Your help with an experiment please.

Discussion in 'History' started by nicolaou, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    argumentative
    victory over Europe day millions of americans would never have been born because their parents would have been exterminated.
    victory over japan day slightly similar but probably worked to death in death camps
    along with systemised mass rape the chances of the average american or brit or European being alive today is not soo great.

    20th century the day the Russian commander decided to not hit the launch button because of the computer glitch. the computer said it was a launch by the usa. but the commander thought it may be a glitch, went against standard protocol and decided not to launch

    Cuban missile crisis when the Russian sub commander decided not to launch the nuclear torpedo which would have likely triggered nuclear all out war
    when his orders were to launch if he lost radio contact etc... (seen several movies and read stuff on the internet)
    mind boggling
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Not sure if I'm flattered or offended.

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  5. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Since he set the start date at the 19th century, it seems likely that he intended a date in the 19th century (which, I now realize, would exclude my own suggestion).
     
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    That seems a tenuous assumption.

    I think the operative word is "since" (the beginning of the 19th century).
     
  8. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Sure, and if I say, "since sunrise", I don't mean, "since noon."

    I'd say the assumption is at least 50% good.

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  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Correct, you mean from sunrise until now.

    'since the beginning of the 19th century' means from the beginning of the 19th century until now.
    How is there any other interpretation?
     
  10. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I'm just saying, if you mean, "since noon," you don't say, "since sunrise," even if that includes everything since noon. And if you say, "since the beginning of the 19th century," you probably don't mean today. Why would you broaden the scope unnecessarily?
     
  11. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Right. Where has nicolaou got to? The answer is now 14.5 years overdue, and I want to know if it's coming soon. Once we have it, then I can leave.

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  12. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Ooh. What if 26 January was the date of nicolaou's death? That would explain why he never returned to give us THE ANSWER.

    Spooky! (Magical Realist is going to love this shit.)
     
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