joke or just part of it?

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby sje46 » Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:16 pm UTC

I'm pretty sure the ampersand means nothing.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Lenticular_J » Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:42 am UTC

Carnildo wrote:
smartalco wrote:
sje46 wrote:But I have to wonder if tornadoes are really that bad. I mean, I've never seen one before, but they don't look like they would destroy a city and kill dozens of people. It'll destroy some buildings, yes, but it won't destroy the infrastructure of a city and cripple it.

You obviously don't live in Kansas. (google Greensburg if you think tornadoes aren't that bad, its just that between the relatively high amount of open space on the plains, and the fact that tornadoes often don't travel more then 10 miles, that more crap isn't destroyed, but when they hit, they hit hard)


Try the Lubbock tornado sometime. Only F5 to hit the downtown area of a modern city. Among the few thousand buildings damaged or destroyed was a 270-foot skyscraper twisted several degrees out of true.

Quite. We hardly get any nowadays though, and if one comes close people freak out. I miss living in Amarillo, tornadoes are so much fun.

Anyways, that's a great comic. Of course, lolampersand.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby carls » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:12 am UTC

Image


Also, love the Tron reference.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Rango » Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:44 pm UTC

The link to this comic is now being passed around the catastrophe reinsurance industry.

ROA


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