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Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Some links to Iron Monkey blog (Tom_Good1 at excite.com) - a few sample posts:
Boycott Arabic Numerals: Remember IX-XI
A friend of mine suggests that if America can rename French Fries as "Freedom Fries," then what we really ought to do to take a stand against Middle Eastern terrorism is boycott Arabic numerals. He writes:
Actually, I was wondering why there was no post-9/11 backlash against Arabic numerals.
"Henceforth, 9/11 shall be written IX/XI"
- House resolution CCLXXXVI-B
I love the name IX-XI, because not only does it use Roman numerals, it is also a palindrome, and appears the same upside down. And it can be written using only 7 equal-length straight lines. It would make a good logo.
We debated how to represent binary numbers, since Roman numerals have no "0". I suggested "smiley face" for 1 and "frowning face" for 0, but he prefers "T" for 1 and "F" for 0.
Friday, March 14, 2003
The talk about Freedom Fries makes me think it's lucky that England supports the current U.S. policy. Otherwise, people would try to rename "English," and we would have to speak "Liberty Lingo" or "Coalitionagainstsaddamese." Actually, the perfect renaming for it would be newspeak.
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