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by da Doctah
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 62
Views: 3850

Re: 1986: River Border

Your homework assignment: research the New Madrid Bend, and be prepared to give the exact latitude and longitude of the point where Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky meet.
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 53
Views: 4406

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I live in Phoenix. "x% chance of rain" where x<90 means "at some point during the day it's going to cloud up alarmingly, but no actual rain will fall". I used to live in Seattle. "x% chance of rain" where x>10 means "it's raining right now, and the individual drops...
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 4062

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Swift is a great example of a particular form of misunderstanding: people who assume everything is meant seriously.

I refer to such people as suffering from an irony deficiency.
by da Doctah
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 7061

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Samik wrote:0 = freezing
10 = chilly
20 = spring
30 = summer
40 = hot
50+ = Death Valley


Scale recalibrated for where I live:

0 = freezing
10 = freezing
20 = chilly
30 = spring
40 = summer
50+ = hot

Really, 10 Celsius or lower around here becomes the opening story on the evening news.
by da Doctah
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 7061

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

This comic is missing "conspiracy theorists". They're a whole spectrum of their own, not a point on this chart. "Facebook is a front for the FBI" ... "9/11 was an inside job" ... "Jews control the weather" ... "The Illuminatic Tripartite Masonry Commissi...
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 7061

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I'm collecting names of people who would like to push to restore thorn, ash, wynn and yogh to the English alphabet.
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 6847

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

quiche rarely disappoints. Slightly undercooked supermarket quiche served cold. The only reason it doesn't disappoint is if experience has already lowered your expectations far enough... I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness. Quiche is pie . Pie...
by da Doctah
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 6847

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Fruit cake is highly variable. Good fruit cake is still great, but my tolerance for bad fruit cake has dwindled over the years. And mediocre fruit cake is a contradiction in terms. It's either really good or really bad; there is no middle ground. I have a theory that most of the "all fruit cak...
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 4121

Re: 1979: "History"

I'm not used to hearing either of those presidents (Hayes or Arthur) referred to without their middle initials (B and A respectively). It sounds weird without them. Me neither. Plus, just saying “Hayes” or “Arthur” doesn’t make me think “president”. I need the full “Chester A. Arthur” or “Rutherfor...
by da Doctah
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 4121

Re: 1979: "History"

I once read somewhere that, up until then (early 1980s if I remember correctly), all the U.S. presidents who had been elected in years ending in 0 had died while in office. If true, that would imply a mortality rate of 20%, which is indeed grim, although not as bad as certain wartime occupations (l...
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 3972

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

Matching Garnet with Ruby and Safire seems a bit of a stretch. Under those rules Chevy Chase would be a match for Harrison Ford. Judges? If you allow those, I insist on being permitted to play Dan Quayle and Danny Partridge. (Sorry my favorite chain wasn't included: Lesley Gore, Gore Vidal, Vidal S...
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 6884

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

Wish I could find it, but there's an old Peanuts strip that shows Charlie Brown lying on the ground looking at the sky, doing a version of this xkcd about how the earth is turning on its axis, and flying along its orbit, and being carried along by the rotation of the galaxy. The last panel ends with...
by da Doctah
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 3785

Re: 1962: “Generations”

chrisjwmartin wrote:
Morgan Wick wrote:I mean, what name are they going to give the generation after Z, now that they've reached the end of the alphabet?

Generation &.


The Sue Grafton Dilemma. Resolution found.
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2465

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

One annoying thing about small talk is that I’m actually really, really , really interested in the weather. It’s a fascinating subject, but I always kind of feel like other people interpret my talking about it as small talk :/ You need to start including words like "adiabatic" in your dis...
by da Doctah
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 2763

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

gcgcgcgc wrote:The unification of PAL, NTSC and SECAM would lead to a new standard called PANTSCAMEL


I like that almost as much as my idea of making IHOP change their name to honor their real star breakfast: sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy. Doesn't IHOSEBAG sound more like a place you'd like to eat?
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 2763

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

Third-world countries are defined as those that use SECAM.
by da Doctah
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 6873

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Mikeski wrote:
jc wrote:I know a few who like to call themselves Mainiacs.

The only former-Bostonian I've worked with called himself a Masshole.

Kinda makes me wish there was a good self-deprecating term for "Minnesotan". Other than "Canadian".


I think you mean "Baja Canadian".
by da Doctah
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 37
Views: 3869

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

The bar graph needs another entry, labeled "Girlfriend".
by da Doctah
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 5024

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

For my own ease of viewing, I've made the arrow of time in the graphs point to the right, so that the trend lines flow in the (again, to me) more intuitive direction: Registered to say THANK YOU! I couldn't make heads or tails of the original graph, and came here for enlightenment. :D I still can't...
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4412

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

From memory: The Raspberries The Cranberries Moby Grape Bananarama 1910 Fruitgum Company The California Raisins (well that's a stretch) So is Strawberry Alarm Clock (and their imitators, Chocolate Watch Band). Q: What are Raspberries, Cream, Bread and Vanilla Fudge? A: The four food groups. (Used t...
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4412

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

Cougar Allen wrote:What happens if you combine a lime and a coconut?

