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For the nerds: what’s wrong with this picture?

October 26, 2012

h/t Dave:

(Update! Rachel Schutt blogged about this same sign on October 2nd! Great nerd minds think alike :))

Also from the subway:

As my 10-year-old son says, the green guys actually look more endangered since

  1. their heads are disconnected from their bodies, and
  2. they are balancing precariously on single rounded stub legs.
Categories: musing
  1. JSE
    October 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

    They’re not balancing on stub legs, they’re actually pegged into the subway platform! Now _that_ is how to be a safe New Yorker.


  2. mathematrucker
    October 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I think the Venn diagram serves roughly the same purpose as a silicon chip does in a chip earring.


  3. Aaron
    October 26, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Maybe those labels just refer to the outer regions, and we are supposed to figure out how to describe the intersections.


  4. mathematrucker
    October 26, 2012 at 11:32 am

    A specific inflatable Pink Floyd prop comes to mind for the upper dark blue one.


  5. October 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

    1. People who would are a subset of people who don’t, yet both sets are the same size.
    2. There seems to be an intersect between people who work out and people who don’t work out. This is the same as drawing as drawing an intersection between people who are alive and people who are dead.
    3. I can continue but after 2 above it should become clear that this diagram was not well conceived.


  6. Thads
    October 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Nothing. Some of the regions are empty, that’s all.


  7. Gordon Henderson
    October 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Not nearly as nerdy as you… but is it b/c there’s no overlap (by definition) between either of the top two circles?



  8. Deborah gieringer
    October 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    What’s wrong with this picture is the whole notion of “working out.” There two great ways to get exercise if that’s what we’re talking about.
    — It’s built into your work. Be a farmer.
    –It’s built into your play. Yes, I’m convinced that everyone likes some form of movement. The “hard part” is finding a convenient time for it (before you’re exhausted by other demands), or finding someone else to enjoy it with.


  9. dot
    October 27, 2012 at 3:32 am

    My best guess it’s that it’s not a Venn diagram but a visual metaphor. If I think of it as intersections of groups of people sharing the same place or time it makes sense.

    Or may be I’m overthinking it and it was made by an artsy guy with dyscalculia, which is the simplest explanation.


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