If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(io9)   Have you had your miracle this month? Here comes the science   (io9.com) divider line 81
    More: Interesting, miracles, existence of God, discoverers  
•       •       •

10944 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Apr 2013 at 12:36 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



81 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-04-15 11:09:33 AM  
If that's true, then I am *waaaaaaaay* overdue.
 
2013-04-15 11:29:48 AM  
The only thing that comes to me once a month sure as hell isn't a miracle.
 
2013-04-15 11:33:07 AM  
Well, the deli in my predominantly Dominican neighborhood had Guinness cans in stock this weekend, so yes, I have.

Praise Jeebus.
 
2013-04-15 11:34:47 AM  

miss diminutive: The only thing that comes to me once a month sure as hell isn't a miracle.


No kidding. But then I tell myself at least it's not the other kind of miracle.
 
2013-04-15 11:53:48 AM  
He defined a miracle as an event that has a one in a million chance of happening.

So, he redefined a miracle as simply an improbability.
 
2013-04-15 12:02:39 PM  

miss diminutive: The only thing that comes to me once a month sure as hell isn't a miracle.


I think it's a miracle. Imagine - billions of years of evolution from simple amino-acids within a discrete membrane to today just so you can experience bloating and cramps once a month until you're in your 40s.
 
2013-04-15 12:37:57 PM  
I need a miracle every day.
 
2013-04-15 12:38:30 PM  
No miracle, I have had my curse of the week though...

/sunburn
//on top of a poison ivy rash
///it's warm outside!
 
2013-04-15 12:39:43 PM  
I thought only deadheads got regular "miracles".
 
2013-04-15 12:49:48 PM  
If you define God a certain way - in this case, as the greatest imaginable being in the universe - it's possible to prove God exist's.

www.angryflower.com
 
2013-04-15 12:50:17 PM  

RexTalionis: miss diminutive: The only thing that comes to me once a month sure as hell isn't a miracle.

I think it's a miracle. Imagine - billions of years of evolution from simple amino-acids within a discrete membrane to today just so you can experience bloating and cramps once a month until you're in your 40s.


I think it's a miracle considering I get my condoms at the the Dollar General.  It beats the alternative 'Miracle'.
 
2013-04-15 12:50:48 PM  

Sybarite: He defined a miracle as an event that has a one in a million chance of happening.

So, he redefined a miracle as simply an improbability.


By that reckoning, every single hand of poker is a miracle, because each distinct five-card hand has a one in 2.5 million chance of happening.  I think a little more research is needed here.

/OK, now the time I went in with pocket 3's against a guy who went all in with pocket aces and the flop came up 3-3-A...that was a miracle.
 
2013-04-15 12:50:58 PM  
I watched History of the World Part 1 so I'm all miracled out for now
 
2013-04-15 12:52:53 PM  

FatherChaos: If you define God a certain way - in this case, as the greatest imaginable being in the universe - it's possible to prove God exist's.


The apostrophe appeared all by itself... Its a miracle!

/ couldnt stop my'self
 
2013-04-15 12:54:24 PM  
A LITTLE behind would be a Miracle.
 
2013-04-15 12:54:53 PM  
Math is based on miracles.
farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2013-04-15 12:55:01 PM  
Nossir, but I have done six impossible things this morning.
 
2013-04-15 12:55:45 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: miss diminutive: The only thing that comes to me once a month sure as hell isn't a miracle.

No kidding. But then I tell myself at least it's not the other kind of miracle.


When I was a teenager, my girlfriend's miracle came very late one month..was for sure worried it was the other miracle.
 
2013-04-15 12:56:44 PM  
The exact distribution of cat food in the dish right now is all my miracles for the next few years, I think. Very unlikely that they would be exacty in the order and configuration that they are in, but with exactly zero consequences one way or another. So, yeah.
 
2013-04-15 12:59:53 PM  

bigstoopidbruce: Nossir, but I have done six impossible things this morning.


So why not round that off with a trip to Milliways?
 
2013-04-15 01:00:24 PM  
Then it isn't just a coincidence that Tom Wopat appears out of nowhere every 35 days and fists me without saying a word!
 
2013-04-15 01:01:56 PM  
Not yet, but according to my calendar it should start in the next week or so.
 
2013-04-15 01:04:08 PM  

FarkingReading: Then it isn't just a coincidence that Tom Wopat appears out of nowhere every 35 days and fists me without saying a mumbleing  word!

