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by TheSoberPirate
Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1338: "Land Mammals"
Replies: 168
Views: 57482

Re: 1338: "Land Mammals"

And yet, where I work in Texas, people think we need more cows...
by TheSoberPirate
Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177203

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

That's because they can only give the answers they rehearsed, and the questions asked don't work, so they answer questions that haven't been asked. I used to use that technique on occasion in undergrad when tests had essay questions I didn't study for. I seem to remember it working much better than...
by TheSoberPirate
Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie
Replies: 160
Views: 23011

Re: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie

I've seen photos of the ambassador being dragged through the streets by a mob. Really horrifying. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/12/obama-vows-justice-for-slain-envoy-u-s-embassies-placed-on-high-alert/ Those photos are of the "mob" carrying the (barely) still living ambassador to t...
by TheSoberPirate
Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homeopathy and the NHS
Replies: 66
Views: 10522

Re: Homeopathy and the NHS

It should be noted that you still get the benefits of the placebo effect when you take real medicine too.

Edit: or go to an actual doctor instead of a homeopath/naturopath/etc.
by TheSoberPirate
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 81535

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Something just occurred to me. If oil is decomposed organic material, how does it get that deep ? Shouldn't it be up near the surface around where we find fossils? Or is the organic material that became oil way, way older than I thought it was, and has been that thoroughly buried? I'm not a petrole...
by TheSoberPirate
Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15203
Views: 2709620

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Israel+toddler+chews+head+snake/6061344/story.html A toddler in Israel was recently discovered in his room calmly chewing off the head of an extremely poisonous snake. there's no such thing as a poisonous snake, venemous, yes, but poisonous no. the difference bei...
by TheSoberPirate
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15203
Views: 2709620

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

[...] Correlation found between legalization of medical marijuana and fewer drunk-driving deaths. Furtive gesture between correlation and causation noted. The paper, co-authored by University of Colorado Denver Professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University Assistant Professor D. Mark Anderson,...
by TheSoberPirate
Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 20942

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

Have either of you actually seen a beaver before? It's pretty much dead on - beavers are essentially large, aquatic squirrels with leathery tails. This is why squirrels and beavers are both classified as rodents. You'll also note that squirrels and beavers look remarkably similar to rats and mice, ...
by TheSoberPirate
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Slaughtering horses for human consumption now legal in US
Replies: 92
Views: 11276

Re: Slaughtering horses for human consumption now legal in U

I honestly did not know it was illegal to slaughter horses. That said, I can't see many companies doing it, because frankly how much horse meat are you likely to sell in America? I can totally see a couple famous French chefs in New York featuring "cheval" on their menus creating a fad. O...
by TheSoberPirate
Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25654

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

"A graduated income tax based on penis size" should be popular with women.... Embryologically, the clitoris derives from the same source as the glans of the penis, so women might not be totally off the hook. I think this is what Wolby is referring to. Though, if I remember correctly, the ...
by TheSoberPirate
Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 20942

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

Hey, how did the squirrel get in the beaver lodge?? Yeah, there's almost nothing right about that beaver. Head, body, and ear shapes are all wrong, it's also too small overall for winter (I would think). Tail shape could be ok I guess, but there's no way to tell if it's round and fluffy like a squi...
by TheSoberPirate
Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15203
Views: 2709620

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Yeah, I doubt the botanical definition of fruit vs. vegetable is helpful here. Actually, I'm not even sure there is a botanical definition of "vegetable" in the way "fruit" has a very specific definition. It's been a while since pbio, but we had to be able to id tons of different...
by TheSoberPirate
Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15203
Views: 2709620

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Thanks buddy and Zamfir, I had a feeling I was missing something. I was thinking more in terms of the MRCA between two species, rather than the one within a species. Turns out that's not really useful when the "lines" aren't permanently separate and regularly cross and occasionally merge b...
by TheSoberPirate
Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15203
Views: 2709620

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

According to some estimates the most recent common ancestor of all humans may have lived as little as 5000 years ago. And every ancestor of that human is also a common ancestor of us all. So only a few thousand years longer ago you come to the point that any human alive then who has living offsprin...
by TheSoberPirate
Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT
Replies: 48
Views: 9557

Re: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT

Just wanted to add another point about resistance. It might not be a given that viruses will be able evolve resistance to every type of drug we develop, and a lot probably depends on the drug's mechanism of action. A analogous example might be the use of antibiotics and hand sanitizers and bacteria....
by TheSoberPirate
Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps
Replies: 82
Views: 10634

Re: On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps

I know that issues like this are more complicated than they seem, and tax policy is far from my area of expertise, but this article (opinion piece?) is pretty damn infuriating. You probably ought to meditate some on what it means for things to be more complicated than they seem. Not to be snippy, b...
by TheSoberPirate
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps
Replies: 82
Views: 10634

On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps

According to an article at Salon.com, last year you probably paid "more federal income taxes than General Electric, Boeing, DuPont, Wells Fargo, Verizon, etc., etc., all put together." In 2010, Verizon reported an annual profit of nearly $12 billion. The statutory federal corporate income ...
by TheSoberPirate
Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0968: "Everything"
Replies: 100
Views: 34625

Re: 0968: "Everything"

Megaweapon is dead. Long live Megaweapon!
by TheSoberPirate
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Superhero" Phoenix Jones arrested
Replies: 40
Views: 4655

Re: "Superhero" Phoenix Jones arrested

"Criminals feel free to just run wild in my city, and I'm not going to stand for it." Isn't the US currently in a pretty much unprecedented era of low crime? A cursory review of Wikipedia suggests that this is true for violent and property crimes in the US in general, and surprisingly, do...
by TheSoberPirate
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0960: "Subliminal"
Replies: 81
Views: 34777

