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by muffin of doom
Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0574: "Swine Flu"
Replies: 166
Views: 36223

Re: Swine Flu

Am I the only one who hadn't heard anything about swine flu before reading this comic? Actually, I think it was funnier when I was assuming that Randall had just made the whole thing up.
by muffin of doom
Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:58 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Worst/Most Confusing Test Questions
Replies: 53
Views: 5921

Re: Worst/Most Confusing Test Questions

And only the other day on a maths paper "How could you find out how old somebody is without causing offence?" I suggested asking them when they last took a stupid GCSE maths test. I'm curious, what was the answer supposed to be? Personally, I'd go with asking the person's friend. Or possi...
by muffin of doom
Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0568: "Well 2"
Replies: 105
Views: 22466

Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Here's the problem with permanently aging, rather than dying, from an old Norse myth featured in a book called Mythology: A goddess loves a mortal man, but he will die in a short time based on her lifetime (compare it to the lifetime of a fly and a person), so she asks the king of the gods(Thor?) t...
by muffin of doom
Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 318605

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I recently heard a story from one of my Japanese co-workers about a girl whose parents had bestowed upon her the extremely unfortunate name 運子, pronounced unko . 運 ( un ) means "luck" or "fortune", and 子( ko ) means "child" and is frequently used in girls' names. So, no...
by muffin of doom
Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help me win a drinking contest - Updated for conclusion.
Replies: 80
Views: 7852

Re: Help me win a drinking contest

My first advice is don't do it, or at least change the rules so that it doesn't end in one of you "hitting the floor". If you're drunk enough to pass out, you're drunk enough to be in danger. Instead, why not have some sort of basic test of physical or mental functioning after each drink, ...
by muffin of doom
Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A name for this phenomenon? (ambiguous meanings of "no")
Replies: 69
Views: 11243

Re: Is there a name for this phenomenon?

I actually meant more along the lines of: "Ew, no thanks." "You don't like seafood?" You can respond with no to negate the negative question: "No, I do like seafood, I just don't like oysters" Sure, you can , but I think it only works if you add some kind of explanatio...
by muffin of doom
Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 23204

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

See for me, that's a reason not to switch to Dvorak. It's bad enough switching between my home computer (US keyboard) and work computer (Japanese keyboard), and they're almost identical except for a few punctuation marks. You type in romaji then? Or is there some elegant QWERTY-like arrangement of ...
by muffin of doom
Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 23204

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

If you guys don't have a huge report/essay to write up in the near future, you guys should give Dvorak a try. It's so much more comfortable than QWERTY. My fingers are spoiled now, I can't type on public computers. See for me, that's a reason not to switch to Dvorak. It's bad enough switching betwe...
by muffin of doom
Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 217918

Re: High and low point of your day

Low: Being woken by alarm clock at 7:30. Low: Being woken by alarm clock at 7:45, and realizing that this time I would actually have to get up. High (so far): Realizing that, thanks to Daylight Savings Time, I can now read the new XKCD at 1 pm (my time zone) instead of 2 pm. High (expected): Receivi...
by muffin of doom
Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 65742

Re: "Base System" discussion

auto123 wrote:Sharing root passwords before sex? hahahahahaha no.

Well, actually, sharing root passwords is on the other side of the virginity line, so wouldn't that would make it after sex, or perhaps... during? :wink:
by muffin of doom
Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0499: "Scantron"
Replies: 173
Views: 38087

Re: "Scantron" Discussion

ah... I'm a freshman in high school, and I was surprised that the scantron machine got half my answers wrong when I filled the circles completely with an "HB" pencil. Scantrons are nationalist. I'm surprised, too, given that HB pencils are generally considered to be equivalent to #2 penci...
by muffin of doom
Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0487: "Numerical Sex Positions"
Replies: 152
Views: 64861

Re: "Numerical Sex Positions" Discussion

Loved this comic! It's both funny and an excellent idea. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly a 34 would look like...
by muffin of doom
Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1484640

