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Old 03-24-15, 09:16 PM
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How about the question....... "Does this make me look fat?"
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Old 03-25-15, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by choteau View Post
How about the question....... "Does this make me look fat?"
Sometimes it's answering that's stupid
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Old 03-25-15, 11:49 AM
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The answer to the "Does this make me look fat?" question is another question: "Do I look suicidal?"
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Old 03-25-15, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Sometimes it's answering that's stupid
Personal experience: Sometimes, a long pause is the worst possible answer, regardless of what you say or don't say after the pause.
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The best answer to the question "does this make me look fat" is always no. It is honest and inoffensive. I mean, if you look fat it isn't the fault of the clothes...
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Old 03-28-15, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Crashogre View Post
The answer to the "Does this make me look fat?" question is another question: "Do I look suicidal?"
Wrong! The answer is, "No."
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Old 03-28-15, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Spoke View Post
And here is another diagram:

http://bikebarn.ucdavis.edu/wp-conte...ke-diagram.png

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i want this one on another t-shirt....
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Old 03-28-15, 08:02 AM
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Why is there air?
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Old 03-28-15, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Stupid for you, but not for the student. Because it would be worse if he missed the test
Correct. And another question is why wasn't the student paying attention?

I also don't think any question is stupid. i certainly have asked my share of questions here on BF. The most recent was how can someone possible be able to objectively tell one tire is faster than another with a power meter? I didn't think that was possible with all the possible variables. I immediately got two answers that politely gave me the answer.
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Old 03-28-15, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by modelmartin View Post
Why is there air?
That's easy. To keep tires inflated.
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Old 03-28-15, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by modelmartin View Post
Why is there air?
Take it from a planetary scientist (me), that is very far from a stupid question. It is a deep question.

Not all planets have atmospheres and among those that do, ours (80% nitrogen, 20% oxygen, or "air"), is extremely unusual and arose from a complex series of processes.
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Old 03-28-15, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
Take it from a planetary scientist (me), that is very far from a stupid question. It is a deep question.

Not all planets have atmospheres and among those that do, ours (80% nitrogen, 20% oxygen, or "air"), is extremely unusual and arose from a complex series of processes.
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“Not all planets have atmospheres and among those that do, ours (80% nitrogen, 20% oxygen, or "air"), is extremely unusual and arose from a complex series of processes”
Ya I’m going to guess plants evolving on earth had a lot to do with it.


As a happily married 50+ man I will take on the easer question
"Does this make me look fat?"
The answer is (your hair looks nice have you lost weight?)
This will work for lots of questions.


Someone being self conscious about their appearance is pretty common and if they are fishing for reassurance that they look ok to ride in that outfit give it to them, if weight is their issue riding more will likely help.


The OPs question “what is a seat stay?” easy to Google the answer but that’s not very social why not ask a forum and start a conversation with humans? or is that a stupid question?
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Old 03-28-15, 07:04 PM
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“Not all planets have atmospheres and among those that do, ours (80% nitrogen, 20% oxygen, or "air"), is extremely unusual and arose from a complex series of processes”
Ya I’m going to guess plants evolving on earth had a lot to do with it.
Obviously that's a good guess. But for the first 2 billion years after photosynthesis began, the O2 content of the atmosphere pretty much stayed at <1%. Then suddenly about 600 million years ago, it jumped up to ~20%. And all of this was before the advent of land plants, which didn't happen until about 500 million years ago. Of course, it was also before the advent of cyclists, who are all grateful that they don't have to pedal up hills breathing in air with only 1% O2. Some of those cyclists may fantasize about the stats they could put up if there were, say, 30% O2 in air.

And the nitrogen part is also interesting - The dominant gas in the atmosphere of Venus and Mars is CO2, not N2.

I'm sure few (none?) of you care about any of this, but definitely some of the most obvious (seemingly stupid) questions are very deep.

Or as Pete Townshend wrote, "The simple things you see are all complicated."

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Old 03-29-15, 01:20 AM
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Maybe some ocean plant became very successful and took off in a hurry 600 million years ago and our nitrogen was part of the protoplanetary disk made up of Carl Sagan’s Starstuff, held in place by our gravity(why does mass attract other mass? now there is a question) and Earth’s Magnetic Field. Before I posted that quick answer I Googled it so as to not sound too stupid(hate that word) and I see Earth’s nitrogen is different than what we have found out there. Hmmm so I’m not going to fill my bike tires with Earth’s strange nitrogen at least not until you planetary scientist can tell me Why is there air.


For any none planetary scientists who want to know more I found this site but I will need to look up some of the big words.
http://sciexplorer.blogspot.com/2012/01/earths-atmosphere-part-4-evolution-of.html


thanks’ MinnMan you have made this a fun thread




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by held in place by Earth’s Magnetic Field i meant but blasted way by the suns solar winds
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Old 03-29-15, 06:32 AM
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Why is there air?
Easy....so humans could breath it and ask questions
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Bill Engvall has made a career out of stupid questions...

Here's your sign!
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