Re: 0960 - "Subliminal"

I wonder if Randall could explain the USPS logo too. I've never been able to tell what it's supposed to be. I can’t tell if you’re serious, so I’ll take it at face value. It’s the disembodied head of a raptor. True fact. I thought it was a Bald Eagle breaking the sound barrier. Ha, I get it. At lea...
by TheSoberPirate
Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44355

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

Re: bicep/biceps issue, I think it really just depends on your audience. Specialized terminology is important in science, and it's important to get it right. So if you're a biologist speaking to biologists, you want to go with biceps brachii. But if you're writing a webcomic or playing Scrabble, tha...
by TheSoberPirate
Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 28264

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

Yeah, whenever people talk about rising cancer rates I say, cancer rates have gone up because more people are surviving longer with cancer! Well, from now on you can start by telling people that cancer rates actually haven't gone up, they've been going down.(http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/news/News/a...
by TheSoberPirate
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 20625

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

For packages that aren't super expensive or when I'm only going to be gone an hour or two (or while I'm taking a shower, etc.), I just leave a note (signed, don't know if that matters) taped to the door telling UPS/Fedex/USPS that it's okay to leave the package on the doorstep. I think this has alwa...
by TheSoberPirate
Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 64623

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

The Scyphozoa wrote:Jays and tits may be more closely related than we thought.

Please tell me this is a bird joke.
by TheSoberPirate
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17576

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

udqbpn wrote:explain to me how Earendil, the Morning star, light, or high beauty are going to survive the heat death of the universe


Magic.
by TheSoberPirate
Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188240

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

I can't be the only one not totally following this thread, but still hoping it will break 1,000 replies, can I?

>_>
by TheSoberPirate
Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52724

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

I had this same problem trying to hook up my 360 to a monitor with shitty speakers. I ended up just plugging the speakers into the headphone jack on the monitor, which usually works fine. Unfortunately, the sound doesn't work on a few DVDs (HDCP handshaking problems over the HDMI cable, I think?), w...
by TheSoberPirate
Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0839: "Explorers"
Replies: 90
Views: 28275

Re: 0839: Explorers

Lo'oris wrote:Are the knight's food and the battleship also references to... something?

I doubt it is actually being referenced here, but the food reminds me of Gauntlet Legends.

"Red Wizard needs food BADLY..."
by TheSoberPirate
Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96440

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Squall83 wrote:In my opinion, a true scientist has to be open for anything which hasn't been proven wrong.


Including, most importantly of all, the Flying Spaghetti Monster. May His Noodly Appendage touch all true scientists favorably.
by TheSoberPirate
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96440

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

HungryHobo wrote:So in short wizards are bastards.

If there's one thing Terry Pratchett has taught us, it's that wizards are typically selfish bastards, and don't actually do much magic. So the crazy might actually be onto something there.
by TheSoberPirate
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96440

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Jeezy Creezy, I feel dirty just reading through the comments on this comic. I thought the xkcd forums would be one of the few places on the internet free from straight-up pseudoscience, but I guess not. I think I need to go listen to several old episodes of the Skeptic's Guide as penance.
by TheSoberPirate
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 40445

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

Also thought experiment: People have asked whether God can make God both exist and not exist, being omnipotent. Because of quantum mumbo-jumbo, the only way both can be true at the same time, is by not being observed. That is why we've no tangible proof that God exists. 8) (as for wither the above ...
by TheSoberPirate
Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 26928

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

Are feces a fungible commodity? You can use "fungible as shit" either way, but I'd like to know which sense I should be using it in. Nope. Anyone who's worked with animals can tell you there's a world of difference between carnivore/ominvore shit and strict herbivore shit, in terms of sme...
by TheSoberPirate
Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 23496

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

Did you guys know that 78.9% of statistics are made up on the spot?
by TheSoberPirate
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 39511

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

In the UK, our road signs are also awesome pieces of standardised design: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_signs_in_the_United_Kingdom#DesignGerv People who live in the UK are so lucky to have simple pictographic road signs. car motor.jpg Of course, they're apparently cursed with motorcyclists who...
by TheSoberPirate
Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 83625

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

What cats do looks a bit like rape, but if you watch carefully, you will see it is just the female shit testing the male for him to prove he is big enough and tough enough and mean enough and arrogant enough and cruel enough, something we often see in human women. Evo-psych tells us that watching c...
by TheSoberPirate
Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0776: "Still No Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 25899

Re: "Still No Sleep" discussion (#776)

EvlDragonMonkey wrote:Sigh, nobody ever gets my obscure references.


I'm sorry I didn't get your obscure reference. If it makes you feel any better, I included an obscure reference of my own.
by TheSoberPirate
Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0776: "Still No Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 25899

Re: "Still No Sleep" discussion (#776)

EvlDragonMonkey wrote:[...]Anyway, about the comic. I think squirrels make as good of psychologists as rabbits make popes.

So, pretty good, right? I mean, as long as the rabbit is a former Nazi who likes to help keep child molesters out of jail? :D

Oh...I made myself sad.
by TheSoberPirate
Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 83625

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

James A. Donald wrote:At least the creationists understand the theories they condemn.


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by TheSoberPirate
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 83625

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

It seems fairly obvious to me that if one group of people have a strength advantage over another they would use that to get into power, and then begin to set up social conventions that would keep them and their type in power. Even after society has changed such that physical strength is no longer a...

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