0715: "Numbers"

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0715: "Numbers"

Postby collinstocks » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:24 am UTC

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Title: The typical internet user (who wants to share) has an IQ of 147 and a 9-inch penis. Well, better than the reverse, I guess.

Edit: This originally appeared on xkcd.com/716/ for some reason... 715 is blank and 714 doesn't link to it yet. Is this another xkcd.com/404/ thing again?
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Re: Numbers

Postby feedme » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:27 am UTC

haha I'm a big fan of these graphs he's done lately.

Also, the average internet user has a high IQ and a large penis? At least we're all truthful.

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Re: Numbers

Postby Me321 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:27 am UTC

so why is this comic 716, not 715?

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Re: Numbers

Postby Alsadius » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:28 am UTC

So does that mean that the typical Internet user, with the 147 IQ and 9" penis, also has E-cups in the 7th grade? :shock:

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Re: Numbers

Postby scarecrovv » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:28 am UTC

I found most of it merely interesting, however I laughed at "there are <x> lights" http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Chain_of_Command,_Part_II_(episode)

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Re: Numbers

Postby chocolate.razorblades » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:29 am UTC

I'm also a huge fan of these graphs. This was totally worth the wait. :)

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Re: Numbers

Postby firestar27 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:33 am UTC

These were all very interesting, especially the low amount of people claiming to be a C-cup, much fewer than an E-cup.
I didn't get the "problems" and "lights" graphs though. :P
And yes, 147 IQ and a nine inch penis is CERTAINLY better than the reverse. :P

Edit:
Alsadius wrote:So does that mean that the typical Internet user, with the 147 IQ and 9" penis, also has E-cups in the 7th grade? :shock:


Hopefully, they don't have a nine inch penis AND E-cups. :P

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Re: Numbers

Postby guyy » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:34 am UTC

Looks like the Internet is one great big Lake Wobegon. Not that that's surprising, or anything. But what's so special about the number 147?

Hidden joke in the "lights" graph: the second-most-popular option is "there are 1 lights." I can has grammars?

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Re: Numbers

Postby joee » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:36 am UTC

I'm surprised at the number of A-cups

(p.s. hi glasnt!)

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Alsadius wrote:So does that mean that the typical Internet user, with the 147 IQ and 9" penis, also has E-cups in the 7th grade? :shock:

Uh, there are more A-cups than E-cups
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Re: Numbers

Postby sliverstorm » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:37 am UTC

firestar27 wrote:These were all very interesting, especially the low amount of people claiming to be a C-cup, much fewer than an E-cup.

My knee jerk reaction is to say the ones beyond C are generally exaggeration, and the spike is because if u gonna exaggerate why not go big, right?

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Re: Numbers

Postby Omegaton » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:39 am UTC

This is interesting. I kind of wish he just used a different symbol for the I've had <x> boy/girl-friend graph to make it clearer...

I wonder if the "I'm 18 and have never had a boyfriend" spike comes from some sort of ad or something. For some reason I'm hard pressed to believe that there is an actual spike there.

Cool stuff, though!

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Re: Numbers

Postby Isaac20 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:40 am UTC

guyy wrote:Hidden joke in the "lights" graph: the second-most-popular option is "there are 1 lights." I can has grammars?


This was the first thing I noticed about that one. Ah, the life of a Grammar Nazi.

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Re: Numbers

Postby imsuzyq » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:44 am UTC

[quote="firestar27"]These were all very interesting, especially the low amount of people claiming to be a C-cup, much fewer than an E-cup.

Especially considering that C is about the average and what I know most people to consider to be around the perfect size. I was surprised that there were more a cups than C.

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Re: Numbers

Postby Sir Real » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:48 am UTC

Number of xkcd readers who wish that Randal had done separate mouse-over text for each graph: d.

(All of the above. duh!)

Oh, and it's not that there are fewer C cups (or any other factoid in this comic) its that there are fewer people who feel the need to broadcast their C-cups to the world. Remember, Google may be the voice of The People (tm) but some bastards still shout louder than others.
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Re: Numbers

Postby OrangeAipom » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:51 am UTC

HEY RANDALL

WHY CAN'T YOU USE COLOR FOR THIS

Usually I don't mind the poor art style, but that friend graph is unreadable.

Alsadius wrote:So does that mean that the typical Internet user, with the 147 IQ and 9" penis, also has A-cups in the 7th grade? :shock:

Fixed.

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Re: Numbers

Postby OneSevenNine » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:54 am UTC

Sure, the mouse-over text might have been written with the intention of making the point that people on the internet tend to exaggerate, but I think it could just as easily mean that we internet users are clearly superior to non-internet users in those areas. Right?

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Re: Numbers

Postby torontoraptor » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:56 am UTC

Omegaton wrote:This is interesting. I kind of wish he just used a different symbol for the I've had <x> boy/girl-friend graph to make it clearer...

I wonder if the "I'm 18 and have never had a boyfriend" spike comes from some sort of ad or something. For some reason I'm hard pressed to believe that there is an actual spike there.

