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#1 2006-03-31 17:18:57

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Why is that you fill in a form by filling it out, an alarm goes off by going on, a building burns down as it burns up, you cut a tree up after you cut it down, and when the stars are out you can see them better when the lights are out?


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#2 2006-04-01 06:18:56

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Re: English

In New Jersey you always have to go down the shore (beach), you can never go up it.


"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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#3 2006-05-10 20:44:25

Zmurf
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Yea, I never understood why you would want to "take" a dump.


"When subtracted from 180, the sum of the square-root of the two equal angles of an isocoles triangle squared will give the square-root of the remaining angle squared."

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#4 2006-07-23 04:11:53

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Yeah...I guess that's just how English is. Sometimes I think that someone just came up with all these phrases, wrote it in a book somewhere and then someone found it, and declared it proper English...just kidding, lol.

But anyway...why would you want to take a dump? Sounds horrible when people say it now that you think of it.

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#5 2006-08-27 07:19:47

Devantè
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And I never would lend a hand...

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#6 2006-08-27 07:45:58

mikau
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Re: English

Wait a minute...
http://www.mathsisfun.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=1857

Mathsisfun! Quit spammin' your own forum! :-P


A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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#7 2006-08-27 07:48:53

Ricky
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Re: English

I tried to catch a bus once.  The bones in my hand were shattered.


"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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#8 2006-08-27 07:59:06

Devantè
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Ouch...hope it wasn't a double-decker bus.

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#9 2006-08-27 20:39:45

justlookingforthemoment
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Re: English

Take a look at this:

English drags

You have to click the play button in the flash interface for it to start playing. It's a lady talking about the 'paradoxes and idiocies' in the English language. big_smile

NB: I didn't write drags ... filter.

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#10 2006-08-27 20:47:32

Devantè
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There's a lot in there for only 3 minutes and 40 seconds. It's pretty cool how they've summed up a lot of the stuff in the English language that is pretty odd. Nice find. smile

There's a filter on 'drags'? O.o

I did it myself without realising what would happen to the word. :\

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