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Postby jordana » Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:20 am

badhat wrote:isnt “relatively speaking” just a different phrasing of the same idea.

my new apartment is relatively inexpensive

vs

my new apartment is inexpensive, relatively speaking, anyway.


Yeah, exactly.
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Postby Sports Fan of the Year » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:34 am

most of you are gonna file this one under holy shit I don't care/lol British geography but searching for train tickets has led me to realise that Norwich is further away from Bristol than North Yorkshire is :shock:
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Postby worrywort » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:17 pm

that's truly the british man's "reno is further west than los angeles"
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Postby badhat » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:29 pm

from Jeopardy i learned that the longest contiguous border between two US states is the Oklahoma/Texas border.

was v surprised it isn't rhe Cali/NV border.
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Postby Jefferson Zeppelin » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:39 pm

that shit is hell of contiguous
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Postby farmer » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:44 pm

badhat wrote:from Jeopardy i learned that the longest contiguous border between two US states is the Oklahoma/Texas border.

was v surprised it isn't rhe Cali/NV border.


http://users.econ.umn.edu/~holmes/data/BORDLIST.html
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Postby worrywort » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:01 pm

it's all the little wiggles
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Postby farmer » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:09 pm

it also kinda gets to the interesting fractal measurement problem of, say, a coastline. how long is the coastline of great britain? do you measure each little inlet and bay or just straight line across it? do you measure each little pond or puddle or tidal pool? is a meter stick to small, or too large? by some definitions, the length of the coastline of great britain approaches infinity.

so, tbh, it's kinda arbitrary and based on definitions of length and measurement and not really something fundamental. but state lines are arbitrary and based on definitions in the first place.
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Postby farmer » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:10 pm

but yeah its all the little wiggles
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Postby badhat » Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:54 pm

CA/NV border ain't shit, relatively speaking
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Postby deadbass » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:11 pm

farmer wrote:it also kinda gets to the interesting fractal measurement problem of, say, a coastline. how long is the coastline of great britain? do you measure each little inlet and bay or just straight line across it? do you measure each little pond or puddle or tidal pool? is a meter stick to small, or too large? by some definitions, the length of the coastline of great britain approaches infinity.

so, tbh, it's kinda arbitrary and based on definitions of length and measurement and not really something fundamental. but state lines are arbitrary and based on definitions in the first place.


The coastline paradox is one of those simple yet earth-shaking things you learn in geometry that gives you more respect for how infinitely complex everything is.
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Postby jordana » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:29 pm

How often do you forget your dons? Blessing in disguise since you get don'd all over again?
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Postby farmer » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:33 pm

love a good redon
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Postby kid8 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:21 am

theta wrote:Image

always thought it was a bird face

holy fucking shit!! hahahaahah!
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Postby quinine » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:50 am

badhat wrote:isnt “relatively speaking” just a different phrasing of the same idea.

my new apartment is relatively inexpensive

vs

my new apartment is inexpensive, relatively speaking, anyway.


sometimes! BUT, according to M-W, it can also be used per this second definition:

2 —used to say that something is true or correct as a general statement even if it is not entirely true or correct
The trip was, relatively speaking, a disaster.


I think that's not a very good example sentence but pretty sure I have encountered some instances where this semantically only makes sense per the second definition and not the first
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Postby quinine » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:53 am

Dr. Norm Thagard wrote:You have truly outside yourself
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Postby mercenaries of slime » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:00 pm

tinder is used to start a fire
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Postby dvr » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:02 pm

The runner up name for the app was Dryer Lint
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Postby Coca Cola » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:17 pm

The horse is not chomping at the bit, it’s chAmping, which is an old disused word meaning grinding the teeth vs a biting motion. The bit actually technically can’t even really be chomped on bc it sits on the gums not the teeth
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Postby fuckles » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:03 pm

mercenaries of slime wrote:tinder is used to start a fire

Tinder is lit by matches
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Postby mercenaries of slime » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:51 pm

fuckles wrote:
mercenaries of slime wrote:tinder is used to start a fire

Tinder is lit by matches


shit

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Postby Ted Pikul » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:00 pm

You swipe a match to light it
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Postby mercenaries of slime » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:12 pm

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Postby blurst of times » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:13 pm

You can't start a fire without a spark
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Postby goldmatt » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:37 pm

worrywort wrote:that's truly the british man's "reno is further west than los angeles"


There are a lot of these.

Atlanta is west of Detroit.

El Paso is closer to San Diego than it is to Houston.
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Postby Link » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:34 pm

The core of the moon is actually really hot.

I don't know if that's supposed to be an obvious factor not but it's just...something I've never thought about before? idk
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Postby GonzO))) » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:44 am

worrywort wrote:that's truly the british man's "reno is further west than los angeles"


What... this... no... this can’t... my god is this a thing it feels like I’m opening my eyes for the first time
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Postby Chyet » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:56 am

Link wrote:The core of the moon is actually really hot.

I don't know if that's supposed to be an obvious factor not but it's just...something I've never thought about before? idk




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Postby grammatron » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:05 am

I thought the moon was hollow.
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