September 07, 2014


I admit it, it's a challenge I can't pass by. XKCD has one element each from seven different seven-of-a-kind, and I can't identify them all.

Sneezy -- the seven dwarves, of course.
Phylum -- ?
Europe -- the seven continents (only Europe isn't really a continent)
Sloth -- the seven deadly sins
Guacamole -- ?
DataLink -- ?
Colossus of Rhodes -- the seven wonders of the ancient world

So I got four of them, what are the other three?

UPDATE: When I was a kid and we got taught that there were seven continents, it never made sense to me that Europe and Asia were considered separate continents. They sure don't look like it on the map. I say there are only six: Eurasia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, Antarctica.

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1 Scientific names of critters, as they were when people Randall's and my age were in school.  That 'domain' thing at the top that makes the 8th layer is new to me...

Layers of seven layer dip, which is an abomination unto appetizers, and better served as multiple dips.

And the OSI model.  I took network theory in college, and haven't used this knowledge since, since I only do physical-layer stuff in real life.  (Other than to understand this xkcd comic.)

Posted by: Mikeski at September 07, 2014 04:52 PM (luDkn)

2 ...and that Eurasia thing must be another sign of the engineering mindset.  I thought the same way.

"So, that little dotted line of Ural Mountains makes Europe into its own continent.  But the Rockies don't make Alaska into 'West America'?  The Himalayas don't cordon off a 'South Asia'? (It's just the 'Indian Subcontinent'?) How does that work?"

Posted by: Mikeski at September 07, 2014 05:40 PM (luDkn)


It was European arrogance, I finally concluded. Europeans deserved their own continent even if geology didn't cooperate. The dividing line turned out to be racial, not geological.

Europe was white; Asia was brown (or yellow). That was all there was to it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2014 06:37 PM (+rSRq)

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