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kucharek
2003-Feb-24, 11:00 AM
Well, not neccessarily bad astronomy, but because astronomers are pretty well used to using greek letters:

If you look at the movie poster, they use the greek letter sigma Σ as an E.

http://us.imdb.com/Posters?0259446

Would be interesting to hear from the BA what he read when he saw the poster the first time.
"Grssk? What the hell is a Grssk wedding???"

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Harald

PS: The real fun would have started if spelling the Σ correctly in a word where it is replacing an E would have turned the word into something, er, foul or vulgar...

DaveOlden
2003-Feb-24, 01:37 PM
On 2003-02-24 06:00, kucharek wrote:
Well, not neccessarily bad astronomy, but because astronomers are pretty well used to using greek letters:


... not that you slipped this in on a technicality or anything...

while we're (barely) on the subject.. since I'm a lay person, not a scientist, it is truly "all Greek to me!"

irony
2003-Feb-24, 03:46 PM
Oh, dear. And another threat slips into the opun pits of despair...

Not that this one really had anywhere else to go. ^_^

tracer
2003-Feb-25, 02:58 AM
Reminds me of a personalized license plate I saw on a Christian's car:

IXOYE

Yes, yes, I know an English X looks like a Greek chi, and O, Y, and E look kinda-sorta like theta, upsilon, and sigma -- but if you're gonna put it in the Roman alphabet, you should transliterate it! That license plate shoulda read "ICHTHUS".

g99
2003-Feb-25, 03:11 AM
On 2003-02-24 21:58, tracer wrote:
Reminds me of a personalized license plate I saw on a Christian's car:

IXOYE

Yes, yes, I know an English X looks like a Greek chi, and O, Y, and E look kinda-sorta like theta, upsilon, and sigma -- but if you're gonna put it in the Roman alphabet, you should transliterate it! That license plate shoulda read "ICHTHUS".


I don't get it. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_confused.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_confused.gif

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nebularain
2003-Feb-25, 04:36 AM
On 2003-02-24 22:11, g99 wrote:


On 2003-02-24 21:58, tracer wrote:
Reminds me of a personalized license plate I saw on a Christian's car:

IXOYE

Yes, yes, I know an English X looks like a Greek chi, and O, Y, and E look kinda-sorta like theta, upsilon, and sigma -- but if you're gonna put it in the Roman alphabet, you should transliterate it! That license plate shoulda read "ICHTHUS".


I don't get it. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_confused.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_confused.gif

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Ask and ye shall receive! (http://www.safe-t-tank.com/What_Does_IXOYE_Mean/what_does_ixoye_mean.html) /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

g99
2003-Feb-25, 04:40 AM
Ahhhh!! I get it! Interesting...

irony
2003-Feb-25, 05:40 AM
I know somebody who has one of those on their car... only the fish has legs and the word in the middle is DARWIN. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

gethen
2003-Feb-25, 01:42 PM
I've even seen a sticker with the "Darwin fish" being consumed by a much larger "Jesus fish". Not sure what that means.

irony
2003-Feb-25, 02:53 PM
On 2003-02-25 08:42, gethen wrote:
I've even seen a sticker with the "Darwin fish" being consumed by a much larger "Jesus fish". Not sure what that means.


My guess at a translation would be either "I Support Censorship in the Name of God" or maybe "We Can Talk Louder than You Can, so Nyah!" /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

nebularain
2003-Feb-25, 03:25 PM
No, it is taken from the account in Exodus where Moses throws down his staff and it turns into a serpent and the Egyptian magicians do the same with their staffs, but Moses' snake/staff eats the three other snakes/staffs. Moses then picks up the tail of the snake and it turns back into a staff.

I know, I can hear you all laughing, but that's where the idea comes from.

daver
2003-Feb-25, 06:20 PM
On 2003-02-24 21:58, tracer wrote:
Reminds me of a personalized license plate I saw on a Christian's car:

IXOYE

Yes, yes, I know an English X looks like a Greek chi, and O, Y, and E look kinda-sorta like theta, upsilon, and sigma -- but if you're gonna put it in the Roman alphabet, you should transliterate it! That license plate shoulda read "ICHTHUS".