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned that just because it is sunny and clear when I wake up doesn't mean that it won't start raining heavily in time to cancel the school track and field competition that was scheduled for today. Needless to say, there was much disappointment among both the teachers and the students.
by muffin of doom
Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blood donation poll
Replies: 162
Views: 12068

Re: Blood donation poll

I donated blood maybe four or five times. It almost never went smoothly: once I passed out afterwards, once I got turned away for having low iron levels, once they weren't able to get a full pint out of me, and it always took them forever to find a vein (translation: they stabbed me repeatedly while...
by muffin of doom
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 31201

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

Ah, I totally missed the quark references on the first couple read-throughs. (What can I say? Like joee, the only reason I know the names of the quarks at all is because of trivia competitions.) Now the punchline makes much more sense. :D Anyone else get confused by the transition between the second...
by muffin of doom
Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1484640

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned that Massachusetts has 12 electoral votes. I really should have known that already, I suppose, seeing as how it's my state of residence for voting purposes. In my defense, it's not where I grew up and I've only spent approximately six (non-consecutive) months actually living there.
by muffin of doom
Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0472: "House of Pancakes"
Replies: 185
Views: 39078

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

My feelings are very similar to stormoftara's; I've never even heard of the book (and thus didn't get the comic at all), but now I have a serious craving for pancakes with strawberry topping. After reading this thread, though, I'm quite intrigued by the book. I'll have to keep it in mind next time I...
by muffin of doom
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0470: "The End Is Not For A While"
Replies: 140
Views: 25507

Re: "The End is Not for a While"

Am I the only one who thinks that the Title of this comic (Not title text, the actual title) is the best line? No, you are not. Or you could wear armbands to school saying: "Overturn Tinker v. Des Moines" I didn't get the reference, so I googled it. For anyone else who's curious: Petition...
by muffin of doom
Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1484640

Re: Today You Learned

Yesterday I learned that 50 meter swimming pools (Olympic-size, that is) are actually made to 50.02 meters long; there's an extra centimeter on each end to accomodate the panel that the swimmers touch when they reach the end of the pool. I also learned that there's a company somewhere in Japan that ...
by muffin of doom
Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1484640

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned that even if you let students write the essay section of their final exam in advance, some of them will still do a really bad job and/or not even bother answering one of the two questions. :?
by muffin of doom
Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ruin a Joke
Replies: 800
Views: 53540

Re: Ruin a Joke

...he had a heart attack and died.

How do you get two piccolo players to play in perfect unison?
by muffin of doom
Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ruin a Joke
Replies: 800
Views: 53540

Re: Ruin a Joke

Quite a few, I would imagine, seeing as how llamas are herbivores and elephants are quite large. The only way I can think of is to grind up the elephant and mix it into the llamas' normal food. Maybe you could do it with just one llama over a long period of time, but it would probably be bad for the...
by muffin of doom
Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reminder
Replies: 43
Views: 4399

Re: Reminder

Hmm... Maybe I would write it on my calendar for the appropriate day every year (eg: 49 more years until____). And then I'd write an additional note somewhere in December to remind myself to write it in for the next year, too. I don't know, maybe I'm overestimating the likelihood that I wouldn't scr...
by muffin of doom
Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "idiot test" aka "read everything before doing anything"
Replies: 88
Views: 56881

Re: "idiot test" aka "read everything before doing anything"

My bio teacher last year would have stuff in the instructions like "draw a fish by your name for an extra point" or "the answer to number 7 is C," it was nice because you didn't get points off for missing them but could get them back. I don't know how some people could forget to...
by muffin of doom
Fri Jun 27, 2008 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ruin a Joke
Replies: 800
Views: 53540

Re: Ruin a Joke

...something in Polish, which I'm sure would be really funny if either you or I could understand it. Anyway, they aren't able to get the plane to take off before the police catch up with them, at which point they're all arrested for attempting to steal a plane (not to mention assaulting the pilot). ...
by muffin of doom
Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7836074

