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15th Mar '17 2:51:34 PM Trueman001
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* One question which you can ask Alexa (Amazon's voice AI) is "what is zero divided by zero?". Unfortunately, she gives the wrong answer; she claims it to be "undefined", but it's actually indeterminate -- if it were undefined, a '''lot''' of higher mathematics wouldn't work.[[note]]The equation "x=y/0" is equivalent to "y=0*x", so if you're solving it for x, it is undefined (no answer will work) for any non-zero value of y -- but if y is also 0, it is indeterminate (choose any answer you care to name, it will work). For the purpose of defining 0^0, it is usually taken to be 1, as this is the value which makes infinite polynomials work.[[/note]]
22nd Feb '17 6:15:50 AM Trueman001
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* Colour terms sometimes fall victim to this (we're not talking here about GreenIsBlue or the like):
** The UsefulNotes/ZxSpectrum manual referred to "light blue, technically known as cyan". As one commentator sarcastically pointed out, that's like saying "light green, technically known as yellow".
** In February 2017, a newspaper word-game had the theme "green", but one of the answers was "teal". Teal is a shade of cyan, not of green. (It even looks more blue than green; it's sometimes called "petrol blue".)
22nd Feb '17 5:49:03 AM Trueman001
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** Quolls were also often referred to as "wildcats", despite looking more like rats or mustelids, and being dasyuromorphs (like the thylacine or the Tasmanian devil). This ended in the 1960s, when the Australian Aboriginal name was adopted as the official one.



* [[http://canadiangenocide.nativeweb.org/dia_archives_index.html Archival Documents from the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs]]: "April 14, 1939 ... Luminol was an early version of a "rape drug" which induced trances and memory loss in those receiving it." ... Forensic investigators use [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminol Luminol]] to detect trace amounts of blood at crime scenes. ... But, if they meant ''Luminal'', another name for [[Phenobarbital https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenobarbital#History Phenobarbital]], well then that's a lot more sensible, "Phenobarbital's soporific, sedative and hypnotic properties were well known in 1912".----

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* [[http://canadiangenocide.nativeweb.org/dia_archives_index.html Archival Documents from the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs]]: "April 14, 1939 ... Luminol was an early version of a "rape drug" which induced trances and memory loss in those receiving it." ... Forensic investigators use [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminol Luminol]] to detect trace amounts of blood at crime scenes. ... But, if they meant ''Luminal'', another name for [[Phenobarbital https://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenobarbital#History Phenobarbital]], well then that's a lot more sensible, "Phenobarbital's soporific, sedative and hypnotic properties were well known in 1912".1912".
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20th Feb '17 5:18:36 PM nombretomado
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** Its transatlantic cousin, ''PrivateEye'', which pre-dates it by a number of decades, has an equally long history of this. A highlight was a joke article (you could tell it was a joke article because it was in the traditional joke section surrounded by other joke articles) spoofing ''[[BritishNewspapers The Daily Express]]'''s tendency to run spurious Diana stories: DIANA WAS STILL ALIVE HOURS BEFORE SHE DIED!" This promptly ended up on Facebook and 4chan as an example of "The most retarded headline ever". The ''Eye'' had a field day:

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** Its transatlantic cousin, ''PrivateEye'', which pre-dates it by a number of decades, has an equally long history of this. A highlight was a joke article (you could tell it was a joke article because it was in the traditional joke section surrounded by other joke articles) spoofing ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Daily Express]]'''s tendency to run spurious Diana stories: DIANA WAS STILL ALIVE HOURS BEFORE SHE DIED!" This promptly ended up on Facebook and 4chan as an example of "The most retarded headline ever". The ''Eye'' had a field day:
20th Feb '17 5:52:55 AM kingjello
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* In 1992, the New York Times published [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grunge_speak a list of "grunge slang,"]] all of which was entirely made up by Megan Jesper, the receptionist at Creator/SubPop Records who was getting sick and tired of media outlets calling for general information about "{{grunge}}".

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* In 1992, the New York Times published [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grunge_speak a list of "grunge slang,"]] all of which was entirely made up by Megan Jesper, Jasper, the receptionist at Creator/SubPop Records who was getting sick and tired of media outlets calling for general information about "{{grunge}}".
3rd Feb '17 2:11:03 PM ooh
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** Another problem with this "Democrat Equals Socialist" debate is that the modern-day Democratic Party (at least since the UsefulNotes/BillClinton era) has taken on a "Neo-Liberal" approach, with a far more relaxed reaction to free-market capitalism than ever before. This is evident by Bernie Sanders (the most recent example of a legitimate socialist running for President as a Democrat) chastising UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton for wooing Wall Street bankers during her last Presidential run[[note]]It should also be noted that Hillary was actually a Republican in her early political years.[[/note]]

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** Another problem with this "Democrat Equals Socialist" debate is that the modern-day Democratic Party (at least since the UsefulNotes/BillClinton era) has taken on a "Neo-Liberal" approach, with a far more relaxed reaction to free-market capitalism than ever before. This is evident by Bernie Sanders (the most recent example of a legitimate socialist running for President as a Democrat) chastising UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton for wooing Wall Street bankers during her last Presidential run[[note]]It run.[[note]]It should also be noted that Hillary was actually a Republican in her early political years.[[/note]]
3rd Feb '17 2:08:21 PM ooh
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** Another problem with this "Democrat Equals Socialist" debate is that the modern-day Democratic Party (at least since the UsefulNotes/BillClinton era) has taken on a "Neo-Liberal" approach, with a far more relaxed reaction to free-market capitalism than ever before. This is evident by Bernie Sanders (the most recent example of a legitimate socialist running for President as a Democrat) chastising UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton for wooing Wall Street bankers during her last Presidential run[[note]]It should also be noted that Hillary was actually a Republican in her early political years.[[/note]]
2nd Feb '17 10:56:55 AM Sakubara
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** Also the idea that Eurovision is their version of American Idol makes no sense regardless since American Idol itself is derived from a [[Series/PopIdol British series]].
7th Jan '17 7:57:14 PM gerokeymaster
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*** The instigator of this claim, Dan Lirette, is a "open-air preacher" (someone who yells religious statements in the parking lot of a Walmart), who cheated on his wife with one of his followers, who he abandoned when she became pregnant. When the baby was born with no brain, the mother snapped and went insane, which is where Something Awful joined the story as someone noticed her blog. There was just as much pity as mockery, since she obviously wasn't well mentally, and when Lirette's involvement, which included such tactful statements as "The baby's not dead until I kick it in the head", was discovered, all the attention and much deserved mockery turned to him. Lowtax wasn't even involved, having moved to a much more hands-off role, until Lirette sent threatening emails to him.
3rd Jan '17 10:28:55 PM justanid
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* Any statement that evolution takes place in individuals, ''{{Pokemon}}''-style.

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* Any statement that evolution takes place in individuals, ''{{Pokemon}}''-style. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTthcMOODvc Here's an informative video using pokémon]] to demonstrate.
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