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Comment: Re:duck or... (Score 4, Informative) 29

by daremonai (#48889223) Attached to: 10 New Rosetta Images Reveal Comet 67P In All Its Glory
That's 10^13 kg, of course.

So, it's heavier than a duck - in fact, since ducks average only a little over a kilogram, and the worldwide population of ducks is likely only on the order of a billion or so, it's heavier than all the ducks in the world put together.

On the other hand, its density implies it would float.

Hmm, I'd recommend burning it, just to be on the safe side. Perhaps the Sun can see to that.

Comment: Re:Surely, that's no pun (Score 2) 156

by daremonai (#48537845) Attached to: Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns
Yuen-Ren Chao was not protesting against pinyin (which didn't yet exist) or any other romanization scheme when he wrote the Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den. In fact, he was a key proponent of "National Romanization" (Guoyu Luomazi), one of pinyin's precurors.

He mostly intended it as a linguistic joke - if you've ever read any of his works, he can be quite amusing - and as a demonstration of how Chinese has changed over the millenia. In ancient Chinese, the poem would be more or less comprehensible (although still a little odd here and there), but in modern Mandarin, so many sounds have converged together, that it just sounds like gibberish.

Comment: Re:Silly season much (Score 1) 131

by daremonai (#47443885) Attached to: Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction
The 1 child law is being eased somewhat, but still, with unmarried parents, there would have been very strong pressure to get an abortion. Which is why I'm a bit skeptical about the story myself.

I watched the Chinese news broadcast, but, while it did feature prison interviews with both supposed parents, didn't really have a lot of details. Of course, there probably wouldn't be too many details given even if the story were true. Still, I found it less than convincing.

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