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by AndrewGPaul
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2174: "First News Memory"
Replies: 69
Views: 1894

Re: 2174: "First News Memory"

Mine is probably the sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise in 1985. It wasn't until later that I learned that the reason my mum had the telly on all that night was because my dad might have been on it (he wasn't, he was on the sister ship going the other way).
by AndrewGPaul
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 70
Views: 3619

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

The US National Debt is calculated each business day to 16 significant digits . Following the link from that page to Frequently Asked Questions About the Public Debt I find this entry: How do you make a contribution to reduce the debt? There are two ways for you to make a contribution to reduce the...
by AndrewGPaul
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 70
Views: 3619

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

And the 2CV is a small but still rather roomy car, not much smaller than the original VW Beetle. Look at this or this little gem (I'm linking the german article on purpose as it has more photos). That car even had a section in the manual on how to get in (it's quoted about halfway down the article)...
by AndrewGPaul
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 70
Views: 3619

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

herbstschweigen wrote:


When scrolling out, it baffles me that their parking lots are larger than the actual Visitor Center complex.


Cars are usually bigger than people. :) Especially American ones. Plenty of visitor attractions and shopping centres take up less area than their car parks.
by AndrewGPaul
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2163: "Chernobyl"
Replies: 26
Views: 3131

Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

That sort of atrocious "Italian" accent reminds me of CaptaiN Bertorelli:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6lW1FbSHXA
by AndrewGPaul
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2163: "Chernobyl"
Replies: 26
Views: 3131

Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

I'd just say "that Chernobyl series", then it won't sound like a small rodent has nibbled on my undercarriage mid-sentence. :)
by AndrewGPaul
Wed May 29, 2019 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"
Replies: 56
Views: 5615

Re: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"

>the kilogram being completely arbitrary unto themselves. As of a couple days ago, the kilogram has been redefined in terms of physical constants: the Planck constant, the speed of light and the resonant frequency of the caesium atom: https://www.sciencealert.com/tomorrow-the-definition-of-the-kilo...
by AndrewGPaul
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2136: "Election Commentary"
Replies: 13
Views: 3837

Re: 2136: "Election Commentary"

The entirety of election coverage from the moment the polls open to the moment the final result is announced is a day or so of utterly pointless broadcasting. It's only of use to keep political journalists busy on what would otherwise be a slow Thursday and Friday. :)
by AndrewGPaul
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"
Replies: 37
Views: 6004

Re: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"

(IMHO, "little end" is plausible enough that "end" should be with moved to the area where "world" and "one" currently are. But that depends on the speaker, I guess.) The little end is, of course, at the opposite end of the connecting rod (it's the end connect...
by AndrewGPaul
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 8234

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

I've had people email me screenshots of text files before. Apparently Windows' screen grab tool is quicker than selecting and copying text? :shock: If there was a plugin for Outlook that could detect that sort of thing and send the old "you're too stupid to have a computer..." line as an a...
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 11302

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

Mikeski wrote:This does happen in Japan, though, where every sugar-water, carbonated or not, is "juice".

Likewise in Scotland.
by AndrewGPaul
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 9134

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

What’s super confusing to be is how the heck all the mattress places stay in business. It seems like there are tons of brick and mortar stores. They also always seem to be holding “going out of business” sales — one of the ones by me did that for about 5 years before actually closing :p There's jok...
by AndrewGPaul
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 9961

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

According to this site:

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bil ... -1900.html

809 billion in 2018 is about 466 billion in 1998.
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 8286

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

↶ (while we're at it, fuck "salt" too. and everything else that smells like 4chan). "salt" in what sense? Because "salty" to mean angry or irritated is most of a century older than 4chan.. Interesting. Before it started appearing recently in forums and Facebook and wha...
by AndrewGPaul
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 11321

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

I can't remember in which of Terry Pratchett's books it was that he suggested that dark matter was just all the polystyrene packaging around the expensive electronic gizmos the astronomers ordered to look for the dark matter ...
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 12783

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

Yes, the idea that in the US the price on the shelf isn't what you pay is still really weird to me. If you don't have much money on you, it must be hard to work out if you have enough. I think when this has come up before, the reason has been that there are a few different levels (county, state, fe...
by AndrewGPaul
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 14834

Re: 1986: River Border

It's basically stuff on bread, isn't it? Whereas pies are things in pastry*. Someone else can tell us what the difference between bread and pastry is.

Although I suppose if a cottage pie and shepherds' pie are pies (with a crust made of potato, not pastry) then a deep-dish pizza could be a pie.
by AndrewGPaul
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 23114

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

NotAllThere wrote:The only Turkish Delight I had growing up was Fry's.


