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Worst Hurricane

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'Finding a 105-year-old who's lived in each location and asking them which hurricane they think was the worst' is left as an exercise for the reader.
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haakoo
1530 days ago
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Alt text: 'Finding a 105-year-old who's lived in each location and asking them which hurricane they think was the worst' is left as an exercise for the reader.
Oslo, Norway
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StunGod
1523 days ago
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Mine was Fran - 1996 in Raleigh, NC. Really cool visualization.
Portland, Oregon, USA, Earth
cbenard
1530 days ago
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Rita is right on for me (Shreveport, Louisiana)
Plano, Texas
comfytoast
1530 days ago
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I was in the 2nd grade when Hurricane Bob blew through Maine. I remember being at after school care, with a bunch of other kids, staring out the window and thinking the trees were going to blow away.
Maine, USA
hannahdraper
1530 days ago
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This is incredible.
Washington, DC
eraycollins
1530 days ago
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Carla was my first hurricane. All the nearby family gathered at our rock house on high ground (25' above sea level) in Corpus Christi, TX. I recall Beulah did more damage. My parents asked me to come home and help clean up. In those days there was a chain link divider on IH37, and metal roofing was hanging from it, pressed into the links. I had to start dodging trees in the road as far north as Three Rivers, TX.
JayM
1530 days ago
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Atlanta, GA

Superm*n

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See also: Spider-Man reboot in which he can produce several inches of web, doesn't need as much chalk powder on his hands when he goes rock climbing, and occasionally feels vaguely uneasy about situations.
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haakoo
1560 days ago
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Alt text: See also: Spider-Man reboot in which he can produce several inches of web, doesn't need as much chalk powder on his hands when he goes rock climbing, and occasionally feels vaguely uneasy about situations.
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Surface Area

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This isn't an informational illustration; this is a thing I think we should do. First, we'll need a gigantic spool of thread. Next, we'll need some kind of ... hmm, time to head to Seattle.
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Alt text: This isn't an informational illustration; this is a thing I think we should do. First, we'll need a gigantic spool of thread. Next, we'll need some kind of ... hmm, time to head to Seattle.
Oslo, Norway
hananc
1572 days ago
This is bullshit! Fractaled (is this a word?) lines cannot be stiched together.
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Lythimus
1572 days ago
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I like the human skin section. It would have been cool to represent the surface area of human space trash too though. I guess it would have been too small?
gsanders
1572 days ago
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Actually reminds me of various RPGs when you can go from planet to planet.
Silver Spring, MD, USA
adamgurri
1572 days ago
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nice
New York, NY
tante
1572 days ago
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The surfaces of our solar system in one map
Oldenburg/Germany
obidamnkenobi
1572 days ago
see! why are we wasting our time with Mars? Colonize Venus! It even has rain.
darth
1572 days ago
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Ah, but how long is the coastline?
Ludwig
1572 days ago
I got that.
mchahn
1572 days ago
It's odd that he considers water a solid.
supine
1572 days ago
@mchahn but this is after https://what-if.xkcd.com/53/
wreichard
1572 days ago
It seems to assume the ocean floor is a "surface." But then, don't any of the gas giants have solid cores? Interesting in any case!
Fidtz
1572 days ago
the depth of the oceans on earth (or any methane seas there might be) is so insignificant, it can be ignored in the way you would ignore a puddle.
wreichard
1572 days ago
I can buy that.

Margin

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PROTIP: You can get around the Shannon-Hartley limit by setting your font size to 0.
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haakoo
1591 days ago
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Alt text: PROTIP: You can get around the Shannon-Hartley limit by setting your font size to 0.
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olympia
1590 days ago
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Thank you!
SF Bay Area
jepler
1590 days ago
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https://github.com/jepler/infinf
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
satadru
1591 days ago
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love
New York, NY
infogulch
1591 days ago
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By the way, if you ever really need the alt text on mobile, go to the website, add a .m subdomain (so it's m.xkcd.com) and click the alt text button below the comic.
Missouri
haakoo
1591 days ago
That doesn't work too well when you don't have a connection.
llucax
1591 days ago
With the newsblur app just long tap the image :)
infogulch
1591 days ago
haakoo: then how do you even view the comic? llucax: that doesn't work on Android (yet).
llucax
1591 days ago
It does work for me in Android (app version 3.7.1 downloaded from f-droid.org)
brico
1591 days ago
There's also an xkcd unobfuscated alt text feed http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=PohYUERy3RGW3w7o6icw5g
HybridAU
1591 days ago
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Alt Text: PROTIP: You can get around the Shannon-Hartley limit by setting your font size to 0.

Second

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Let me just scroll down and check behind that rock. Annnnd ... nope, page copyright year starts with '19'. Oh God, is this a WEBRING?
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Alt text: "Let me just scroll down and check behind that rock. Annnnd ... nope, page copyright year starts with '19'. Oh God, is this a WEBRING?"
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rclatterbuck
1699 days ago
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And this is how I feel three quarters of the time when I'm trying to find something on Microsoft forums.
noelkm67
1699 days ago
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I did this today.
Reno, Nevada
satadru
1700 days ago
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All I can think of is that Arthur C Clarke line, "All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there."
New York, NY
amijangos
1700 days ago
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That is how I feel with Bing, why do I bother
Columbus, Indiana
trekkie
1700 days ago
I really tried to like bing. However I swear it hits the first word and stops, then provides you with all the places to buy said thing
sulrich
1700 days ago
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even more desperate is to try a different search engine. that's the pits of despair.
zippy72
1700 days ago
I use Startpage. But to be fair, it IS just Google plus an anonymising proxy.
sfringer
1700 days ago
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How true it is!
North Carolina USA
Michdevilish
1700 days ago
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Talking rocks
Canada
adamgurri
1700 days ago
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Oh God, is this a WEBRING?
New York, NY
JayM
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Profile Info

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It's ok, they'll always let you opt out! Like they did with the YouTube real name profile thing.
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haakoo
1773 days ago
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It's ok, they'll always let you opt out! Like they did with the YouTube real name profile thing.
Oslo, Norway
infogulch
1773 days ago
This is the alt text
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expatpaul
1770 days ago
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Sounds like a plan
Belgium
adamgurri
1773 days ago
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Nice.
New York, NY
joshwa
1773 days ago
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"best app ever!" -John I. of Cambridge, MA
El Cerrito
bronzehedwick
1773 days ago
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That's awesome.
Astoria NY
kyounger
1773 days ago
I have a specific domain name that I own that has a catchall set up, so that I can use a different email address for each site I sign up with (usually something like bestbuy@example.com). This has solved most of my spam problems.
imimbles
1773 days ago
@kyounger - that's clever!
jeffreality
1773 days ago
@kyounger - I do this too...it's a trick I learned from Andy Rooney (he used to use different middle initials in his name, to figure out who put him on mailing lists...)
DarthAndroid
1773 days ago
@kyounger Gmail supports this - it ignores everything after a +, so {youremail}+bestbuy@gmail.com will still end up in your inbox, but it's clear who sent it :)
bronzehedwick
1773 days ago
That's all really good to know. I've got to start getting on that.
kyounger
1773 days ago
@DarthAndroid yes, I've read that works, but figured it was very easy for a spammer to bulk remove the suffix :)
angelchrys
1773 days ago
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Yes.
Overland Park, KS
rjstegbauer
1771 days ago
I think gmail let's you do the same thing with username-anythingYouWant@gmail.com.
angelchrys
1771 days ago
Yep! I do this sometimes and it's handy to know that emails sent to username-areyoufuckingkiddingmewiththis@gmail.com can be immediately trashed.
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