Then you feel better.
by da Doctah
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4412

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

They always say that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade.

Problem for me is that life keeps giving me onions and trying to make me believe they're lemons.
by da Doctah
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1947: "Night Sky"
Replies: 8
Views: 2261

Re: 1947: "Night Sky"

I suspect there's a subtle (or not-so-subtle) self-deprecating reference to all XKCD comics' speech being in ALL CAPS. Pretty much all comics all my life have been in all caps. And until just recently, every sentence has ended in an exclamation point. ("GOOD MORNING, MR KENT!" "GOOD ...
by da Doctah
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 4874

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

Back when it still meant something, I fed Google the name of every element then on the periodic table (they had added darmstadtium at that point) and collected the number of hits for each. I disregarded alternate names and spellings and the fact that some element names are spelled exactly the same a...
by da Doctah
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 3567

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

yakkoTDI wrote:Or a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you.


You beat me to it.

Ironically, because I was actually asleep (dreaming about I know not what) when you posted it.
by da Doctah
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 3916

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

cellocgw wrote:Are "profound" and "confound" opposites? Why or why not? Justify your position. Answer must not include any quote marks or sunsets.


Sure they're opposites. Just like constitution and prostitution.
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 3916

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

"Every quote on the internet will be erroneously attributed to Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker or George Carlin."
-- James Thurber
by da Doctah
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 2934

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

In my will, I plan on leaving my brother a bunch of stuff I don't actually have. Let him drive himself nuts looking for it.
by da Doctah
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 4851

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

My graph-related OCD is going nuts... the graph rotation is off by ninety degrees. Time is the dependent variable gosh darn it! I won't mention that panini is the plural, then. *twitch* This phenomenon seems to run counter to shrinkflation, which affects goods sold in shops, as opposed to restauran...
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 55
Views: 6494

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

You have produced a map showing the approximate distribution of where people who voted live in the US. Got anything more interesting to us colorblind folks?
by da Doctah
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 62
Views: 6566

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

That San Jose one. Is that California or Costa Rica? (World's largest pair of same-named cities.) Is that some sort of weighted average, or minimum population per city, or something? San Jose, CA (about 1 million people) plus San Jose, Costa Rica (334 thousand), is much smaller than New York, New Y...
by da Doctah
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 62
Views: 6566

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

That San Jose one. Is that California or Costa Rica?

(World's largest pair of same-named cities.)
by da Doctah
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5917

Re: 1935: "2018"

Or.... Turn to the second page of the new calendar your administrative assistant has so efficiently provided for you. If there's 29 days, it's a leap year. If there's 28 it's a regular year. If there's more than 29, it's a joke. Or it's one of those "16-month" calendars they sell in mall ...
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 24
Views: 3763

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

I had something like that happen about five years ago. On January 1st, around 5 pm, I had to stop for a traffic light with a marked police car right behind me, and took a pull from the brown bottle in my console while I waited for the light to change, then held up the bottle and tilted it to the sid...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5917

Re: 1935: "2018"

Some of us are old enough to have the full association "leap year = presidential election = Olympics" permanently etched on a portion of our brains.
by da Doctah
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1933: "Santa Facts"
Replies: 18
Views: 2642

Re: 1933: "Santa Facts"

I could actually believe there are (at least) 5 active warrants for his arrest. I mean he does a LOT of breaking in entering and maybe some stalking too, it's just a question of whether any jurisdictions have chosen to take the reports seriously enough. Also a long list of elf's rights violations (...
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 3312

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

My best Windows system sound selection was a Star Trek (TOS) clip played whenever I emptied the Recycle Bin, of Spock saying "They are no longer within the confines of this solar system".
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1930: "Calendar Facts"
Replies: 32
Views: 4054

Re: 1930: "Calendar Facts"

Under the Gregorian calendar, no century can start on Sunday, Wednesday or Friday.
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 1795

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

What worries me is there is a non-zero amplitude for arguments after falling asleep. Be careful with your sleep-talking, people! I've occasionally wondered whether cats ever dream that their acquaintances did something unkind to them and then later harbor a grudge because they think it really happe...
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 2946

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

The car itself wasn't implicated, but I once had a GPS receiver insist that the shopping center I asked it to direct me to was in the middle of a cotton field. (Research at a later time: not far from where the actual shopping center is, the same street name continues past a city limit boundary into ...

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