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0749: "Study"

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:46 am UTC
by LucasBrown
Image
Alt text: "Volunteers needed for a study on the transmission of urushiol from digital contact with thin strips of fibrous cellulose pulp."

I find this one mildly disturbing...

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:49 am UTC
by Jourdy289
0.o Wow, that sounds fun :lol:

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:51 am UTC
by Buddha
Slight spoiler.

Spoiler:
For those of you who do not know, urushiol is the substance secreted by poison ivy/poison oak, which causes itching and rashes. The alt-text basically says, touch poison ivy.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:53 am UTC
by SorryBoringNickName
Fuck, I deleted my thread and then I realized that yours lacks the link... add it before I explode in rage.

Anyway, I repeat my comment...

I wonder if they will give me some cookies....
Chocolate cookies...

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:53 am UTC
by Vieto
This study is missing a control group. :P

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:54 am UTC
by quartrmster007
Spoiler:
Well, there's urushiol on the strips of paper, to be more precise. But yeah, that's a pretty bad study....if you're allergic to poison ivy like I am...

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:55 am UTC
by Ex├╝berance
In my opinion, the title text was funnier than the comic.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:55 am UTC
by glasnt
HI JOEE

I can't remember where I read it, but there is a call out for people to be paid $80 for students to work out the best way to carry out a genital examination.

I think I like that one better than losing a kidney.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:57 am UTC
by Mondrian Mortarboard
"wait, why is there a bottle of calamine sitting below these flyers??"

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:57 am UTC
by 10nitro
Buddha wrote:Slight spoiler.

Spoiler:
For those of you who do not know, urushiol is the substance secreted by poison ivy/poison oak, which causes itching and rashes. The alt-text basically says, touch poison ivy.

Almost, but it's actually better than that:
Spoiler:
Title-text: Volunteers needed for a study on the transmission of urushiol from digital contact with thin strips of fibrous cellulose pulp.
Title-text: Volunteers needed for a study on the transmission of poison ivy stuff from finger contact with thin strips of paper.

He put poison ivy on the paper slips for you to grab.


Also, OP is missing a period at the end of the Title-text.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:18 am UTC
by Eternal Density
I have the urge to print one of these... but I'm not sure what phone number to put on them.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:20 am UTC
by lihan161051
Spoiler:
Dang, poison ivy everywhere these days, it seems.


Global warming strikes again ..

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:21 am UTC
by mszegedy
This could be either a scientific study or a kidney-harvesting scam. Or both. We don't know. And that's the best part. Besides the fact that this was probably done by the Black Hat Guy. I'd Photoshop him into this, but I'm writing this on an iPhone in bed. At 12:35 AM. I'll do it tomorrow.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:23 am UTC
by lrossouw
Eternal Density wrote:I have the urge to print one of these... but I'm not sure what phone number to put on them.


Why don't you put the web address of this thread?

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:45 am UTC
by Bombadil
Have some open-source flyers. Substitute the contact info with the administrative office at your nearest campus. Or the poison control hotline.

Urushiol entirely optional.

study.pdf
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study.odt
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Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:03 am UTC
by LucasBrown
SorryBoringNickName wrote:Fuck, I deleted my thread and then I realized that yours lacks the link... add it before I explode in rage.

The image is the link... click the image to get to the page...

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:08 am UTC
by lsdigit
I give it two days, tops, before some-one goes toooo far.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:11 am UTC
by pensive bosom
Volunteers needed for scientific study investigating the rate at which contact info strips are removed from bulletin boards.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:19 am UTC
by hintss
pensive bosom wrote:Volunteers needed for scientific study investigating the rate at which contact info strips are removed from bulletin boards.

Volunteers needed for scientific study of rate at which flyers are posted...

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:39 am UTC
by Kayube
And if you can tell the difference, next they give you Whizzo butter and a dead crab.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:46 am UTC
by phlip
LucasBrown wrote:
SorryBoringNickName wrote:Fuck, I deleted my thread and then I realized that yours lacks the link... add it before I explode in rage.

The image is the link... click the image to get to the page...

It wasn't when boringname posted that, though. You can't go and edit your post and pretend it always said that, and expect noone to notice.

On topic: the title text was hilarious... best study ever.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:48 am UTC
by fancy pants
Eternal Density wrote:I have the urge to print one of these... but I'm not sure what phone number to put on them.

772-257-4501 :) Rick Roll Hotline

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:54 am UTC
by tastelikecoke
Volunteers needed for investigate the increase of endorphin levels when inputted visual stimulus of network graphic file from the IP 72.26.203.99.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:09 am UTC
by Minerva
glasnt wrote:HI JOEE

I can't remember where I read it, but there is a call out for people to be paid $80 for students to work out the best way to carry out a genital examination.

I think I like that one better than losing a kidney.


HI GLASNT

It was on OCAU.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010 ... 917028.htm

PS: Hi Joee.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:38 am UTC
by phillipsjk
tastelikecoke wrote:Volunteers needed for investigate the increase of endorphin levels when inputted visual stimulus of network graphic file from the IP 72.26.203.99.


