The Stupidest Thing You've Ever Heard

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"I don't beleive in all that science stuff, it's all lies."

I replied by asking why she beleived in a book with no evidence and she did not reply. IT'S SO FRUSTRATING.

milkoy:

Ekonk:
I seem to remember quite vividly that the whole point of 'asymptotic' (spelling?) was that it would get closer and closer to the axis, but never actually hit it.

Of course, dealing with infinity is a bit hard since it's a very abstract thing.

Yes; it hits it at infinity. When you divide 1 by zero. Q.E.D

And also, your point about how "we would probably live in a very odd universe" also hardly has any merit. For example, if you take a black hole, it, at its singularity, scientifically, has an volume of zero, as, with current measurements, the result will always be zero, nothing you can do about it. This means that it has an infinite density, from p=m/v, hence its massive gravity.

Dividing by zero is something that must be taken into account in physics, the laws break down when zeros and infinities are introduced.

EDIT:

Also, I think it was a bit of a fucking dick move to go and call what I said "The Stupidest Thing You've Ever Heard", when you have got no actual evidence to prove me wrong, and then, when I go and show I am right, you go and brush it off.

Hey man, I was always taught it was impossible to divide by zero. Also, you use circular logic. You're saying that 1/0 = infinity. You defend this by saying that an asymptotic line hits at infinity, and you back this up by saying 1/0 = infinity. Am I missing something here?

Then there's of course the fatal flaw that if 1/0 = infinity, then 0 * infinity = 1. However, it isn't. 0 times anything is 0.

Aaaand of course the fact that an asymptotic line gets closer and closer and doesn't hit, not even at infinity. It gets infinitely close, but it isn't zero.

"You know, you should go green and try walking to school instead of driving since every time you press down the gas pedal one thousand people die."

She then called me a murderer for telling her she completely made that up. Our debate continued for at least 15 minutes longer with her also saying that everyone should go back to horse drawn carts...

Anything having to do with religion.

Seriously, people, what the hell?

bwaremypower:
If it wasn't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college.

Hmmm... What's that supposed to mean? Let's figure this shit out..

*Nosebleed*

In all seriousness though:

milkoy:

Sennz0r:
I once heard someone try to explain to our maths teacher that you can in fact divide by 0, using dividing pizza to further explain his theory. It was so stupid I can't even remember the specifics.

You can divide by zero; the result is infinity.

damn ninjad

Ekonk:

milkoy:

Ekonk:
I seem to remember quite vividly that the whole point of 'asymptotic' (spelling?) was that it would get closer and closer to the axis, but never actually hit it.

Of course, dealing with infinity is a bit hard since it's a very abstract thing.

Yes; it hits it at infinity. When you divide 1 by zero. Q.E.D

And also, your point about how "we would probably live in a very odd universe" also hardly has any merit. For example, if you take a black hole, it, at its singularity, scientifically, has an volume of zero, as, with current measurements, the result will always be zero, nothing you can do about it. This means that it has an infinite density, from p=m/v, hence its massive gravity.

Dividing by zero is something that must be taken into account in physics, the laws break down when zeros and infinities are introduced.

EDIT:

Also, I think it was a bit of a fucking dick move to go and call what I said "The Stupidest Thing You've Ever Heard", when you have got no actual evidence to prove me wrong, and then, when I go and show I am right, you go and brush it off.

Hey man, I was always taught it was impossible to divide by zero. Also, you use circular logic. You're saying that 1/0 = infinity. You defend this by saying that an asymptotic line hits at infinity, and you back this up by saying 1/0 = infinity. Am I missing something here?

Then there's of course the fatal flaw that if 1/0 = infinity, then 0 * infinity = 1. However, it isn't. 0 times anything is 0.

Aaaand of course the fact that an asymptotic line gets closer and closer and doesn't hit, not even at infinity. It gets infinitely close, but it isn't zero.

Okay, I'll give you another example, for a simple y=mx + c straight line graph, a flat, horizontal line, has a gradient of zero. Simple maths. Likewise, a vertical line has a gradient of infinity. This means that if you multiply both graphs together, you must get a y=x graph, which you do, as, you said it yourself "0 * infinity = 1". So, yes, what you said about that is correct, backing up my point.

d(-_-)b

How did you make that backward's b?

