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23rd Apr '17 5:38:26 AM DaibhidC
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** The [[RealLife Roundworld]] inspiration for this is mentioned in ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'': Eratosthenes proved the circumference of the Earth was 252,000 stadia. This is very accurate, assuming you use the right kind of stadium (there were several different measurements of that name). How do we know which one he used? Well, if the circumference of the Earth is 252,000 stadia, then...


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** The [[RealLife Roundworld]] inspiration for this is mentioned in ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'': Eratosthenes proved the circumference of the Earth was 252,000 stadia. This is very accurate, assuming you use the right kind of stadium (there were several different measurements of that name). How do we know which one he used? Well, if nowadays we ''do'' know the circumference of the Earth is Earth. So if that's 252,000 stadia, then...

23rd Apr '17 5:37:26 AM DaibhidC
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\n** The [[RealLife Roundworld]] inspiration for this is mentioned in ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'': Eratosthenes proved the circumference of the Earth was 252,000 stadia. This is very accurate, assuming you use the right kind of stadium (there were several different measurements of that name). How do we know which one he used? Well, if the circumference of the Earth is 252,000 stadia, then...

23rd Apr '17 5:30:30 AM DaibhidC
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23rd Apr '17 5:30:17 AM DaibhidC
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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Companion'' entry for the Ephebian philosopher Expletius says that while he proved the Disc was 10,000 miles in diameter, ''all'' philosophers had their own "proof" of the Disc's size giving wildly different numbers, but "they turned out to be wrong". With ''how'' it "turned out" they were wrong carefully elided, the suggestion is we're taking the ''actual'' diameter of the Disc as established, and judging the proofs based on that.
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18th Apr '17 4:39:28 PM TheBigBopper
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* A classic Bill Mauldin political cartoon from the early 1960s features an American soldier standing in a field of large cartoon mushrooms, a shout-out to the conical hats worn by Asian field workers and guerrillas, explaining to a comrade the challenge of ground combat in Vietnam: "You got your mushrooms and your toadstools. The mushrooms are harmless, the toadstools will kill you. You'll know it's a toadstool if it kills you."[[note]]A botanist would call shenanigans on this, pointing out that there are no toadstools, there are only poisonous (and harmless) mushrooms.[[/note]]

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* A classic Bill Mauldin political cartoon from the early 1960s features an American soldier standing in a field of large cartoon mushrooms, a shout-out reference to the conical hats worn by Asian field workers and guerrillas, explaining to a comrade the challenge of ground combat in Vietnam: "You got your mushrooms and your toadstools. The mushrooms are harmless, the toadstools will kill you. You'll know it's a toadstool if it kills you."[[note]]A botanist would call shenanigans on this, pointing out that there are no toadstools, there are only poisonous (and harmless) mushrooms.[[/note]]
15th Apr '17 9:56:55 PM Fireblood
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6th Feb '17 7:09:24 PM MitchellProductions
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See also NoTrueScotsman. If both parties accuse each other of begging the question, then it's a philosophical impasse -- no one can agree on a common set of premises; compare ValuesDissonance. See also TautologicalTemplar, who believes that since they are good, everything they do is justified.

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See also NoTrueScotsman. If both parties accuse each other of begging the question, then it's a philosophical impasse -- no one can agree on a common set of premises; compare ValuesDissonance. See also TautologicalTemplar, who believes that since they are good, everything they do is justified.
justified as good.
1st Dec '16 10:30:20 PM AnotherDuck
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* In the days of Website/{{Usenet}}, in a football forum, one poster postulated that you need a great coach to win a Super Bowl. He then defined a "great coach" as one who had won a Super Bowl.

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* A number of bad religious and political arguments work this way. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment We're not going to give any examples]], except for the common one of "my interpretation of X is the only valid interpretation", which is proven by interpreting X in the interpretation's favour.

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* In the days of Website/{{Usenet}}, in a football forum, one poster postulated that you need a great coach to win a Super Bowl. He then defined a "great coach" as one who had won a Super Bowl.

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* A number of bad religious and political arguments work this way. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment We're not going to give any examples]], except for the common one of "my interpretation of X is the only valid interpretation", which is proven by interpreting X in the interpretation's favour.
Bowl.
15th Sep '16 3:34:26 AM Hylarn
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17th Jul '16 9:01:33 PM ZanderSchubert
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* In the days of Website/{{Usenet}}, in a football forum, one poster postulated that you need a great coach to win a Super Bowl. He then defined a "great coach" as one who had won a Super Bowl.

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* In the days of Website/{{Usenet}}, in a football forum, one poster postulated that you need a great coach to win a Super Bowl. He then defined a "great coach" as one who had won a Super Bowl.Bowl.

[[AC:{{Real Life}}]]
* A number of bad religious and political arguments work this way. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment We're not going to give any examples]], except for the common one of "my interpretation of X is the only valid interpretation", which is proven by interpreting X in the interpretation's favour.
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