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1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby moody7277 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:34 pm UTC

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Title Text: Just tell me everything you're thinking about in order from most important to last, and then we'll be friends and we can eat apples together.


I got a very "Death Note" vibe from this comic for some reason.
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby heuristically_alone » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:59 pm UTC

Things Im thinking of from most important to least:
  • Do I really have to be on time to work every single day?
  • Is it too dangetous to practice card tricks while driving?
  • Forgot to charge my phone overnight
  • Is it weird to ask the younger sister on a date of an older sister that once asked me out?
  • I should do my taxes this week
  • Maybe someday I'll remember to eat breakfast
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby moody7277 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:22 pm UTC

heuristically_alone wrote:Things Im thinking of from most important to least:
  • Is it weird to ask the younger sister on a date of an older sister that once asked me out?


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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:36 pm UTC

heuristically_alone wrote:Things Im thinking of from most important to least:
  • Do I really have to be on time to work every single day?
  • Is it too dangetous to practice card tricks while driving?
  • Forgot to charge my phone overnight
  • Is it weird to ask the younger sister on a date of an older sister that once asked me out?
  • I should do my taxes this week
  • Maybe someday I'll remember to eat breakfast

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Reka » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:51 pm UTC

This looks like a continuation of Interaction.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby eviloatmeal » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:12 pm UTC

Do you remember how many apples you have eaten in your life?
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Vroomfundel » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:25 pm UTC

I must have eaten about 4-5000 apples which sounds like a lot but it's actually not even a truckload. I would tell you how many crates it would be but I got distracted trying to find the optimal packing solution.
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby heuristically_alone » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:48 pm UTC

Today struck a conversation with someone new and asked them how many apples they've have. Got a blank stare, then the response "at least 10".

I seriously ponder now how many apples I've had in mu life. I ate lots as a kid, but not so much now. I'd say a bare minimum would be at least one a month of my entire life since turning one, so at least 312. I need to eat more apples.
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby leeharveyosmond » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:00 pm UTC

The demand “tell me what you’re thinking!” features large in certain kinky sex practices.

Well. Enough said?

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:52 pm UTC

I was sat on a bench, today, busy browsing things and trying to set up one mobile device with information from another, and someone sat next to me, immediately saying he was worried about his bus being diverted, for reasons (for the diversion, that is) that I never discovered. A simple soul, shall we say, but I've never been forced nor prevented from being friendly to people based on simplicity or otherwise. Even in the big city,. I offered to check the bus online (surprised him, I didn't take any of his initial approach to mean "this person will find out what I want to know", it was just 'lucky' that he got me.

Quickly found out that the bus he wanted wasn't even expected at the stops that it was supposed to arrive at (first by checking the stops involved, then by checking the bus and following that bus's timetable listing of stops, just in case I was choosing the stop wrong the first way), and didn't seem likely that the bus mentioned was running though several alternatives were (between where we were and the destinatiin, maybe 2½ miles away - I'd have walked!). Apologised, and tried to get back to what I was doing (even had earphones in, should have been a heavy hint even though they were just playing talk radio as a background to my previously solo electronic meditations) but the 'conversation' kept going even when I was slow to respond due to tricky device restartings.

He asked my name, I gave a version of my name (a practiced but vague shortening, not what family, friends or colleagues call me, but I can respond to it if it comes out of nowhere) and rather expected to get his namr in response. Maybe I was being a simple sort, not directly asking "and yours?", but I think he just assumed I knew him unless I asked as I got nothing. Except worrying about his friend (possibly his minder) who had been close by him when he arrived but had gone off to a shop. And worrying about the bus that didn't exist, and then worrying about one of the alternate buses that did exist. (I'd found the first arrival was in seven minutes, the next in thirty-seven, to the bus stop two minutes' walk away. For me, I don't think he thought he'd make it, and was always pointing about 30° off the actual direction to it when it was brought up in conversation, out of sight as it was, which I found inexplicable.) And he didn't want to go off without the friend. And he was also worrying about his prescription thar thet had tried to collect the day before but had been told had not been signed, and by the time they got back to <next town over>, tomorrow, that'd be all sorted out.