Someone once called one of my posts "genocidal".

My brother and I were playing Left 4 Dead for the first time. My bro saw "Bill killed Hunter" appear on the screen, and he asked "Who's Hunter?"

child of lileth:
"Final Fanatasy XIII has so much exploration. I was like , 'I don't even know where to go. I'm gonna get lost' XD" - Some Gamefaqs forum poster, on a Star Ocean forum.

According to what I heard, FFXIII does have exploration.

You just have to get really, really far into the game.

Other than the stories I've read here on similar threads...

Julianking93:
Anything having to do with religion.

Seriously, people, what the hell?

This

My family was making fun of my sister, calling her ignorant.
She didn't know what ignorant meant, and she said she didn't care.

Fail.

milkoy:

Ekonk:

milkoy:

Ekonk:
I seem to remember quite vividly that the whole point of 'asymptotic' (spelling?) was that it would get closer and closer to the axis, but never actually hit it.

Of course, dealing with infinity is a bit hard since it's a very abstract thing.

Yes; it hits it at infinity. When you divide 1 by zero. Q.E.D

And also, your point about how "we would probably live in a very odd universe" also hardly has any merit. For example, if you take a black hole, it, at its singularity, scientifically, has an volume of zero, as, with current measurements, the result will always be zero, nothing you can do about it. This means that it has an infinite density, from p=m/v, hence its massive gravity.

Dividing by zero is something that must be taken into account in physics, the laws break down when zeros and infinities are introduced.

EDIT:

Also, I think it was a bit of a fucking dick move to go and call what I said "The Stupidest Thing You've Ever Heard", when you have got no actual evidence to prove me wrong, and then, when I go and show I am right, you go and brush it off.

Hey man, I was always taught it was impossible to divide by zero. Also, you use circular logic. You're saying that 1/0 = infinity. You defend this by saying that an asymptotic line hits at infinity, and you back this up by saying 1/0 = infinity. Am I missing something here?

Then there's of course the fatal flaw that if 1/0 = infinity, then 0 * infinity = 1. However, it isn't. 0 times anything is 0.

Aaaand of course the fact that an asymptotic line gets closer and closer and doesn't hit, not even at infinity. It gets infinitely close, but it isn't zero.

Okay, I'll give you another example, for a simple y=mx + c straight line graph, a flat, horizontal line, has a gradient of zero. Simple maths. Likewise, a vertical line has a gradient of infinity. This means that if you multiply both graphs together, you must get a y=x graph, which you do, as, you said it yourself "0 * infinity = 1". So, yes, what you said about that is correct, backing up my point.

No man no. It simply doesn't hold up. You can multiply zero as many goddamn times as you please, but it will never ever become one.

Ekonk:
No man no. It simply doesn't hold up. You can multiply zero as many goddamn times as you please, but it will never ever become one.

Look; vertical gradient is infinity, a horizontal gradient is 0. A diagonal gradient is 1. Its just maths. You can't just say that it "simply doesn't hold up".

Yes, infinity isn't a true number, but that wasn't what I was saying, I was saying it was possible to divide by zero. Now, please, don't go belittling people for the sake of it. I used to think you had some decent contributions to this forum, not just throwing out insults like a damn 13 year old.

I'm finding myself hard pressed to think of any specific story, but I'd say any argument made by extremists, especially of the religious type, and those unwilling to change their dated world views.
Take for example, people who firmly believe:

- drilling offshore was a good idea. (Is it really that hard to stop the leak? Have you tried Duct Tape?)
- Violent Media is the downfall of humanity.
- Video Games are not art.
- Pokemon are soul corrupting demons.
- Evolution is false and should not be taught.
- Faith is a viable replacement for Fact.
- that Obama is a Socialist, Progressives are evil, and that we are all becoming Nazis because we want National Healthcare. (Really, anyone who believes Glenn Beck.)
- that Electric Cars are not possible.

That actually brings me to a story actually where I had to convince my grandma that Electric Cars do have gauges that inform you when you're low on charge. She assumed they wouldn't and that they run out unexpectedly.

