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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
93 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
92 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
89 days ago
Bravo EU!
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BalooUriza
95 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
95 days ago
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one of a million reasons I love living in Oregon. Though sales tax is slightly progressive..
Uranus
dukeofwulf
95 days ago
Sales tax is a regressive tax.
BalooUriza
95 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
95 days ago
we also have a tree
olliejones
95 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
95 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
96 days ago
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This happens to me all the time in Oregon. (no sales tax)
alt_text_bot
96 days ago
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I'd like 0.4608 apples, please.
jepler
96 days ago
what? How am I supposed to make you change of 73/15625 dollars?
alt_text_at_your_service
96 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
546 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
546 days ago
I see no difference on mobile. :(
ruffin
546 days ago
it was just a bug for a few hours. normal size now.
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alt_text_bot
546 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
786 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
786 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
784 days ago
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how to identify a meteorite (be sure to check the mouse-over).
San Francisco, CA
manderay
785 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
786 days ago
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https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/regmaglypt
alt_text_bot
786 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
968 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
974 days ago
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Arctic weather
Asia, EU, Africa
kbrint
974 days ago
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Kelvin.
minderella
974 days ago
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We just don't have enough ascot weather days here in Sacramento.
jimwise
974 days ago
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Yup.
satadru
975 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
975 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
975 days ago
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I'm the friend that does this on purpose.
Moses Lake, WA
alt_text_bot
975 days ago
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"Radians Fahrenheit or radians Celsius?" "Uh, sorry, gotta go!"
eraycollins
975 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
975 days ago
ascot weather, jodhpurs weather, hennin weather, morphsuit weather, shako weather, brogues weather, crinoline weather, havelock weather...
fxer
974 days ago
I'm going to guess you own more than one cape, tdarby
austinstorm
967 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
1218 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
1218 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
1218 days ago
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It's only a matter of time, really...
Ohio
astw56
1218 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
1218 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
1400 days ago
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What's the unlabelled one? I doubt it's a mistake.
Brighton, UK
Ironica
1400 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
1399 days ago
Bottom left of 2000s
Ironica
1399 days ago
Sure enough. Huh, interesting.
ChuckMcM
1399 days ago
Ariane 5 (Ariane 4 is 16 horses, original 5 is 21 horses)
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mareino
1400 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
1400 days ago
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Atlanta, GA
skittone
1399 days ago
I'd rather have a space elevator than tethered surveillance blimps and whatnot.
sfrazer
1400 days ago
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Just in time for the KSP beta!
Chicago
Cafeine
1400 days ago
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<3
Paris / France
mchahn
1398 days ago
Where can I get a version of the graphic big enough to read?
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