It took a while for the friend to return, and I got to pack them off to the stop they needed with about 20 minutes to spare, and I was left feeling that I had failed to communicate properly, but probably only I knew that. To my un-named companion I was probably either forgotten about the moment the (alternate) bus came along or forever remembered as "nice <insert name here> who tried to help with the timetables". I think, on balance, I marginally improved the world (which is as much as I normally hope for), neither setting it afire with my nobilic presence nor making my presence known by setting it aflame. But with the possible baseline of leaving it as I found it (another acceptable outcome - take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints).


It's a shame that this was the only Real Life™ conversation of note, today, but given my schedule and ecommunications link to everyone else who matters (vocationally or socially) and even taking the self-serve tills at the supermarket (decided purely on queue-length, I'd have smalltalked briefly with a human if enough humans had been on duty to maintain a short enough queue).

And I bought zero apples today. And I have bought maybe zero apples this year. Though I ate some apple (sliced, as part of a dessert) on Sunday, as I recall. Do I need to factor processed apples into my already difficult lifetime-apple-consumption calculations, do you think? Do I ignore 'sauced' apples (including apple-doughnut fillings, and apple turnovers) yet retain the sliced one mentioned? Do I back-calculate the number of apples from "number of days during which I have not seen a doctor", given their medic-repellent qualities? How do I know that I have not passed a doctor in the street, though? It's not like they wear white coats and dangle stethoscopes from around their necks all the time (I suspect), so that's a lot of days that I may not have eaten an apple during, and it was only the turnovers that stopped them from approaching me in the crowd, them instead passing on by once they detected the trace residual daily dose of apple that they thought might have applied. Those devious malusphobic doctors.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby iabervon » Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:19 am UTC

One thousand, two hundred, and... wait, do you mean to ask how many individual apples I've eaten any of, or apples I've eaten all of, or apples that I ate all of that anyone ate, or should I be pro-rating apples by how much of the edible part of them I've eaten? I assume I shouldn't consider apples that had been processed before I got them, and... wait, was that a rhetorical question?

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Old Bruce » Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:20 am UTC

My answer is either 'More than one.' or 'At least two.'

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Eternal Density » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:11 am UTC

How many... breads... have you eaten?
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Postby Pfhorrest » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:16 am UTC

Yes.
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby pscottdv » Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:24 pm UTC

Ragnarokio wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M895sFqgSwg


That might be the best instructional video on how to meet people I've ever seen.

It even explains how to not ask questions like, "How many apples have you eaten?"

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:35 pm UTC

I'm from Scotland, so unlikely to be in three figures.
Unless you count cider (the UK definition, that is)

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Soupspoon » Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:52 pm UTC

Wee Red Bird wrote:I'm from Scotland, so unlikely to be in three figures.

Aye, but all those three figures are definitely marinaded in Iron Bru, deep-fried, coloured half blue with stripes, served with a claymore-sliced haggis on a tartan-patterned pewter plate atop a curling stone, to the sound Proclaimers songs being played on the pipes by a Buckfast-inebriated Wee Jimmy Krankie (who, incidentally, doesn't have anything under their kilt!) whilst being ceremonially thwacked by one of Paw Broon's slippers to the tempo of a McGonagall 'poem'.

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Postby eviloatmeal » Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:48 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:How many... breads... have you eaten?

Bastard... how many apples have you sucked to heal those wounds!?
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby FOARP » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:40 am UTC

Is it just me or are there more of these "I find ordinary human beings confusing" posts nowadays?

I used to be a big one for striking up conversations with strangers. In my defence I was living in China and trying to improve my Chinese, and travelling in taxis quite often where talking to the driver was the done thing. Additionally, I was single in those days.

Now I honestly can't be bothered.

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Postby chridd » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:44 am UTC

All my Apple products are uneaten.
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby kelly_holden » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:26 am UTC

I thought I had an apple. I went to eat it because of this comic, but I can't find it. Perhaps I already ate it and forgot.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby pkcommando » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:37 am UTC

"Somewhat less than the total number of applies that have ever existed."

