## Re: Next let's find the volume of this silo.

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Smoooove. They're on to you, Heebie. You won't even be able to draw a sinusoidal function without snickering now.

Posted by: Po-Mo Polmath | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 8:51 AM
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Because their previous instructor had used y = x², bounded above by y = 9, and on the left and right by x = 0 and x = 3.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:01 AM
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ill-placed bowing curve-lines

What does this mean?

I'm trying to visualize this graph, and I'm getting basically a sideways dome attached to the right side of a vertical line, to put it in entirely non-mathematical terms. ("Revolve" means simply to add a mirror image on the other side of y=8, right?) An areola implies a further bump at the top/center of the dome for the nipple, or else if the nipple is entirely flat, a smaller arc inside the dome facing the opposite direction. I guess I can kinda see something titter-worthy there, but even for high school or college students it's a stretch.

The problem with drawing a silo is more obvious to me. Maybe I got thrown off by shifting from three-dimensional to two-dimensional in my head. As you can probably guess, I was an English major in college.

Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:07 AM
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You should draw a picture for those of us whose mathematical knowledge is limited to axiomatic set theory and mathematical logic.

Posted by: zadfrack | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:08 AM
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My instructor in an upper level undergrad course on quantum mechanics tried drew a diagram of the output of the two slit experiment that looked like a nipple. He stopped, took a step back from his drawing, and said, "Gosh, that looks like a nipple" and then continued his lecture.

On the one hand, no one tittered and no one was embarassed.

On the other hand, I still remember this event fifteen years later.

FWIW

Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:15 AM
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You remember it upon the occasion of someone else's reminiscences of mathematical blackboard nipple drawing, at least. But how often did it appear in your memory over the last year?

Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:19 AM
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My drawing on the blackboard did not extend the functions beyond the region

So, you should've extended y=8 to the right, and said that you were trying to demonstrate that breast milk isn't yucky.

max
['Yay. Titties.']

Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:36 AM
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I'm evesdropping on my students prepping for the quiz I'm about to give.

"Ok, the difference between Kant and Nietzsche is that Kant is boring and hard to understand. And Nietzsche is...weird. And I think he's hard to understand too."

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Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:59 AM
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Quit bragging, rob. I'm sure other teachers here have successfully imparted the essence of these philosophers, too.

Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:19 AM
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Maybe I got thrown off by shifting from three-dimensional to two-dimensional in my head. As you can probably guess, I was an English major in college.

No....I would have guessed you majored in over-thinking silly diagrams.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:24 AM
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But hasn't got Nietzsche's essence right! She's supposed to say the Nietzsche is a major asshole.

Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:27 AM
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Posted by: Friedrich Nietzsche | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:28 AM
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We were at #1's parents' evening last week, and the 2 science teachers were explaining to C and me how they have swapped roles so the female Chemistry teacher is covering Reproduction this term with the girls. The male Biology teacher said "I have done it with girls - uh, I have covered this topic with a mixed class ..." and when our 4 minutes was up, C and I indulged our childish senses of humour.

Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:33 AM
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The phrase "Oh, I had you in my ethics class" always makes me smirk.

Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:34 AM
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Titties! Hooray!

I'm sure I'm not the only person who thinks the probability density associated with multi-slit diffraction looks like a cock and balls. Am I?

Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:34 AM
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Two women, undergrads, meet in this cafe just now. One starts complaining about this rip-off haircut she just got. Everyhumg was extra, including an additional \$10 for a blow-dry. Except she says "blow-job". She does this three times before realizing it --- "I mean I don't usually get a blow-job and it's nice and all but 10 dollars?" Then she corrects herself. Her friend pretends nothing has happened. The rest of the cafe has fallen off its chair laughing but there's mo public acknowledgment of the incident. Very Goffmanian.

Posted by: gonerill | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:35 AM
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Everyhumg was extra

What?

Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:37 AM
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17: You haven't been to a hair salon recently, have you? It's what everyume is doing now.

Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:39 AM
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No....I would have guessed you majored in over-thinking silly diagrams.

There's a difference?

Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:39 AM
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Everything. Stupid phone.

Posted by: gonerill | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:39 AM
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My carpoolmate told the story about how one time he was caravaning with another teacher, taking a group of students on a field trip. The two vans got separated, his a few miles ahead of hers.

The students were on their cell phones to help assist the vans re-connecting. My carpoolmate said for the student to tell the other van, "Tell her to honk when she's coming so that I can pull out."

