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by smiffy
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"
Replies: 68
Views: 18734

Re: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"

As I'm sure a lot of foreign readers will be coming to this thread to find out what this is a reference to, "don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" is an order famously given at the (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bunker_Hill#.22The_whites_of_their_eyes.22]Battle of Bu...
by smiffy
Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 32837

Re: "Wings" Discussion

Two things occur to me in this discussion about flapping about in a thicker atmosphere. I have read accounts about people doing "dry-dives" in hyperbaric chambers, undergoing hyperbaric therapy (e.g. Recompression for the DCI/The Bends) or operating in pressurised chambers (Caissons)used f...
by smiffy
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 53711

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

Also, on another note, I am thoroughly surprised at how many people who read this comic have a Erdos or Bacon number lower than 10 . . . or, for that matter, lower than 100. It's weird for me to think of you guys as people I've seem in movies or who co-authored a paper with a famous mathematician. ...
by smiffy
Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 53711

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

...I'll be honest, I don't get this. Time for some google research! Paul Erdos was a very prolific mathematician who collaborated with a lot of other mathematicians. So there arose a notion of an "Erdos number." Erdos has Erdos number 0. Someone who collaborates with Erdos has Erdos numbe...

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