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US Survey Foot

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Subway refuses to answer my questions about whether it's an International Footlong or a US Survey Footlong. A milligram of sandwich is at stake!
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Screwtape
27 days ago
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For international viewers, 0.014 miles is about 23 metres.
jepler
27 days ago
this american had to convert it into feet before grasping the distance involved, fwiw
Groxx
27 days ago
Bah! It's just a bit over 0.015 miles, or around 50 feet plus half of that again to get 75 feet, plus some change because it's 0.016 not 0.015, plus a bit because a thousandth of a mile is closer to 53 feet, so it's closer to like 80 feet. Easy math. No need for your silly metrics system.
agwego
23 days ago
Statute mile or Nautical mile?
mcarson
19 days ago
How many footlong hotdogs is that?
Groxx
18 days ago
Somewhere between a fortnight and a furlong of footlong frankfurters
jepler
16 days ago
15.13 smoots
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deebee
23 days ago
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Hey where’d the alt text bot go?
America City, America

Inspiraling Roundabout

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Look, I just think we need to stop coddling those hedonistic roundabout hogs who get into the inner lane and circle for hours, wasting valuable capacity.
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Screwtape
134 days ago
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This was very confusing before I realised the author lives in a country where roundabouts go *anti*-clockwise.
gordol
134 days ago
Hey, we drive on the RIGHT side of the road. By definition then, you drive on the wrong side.
Covarr
132 days ago
Even as someone from one of those countries (which, btw, is most of them), this threw me off after tracing the traffic flow and realizing that actually using the thing to go anywhere but immediately to your right would lead you into into the oncoming lane from a different road. Also hey screwtape
zippy72
131 days ago
Driving on the left is the traditional side. Driving on the right started to spread after the French started doing it, probably because people thought it was cool.
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134 days ago
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Look, I just think we need to stop coddling those hedonistic roundabout hogs who get into the inner lane and circle for hours, wasting valuable capacity.

Frankenstein Claim Permutations

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When I began trying to form a new claim by stitching together these parts in such an unnatural way, some called me mad.
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Screwtape
235 days ago
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Intelligence is knowing "Frankenstein" is not the monster.
Wisdom is knowing *Frankenstein* is the monster.
rraszews
235 days ago
Pedantry is knowing that the monster has a legitimate legal claim to the creator's name.
Groxx
235 days ago
Frankenstein is knowing that intelligence is the monster.
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235 days ago
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When I began trying to form a new claim by stitching together these parts in such an unnatural way, some called me mad.

Euler Diagrams

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Things Leonhard Euler created ( most of math ( overlapping circle diagrams ) a cricket bowling machine ) Things John Venn created
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Screwtape
417 days ago
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I thought the convention was to name discoveries for the person who discovered them immediately following Euler.
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lamontcg
417 days ago
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Euler only invented half of Math, Cauchy invented the other half of Math.
Lythimus
417 days ago
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Is it funniest when the alt text is funnier than the comic?
alt_text_bot
417 days ago
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Things Leonhard Euler created ( most of math ( overlapping circle diagrams ) a cricket bowling machine ) Things John Venn created

Historical Dates

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Evidence suggests the 1899 transactions occurred as part of a global event centered around a deity associated with the lotus flower.
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Screwtape
522 days ago
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An explanation, for those as puzzled as I was:

Unix-based systems traditionally represent timestamps as "seconds since 1970-01-01". If some program requires a modification timestamp for some file and no accurate value is available, it will commonly use the value 0 as a default. When other systems carefully preserve that value, it leads to files with 1970-01-01 timestamp.

Spreadsheets traditionally represent timestamps as "(fractional) days since 1900-01-01". In the same way, asking for a timestamp when no valid information is available will often get the value 0 as a default. Since businesses run on Excel, there's a lot of transaction records with a 0 timestamp in Excel spreadsheets out there.

One last wrinkle: The first wildly popular spreadsheet, Lotus 1-2-3, had a bug: it assumed that the year 1900 was a leap year, so it assumed 1900-02-29 existed, and so every date timestamp after that point was off by one. When Microsoft created Excel, they carefully reimplemented that bug for compatibility's sake, but if you're a historian looking at the data, you might reasonable assume that spreadsheets stored timestamps as "(fractional) days since 1899-12-31". If you're storing timestamps in some different format, it might not be obvious that those are zero dates - you might assume there's just a lot of transactions processed on that day.
martinbaum
521 days ago
Staggeringly thorough, thank you!
rraszews
519 days ago
I knew the 1970 thing but didn't understand the provenance of the 1899 one; I assumed it had something to do with the Y2K bug (as a colleage of mine put it, "1899 and 1999 were two very different years, but they had one thing in common: the next year would be 1900")
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514 days ago
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JayM
522 days ago
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Hahaha. Yep.
Atlanta, GA

Logic Gates

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In C, the multiocular O represents the bitwise norxondor gorgonax.
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Screwtape
939 days ago
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"Norxondor" and "Gorgonax" would both be great names for dragons.
jlvanderzwan
939 days ago
Xand Gort, Norg Xort and Andorx Gant being the three heroes that slew them?
Jaryth000
933 days ago
I got half way through the chart and all I could think of was Kingdom hearts villain names...
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In C, the multiocular O represents the bitwise norxondor gorgonax.
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