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Re: Light laffs

Post by JD » 15 Oct 2019, 13:21

Someone posited the following question on worldbuilding.stackexchange.com:
I time traveled to the date of April 15th, 1912 [sic; should be 14th] with my time machine. It’s evening, 6:00 PM to be exact and my location is the deck of the ship Titanic. We all know what is going to happen not too long from now. I need to survive. So my question is: what can I do to survive the midnight sinking?
The best answer without a doubt was
Steal one of the time machines owned by one of the other time travelers. The last night of the Titanic is infested with them.
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Re: Light laffs

Post by Ellie » 17 Oct 2019, 22:25

This PopeHat thread was amusing to me.


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Re: Light laffs

Post by dbcooper » 27 Oct 2019, 07:44

Slip inside a sleeping bag.

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Re: Light laffs

Post by JD » 30 Oct 2019, 10:10

For torturing your favorite typography geeks, Hellvetica.

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Re: Light laffs

Post by Warren » 30 Oct 2019, 10:15

JD wrote:
30 Oct 2019, 10:10
For torturing your favorite typography geeks, Hellvetica.
I miss Stevo.
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Re: Light laffs

Post by Eric the .5b » 30 Oct 2019, 21:18

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Re: Light laffs

Post by Ellie » 30 Oct 2019, 22:38

I was baffled and had to look up the original tweet to find the answer.

Turns out I hadn't ... factored in everything

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Re: Light laffs

Post by Jadagul » 31 Oct 2019, 02:36

I really love that one.

The fact that it works both ways is great.

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Post by lunchstealer » 31 Oct 2019, 03:55

I don't believe it. The answer isn't 5! The answer is 120. The answer is also 5!. But the answer isn't 5!
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Re: Light laffs

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Re: Light laffs

Post by Dangerman » 05 Nov 2019, 11:51

lunchstealer wrote:
31 Oct 2019, 03:55
I don't believe it. The answer isn't 5! The answer is 120. The answer is also 5!. But the answer isn't 5!
It may be all those things but it's not funny, so I feel misled by the whole situation.

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Re: Light laffs

Post by lunchstealer » 05 Nov 2019, 11:59

Dangerman wrote:
05 Nov 2019, 11:51
lunchstealer wrote:
31 Oct 2019, 03:55
I don't believe it. The answer isn't 5! The answer is 120. The answer is also 5!. But the answer isn't 5!
It may be all those things but it's not funny, so I feel misled by the whole situation.
You have to be deeeeeeply nerdy for it to be funny. Even deeplier nerdy than I can manage, and I'm so nerdy that as I kid I preferred prose to comic books, and can name dozens of Star Trek episodes, every Firefly episode (okay not that hard) a huge chunk of Buffy episodes, and several Doctor Who episodes from every doctor although Capaldi and ... oh shit I can't remember the name of the ladyperson doctor actress ... are tougher because they're very unrewatchable compared to previous incarnations, like Colin Baker tough.
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Re: Light laffs

Post by Jadagul » 05 Nov 2019, 15:45

lunchstealer wrote:
05 Nov 2019, 11:59
Dangerman wrote:
05 Nov 2019, 11:51
lunchstealer wrote:
31 Oct 2019, 03:55
I don't believe it. The answer isn't 5! The answer is 120. The answer is also 5!. But the answer isn't 5!
It may be all those things but it's not funny, so I feel misled by the whole situation.
You have to be deeeeeeply nerdy for it to be funny. Even deeplier nerdy than I can manage, and I'm so nerdy that as I kid I preferred prose to comic books, and can name dozens of Star Trek episodes, every Firefly episode (okay not that hard) a huge chunk of Buffy episodes, and several Doctor Who episodes from every doctor although Capaldi and ... oh shit I can't remember the name of the ladyperson doctor actress ... are tougher because they're very unrewatchable compared to previous incarnations, like Colin Baker tough.
Reinforcing your point

It cracks me up every time I see it.

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Post by dead_elvis » 05 Nov 2019, 16:08

I confess it made me more angry than amused. But if I'm honest it's probably just because I'm annoyed with myself for not getting it sooner.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 05 Nov 2019, 19:40

dead_elvis wrote:
05 Nov 2019, 16:08
I confess it made me more angry than amused. But if I'm honest it's probably just because I'm annoyed with myself for not getting it sooner.
Some people get annoyed because it's a "gotcha" thing, that it's "unfair".

I like it because it feels like a magic trick, which I know is a trick.

That may not make sense to anyone else, but that's why it amuses me.
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Re: Light laffs

Post by lunchstealer » 05 Nov 2019, 19:42

My big problem is that it's either mathematically correct or it's grammatically correct but not both.
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Re: Light laffs

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 06 Nov 2019, 01:10

lunchstealer wrote:
05 Nov 2019, 19:42
My big problem is that it's either mathematically correct or it's grammatically correct but not both.
It's an interesting point, if a bit of a quibble. Ordinarily, we end sentences with periods but not equations. If the statement had read "... but the answer = 5!" it seems to me the quibble goes away somewhat and if it had read "... but 230 - 220 x .5 = 5!" even more so. I mean, sure, it's a sentence and sentences end with a period (or "full stop" as I believe the English say), but there are alternative orthographic conventions that might have finessed that rule, e.g., "... but: [line break and space] 230 - 220 x .5 = 5!"

I'm probably close to innumerate compared to some here, but I took a quick look and thought "Oh, five factorial"; it probably would never have occurred to me to go on "Wait a minute! Where's the period? That's a cheat!" *shrug*

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Re: Light laffs

Post by dbcooper » 06 Nov 2019, 09:12

Slip inside a sleeping bag.

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Re: Light laffs

Post by lunchstealer » 06 Nov 2019, 13:48

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
06 Nov 2019, 01:10
lunchstealer wrote:
05 Nov 2019, 19:42
My big problem is that it's either mathematically correct or it's grammatically correct but not both.
It's an interesting point, if a bit of a quibble. Ordinarily, we end sentences with periods but not equations. If the statement had read "... but the answer = 5!" it seems to me the quibble goes away somewhat and if it had read "... but 230 - 220 x .5 = 5!" even more so. I mean, sure, it's a sentence and sentences end with a period (or "full stop" as I believe the English say), but there are alternative orthographic conventions that might have finessed that rule, e.g., "... but: [line break and space] 230 - 220 x .5 = 5!"

I'm probably close to innumerate compared to some here, but I took a quick look and thought "Oh, five factorial"; it probably would never have occurred to me to go on "Wait a minute! Where's the period? That's a cheat!" *shrug*
But it's fun to say they fucked up the grammar.
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Re: Light laffs

Post by Dangerman » 09 Nov 2019, 10:41

It's funny if you think correcting factual errors is the height of amusement.

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Re: Light laffs

Post by lunchstealer » 11 Nov 2019, 15:33

Dangerman wrote:
09 Nov 2019, 10:41
It's funny if you think correcting factual errors is the height of amusement.
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Re: Light laffs

Post by Dangerman » 12 Nov 2019, 20:23

Yes.

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Re: Light laffs

Post by dead_elvis » 12 Nov 2019, 21:27

Factually incorrect is the best kind of incorrect.
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Re: Light laffs

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 13 Nov 2019, 22:21

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Re: Light laffs

Post by JD » 14 Nov 2019, 12:10

I really want one of these... (I mean, the multi-thousand-dollar bounties some companies give out would also be nice too, but)

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