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#1 nickautomatic


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 11:04 PM

Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?

Why are cigarettes sold in gas stations when smoking is prohibited there?

Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?

If you can't drink and drive, why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor, and why do bars have parking lots?

Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the mornings?

If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?

If a cow laughed real hard, would milk come out her nose?

If nothing ever sticks to Teflon, how do they make Teflon stick to the pan?

If you tied buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped it from a height, what would happen?

If you're in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights?

Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

Why isn't "palindrome" spelled the same way backwards as it is forwards?

Why is it that when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it's called cargo?

If a black box in a plane is indestructible, why can't they make the whole plane out of it?

Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?

Why is it so hard to remember how to spell 'mnemonic'?

If someone invented instant water, what would they mix it with?

Why is it called a TV "set" when you only get one?

Why does your nose run and your feet smell?

Why does an alarm clock "go off" when it begins ringing?

If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress?

Why does "cleave" mean both split apart and stick together?

Why is it, whether you sit up or sit down, the result is the same?

Why is there an expiry date on my sour cream container?

Why call it a building if it's already been built?

Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

How do you know when it's time to tune your bagpipes?

Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?

Does 'virgin wool' come from sheep the shepherd hasn't caught yet?

If the front of your car says 'DODGE', do you really need a horn?

What do sheep count when they can't get to sleep?

When you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn?

Does fuzzy logic tickle?

Do blind Eskimos heave seeing-eye sled dogs?

Do they have reserved parking for non-handicap people at the Special Olympics?

How come wrong numbers are never busy?

Do radioactive cats have 18 half-lives?

Why call it "take" a dump, when you leave something behind?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Why do we call it a hot water heater if the water is already hot?

If you throw a cat out a car window does it become kitty litter?

If corn oil comes from corn, where does baby oil come from?

If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex in the box?

How do they get a deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?

Is there another word for thesaurus?

Is the color orange called that because it's the color of the fruit of the same name, or was the fruit called orange because that's its color? Which came first, the color or the fruit?

After eating, do amphibians have to wait one hour before getting out of the water?

How can there be self-help "groups"?

If white wine goes with fish, do white grapes go with sushi?

If a mute swears, does his mother make him wash his hands with soap?

If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

Instead of talking to your plants, if you yelled at them would they still grow, but only to be troubled and insecure?

Is there another word for synonym?

Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice"?

Just before someone gets nervous, do they experience cocoons in their stomach?

It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

Why is a pear called a pear when there is only one?

What do they pack Styrofoam in?

Why did God give men nipples?

Is grass really greener on the other side?

Do boxer shorts box?

Why do you wear a pair of panties and only one bra?

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

Why is it called a "near miss" when you don't hit something?

When sign makers go on strike, is there anything written on their signs?

Before the light bulb was invented, what appeared over peoples heads when they had an idea?

If you spin an Oriental person around and around, does he become disorientated?

If a vegetable goes into a coma, is it called a person?

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

Why does the word monosyllabic contain five syllables?

If you wear an antennae to a wedding, would the reception be better?

Why is abbreviated such a long word?

If you put a chameleon in a mirrored box what color would it change to?

Why do people point to their wrist when they want to know the time? Do I point to my crotch when I want to know where the bathroom is?

Why is there an 's' in lisp?

If you were scared half to death twice, would you be 3/4 dead or 100% dead?

If the cops arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?

If you ate pasta and antipasti, would you still be hungry?

If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest end up drowning as well?

What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

If a man is standing in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?

If you asked a librarian where the books on self help were would they tell you, or would that defeat the purpose?

If ATM stands for Automatic Teller Machine, why do we call it an ATM machine? And if PIN stands for Personal Identification Number, why do we call it a PIN number?

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 11:16 AM

14: is what einstein asked before he worked out special relativity. If you are moving at the speed of light..... well you can't be moving at the speed of light because you have mass. If you are just below the speed of light time will have slowed enough for you that even though the speed of light might only be 1 metre per second faster than yours (according to a stationary distant observer) it will appear to you to still be rushing away at 3x10^8 m/s . Think of it like this, you are moving at c-1m/s so a distant observer sees the light from the headlights moving away from you at 1 metre per second. But for you time has slowed so much that you will have only measured 1/(3x10^8) seconds in the time it takes for the light to move 1 metre, so it still looks to you like it is at it's usual speed of 3x10^8 m/s. The lorentz contraction equation describes this. y=1/(sqrt(1-v^2/c^2))
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Posted 03 November 2014 - 12:42 PM

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 02:38 AM

If you really wan to know my thinking about this task, then i have some things to ponder which i mention here under :


1. How to end Poverty in our Country.

2. How to end Crime in our Country.

3. How to end unemployment in our Country.

4. How to teach poor children in our Country.

5. How to treatment poor people in our Country.





That's it.........................

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 01:53 PM

"If a black box in a plane is indestructible, why can't they make the whole plane out of it?"
Firstly it's not indestructible, there have been incidences where thye have been destroyed but secondly it's strength is due to it's small size. From simple geometry we see that smaller objects have greater surface to volume ratios than larger one's of the same shape, so smaller things tend to be stronger. Also i would imagine the materials from which black boxes (usually painted orange for ease of finding) are made are too dense to be used right across an aircraft's structure and it still be able to generate enough lift to counteract the vastly increase mass and get off the ground in the first place.

"Do radioactive cats have 18 half-lives?"
NO, you start with a large population of "radioactive cats", after whatever period their half-life is half the cats are still alive, after two half lives, a quarter of them still live, aftr three half lives it's gone down to an eigth surivivng, but it never goes to zero so if your initial population of "radioactive cats" was large enough then after many trillions of years you would still have a survivor(if you stick strictly to the mathemtics of the model). Half lives occur in any and every random decay mechanism and are a natural consequence of negative exponentials, you could talk about the half life of a food product (the date at which half the samples will be too rotten/mouldy to pleasnatly eat but half are still ok) or the half life of a mdeicne in the human body(how many hours from a patient taking it until half of the initial molecules are still in the blood but half have been reacted away into aomething else). The only requirement to cause half lives is the differential equation dN/dt=-(constant)*N

"If you were scared half to death twice, would you be 3/4 dead or 100% dead?"
great, more exponentials! It's 3/4 not 105 as one assumes that "scared half to death" implies the halving of your current state rather than halving of an initial reference state.

"If ATM stands for Automatic Teller Machine, why do we call it an ATM machine? And if PIN stands for Personal Identification Number, why do we call it a PIN number?"
Like the GIF image format...

"Is there another word for thesaurus?"
Obsolete, we have the internet...

Here's a nasty one for you to ponder:
What is 0^0? Any other number to the power zero would be one, but zero to the power of any other number would be zero...You might think you have found a solution and a reason leading up to it, but so will someone else and they'll have a different answer...

Edited by rp88, 11 December 2014 - 02:08 PM.

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