Cool stuff, though!



It's probably just the age that people tend to panic if they haven't had one yet. They're legally an adult now, most likely finishing high school...if you don't have a boy/girlfriend by now you obviously never will, right? :roll:
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Re: Numbers

Postby Allotrope » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:57 am UTC

I love it when he does graph like this.

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Re: Numbers

Postby Chuff » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:57 am UTC

Is the "there are <x> lights" a star trek tng reference? Awesome.

And yeah, the reason for so many As and Es is that you probably wouldn't talk about your cup size very often unless you were either bragging or complaining.
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Re: Numbers

Postby katiekat » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:58 am UTC

The bra cup thing is actually really easy to explain. Among women, there are two main breast-size related communities on the internet where one may profess their size (and not for bragging):

1) A community of women who are smaller sized (ie, IBTC), who come together for support and tips on finding bras that fit and flatter and "give you curves"
Example: http://32aabra.com/

2) A community of women who are exceptionally busty, and come together for support and tips on finding bras that fit and are cute. (Just try finding well-fitting, cute bras when you're an E cup.)
Example: http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~cat/bra.html

Women who have "C" cups, which is generally indeed considered "the perfect size" need support neither in feeling better about themselves nor in finding bras or clothes that fit them. Thus they don't spend time on the internet talking about their breasts.
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Re: Numbers

Postby LittleBigSpoon » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:03 am UTC

firestar27 wrote:These were all very interesting, especially the low amount of people claiming to be a C-cup, much fewer than an E-cup.
I didn't get the "problems" and "lights" graphs though. :P
And yes, 147 IQ and a nine inch penis is CERTAINLY better than the reverse. :P

Edit:
Alsadius wrote:So does that mean that the typical Internet user, with the 147 IQ and 9" penis, also has E-cups in the 7th grade? :shock:


Hopefully, they don't have a nine inch penis AND E-cups. :P


I used to think I was a 7th grade D. :( Stupid manboobs.
Of course, now I'm a happy, self-confident 11th grade A! (Grade A makes me sound like milk...)

I love the title text.

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Re: Numbers

Postby phlip » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:09 am UTC

firestar27 wrote:I didn't get the "problems" and "lights" graphs though. :P

The "lights" thing has been explained (I didn't get it either... Star Trek is on my "to watch" list though, really! Right after I finish watching all the extant episodes of old Doctor Who...)

The "problems" one is this.

guyy wrote:Hidden joke in the "lights" graph: the second-most-popular option is "there are 1 lights." I can has grammars?

Google does searches for similar words, though... do a search for "there are 1 lights" and it'll find pages that contain "there is one light" too...
[edit] It looks like it doesn't do it when it's quoted, though... and there's only 2 results for "there are 1 lights".... both of them look like they're computer-generated pages made by programmers who didn't put in stuff for plurals. As of now, there are about 897,000 results for "there is 1 light", which matches the graph, so presumably Randall fixed the grammar for that search. Which does make the label on that graph slightly inaccurate.

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Re: Numbers

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:17 am UTC

"There are four lights" is one of those moments that I expected hit me harder than anyone else, and then slowly kept finding more and more references to it and realized that other people had picked it out the same way I did; I'd just thought it would be a throwaway midseason episode for most.

Each of those things has happened many, many times without the other. Especially the first. Like the time I rewrote "New Age" to be about Lady Gaga rather than Kim Novak, bringing in elements of the "Frank and Nancy" version, and posted it line-by-line as my Facebook status. Something had a hold on me.

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Re: Numbers

Postby kg333 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:28 am UTC

torontoraptor wrote:
Omegaton wrote:This is interesting. I kind of wish he just used a different symbol for the I've had <x> boy/girl-friend graph to make it clearer...

I wonder if the "I'm 18 and have never had a boyfriend" spike comes from some sort of ad or something. For some reason I'm hard pressed to believe that there is an actual spike there.

Cool stuff, though!



It's probably just the age that people tend to panic if they haven't had one yet. They're legally an adult now, most likely finishing high school...if you don't have a boy/girlfriend by now you obviously never will, right? :roll:


Or quite possibly this is simply the internet in all its glory, with ads of "BARELY LEGAL VIRGINS LIVE ON WEBCAM!" everywhere...

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Re: Numbers

Postby unfalliblekrutch » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:31 am UTC

the last graph at least makes some sense. The composition of the internet may indeed hit a peak number above 100 because, as a whole, internet users probably are on the higher end of the IQ spectrum compared to non internet users.

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Re: Numbers

Postby Omegaton » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:36 am UTC

kg333 wrote:
torontoraptor wrote:
Omegaton wrote:This is interesting. I kind of wish he just used a different symbol for the I've had <x> boy/girl-friend graph to make it clearer...

I wonder if the "I'm 18 and have never had a boyfriend" spike comes from some sort of ad or something. For some reason I'm hard pressed to believe that there is an actual spike there.

Cool stuff, though!



