Billy April 23, 2010 2:33 PM

How long will it be until airlines charge per occupied cubic centimetre of bodily orifice? Would that stil be called a carryon?

mcb April 23, 2010 3:59 PM

In No.2 I like the bags of Red Star brand chips, take-out coffees, and Aeron chairs (knock-offs, no doubt).

Andrew April 23, 2010 4:16 PM

I want a laptop with additional USB connectors behind the screen. (SCADA remote control of national power grid not included.)

Clive Robinson April 24, 2010 12:21 AM

@ Eric S, Zith,

I’m beginning to think we should stop typing in the first part of the XKCD URL and just the number 😉

There is an old joke about it,

A young soldier fresh out of basic training spends his first night in a new barracks.

After lights out one of the older soldiers calls out 347, and is promptly followed by hearty laughter, then another soldier calls out 27, followed by more laughter and this goes on for about an hour.

The next morning the young soldier asks one of the older soldiers what was happening. and was told “Oh just swapping jokes”. With a puzzled look the young soldier says “What’s funny about numbers?” To which the other soldier replied, “Ahh you don’t know, well you see there’s only so many jokes, and we tell them so often it saves time to just give them numbers.”

The older soldier moves off leaving the young soldier with a very perplexed look.

That night after lights out the other soldiers start calling out numbers and get laughs so the young soldier decides to have a go and calls out 57, but there is no laughter, just silence till another soldier calls out 43 which gets a lot of laughs. So the young soldier tries again with “347” again no laughs until after another soldier calls out a number.

The following morning the young soldier goes to the old soldier who told him about the numbered jokes the day before, and asks “Why didn’t anybody laugh when I called out a joke number last night?”, the older soldier looks at him compassionately and puts his arm around the young soldiers shoulder and says ,”Well I’m sorry to say it son, but it’s the way you tell them”.

Clive Robinson April 24, 2010 12:29 AM

@ mcb,

“In No.2 I like the bags of Red Star brand chips, take-out coffees, and Aeron chairs (knock-offs, no doubt)”

You missed the most important (to the Chinese economy) rip off of them all the “Iplod” (or is that Taiwanese economy 😉

Grymoire April 25, 2010 7:03 PM


You forgot the variation of the joke.

While watching the older soldier performing, he noticed that one of the new solders was laughing longer than the rest.

“Why is he still laughing?” asked the young soldier.

“First time he heard it,” said the older soldier.

Peter E Retep April 26, 2010 12:17 AM

Tell me not in mirthful numbers
Life is but a sit-com scene
For the soul is dead that slumbers
And life is more than it seems

Life is real and not a rerun
And a download’s not the goal
Bits are lost into the ether
Was not spoken of the soul

Everyday type out your e-keys
So that when you comm sublime
Others reading may find wisdom
Shining through the screens of time

apologies to the poet 🙂

Malvolio April 27, 2010 2:18 AM

[my own variation]

After listening to the numbers for a while, the young soldier takes a chance. “Nine thousand thirty-one,” he calls out at random.

The entire barracks gasps then goes dead silent. Finally his friend whispers, “Dude, too soon! Too soon!”

Clive Robinson April 27, 2010 5:36 AM

@ xkcd,

Ones that still get me are 101 443 456

Oh and for Bruce there is 520 and 731

But the question is why does xkcd have so much on Corry Doctrow…

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