He didn't think twice about it at the time, but years later a student told him they almost died laughing.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:49 AM
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I'm trying to come up with a linear transform that would result in the top of the breast having a more natural shape, but I think I should stop.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:51 AM
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20: We'd already all fallen of our chairs.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:52 AM
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23: Typo in a typo crack. Don't it always seem to go.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:53 AM
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22: there is none. Think about the underlying engineering (a sphere supported by a bag). It's whatever the threedimensional version of a spline is, and any cross-section's going to be a spline.

Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:02 AM
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25: well, sure, but if you treat the original equation as 1*x^3 + 0*sin(angle around y=8)*something else + 0*sin(angle around y=8)*something else then you could maybe make that spline a little prettier. Except I dunno what the something else owuld be.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:07 AM
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25, 26: I really have no choice other than to link this story, showing that committed scholars have been working to solve this problem since at least 1990.

Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:10 AM
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Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:14 AM
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You haven't been to a hair salon recently, have you?

Indeed I have not, and thus my hair grows steadily larger.

Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:20 AM
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For some reason they didn't send Sir Conrad Black to one of those prisons where you get stuck in the back with a homemade knife in the shower.

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Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:27 AM
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mo public acknowledgment of the incident. Very Goffmanian.

Does Goffman have successors? Contemporary sociologists who are as sharp or as much fun to read, or maybe both?

Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:29 AM
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29: Have you thought about having it styled into the shape of a breast?

Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:31 AM
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I am so glad I'm just sitting tests today and not running a class. I feel like total dog vomit. When I get home, I'm going to announce that because Daddy is sick, we are having a special day where we just sit on the couch and watch Sesame Street. If I'm lucky, Molly will bring us some tea and honey.

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Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:42 AM
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25, 26: but you get splines by penalizing curvature. Somehow this does not seem appropriate to the problem at hand.

Posted by: Cosma | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:47 AM
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Without looking at the "read more" or the comments... pi*(64+128/7). A slightly messy number, but it seems like an OK problem....

Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:47 AM
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27: Complimenting strangers on their breasts induces amused blushes, but when we do it with friends and acquaintances, things get all awkward.

Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:49 AM
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(missing the point entirely, I see)

Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:50 AM
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27: and the history of related problems goes back to at least 1956.

Posted by: Cosma | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:53 AM
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26 is all kinds of wrong. LB can you get in touch with that dude?

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:53 AM
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Can't actually remember his name. True to form, though, he did make a very artistically impressive, albeit obscene, naked snow-people tableau in front of the dorm. (Actually, I can't remember if it was just one nude, or a couple.)

Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:56 AM
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26 is all kinds of wrong. LB can you get in touch with that dude?

She could just respond to you in the thread, Tweety.

Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 11:58 AM
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you get splines by penalizing curvature.

But that happens in nature a lot.

Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 12:02 PM
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Presumably d^2 or cosma is writing up the equations as we speak, so I'll just sit back and wait.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 12:08 PM
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I don't get the spline thing.

Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 12:12 PM
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B(4i)(4q)ru/18

That's as far as I got in math.

Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 12:15 PM
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Charley, I got a little further than you. I know that the end of that espression is "QTπ".

Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 12:24 PM
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Wait, I'm confused. Why is it better to fork someone if they are over 18? Why are to sending text messages to someone you are about to stick a fork in?

Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 12:29 PM
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30: I'm genuinely shocked that he has e-mail access.

Posted by: | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 12:35 PM
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48 was I.

Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 12:36 PM
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My embarrasing story is that I had a very groovy 8th-grade earth science teacher, and I once went to dinner with her (ha! you were picturing a male science teacher, weren't you, you sexists) and another (female) student. I was talking about something from class and instead of "organism," I said "orgasm." I'm fairly certain that was the first time I'd ever said the word out loud.

Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 12:46 PM
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I was staying with my godmother once and watching Countdown with her mother (70 odd, I guess, I was about 20), and someone came up with 'orgasm'. My viewing companion had never heard of the word, and was very vocal about it, and then asked me if *I'd* heard of it. I took the coward's way out and made some excuse to leave the room.

Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 1:05 PM
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My 7th grade biology teacher liked to shock her charges by saying things like "Men keep pumping out sperm until they die!".

Posted by: Merganser | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 2:02 PM
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My embarrasing story is that I had a very groovy 8th-grade earth science teacher, and I once went to dinner with her (ha! you were picturing a male science teacher, weren't you, you sexists) and another (female) student. I was talking about something from class and instead of "organism," I said "orgasm." I'm fairly certain that was the first time I'd ever said the word out loud.

