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Wangston's Second Law

If you are a human and you are married to a robot, then your spouse has every reason to demand that you solve any NP-complete problems that arise

Corollary:

  • the most human member of a group should be responsible for solving NP-complete problems
  • and/or the member of a group that has the most facility in solving NP-complete problems is the most human

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Are you more likely to die on a bicycle?

Although it might not be better for the enviroment, it turns out that biking is better for you, even when you take into account the increased risk of getting killed by a car and increased exposure to pollutants.


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?ILF

By popular demand,

_ I'd Like to Fuck

Attorney
Baby
Chicken
Debutante
Engineer
Fuck
Gangster
Hipster
Intern
Jellyfish
Kin
Log
Mom
Neighbor
Oligarch
Prelate
Quintuplets
Rabbi
Sturgeon
Tortellini
Uncle
Watermelon
Xenophobe
Yarn
Zimbabwean


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Zero

Muslim mathematicians invented the concept of zero. So it's ironic that people are opposed to building a mosque on ground zero. Even though it's not on ground zero. And it's not a mosque. Without the Muslims it would be "ground one" or something.


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MIL?

Mom I'd Like to _

Acknowledege
Baby
Caress
Deny
Employ
Fuck
Greet
Hate
Inspect
Jeer
Know
Lick
Milk
Needle
Observe
Proposition
Quote
Rumble
Stereotype
Terrify
Understand
Violate
Watch
Xerox
Yelp
Zombify

I might have gotten some of these wrong, please leave any corrections in the comments and I'll update...


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Bicycle Shifter Adjustment Barrels

Most bikes have adjustment barrels for the shifters right next to the shifters themselves. If you're riding along and you notice that one of the derailers is a little off, you should be able to twist the adjustment barrel a little bit to bring the derailer back in line.

I can never remember which way to turn the barrel to fix which kind of problem, and every now and then I spend some time to figure it out but because bicycle shifters are a wonderland of handednesses I can't ever remember, hence this article.

Rings and Sprockets


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Yahtzee Golf

I'm not sure how I never thought of this before, but I've been having a really bad run of Yahtzee and was wondering what my lowest ever score has been. Probably something a little south of 150. 135 maybe?

The lowest possible Yahtzee score is 5 - you put five 1s in chance and conspire to score 0 in every other box.

But what's the lowest possible score you can get if you are playing in good faith?

If you rolled 1-1-2-2-3 for every roll, then you'd get

1:2
2:4
3:3
4:0
5:0
6:0
Bonus:0
3K:0
4K:0
Full House:0
Small Straight:0
Large Straight:0
Yahtzee:0
Chance:9


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Gerbs for Bad

I bought some pumpkin seeds in the airport from this fine company and they were quite nice - I like pumpkin seeds a lot, and these were cheaper and less covered in caramel than the other nuts available.

Reading the package I found a dubious health claim: "loaded with Omega 3's, 6's, 9's". Well, that's technically true, but with 47mg of Omega 3 and 5,326mg of Omega 6, the 3/6 ratio is about as awful as it could be.


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A Simple Methodology For Choosing Sides

I saw the world cup match between Mexico and France, and once Mexico scored their first goal I realized that I really wanted France to lose - because there would be a lot of whining.

So if you need to figure out who to root for in a sporting contest, you should always root for the team that, if they win, there will be more whining.


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