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

(And it's not nearly as hard as using chopsticks to eat large pieces of grilled meat. I mean, I love chopsticks for their multipurpose flexibility, but sometimes you really just need a fork and knife.) I think by the time the food gets to your plate, it's already supposed to be in chop-stick-able s...
by muffin of doom
Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7836074

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Chopsticks really are not the ideal implement for eating spaghetti, especially if you happen to be wearing a white shirt and the sauce on said spaghetti is tomato-based. Really not ideal at all. But, it can be done. It's easier if you don't care too much about conventional Western table manners. :D ...
by muffin of doom
Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0441: "Babies"
Replies: 111
Views: 18699

Re: "Babies" Discussion

I disagree with the idea that there is a difference between a basement and a cellar; as far as I'm concerned, they're the same thing. Maybe it's a regional thing?
by muffin of doom
Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:16 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Cursive
Replies: 115
Views: 11466

Re: Cursive

I've used cursive for most things since middle school, although I'm not sure exactly why I started using it. We learned it in, like, second grade or something, but I don't remember ever being required to use it for anything except penmanship worksheets, and I think I used print most of the time thro...
by muffin of doom
Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0438: "Internet Argument"
Replies: 118
Views: 36929

Re: Internet Argument Discussion

Wow, I totally didn't get what was going on in this comic until I read the alt-text. Who exactly is the flying girl?
by muffin of doom
Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1484640

Re: Today You Learned

Yesterday I learned how to say "cleavage" in Japanese. I will add this to my list of interesting words which I will probably never get to use in conversation. I haven't really had time to learn anything yet today, but the day is still young here in UTC+9. Edit: Writing that inspired me to ...
by muffin of doom
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7836074

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I love Japanese convenience stores. Last night I discovered that the batteries in my calculator had died, and of course it doesn't run on normal AAAs or anything like that, but rather some weird little round ones that look like watch batteries. Desperate to get on with my late night calculations (we...
by muffin of doom
Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1484640

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned what an Asian long-horned beetle looks like. I also learned that they kill trees. Thanks, Wikipedia!
by muffin of doom
Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Where to pick up a wii
Replies: 42
Views: 4370

Re: Where to pick up a wii

Come to Japan. There seem to be plenty in stock over here. (Downside, of course, is that all the games will be in Japanese.)
by muffin of doom
Fri May 30, 2008 3:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1484640

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned that the two first-year boys at my school who look kinda the same really are twins. Or actually, triplets, but the third one doesn't go to this school. (I was especially proud of myself for not being the last teacher to figure this out, as usually happens.)
by muffin of doom
Tue May 27, 2008 2:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1484640

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned what the inside of my air conditioner looks like after not being cleaned in at least a year and a half. Ew.
by muffin of doom
Fri May 23, 2008 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: (Un)Official Fora Rules Update
Replies: 36
Views: 3154

Re: (Un)Official Fora Rules Update

-Any post containing more than three instances of the letter "z" will be accepted only if accompanied by a note from the poster's mother.
by muffin of doom
Thu May 22, 2008 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0426: "Geohashing"
Replies: 224
Views: 35355

Re: "Geohashing" discussion

Too bad I live on an island. I tried every date for the past month, and only one of them produced a location that was not in the middle of the ocean. (May 11 would have been on a golf course.) Oh well, I doubt there are any other xkcd readers around here anyway. :(
by muffin of doom
Fri May 16, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: I never...
Replies: 814
Views: 69835

Re: I never...

Only in an aquarium, but I'm going to assume that counts...

I've never been to a Spanish-speaking country. (As in, one where the majority of people speak Spanish.)
by muffin of doom
Thu May 15, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 96765

Re: What **should** you be doing right now?

kellsbells wrote:...Or reading Great Expectations while taking a shower! It's the next guitar/shower concept! Books in showers!

If you ever figure out a way to make that work, let me know.

I should probably be researching grad schools or something like that. Meh.

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