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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
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Posted - 03/04/2008 :  20:52:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

There's a super collider in Canada?

The thing I pointed to is just south of Superior, Michigan, 49715.
Oh, see how good I am with these sort of things? Looked like Canada to me. Guess I missed by a couple of miles.

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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
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Posted - 03/04/2008 :  21:30:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You were probably thinking of Fermilab, anyway, which is maybe 500 miles away.

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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
4953 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2008 :  21:36:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So in sports, why is it that when we talk about (American) football or basketball, a player is often defined by championships, but in baseball, it never comes up? You often have a "greatest quarterback never to win the Super Bowl" discussion. But does anyone do that with baseball? Is there a "greatest pitcher to never win the World Series" discussion? Ewing, Barkley, Malone-- always discussed among non-NBA champs. Does anyone care if Alex Rodriguez still hasn't been on a World Series championship team? I mean, Manning-- who's almost certainly the best QB in the game today-- was abused until he won with Indy. But Rodriguez seems to get no heat at all.

Am I the only one to notice this?
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JohnOAS
SFN Regular

Australia
800 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  04:07:59   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit JohnOAS's Homepage Send JohnOAS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

A "What's This Thing" challenge to our members: whoever is first to correctly identify this thing gets a cookie.

(Edited to add "correctly.")

Was this competition meant for those with local knowledge? If so, I forfeit outright. If consulting the oracle is allowed, it's pretty trivial. (1st hit)

Spoilers below:


Smithers Scientific Devices Test Center (link)

Their maps.


Where's my cookie?

/home/john/.mozilla/firefox/yada/yada

oh.

BTW, it seems quoted spoilers are only stealthy, not invisible.

John's just this guy, you know.
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25710 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  07:35:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by JohnOAS

If consulting the oracle is allowed, it's pretty trivial. (1st hit)
I didn't stumble upon that set of keywords. Good job at a positive ID. Hope you liked the cookie.
BTW, it seems quoted spoilers are only stealthy, not invisible.
They're more stealthy outside of a quote box. Our quotes didn't use to have the blue background.

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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 03/05/2008 :  10:52:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"What's This Thing" challenge #2: What's this thing? (The thing that all the people are standing near, that is.)

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JohnOAS
SFN Regular

Australia
800 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  16:12:06   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit JohnOAS's Homepage Send JohnOAS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

"What's This Thing" challenge #2: What's this thing? (The thing that all the people are standing near, that is.)


The awakening.




John's just this guy, you know.
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Dave W.
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USA
25710 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  17:44:13   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great, now I've gotta come up with another one. John, you don't get to play for a while. Pbbbbbbt.

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leoofno
Skeptic Friend

USA
346 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  07:22:48   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send leoofno a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just a quick question.

How is it that in Skeptic Summary 180, several of the month's most viewed topics are, like, really old.
We'd invite Hitler to speak , says Columbia dean (last post 10/04/2007)
Religion versus vaccines--sound familiar? (last post 02/24/2007)
Owl on the dollar bill... (last post 09/16/2005)

Can such old topics really generate such high numbers after so long? The Hitler one has been inactive 5 months yet generated 21,668 views to be #1 last month!!!

Are these numbers driven by internet searches? That could make some sense, I suppose. But still....

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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25710 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  07:42:43   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
All of those particular threads' high view counts are from search engines.

"Owl on the dollar bill" gets lots of hits from people searching for owl, dollar and bill. Odd, huh?

I forget what "Religion versus vaccines" is getting hits from, but the Hitler thread is first place when doing a Google Image search for "Hitler."

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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25710 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  07:51:29   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"What's This Thing" challenge #3: The entrance to what facility is seen here?

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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13283 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  08:40:19   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Space Center Houston. You know how I know that? Because if you move back on the magnification, it says so. Also, it's located on NASA rd.

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Dave W.
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USA
25710 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  08:59:39   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Probably should have turned off the labels before creating the link. Dang.

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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13283 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  09:07:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Probably should have turned off the labels before creating the link. Dang.
Yeah. I really can't claim a victory on that one. But at least I didn't come out sounding like an idiot.

How is this? I'm pretty sure the Houston Space Center is somewhere in Canada...



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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25710 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2008 :  06:17:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Happy "pi day" everyone!

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