I am entirely too jaded. My first thought was that your teacher was a perv trying to seduce you.

Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 2:06 PM
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I asked my fifth grade science teacher what an orgasm was. My logic was that we had learned the words organism, organ, and organelle that year or the previous year, so this seemed like it was probably coming up next, whatever it was. I think 10% of the kids laughed. Then I figured he was trying to downplay/ignore my question because I was being too much of a showoff/knowitall type.

Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 2:32 PM
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"Awesome," he replied.

Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 2:51 PM
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"Ten dollars, a chocolate bar and a B minus" "Awesome," he replied..

Restored to canonical form

Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 3:08 PM
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A definite improvement.

Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 3:12 PM
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Also setting up nicely for the next joke:

"Only a B-?!? What would I have to do to get an A?"

"Study."

Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 3:19 PM
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"Study."

Is that what they're calling it at colleges these days?

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 3:38 PM
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I was talking about something from class and instead of "organism," I said "orgasm."

When I was in middle school, a student teacher kept substituting "marine orgasm" for "marine organism" for an entire class period.

Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 5:33 PM
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OT:
Someone is looking for people who've been outraged by their portrayal in a Modern Love column. I wonder what will come of it?

Posted by: | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 7:05 PM
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Another Modern Love column, I guess.

Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 7:07 PM
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I wonder what will come of it?

Eventual realization on the part of all parties that the entire exercise is an embarrassment.

Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 7:33 PM
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A class action suit against the NYTimes for the intentional infliction of emotional distress?

Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 8:01 PM
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The ad should also ask for people who were later embarrassed by how they presented themselves in a Modern Love column.

Posted by: Merganser | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 8:35 PM
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65: That could become interesting!

Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 8:39 PM
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[Obligatory link to Blacktable article responding to Modern Love column a couple of years ago OMITTED]

Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 8:41 PM
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67: heh I am just tickled you used that convention.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 8:53 PM
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The obligatory omitted link in 67 is appreciated.

Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 8:55 PM
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Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:11 PM
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Half of those links don't make sense in this context, but I like the random march down memory lane, Tweety.

Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:36 PM
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The link conencted to "than" didn't work.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:38 PM
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One down, six to go!

Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:42 PM
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I'm pretty happy with the rest of them.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:44 PM
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Sir, I did not see what most of them had to do with omission.

Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 9:56 PM
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Really?

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:02 PM
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Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:03 PM
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Um, I see it. And it isn't hidden. At all.

Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:03 PM
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Maybe parsimon has the pox.

Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:05 PM
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[pox remit-o-dacted]

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:06 PM
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Maybe I didn't scroll up and down enough in those threads to notice.

Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 4-09 10:08 PM
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[Omitted OMITTED]

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 5-09 8:49 AM
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i never had chickenpox or other kids diseases, coz was immunized i guess, thanks to socialism
but perhaps i turned out like autistic thanks to them too
/ a joke
not sure whether the soc vaccines had thimerosal in them though

Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 03- 5-09 8:52 AM
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[pox remit-o-dacted]

The Pox Remitodactyl is a remarkable dinosaur.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 5-09 9:00 AM
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i had frequent sore throats cured by tonsillectomy
though and am perhaps MS predisposed like genetically if to test HLA, will experience tetraplegy later in life i guess, god forbid
and i gave my blood only once during my student times, was advised against donating coz was anemic then, never tried again

Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 03- 5-09 9:03 AM
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The Pox Remitospondee is off on the wrong foot.

Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 03- 5-09 9:08 AM
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Oh, a remarkable dinosaur is the Pox Remitodactyl
His name lasts longer than his symptoms will.
He can stop up a thread
But I'm darned if I know how to end this stupid fucking comment. Thanks a lot Heebie.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 5-09 11:26 AM
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87: Best. limerick. evar.

Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 03- 5-09 6:11 PM
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Oh, a remarkable dinosaur is the Pox Remitodactyl
His name lasts longer than his symptoms will.
He can stop up a thread
But I'm darned if I know how to end this stupid fucking comment. Thanks a lot Heebie.

In his monkey-green ragtop Seville.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 5-09 6:17 PM
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Fun with the Apple graphing calculator. Here's more.

Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 03- 6-09 2:44 AM
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87 and 89 are so great. I'm so glad I happened to revisit this thread.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 6-09 3:48 PM
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