Ah yes; the other reference for what this stuff should be for anyone who grew up in the UK in the 80s. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAY_o36paQ0
by AndrewGPaul
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 16321

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

Soupspoon wrote:(But I won't argue with anyone who actually rotates paper maps, as this makes you obviously entirely wrong about everything. :P)


Sometimes I rotate the map in my hands, sometimes I turn in place whilst holding the map. How else would you align the map with the landscape? :)
by AndrewGPaul
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 16321

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

If I were to use a paper map while navigating, then I'd rotate it in my hands so it lines up with the actual landscape. With a digital map on a phone or sat-nav, the auto-rotation is just the same thing. With the added advantage that all the words stay the right way up. :) As for roundabouts, I've n...
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 15861

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

I got started looking for the answer to that when I guy I worked with said he had a job prospect in Alexandria and I had to ask him "Virginia or Egypt?" There's quite a lot . Many people seem to think that everywhere in England is in London, and the airports aren’t helping ... London Scot...
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 6394

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

I don't mind being the same age as Homer. It's being the same shape that depresses me. :)
by AndrewGPaul
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 11176

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

The chicken pox incidence graph presumably doesn't quite go to 100% at the top of the curve; I'm 38, and didn't get chicken pox until a couple of years ago. :)
by AndrewGPaul
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 17908

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Several decades had their big cultural shift in the middle of them, around the "5" year. 1945 featured the end of World War II 1955 saw the birth of the "Rock 'n Roll" era 1965 was about when the '60s transitioned from the fairly tame early '60s to the wild late '60s; it started...
by AndrewGPaul
Wed May 10, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 15731

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

ground beef ... ground beef ... ground beef. Mince :) To me, the bread product hamburgers usually come inside* is a roll . A sandwich, IMO, is contained between two separate slices from a larger loaf. Then, of course, you get into the confusion between a "roll and sausage"* and a "sa...
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 27604

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

I am also offended by liquorice being so low. Even more than I am by the spelling "licorice". I was told at a young age that liquorice is made from rats' blood and that eating too much will turn you into a rat. I've never had reason to doubt that advice. :) On the other hand, my mum used ...
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 27604

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

I'm reading this entire chart as having to do with "artificial flavors" of things like hard candy. Yes, no way popcorn by itself warrants that bad a rating. He must be referring to popcorn-flavoured jelly beans (which, really, shouldn't even be on this scale - look away from your monitor,...
by AndrewGPaul
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 12923

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

One of two reasons why the phrase "I'm sorry, I've played that at the wrong speed" in a Merseyside accent is becoming sadly much less well-known. :(
by AndrewGPaul
Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 9263

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

A thread on another forum has reminded me; later this month, there will be people old enough to vote in the EU referendum in the UK who will not be able to remember Scotland taking part in the FIFA World Cup (last qualified in 1998) or UEFA European Championship (1996). :(
by AndrewGPaul
Mon May 30, 2016 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 9263

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

The first historical event I remember that non-Australians might care about was the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. I remember somebody I knew exclaiming "Princess Diana's Dead", but I can't remember who the heck it was. Born in 1979, the earliest historical event I can remember right ...
by AndrewGPaul
Fri May 06, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 20036

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

examples where the island natives were talking openly and insultingly about visiting "summer people", who didn't understand that they were being insulted. That may be true, but I'm not convinced that "summer people" is a good example. That seems like terminology for something sp...
by AndrewGPaul
Thu May 05, 2016 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 19086

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

I wonder if in this instance, a better solution would be to change "the relationship between deindustrialisation and the growth of ..." to "the relationship between the growth of ... and deindustrialisation ". That might be easier to justify into this narrow column.
by AndrewGPaul
Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39786

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

ijuin wrote:
AndrewGPaul wrote:Bank of Ireland sterling notes have Hibernia on the front and a distillery on the back (4 notes).


Hibernia is the personification of Ireland, right? Like Britannia for Great Britain/England, and Columbia for America?


I presume so, yes (and like Marianne for France; thank you, Wikipedia!).
by AndrewGPaul
Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39786

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

But what I have seen people react to twos as if I was trying to give change in fish heads. The cashier customer relationship is asymmetrical: the cashier is expected to tolerate small inconveniences from the customer. The customer is quick to correct the cashier when they fail to provide change in ...
by AndrewGPaul
Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39786

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Interesting timing, in that we Brits have a similar women-on-banknotes argument going on. We're gaining one, but losing another, so will remain at 1/5. Actually, there are 38 different banknotes in general circulation in the UK - issued by the Bank of England, Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotla...
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 14732

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

I can't figure out the Voltaire reference; is this a reference to something he actually wrote or did?

13. I don't think an encyclopaedia is the place for a list of which shops are in each shopping centre.


Hah hah! Item no. 7 in my list is complaining about the very same thing!
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 14732

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

Hmm. My current hometown has: 1 <town name> 2 Low Waters 3 Origin of the town's name 4 Page looks ugly 5 <town name> - the 5th largest town in the country? 6 Having a little problem 7 Economy 8 Footnotes 9 Merge proposal for <suburb> 10 D. Livingstone Also, despite being the place that all the other...
by AndrewGPaul
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 172735

Re: 1663: "Garden"

2016-04-08.png


I've got a gang of octopodes in a bathtub, and one solitary, rather dapper-looking one in a hat. He did have some friends, but I chased them away so I could see his choice of millinery more clearly.
by AndrewGPaul
Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 172735

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Copy whatever starts with # in the URL Go one comic back. Paste whatever you copied at the end of the URL and press enter to (re)load. I tried that, but something went wonky, and it was gone. :( Still, the replacement has an octopus, so it's not all bad. And what looks like a turned table leg: http...
by AndrewGPaul
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 172735

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Argh! initially, Edge didn't like it and I had lamps, but no ground. After a refresh or two, I managed to eventually get a couple of platforms, a small herd of tortoises, some deer and Cueball apparently conducting an offscreen orchestra. Then the "loading" tree popped up for no good reaso...

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