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Typical Seating Chart

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Now that airlines have started adding wheel locks to their drink carts, less than half of flights have one accidentally fall out through the hole.
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dukeofwulf
90 days ago
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Extra miles? They could charge extra for the tail-gunner seats. I'd pay.
iustinp
89 days ago
+1 to that!
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fxer
90 days ago
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Trash hole is also the economy section lavatory
Bend, Oregon
dukeofwulf
78 days ago
And expedited exit option for belligerant passengers.
cjheinz
90 days ago
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LOL!
JayM
90 days ago
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Hahaha
Atlanta, GA
alt_text_bot
90 days ago
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Now that airlines have started adding wheel locks to their drink carts, less than half of flights have one accidentally fall out through the hole.
Pylgrimm
90 days ago
I see this airline is wasting sitting room on the engines. Just sell it as "heated seats" and charge extra.

Professional Oaths

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Interpretations of the Hermeneutic Oath differ.
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dukeofwulf
133 days ago
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Hydroponic Oath: First, get rid of the soil.
Hyperbolic Oath: First, do THE MOST URGENT THING THAT HAS EVER BEEN DONE IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.
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deebee
132 days ago
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These are all homophonic oaths?
America City, America
gordol
133 days ago
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Heisenbergic Oath: First, know where you are. No wait, first know where you're going.
Earth
alt_text_bot
134 days ago
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Interpretations of the Hermeneutic Oath differ.

Deep End

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Hey! No running in the back-arc basin!
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dukeofwulf
664 days ago
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I can't believe he left out the formation of hot tubs in the diagram. Crucial to the pool cycle.
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Spacecraft Debris Odds Ratio

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You say this daily walk will reduce my risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 30%, but also increase my risk of death by bear attack by 300%? That's a 280% increased! I'm not a sucker; I'm staying inside.
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dukeofwulf
702 days ago
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I feel like placing the median point for 1 hour slightly to the left of 1 is one of those hilarious details that are just slightly outside my range of knowledge.
duerig
701 days ago
If it is a real results of a monte carlo simulation, then this kind of slight deviation is very likely. If you flip a bunch of coins in a row, then it is likely that heads will come up about as often as tails if the coin is fair. But it becomes decreasingly likely that the number of heads will be EXACTLY the same as the number of tails. And being at exactly 1 would be that scenario in a sense.
dukeofwulf
701 days ago
Sure, but that's two conditions with roughly equal odds. Compare with, say, shark attacks relative to hours of swimming. One would think it's impossible for the mean for swimmers to be lower than for those who have never entered water in their life. So, suggesting the opposite is inherently comical... but at the same time, I feel like that's not a tidy enough explanation, given Randall's history of specificity.
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DexX
703 days ago
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EXCELLENT alt text...
Melbourne, Australia

Consensus Time

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Now, you may argue that the varying hour lengths and feedback effects would cause chaos. To which I say, yeah, and I'm also curious to see how the weekday cycle interacts with it! So, you in?
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dukeofwulf
715 days ago
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I've always thought the best idea is to just eliminate time zones entirely and go to a single world time. Every locality and business can set its schedule as it sees fit relative to the standard time, and no complicated time zone or DST conversions. But I do see how that would be radical for some people.
gordol
714 days ago
Ok, then your morning starts at 3am.
dukeofwulf
714 days ago
Exactly! Why do I care if I wake up at 3 AM, if my work schedule is 5 to 13? It's all arbitrary anyway: we have to check business and office hours. The sun doesn't rise at the same time in Atlanta (7:46 today) and Boston (6:54), even though they're in the same time zone. Stop pretending that 00:00 has to happen sometime near the middle of the night, and a lot of things get simpler.
gordol
714 days ago
Because humans are biologically predisposed to be diurnal creatures. Awake when it's light out and sleep when it's dark.
dukeofwulf
714 days ago
You're not getting what I'm saying. We'd still work according to the same schedule (awake in the local daytime), only the numbers would change.
dukeofwulf
714 days ago
One-minute explainer: https://youtu.be/c3EQDfqqHsI
songster
713 days ago
How does that help? I mean, currently we have lookup tables where you can see that New York is 5 hrs behind London, so 9am in London is 4am in New York. You're proposing we move to a system where 9am is 9am everywhere, but you need a lookup table to know that while the London workday starts at 9:00, the New York workday starts at 14:00. How does that make things any easier?
dukeofwulf
712 days ago
You'd still have to look up the business's schedule, but you wouldn't have to make a time zone conversion.
JavaJim
712 days ago
yes - it doesn't remove the need to look things up - so equal there. But if something says it happens at 11:00 then it happens at 11:00 for everyone. All our clocks have the same time all the time. So after you look something up you don't have to do math to convert to your own time zone. Example: airplane departs at 2pm (1400) and lands at 8pm (2000) - you don't need to look up whether that is 8pm local time or 6 hours after takeoff. It is 6 hours after takeoff.
hyourinmaru
711 days ago
from 1998: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatch_Internet_Time
dukeofwulf
710 days ago
Ah, Swatch. So ahead of their time. If only they hadn't bungled the branding so badly.
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mareino
715 days ago
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Would this count as wibbily wobbly timey wimey?
Washington, District of Columbia
jepler
715 days ago
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but how's the app going to be monetized?
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
mkalus
715 days ago
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Yes, let’s do that instead of the stupid permanent DST thing.
iPhone: 49.287476,-123.142136
lograh
715 days ago
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I am solidly against DST in every form, but this proposal I can get behind.
deezil
715 days ago
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Sure. Why not.
Shelbyville, Kentucky
macr0t0r
715 days ago
No! Please, No! DST is bad enough, you monster!

Carcinization

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Nature abhors a vacuum and also anything that's not a crab.
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dukeofwulf
1368 days ago
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TASTE LIKE CRAB, TALK LIKE PEOPLE
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MaryEllenCG
1366 days ago
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*attempts to become a crab*
Greater Bostonia
fancycwabs
1367 days ago
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Yep.
Nashville, Tennessee
simon_w
1368 days ago
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Crabs are, after all, the ultimate form
Wellington, New Zealand
alt_text_bot
1368 days ago
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Nature abhors a vacuum and also anything that's not a crab.
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