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An Apple for a Dollar

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I'd like 0.4608 apples, please.
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thelem
33 days ago
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In Europe we just include the sales tax in the price on the shelf. If the label says £1, I hand over £1. When I'm buying something I don't really care how much of that £1 is tax, how much is going to the shop, how much is going to the producer etc.
Brighton, UK
zippy72
32 days ago
Actually in the entire EU it’s criminal to advertise the price without taxes to domestic consumers, although receipts must display both the net and gross prices.
satadru
29 days ago
Bravo EU!
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BalooUriza
35 days ago
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Not taxing food and clothes does not make a sales tax more progressive. The sales tax is still inherently and intrinsically regressive.
tedder
36 days ago
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one of a million reasons I love living in Oregon. Though sales tax is slightly progressive..
Uranus
dukeofwulf
35 days ago
Sales tax is a regressive tax.
BalooUriza
35 days ago
The constitutional ban on sales tax is about the only good thing about living in Oregon. Though sales tax is *entirely* regressive, so kind of amazing it flies in the state that gave us Branch Dildonians, Stormfront and kept putting anti-GLBT measures on the ballot for decades.
fxer
35 days ago
we also have a tree
olliejones
35 days ago
In MA, we have a sales tax. But food and clothing aren't taxable. That makes the tax a little more progressive and means we can buy apples for a buck exactly at expensive stores.
BalooUriza
35 days ago
Not having a sales tax on food and clothes doesn't make a general sales tax more progressive. A general sales tax is always just as regressive whether or not there's a food and clothes exception.
mburch42
36 days ago
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This happens to me all the time in Oregon. (no sales tax)
alt_text_bot
36 days ago
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I'd like 0.4608 apples, please.
jepler
36 days ago
what? How am I supposed to make you change of 73/15625 dollars?
alt_text_at_your_service
36 days ago
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I'd like 0.4608 apples, please.

Birdwatching

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No, tell the park rangers to calm down, it's fine--I put a screen on the front. I just want to get the birds a little closer.
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thelem
486 days ago
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Click through and you'll see that this comic is meant to be shown much larger than normal size.
Brighton, UK
tsuckow
486 days ago
I see no difference on mobile. :(
ruffin
486 days ago
it was just a bug for a few hours. normal size now.
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alt_text_bot
486 days ago
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No, tell the park rangers to calm down, it's fine--I put a screen on the front. I just want to get the birds a little closer.

Meteorite Identification

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Click for an actual flowchart for identifying a meteorite. My favorite part is how 'Did someone see it fall? -> Yes' points to 'NOT A METEORITE.' This is not a mistake.
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thelem
726 days ago
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The site it links to is down, but the flowchart is accessible at https://web.archive.org/web/20160110210954/http://meteorites.wustl.edu/check-list.htm
Brighton, UK
lahosken
726 days ago
Thanks to this, I can see that "Did someone see it fall?" has no "No" option. This is obviously part of the conspiracy to hide the existence of aliens.
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chrisrosa
725 days ago
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how to identify a meteorite (be sure to check the mouse-over).
San Francisco, CA
manderay
726 days ago
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I used to work in a lab in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington U, therefore I am (extremely) tangentially related to this xkcd and feeling very pleased with myself. (also I wonder if they've figured out why their site is crashing this morning...)
Chicago
hananc
726 days ago
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https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/regmaglypt
alt_text_bot
726 days ago
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Click for an actual flowchart for identifying a meteorite. My favorite part is how 'Did someone see it fall? -> Yes' points to 'NOT A METEORITE.' This is not a mistake.

Degrees

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"Radians Fahrenheit or radians Celsius?" "Uh, sorry, gotta go!"
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thelem
908 days ago
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As a non-American, Farenheit points 2, 5 and 6 don't make sense to me. Celsius is easy to approximate, and my friends expect me to talk Celsius.
Brighton, UK
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infini
914 days ago
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Arctic weather
Asia, EU, Africa
kbrint
914 days ago
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Kelvin.
minderella
915 days ago
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We just don't have enough ascot weather days here in Sacramento.
jimwise
915 days ago
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Yup.
satadru
915 days ago
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The Apollo Guidance Computers used metric units internally, and converted to "English" units for display... so really there was no excuse for losing the Mars Climate Orbiter over this crap 30 years later. Source: http://www.doneyles.com/LM/Tales.html
New York, NY
zippy72
915 days ago
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I seriously don't understand why people don't want their temperature in degrees Reamur any more... :-P
FourSquare, qv
Covarr
915 days ago
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I'm the friend that does this on purpose.
Moses Lake, WA
alt_text_bot
915 days ago
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"Radians Fahrenheit or radians Celsius?" "Uh, sorry, gotta go!"
eraycollins
915 days ago
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t-shirt weather, sweatshirt weather, parka weather, umbrella weather, rain suit weather, galoshes weather, waders weather, ad infinitum
tdarby
915 days ago
ascot weather, jodhpurs weather, hennin weather, morphsuit weather, shako weather, brogues weather, crinoline weather, havelock weather...
fxer
915 days ago
I'm going to guess you own more than one cape, tdarby
austinstorm
908 days ago
@tdarby this is amazing.

Planning

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[10 years later] Man, why are people so comfortable handing Google and Facebook control over our nuclear weapons?
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thelem
1158 days ago
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I'd prefer to live in a world where Google / Facebook had nuclear weapons than one where people like Putin and Bush control them.
Brighton, UK
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alt_text_bot
1158 days ago
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[10 years later] Man, why are people so comfortable handing Google and Facebook control over our nuclear weapons?
rickhensley
1158 days ago
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It's only a matter of time, really...
Ohio
astw56
1158 days ago
Heck, it's safer to let FB and Google control them... Their users are all across the globe. Why destroy their own user base?
timdiggerm
1158 days ago
sometimes there's only one way to stop a ddos attack

Payloads

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With a space elevator, a backyard full of solar panels could launch about 500 horses per year, and a large power plant could launch 10 horses per minute.
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thelem
1340 days ago
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What's the unlabelled one? I doubt it's a mistake.
Brighton, UK
Ironica
1340 days ago
I don't see any that are unlabeled. Some of them have the label at the bottom instead of the top, maybe you just are missing it?
thelem
1340 days ago
Bottom left of 2000s
Ironica
1340 days ago
Sure enough. Huh, interesting.
ChuckMcM
1339 days ago
Ariane 5 (Ariane 4 is 16 horses, original 5 is 21 horses)
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mareino
1340 days ago
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Alt text: With a space elevator, a backyard full of solar panels could launch about 500 horses per year, and a large power plant could launch 10 horses per minute.
Washington, District of Columbia
JayM
1340 days ago
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Atlanta, GA
skittone
1339 days ago
I'd rather have a space elevator than tethered surveillance blimps and whatnot.
sfrazer
1340 days ago
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Just in time for the KSP beta!
Chicago
Cafeine
1340 days ago
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<3
Paris / France
mchahn
1339 days ago
Where can I get a version of the graphic big enough to read?
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