I did a "whois" lookup rather than risk seeing a shock site:
whois 72.26.203.99 wrote:. . .
network:IP-Network:72.26.203.99
network:IP-Network-Block:72.26.203.99
network:Org-Name:xkcd
network:Street-Address:256 Summer St.
network:City:Somerville
network:State:MA
network:Postal-Code:02143
network:Country-Code:US
network:Tech-Contact:MAINT-7379.72.26.203.99
network:Created:20081206205305000
network:Updated:20090609054833000
. . .

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:07 am UTC
by westrim
Minerva wrote:
glasnt wrote:HI JOEE

I can't remember where I read it, but there is a call out for people to be paid $80 for students to work out the best way to carry out a genital examination.

I think I like that one better than losing a kidney.


HI GLASNT

It was on OCAU.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010 ... 917028.htm

PS: Hi Joee.


Oh balls.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:28 am UTC
by WebcomicReader
mszegedy wrote:This could be either a scientific study or a kidney-harvesting scam. Or both. We don't know. And that's the best part. Besides the fact that this was probably done by the Black Hat Guy. I'd Photoshop him into this, but I'm writing this on an iPhone in bed. At 12:35 AM. I'll do it tomorrow.


What's better is we do know.
Spoiler:
They wouldn't ask for the universal donor blood type unless they wanted to harvest your kidney. But I guess the study could be to see if people notice the obvious clue, then disregard it because they know (which would throw off the incorrectly done study?). Damn I think you're actually right ahaha

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:31 am UTC
by LucasBrown
phlip wrote:
LucasBrown wrote:
SorryBoringNickName wrote:Fuck, I deleted my thread and then I realized that yours lacks the link... add it before I explode in rage.

The image is the link... click the image to get to the page...

It wasn't when boringname posted that, though. You can't go and edit your post and pretend it always said that, and expect noone to notice.

I did not edit my post to put in the URL after reading SorryBoringNickName's post; that edit came as I edited to put in the title-text/alt-text/magical-transient-text/whatever it's called. So it was, essentially, there all along.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:52 am UTC
by peteispo
lsdigit wrote:I give it two days, tops, before some-one goes toooo far.


Yeah, swap the Urushiol with Sarin

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:54 am UTC
by jacog
Chaaarlieeeeeee... Chaaaarlieeeeeee.... wake up you silly sleepy-head!We're going to Candy Mouuuntaaaaain! Candy Mountain, Chaaaarlieeee!

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:07 am UTC
by Pfhorrest
mszegedy wrote:This could be either a scientific study or a kidney-harvesting scam. Or both. We don't know. And that's the best part.

What I thought was clever/silly about it is that anyone who signs up for the study must fail to recognize (or simply disregard) it's obvious potential to be a kidney-harvesting scam, thus if it IS a scientific study their test and control group (presuming both are drawn from a population recruited via fliers like this) will be biased by their self-selection.

Only way it'd work is if they were somehow measuring who read the flyer and which of them signed up for the "study", with a control group consisting of those who read a less suspicious flyer in a relevantly similar area; the population thus being "people who read flyers" rather than "people who sign up for scientific studies advertised via flyer", and replies to the flyer being the tested variable. For best results place multiple fliers of both types in a variety of relevantly similar areas.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:27 am UTC
by spekkeh
Looking at the number of strips that have been torn off, apparently kidney harvesting scams are a lot more popular than my games experiment :|

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:28 am UTC
by hrasdt
Is it just me, or have the comics been particularly good recently? Yesterday's title-text was fantastic, and this one is even better. I guess Randall's on a roll.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:40 am UTC
by Ezzthetic
Gonna need an ocean
Of calamine lotion ...

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:16 am UTC
by gordysc
i just had poison ivy all over my hands this past week, and yes i think it came from one of these kind of flyers :(

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:26 am UTC
by BraveDevil
jacog wrote:Chaaarlieeeeeee... Chaaaarlieeeeeee.... wake up you silly sleepy-head!We're going to Candy Mouuuntaaaaain! Candy Mountain, Chaaaarlieeee!

I'm almost disappointed it took someone 20 replies to quote that.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:36 am UTC
by MrGuy
spekkeh wrote:Looking at the number of strips that have been torn off, apparently kidney harvesting scams are a lot more popular than my games experiment :|


Pfft. You can't trust ANYTHING about psych experiments. This may actually be a study to determine if the number of strips apparently taken influences the rate at which people take more strips, and it's only DISGUISED as a kidney harvesting scam...

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:55 am UTC
by Splarka
It would be more immediately satisfying (if visually staking out the flyer) to use resiniferatoxin. But it is a bit expensive.

For other interesting microgram-level dosage contact effects: tellurium (rotting corpse breath for weeks) and/or LSD (20 microgram threshhold dosage).

Aaaaaaaaand now the FBI is reading. Hello FBI.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:04 pm UTC
by DragonHawk
Volunteers needed for a scientific study investigating the rate at which people make snowclone jokes in the discussion thread of a webcomic.

Re: "Study" discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:21 pm UTC
by mollie
Heh. Urushiol is the number one Google search for the past hour.