It's probably just the age that people tend to panic if they haven't had one yet. They're legally an adult now, most likely finishing high school...if you don't have a boy/girlfriend by now you obviously never will, right? :roll:


Or quite possibly this is simply the internet in all its glory, with ads of "BARELY LEGAL VIRGINS LIVE ON WEBCAM!" everywhere...

That's what I was thinking. I wonder if that quote or similar is used in some young adult dating site ads.
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Re: Numbers

Postby SheeEttin » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:36 am UTC

The "99 Problems" graph seems to be incomplete. It does show statistics on the amount of problems, but it does not show any data on whether or not a bitch is one.

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Re: Numbers

Postby scottyb » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:39 am UTC

I don't think I can point out my favorite thing about this comic without a TMI - and I don't mean Too Many Instructions.

I'm glad I "got" all the graphs, though. I managed to do the same thing on the movie/character interaction one, too. I feel like Randall knows me so well, now!

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Re: Numbers

Postby IreneDAdler » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:42 am UTC

kg333 wrote:
torontoraptor wrote:
Omegaton wrote:This is interesting. I kind of wish he just used a different symbol for the I've had <x> boy/girl-friend graph to make it clearer...

I wonder if the "I'm 18 and have never had a boyfriend" spike comes from some sort of ad or something. For some reason I'm hard pressed to believe that there is an actual spike there.

Cool stuff, though!



It's probably just the age that people tend to panic if they haven't had one yet. They're legally an adult now, most likely finishing high school...if you don't have a boy/girlfriend by now you obviously never will, right? :roll:


Or quite possibly this is simply the internet in all its glory, with ads of "BARELY LEGAL VIRGINS LIVE ON WEBCAM!" everywhere...

Yeah, I find this to be the most plausible explanation as well. It may not be limited just to sex ads, either. I imagine the most effective way to get e-ttention is to claim to be a barely-legal girl and play innocent, so people might use that as a ploy.
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Re: Numbers

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:42 am UTC

unfalliblekrutch wrote:the last graph at least makes some sense. The composition of the internet may indeed hit a peak number above 100 because, as a whole, internet users probably are on the higher end of the IQ spectrum compared to non internet users.



The parts of the internet that you frequent, perhaps. Given that you are on a forum for XKCD...

That being said, does gradschool count as "17th" grade?

Also, currently looking at google for "I can bench x pounds".

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Re: Numbers

Postby kriel » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:43 am UTC

I kind of wish there was more detail, most likely in one of the forms of:

-mouseover for each graph

-exact queries he used

-script he used to pull said results (again showing exact queries)

Also; I wonder how hard it'd be to googlebomb one of these charts to skew the results?

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Re: Numbers

Postby phlip » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:47 am UTC

unfalliblekrutch wrote:the last graph at least makes some sense. The composition of the internet may indeed hit a peak number above 100 because, as a whole, internet users probably are on the higher end of the IQ spectrum compared to non internet users.

On the other hand, there are a heap of sites out there that offer free IQ tests that massively overestimate your IQ, and then, while you're so excited about that, offer to sell you a more detailed analysis of just how much of a genius you are.

I spent a while when I was younger thinking my IQ really was 160 before I realised it was all a scam...

kriel wrote:Also; I wonder how hard it'd be to googlebomb one of these charts to skew the results?

Don't worry, this is xkcd... that'll happen automatically.

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Re: Numbers

Postby LTK » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:48 am UTC

Google search results: Apparently an acceptable substitute to doing actual research?

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Re: Numbers

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:52 am UTC

Results for "I can bench x pounds"

50 lbs: 2,570
100 lbs: 10,200
200 lbs: 18,700
300 lbs: 35,200
400 lbs: 439
500 lbs: 9

Almost nothing after this
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Re: Numbers

Postby kriel » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:54 am UTC

Also, RE: the wierd numbering

if you check RSS, there's two versions of the comic in there. Currently comparing to see what the difference is. The numbering seems to be fixed now, though.

EDIT: Awe, the RSS just includes the comic image, which is obviously going to be the same.
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Postby RockoTDF » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:55 am UTC

I've got 99 problems, and the odd ones are all in calculus.
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Re: Numbers

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:58 am UTC

Damn, I forgot to use quotation marks in the search. I feel like an idiot.

Should I redo with quotes?

Edit: nvm, I get almost nothing with quotes.
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Re: Numbers

Postby eviloatmeal » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:59 am UTC

kriel wrote:Also; I wonder how hard it'd be to googlebomb one of these charts to skew the results?

Historically on this forum, it should be worryingly easy.

Cheese well grilled today, Randall! :lol:

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Should I redo with quotes?

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Re: Numbers

Postby veggie vampire » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:03 am UTC

Points 133, 142, 147 in the last panel are either mislabeled or misplaced...

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Re: Numbers

Postby LuNatic » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:04 am UTC

The typical internet user (who wants to share) has an IQ of 147 and a 9-inch penis. Well, better than the reverse, I guess.

Worrying, seeing as he is only 64.2% male.
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