https://xkcd.com/2897

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When Pope Gregory XIII briefly shortened the light-year in 1582, it led to navigational chaos and the loss of several Papal starships.

  • @MidRomney
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    -1183 months ago

    Just wondering, but do people actually find xkcd funny? Are these comics supposed to be funny?

    • wrath_of_grunge
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      823 months ago

      absolutely.

      not every joke is going to land with everyone. sometimes they’re not even jokes, just pointing out absurdities.

      if they don’t land with you, i wouldn’t stress it. sometimes the humor is extremely nerdy. it’s like the Far Side or Monty Python. it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s OK.

    • @GlitterInfection
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      353 months ago

      It falls often into sensible chuckle territory rather than stand-up comic material kind of funny.

    • @[email protected]
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      233 months ago

      They’re hit or miss. This one is mildly amusing to me. It’s been going strong 3 comics a week for how many years now? Not all of them are good of course, some I consider just bad but I think most weeks have at least one good one.

    • @[email protected]
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      183 months ago

      This one made me laugh. Most I just find to be novel, silly, or interesting, but a fair few are pretty funny to me.

    • umbraroze
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      143 months ago

      It’s a comic published multiple times a week. Common social etiquette is that if you find it funny (which is known to happen), you give it a grin or a mild chuckle or whatever, and then move on with your morning and, by extension, the rest of your life.

    • @psud
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      23 months ago

      I would argue that nearly no one finds this one funny but many found this one funny

      The OP comic is less accessible than the empiricism one, so the target audience is smaller, some of the smaller audience comics required one knew Firefly, open source memes, and Corey Doctorow. When you’re in the target group the comics are especially hilarious

      Some have fallen flat for me until I looked up XKCD explained, since I have very low knowledge of pop culture. I wouldn’t say those aren’t funny, I say I don’t get them

    • @suction
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      -883 months ago

      Removed by mod

        • @johannesvanderwhales
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          63 months ago

          If you define nerds = everything I don’t like, then clearly nerds are the problem!

        • @suction
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          -383 months ago

          You must not leave your basement much

          • @[email protected]
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            173 months ago

            You can try insulting me as much as you want, your elementary school comeback is not going to land

          • @psud
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            33 months ago

            I see people like you, and I am reminded that Lemmy has nothing to dissuade those who chase the largest negative score.

            Not saying that’s what you’re doing, just that if you aren’t, you should consider it since you seem good at it

            • @suction
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              3 months ago

              The day I start caring for internet points I want to be shot on the spot, please. I know, hard concept to grasp for low-to-middle educated Japanese culture aficionados.

      • @[email protected]
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        173 months ago

        I think it’s hilarious that you promote nerd bashing on a platform where the majority is working with IT, just look how often posts from Programmer Humor trend.

        • @suction
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          -243 months ago

          Is it „bashing“ though to point out the well researched fact that the new right wing demagogues and fascists are finding a lot of sympathy from nerd circles ? The „manosphere“, gamers, Japanese culture afficionados (because alleged racial purity), 4chan trolls, etc.

          Just saying „that’s not all nerds“ isn’t doing a good job of convincing anyone that they’re a problem and they didn’t use to be one. Something has changed.

          • @[email protected]
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            193 months ago

            What a depressing load of conspiracy nonsense you got hold of there. 🙄

            I really don’t want to get any links to pages that “prove” your point.

          • @[email protected]
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            113 months ago

            I think your average afd voter is more likely to bully nerds than befriend them.

            Academia, the place where the woke idealogy is propped up by… Querdenker nerds? Lol give me a break

          • Sage the Lawyer
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            63 months ago

            Fucking what?

            It is well documented that the more educated someone is, the more likely they are to vote for left-wing politics. https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2016/04/26/a-wider-ideological-gap-between-more-and-less-educated-adults/

            Thus the right’s war on education. They want uneducated masses to inundate with propaganda, not critical thinkers.

            Also I think your definition of “nerd” is absurdly narrow. Dictionary says it’s someone who is either highly enthusiastic about a particular topic or someone who is boringly studious. That’s like, virtually everyone with a college degree. People tend to major in things they’re enthusiastic about. Or, if they’re just after the “best” diploma, they’re probably in the “boringly studious” category.

            You can be a nerd about anything, and I’d actually wager most people are a nerd about at least one thing. It’s not limited to the categories you arbitrarily selected to make your point (without any actual evidence presented, I might add).

      • @[email protected]
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        143 months ago

        If not for nerds you wouldn’t be typing this paragraph due to the internet being non existent.

        • @suction
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          -353 months ago

          Citation needed for „the people who invented the internet were 100% nerds“

          • @moriquende
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            153 months ago

            Citation needed for your entire previous comment lmao. Most nerds are actually really nice people and lean left politically.

          • @Buddahriffic
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            33 months ago

            Al Gore was pretty nerdy, at least as depicted in the South Park documentaries.

          • @psud
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            3 months ago

            It really does feel mainstream to come up with tech specs for a new comms technology, not the sort of thing that nerds* might do /s

            Tim Burners-Lee** worked in particle accelerators. Total jock****.

            * People excessively interested in tech

            ** Inventor of HTML - the web

            **** I’m old. The world is divided into nerds and jocks per Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

            • @suction
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              13 months ago

              TIL the only non-Mainstream people are nerds