And as one last bit before I wrap this up.
A:

socialmenace42:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJuNgBkloFE

Not just stupid but some of the funniest ignorance I've ever seen

This literally made me plant my face on my desk, cry, and laugh all at once.

and B:

MCDeltaT:
My Sister (14): "When I get a pet I'm going to get a dragon"

Me: "Dragon's are fictional"

My Sister: "Yeah, that doesn't mean they aren't real"

This post is adorable, I could picture a little kid saying this and just thinking "That is Awesome."

A girl in my previous class was always saying stupid things out of nowhere.

Like this one: "When a meteor hits earth, is that how an earthquake is created?" she asked our science teacher. To which the teacher just shook her head and said "Good lord Sanna".

milkoy:

Ekonk:
No man no. It simply doesn't hold up. You can multiply zero as many goddamn times as you please, but it will never ever become one.

Look; vertical gradient is infinity, a horizontal gradient is 0. A diagonal gradient is 1. Its just maths. You can't just say that it "simply doesn't hold up".

Yes, infinity isn't a true number, but that wasn't what I was saying, I was saying it was possible to divide by zero. Now, please, don't go belittling people for the sake of it. I used to think you had some decent contributions to this forum, not just throwing out insults like a damn 13 year old.

Just wanted to point that you're confusing regular numbers and functions. If an asymptote reaches zero at infinity, then you're talking about its limit. The limit of f(x) where f(x) = 1/x and x tends towards pozitive zero is infinity. Don't confuse this with dividing a number by zero.

milkoy:

Ekonk:
No man no. It simply doesn't hold up. You can multiply zero as many goddamn times as you please, but it will never ever become one.

Look; vertical gradient is infinity, a horizontal gradient is 0. A diagonal gradient is 1. Its just maths. You can't just say that it "simply doesn't hold up".

Yes, infinity isn't a true number, but that wasn't what I was saying, I was saying it was possible to divide by zero. Now, please, don't go belittling people for the sake of it. I used to think you had some decent contributions to this forum, not just throwing out insults like a damn 13 year old.

I don't recall insulting you. Anyway, my mind is not the best mathematical instrument. What you say about gradients is beyond me - although that might be a language barrier as well. Perhaps you're right, and perhaps you aren't. I know I haven't got a clue anymore. Well, I've got clues, but not enough to still stick to one point. Anyway, sorry about nominating you for the 'stupidest thing you've ever heard'-thread. (Hey, could that be the insult you meant?)

I say we bury the mathematical and barely comprehensible hatchet. What say you, brother?

MCDeltaT:
My Sister (14): "When I get a pet I'm going to get a dragon"

Me: "Dragon's are fictional"

My Sister: "Yeah, that doesn't mean they aren't real"

That reminds me of a guy at my school who told everyone he had a pet dragon named Gasket, and the we couldn't see it because we "didn't believe", I had known him previously and he didn't seem like a borderline schizophrenic or anything this was just right out of the blue.

OT: I'd have to say a lot of religious fundamentalists on the internet there was a Cracked article called "The Most Half-Assed Apologies For Terrible Events" or something like that, it mentioned that the Catholic Church were assholes in the middle ages and the pope's (I forget which pope but not the current one) modern day apology was kind of lame.
Here were some comments
"I thought the church already knew the Earth was round"
Response: "No Galileo told them that it orbited the sun which is obviously doesn't"

"Science is a lie, the Earth is flat and the sun and planets revolved around it."
And some of the most racist shit I've ever read as well.

Overheard a few years ago, in Woolworths.

Customer: Excuse me? I brought a copy of this DVD (holds up Pan's Labrynth (sp?)) and it's in a foreign language. Can I get the English version?

Shopkeeper: No, sorry ma'm. That film only comes in Spanish.

Customer: But I want the English version.

Shopkeeper: There is no English version.

That discussion carried on for a while...

Le-a, pronounce that name. You are probably wrong. Because "the dash don't be silent", it is pronounce Ledasha.

Drakmeire:
when I got in a 7 minute argument with a girl who claimed Europe was a country and that Britain Spain Germany and every other area in Europe are states. way to go public school system.

To be fair she isn't entirely wrong. A State is another word for country(though that is getting to be outdated). Also, Europe is getting pretty close to the U.S. with the EU forming and whatnot.

Chaos Marine:
d(-_-)b

How did you make that backward's b?