I saw an ichthys fish with the fish mounted upside down (the upsilon was inverted (a downsilon?)). I got quite a laugh off of it, but then, i'm easily amused.

irony
2003-Feb-25, 09:52 PM
On 2003-02-25 10:25, nebularain wrote:
No, it is taken from the account in Exodus where Moses throws down his staff and it turns into a serpent and the Egyptian magicians do the same with their staffs, but Moses' snake/staff eats the three other snakes/staffs. Moses then picks up the tail of the snake and it turns back into a staff.


Ah, okay, so I was right. It's a statement of 'he who talks louder wins.' /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

tracer
2003-Feb-25, 11:41 PM
Sometimes, instead of seeing the Darwin Fish getting eaten by a bigger fish with "JESUS" written in it, I'll see a bumper-sticker or metal ourline of the Darwin Fish getting eaten by a bigger fish with "TRUTH" written in it.

I guess some people think that Natural Selection and Common Descent aren't truthful.

Wiley
2003-Feb-25, 11:56 PM
For those who are wondering where to get these lovely fish emblems, try evolvefish.com (http://www.evolvefish.com/). In particular the emblems (http://www.evolvefish.com/fish/emblems.html) section. For those who feel this thread no longer has any relevance to astronomy, they have lovely little alien and UFO fish. (Yeah, I'm reachin' ...)

tracer
2003-Feb-26, 12:09 AM
As if a "G-R-Sigma-Sigma-K wedding" had any relevance to astronomy to begin with. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

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Wiley
2003-Feb-26, 12:33 AM
On 2003-02-25 19:09, tracer wrote:
As if a "G-R-Sigma-Sigma-K wedding" had any relevance to astronomy to begin with. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

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Heh heh. Good point. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

gethen
2003-Feb-26, 01:47 PM
Reaching even further for legitimacy--the stars in constellations are generally identified by greek letters according to their apparent magnitude--so there you have it!

kilopi
2003-Feb-26, 03:03 PM
O, and star names (Betelguese, Spica, etc) use the same characters that are used in most movie titles. So, it makes sense.

Ba Witda
2003-Feb-26, 06:00 PM
Ba particularly enjoys the Darwin Fish bumper stickers and t-shirts. Ba supports the theory of evolution, and they can have his opposable thumb when they pry it from his cold dead hand. After all, if they outlaw the theory of evolution, only outlaws will evolve.

tracer
2003-Feb-26, 07:59 PM
Great! Let's outlaw the theory of gravity, then. It'll make it a lot cheaper to get to other planets.

tracer
2003-Feb-26, 08:01 PM
On 2003-02-26 10:03, kilopi wrote:
O, and star names (Betelguese, Spica, etc) use the same characters that are used in most movie titles. So, it makes sense.

Waaaaait a minute ... Betelgeuse and Spica are Arabic names. That means they should properly be spelled with Arabic characters. I haven't seen very many Movie titles with Arabic characters in them.

irony
2003-Feb-27, 02:10 AM
On 2003-02-26 14:59, tracer wrote:
Great! Let's outlaw the theory of gravity, then. It'll make it a lot cheaper to get to other planets.


Yeah, but then the atmosphere would disperse into space and we'd all suffocate. You gotta be careful when repealing laws of nature. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

Ba Witda
2003-Feb-27, 03:32 AM
Yeah. Ba remembers the time he repealed the second law of thermodynamics. Then he tried to boil an egg. It wasn't pretty.

kilopi
2003-Feb-27, 06:19 AM
On 2003-02-26 15:01, tracer wrote:
Waaaaait a minute ... Betelgeuse and Spica are Arabic names. That means they should properly be spelled with Arabic characters.
So, like, they're like Bad Astronomy, right? Kewl.

kucharek
2003-Feb-27, 08:51 AM
Could the BA add a feature to the BB that the originator of a thread can lock it himself if he thinks it got out of control? /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

I started with Bad Greek and you guys turned it into something fishy... /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_razz.gif

Harald