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What irrational fears do you have?

fred rosenberger
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Personally, I'm afraid of numbers that can't be written as fractions.


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Paul Clapham
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That sounds irrational to me, too. But with the aid of meditation when the fear comes on, it could become... transcendental!
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Jim Yingst
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[Fred]: Personally, I'm afraid of numbers that can't be written as fractions.

How do you feel about π/2?


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fred rosenberger
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ok, so your over-analyzing the joke, which i guess i should have expected from a bunch of computer geeks.

I just thought the joke would be lost if i said

"I'm afraid of numbers that can't be written as fractions m/n where m and n are both integers, and n != 0"
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Sure, but then there'd be nothing for us to discuss.
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So, are you afraid of pie?

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marc weber
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Originally posted by Fred Rosenberger:
...and n != 0

Well, zero factorial is defined to be one. So in order for n! to be 0... Uh... :roll:
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Irrational fear ? Like having nostril hairs popping out ?


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marc weber
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Originally posted by Christophe Verre:
Irrational fear ? Like having nostril hairs popping out ?

Hey, that is NOT irrational!

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Marc Peabody
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Originally posted by marc weber:
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We are no longeeeer the knights who say e! We are now the knights who say 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640
6286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359
4081284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756659334
4612847564823378678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726
0249141273724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011
3305305488204665213841469519415116094330572703657595919530921861173819326
1179310511854807446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912983367336
24406566430860213949463952247371907021798609437!
[ September 13, 2007: Message edited by: Marc Peabody ]

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Rahul Bhattacharjee
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After I lock my house and go away .I always have something running in my brain saying that I haven't locked the door properly.


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Arvind Mahendra
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I have to check my zipper every 5 minutes or so to ensure it really IS zipped.


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Eugene Abarquez
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I always make it a point that the blanket is covering my two feet when I sleep at night because of the fear that somebody might grab it.


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M Easter
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Great thread, Fred

re: locking doors. When going to bed, I check the lock and say "it's locked on [Monday|Tuesday|etc]" out loud so that I remember later when I'm in bed and dozing off

re: 2 feet under sheets. That's not irrational ;-P There's no way my feet are sticking out

My main fear is of losing my sight. (really)

My main habit is writing out the letters "O", "C", and "D" exactly 100 times after I shower. I would do it "e x 100" times but I'm scared of irrational numbers too.


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John Smith
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Originally posted by M Easter:
My main habit is writing out the letters "O", "C", and "D" exactly 100 times after I shower.


Order of Discalced Carmelites? It sounds like you are obsessive-compulsive.
M Easter
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the last one was a joke, in the vein of Stephen Wright
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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