It was a sad day when I learned that you can't win a 'How Many [X] In This Jar?' contest by answering >1. I feel like I was cheated, but I'm not sure where to direct my complaints.
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby scharb » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:40 pm UTC

Probably ~100 per year since I was 5. That's the right order of magnitude, at least, and about 2 per week sounds about right. I'm going to say 2,000-3,000.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby DavidSh » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:48 pm UTC

For a moment I thought scharb was claiming to be over 200 years old.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby scharb » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:33 pm UTC

Nope, just an extra 0.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby scharb » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:57 pm UTC

In the United States, the average yearly apple consumption is about 17 pounds (7.7 kg) of fresh apples per capita.
Apples weigh between 0.30:0.70 lbs (0.136:0.317.5 kg).
That's somewhere between 24-57 apples per person per year.

Roughly 500-1710 for the average person in their twenties
Roughly 720-2280 for the average person in their thirties
The average person will eat somewhere between ~1900 to ~4500 apples in their lifetime, at current life expectancy of 78 years.

The person who eats an apple a day will eat 28,470 apples in their lifetime.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby pogrmman » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:51 pm UTC

scharb wrote:In the United States, the average yearly apple consumption is about 17 pounds (7.7 kg) of fresh apples per capita.


That’s way more than I thought it would be. That’s like 2 a month... I guess I might be biased because I don’t like apples very much and I don’t live in an apple growing region, but it’s still seems like a lot.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby rmsgrey » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:21 pm UTC

pkcommando wrote:It was a sad day when I learned that you can't win a 'How Many [X] In This Jar?' contest by answering >1. I feel like I was cheated, but I'm not sure where to direct my complaints.


You can win with that answer, just not with a significant number of other entrants. The guy who guesses >100 is usually going to beat you.

In general, a technically incorrect answer that's within an order of magnitude is a better answer than a technically correct answer that spans multiple orders of magnitude.

Of course, when it comes to attempting to win, things get more interesting when you get to see previous guesses before you make your own. If you have no information about other people's guesses, then your best strategy is to pick the number you think has the best chance of being correct. If you do know what others have guessed, then there's a trade-off between what value you think is most likely, the sizes of the gaps between previously picked numbers (your guess claims roughly half the gap between the existing guesses on either side), and how many people are likely to guess after you (what's currently a large gap is likely to end up broken up into smaller gaps by the end of the day). Making a guess close to what you think the right value's most likely to be is still solid, but adjusting to hit a larger gap gets more attractive as the day progresses.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:27 am UTC

Soupspoon wrote:
Wee Red Bird wrote:I'm from Scotland, so unlikely to be in three figures.

Aye, but all those three figures are definitely marinaded in Iron Bru, deep-fried, coloured half blue with stripes, served with a claymore-sliced haggis on a tartan-patterned pewter plate atop a curling stone, to the sound Proclaimers songs being played on the pipes by a Buckfast-inebriated Wee Jimmy Krankie (who, incidentally, doesn't have anything under their kilt!) whilst being ceremonially thwacked by one of Paw Broon's slippers to the tempo of a McGonagall 'poem'.

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:33 pm UTC

Sheep are slightly more "Aberystwyth" than "Aberdeen", though, in my mind. The Celtic tribes as a whole (and Kiwis?) might all reputedly gain enjoyment from the use of the velcro gloves, but mind your Ps and Qs!

(Stags and grouse and various eagles and red squirrels and pine martens and wildcats might have crept into that mash, but didn't.)

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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby heuristically_alone » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:58 pm UTC

FOARP wrote:Is it just me or are there more of these "I find ordinary human beings confusing" posts nowadays?

Literally every great comic writer uses recurring themes.
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Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:51 am UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Sheep are slightly more "Aberystwyth" than "Aberdeen", though, in my mind. The Celtic tribes as a whole (and Kiwis?) might all reputedly gain enjoyment from the use of the velcro gloves, but mind your Ps and Qs!

(Stags and grouse and various eagles and red squirrels and pine martens and wildcats might have crept into that mash, but didn't.)

There was the old survey conducted around the UK as to how they 'did' their sheep.
From Cornwall came the answer of "hind legs inside your wellies and front legs over a wall."
From Wales came the answer of "hind legs inside your wellies and front legs over a wall."
From Aberdeen came the answer of "hind legs inside your wellies and front over your shoulders."
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