Hi fellow bash goer!

I read this story about a kid who had brought a .22 to school. An elementary school, and it went off in his desk, and they don't know why? Um yeah he pulled the trigger, guns don't go off by themselves.

'Always Bet on Duke.'

One of my sister's friends had a pretty epic one recently. When asked if she knew what the Immaculate Conception was:

'It's when you have really nice skin isn't it?'

I needed a moment to lie down.

For a bonuc point and a cookie, what is the Immaculate Conception according to Catholic Dogma?

ooh a good one i heard was "do you know where Romans come from?" "Romania obviously" it was a real facepalm moment

Anything religious people say is fucking hilariously stupid XD

Blind Sight:
I was playing Mass Effect 2 and when your ship does a bit of a crash landing, it kinda makes a sound like the old transformers transforming noise. My former roommate: "Wow, they ripped off the transformers sound, this game sucks, it can't do anything original." he's also commented on how it sucks because it "has too much talking and not enough shooting." Gaming philistine.

EHKOS:
I didn't really hear it, but it went a little like this. "Hey guys, why don't we create a system where we have thousands of people. Then lets try to manage them all with one another and have different groups for some of them. Then after all that lets make it really hard for them to agree on things so that shit never gets done!"
-Creators of American Government

You think that's bad, you should see how the Canadian federal system is designed, it's just if not more broken then America's.

I think hes talking about the articales of confederation although i could be wrong.

OT: I once heard some one say that people who believe in god are going to hell for being gulliable.

Ham_authority95:

Subzerowings:
"Grammar and punctuation don't matter at all"
That one kills me.

fixed that for you.

OT: (usually told to musicians) "You're a sell-out because you make money!!"

/facepalm

Actually, that was intentional.
Ironic, isn't it?

This is in a GCSE History class. We were talking about the Jewish Genocide, and some idiotic girl from the back shouted:

"Is this actually real!?"

I wanted to go up to her and punch her in her tango'd face.

I met a woman who actually thought the sun and moon were the same thing.

Jayde111:
This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c6HsiixFS8&feature=related.

Oh man, that was hilarious. She even misspelled "constitutional rights" (besides other words). Surely she must be a genius, the last true free-willed human!

Ekonk:
I don't recall insulting you. Anyway, my mind is not the best mathematical instrument. What you say about gradients is beyond me - although that might be a language barrier as well. Perhaps you're right, and perhaps you aren't. I know I haven't got a clue anymore. Well, I've got clues, but not enough to still stick to one point. Anyway, sorry about nominating you for the 'stupidest thing you've ever heard'-thread. (Hey, could that be the insult you meant?)

I say we bury the mathematical and barely comprehensible hatchet. What say you, brother?

Sure thing man, sorry about all that

in science class,we and our parents had to sign a permission slip, 2 kids in my class put their names in both Student and Parent signature.
*Edit* Oh, and there is this guy in my english class that, RIGHT AFTER THE TEACHER SAYS WHAT WERE DOING, he says "Hey, what are we doing?" to a friend next to him.

Deshara:
Correct, actually. How many zeroes does it take to make a non-zero number?

Which non-zero number? For two different non-zero numbers, is the number of zeroes needed different? (Hint: there exists no correct answer because the question is nonsense.)
1/0 is not equal to infinity; it is undefined. It makes intuitive sense that it should be infinity, but quite a lot of mathematics concepts will break intuition in half over the knee if you learn the conclusion before you learn the derivation. In this instance, intuition gives the wrong answer because of the assumption that infinity is a number. Infinity is not a number and does not follow the same rules.

milkoy:
an asymptotal curve hits the y axis at infinity

There is no such thing as "at infinity". There is nowhere on the number line you can point to and say, "Infinity is here." See above; infinity doesn't play by the same rules as numbers.
All of the examples you give assume that a truism of an operation (such as multiplication, division) on the real numbers is still true if you're operating on infinity. This assumption has no basis in mathematic proof. When one of your operands is infinity, not even the most basic things like a*b = b*a remain true.

milkoy:
vertical gradient is infinity

"Vertical gradient" has no meaning. A vertical line is undefined at all horizontal coordinates less one. This does not satisfy the definition of "gradient".

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