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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 14/85833

Missal of Silos: Welcome to Wyoming, motto "We'd like to clarify that Cheyenne Mountain is in Colorado."

Saturday, January 12, 2019 14/85789

Thor Tools: CORRECTION: After careful evaluation, we have determined that the axis label on this chart was printed backward.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 14/85768

Marsiforming: It has so many advantages--it preserves Martian life, requires fewer interplanetary launches, and makes it much easier to field-test Mars rovers.

Sunday, January 6, 2019 14/85746

Short Selling: "I'm selling all my analogies at auction tomorrow, and that witch over there will give you 20 beans if you promise on pain of death to win them for her." "What if SEVERAL people promised witches they'd win, creating some kind of a ... squeeze? Gosh, you could make a lot of–" "Don't be silly! That probably never happens."

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 14/85710

Reminders: The good news is that if the number of work and friend relationships you have exceeds your willingness to do the bare minimum to keep up with everyone's life events and stuff, one way or another that problem eventually solves itself.

Monday, December 31, 2018 14/85683

Consensus New Year: The biggest jump is at 11:00am EST (4:00pm UTC) when midnight reaches the UTC+8 time zone. That time zone, which includes China, is home to a quarter of the world's population. India and Sri Lanka (UTC+5:30) put us over the 50% mark soon after.

Saturday, December 29, 2018 14/85657

Million, Billion, Trillion: You can tell most people don’t really assign an absolute meaning to these numbers because in some places and time periods, “billion” has meant 1,000x what it's meant in others, and a lot of us never even noticed.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 14/85640

Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram: My pet theory is that in real life, the kid at the beginning of Jurassic Park who made fun of the 'six-foot turkey' never got a talking-to from Dr. Grant, and grew up to produce several of the movie's sequels.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 14/85614

Christmas Eve Eve: It turns out that saying "Oh, so THAT'S why they call it Boxing Day" is a good way to get punched a second time.

Saturday, December 22, 2018 14/85592

Schwarzschild's Cat: Cats can be smaller than the critical limit, but they're unobservable. If one shrinks enough that it crosses the limit, it just appears to get cuter and cuter as it slowly fades from view.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 14/85560

Rocket Launch: NASA tries to coordinate launch timing with the Care Bears' cloud castle, but unfortunately sometimes collisions with stray Care Bears are unavoidable, so they just try to make the fairings sturdy and hope for a glancing impact.

Monday, December 17, 2018 14/85541

History Department: When we take into account the recent discovery of previously-unstudied history in the 1750s, this year may have been an outright loss.

Friday, December 14, 2018 14/85490

arXiv: Both arXiv and archive.org are invaluable projects which, if they didn't exist, we would dismiss as obviously ridiculous and unworkable.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 14/85459

FDR: June 21st, 365, the date of the big Mediterranean earthquake and tsunami, lived in infamy for a few centuries before fading. Maybe the trick is a catchy rhyme; the '5th of November' thing is still going strong over 400 years later.