WKRP.

 
2013-04-15 01:05:33 PM  
no, maybe i'll double up and get two next month.
 
2013-04-15 01:05:55 PM  
The exact distribution of cat food in the dish right now is all my miracles for the next few years, I think. Very unlikely that they would be exacty in the order and configuration that they are in, but with exactly zero consequences one way or another. So, yeah.

For me it was a goofy double bounce thing that happened when I threw out a snot rag.

somehow the 1/1,000,000 definition of a miracle is a bit lacking.
 
2013-04-15 01:10:56 PM  
More "miraculous" things happen more frequently. The half-life of Potassium-40 is over a billion years, but every day some of the atoms in your body decay. The odds of that particular atom decaying on that day are something like 1:4.5e11?

/too lazy to look up the total amount of potassium in the body then do the arithmetic to calcuculate number of atoms and expected decays.
 
2013-04-15 01:12:05 PM  

Deucednuisance: I need a miracle every day.


And, lest anyone get the wrong idea, that's one of my least favorite Dead songs and it limns an aspect of Dead Culture that I find repellent.   There's nothing wrong with being excellent to each other, giving to and accepting from others with kindness.  But it also brings out the self-indulgent and graceless and the outright scammers and users.

And that's pretty much driven the joy out of that scene, for me.
 
2013-04-15 01:12:48 PM  
Wow.  Heard this kind of thing in church one day, though there it was being said seriously.

Pastor: "They say it's just a coincidence. Well then, I guess coincidences happen all the time." (tone was one of... pious sarcasm? I dunno. Some variation of smug though. Slowing speech and a big ending smile.)

Yeah... they do.  If you're paying enough attention and are not stupid, you will notice odd correlations everywhere. People at my church would regularly notice magical numbers like "7" all the time and be convinced that it was a sign from god.  As though the number 7 was so rare that it's appearance must be a divine act.
 
2013-04-15 01:19:52 PM  
How I'm able to pay the rent every month is a miracle to me.
 
2013-04-15 01:23:30 PM  
I don't know if I have had a  statistically improbable but completely possible event happen around me this month. Mostly because I am not sure what the likelihood of any given event is to happen so I can't say. I  mean I guess some things are unlikely, like that Pepsi I bought earlier this week was unlikely to be the Pepsi I bought, I mean you wouldn't have gone to the Pepsi plant and said to yourself "Anenu is going to buy this Pepsi" but then does that count? Or what about the food I eat coming from specific parts of specific plants/animals or the oxygen I breath being used by myself? Do these count as statistically improbable but completely possible events cause if so I have had a very large number happen this month and most days of my life in fact.
 
2013-04-15 01:24:17 PM  
Well if you see God in everything (as most religious people do) then anything that is coincidental is usually viewed as a miracle.

I was watching an episode of Modern Family last night (on DVD - the next episode in order that I've been watching) and there was a theme about leap years.  Then later that evening I was randomly watching 30 Rock on cable TV and they also had a leap year theme thing.  The chances of that happening are pretty low and I thought it was kind of weird but moved on. Things like this actually do tend to happen to me about once a month.  If I believed that God was responsible for everything in my life perhaps I would start connecting dots turning coincidences into miracles.
 
2013-04-15 01:31:50 PM  
lh4.googleusercontent.com
 
2013-04-15 01:32:02 PM  

RedTank: Well if you see God in everything (as most religious people do) then anything that is coincidental is usually viewed as a miracle.


falkone32: Pastor: "They say it's just a coincidence. Well then, I guess coincidences happen all the time."


Add "the miracle of birth". Because miraculous things often happen hundreds/thousands of times per day, with half the participants' effort represented by a 5-second jolt of ecstasy, in a millions-of-years-ongoing dance.

You can either see everything as a miracle, or have a really high bar to clear ("rivers running backwards" kind of things).
 
2013-04-15 01:36:38 PM  

RedTank: Well if you see God in everything (as most religious people do) then anything that is coincidental is usually viewed as a miracle.

I was watching an episode of Modern Family last night (on DVD - the next episode in order that I've been watching) and there was a theme about leap years.  Then later that evening I was randomly watching 30 Rock on cable TV and they also had a leap year theme thing.  The chances of that happening are pretty low and I thought it was kind of weird but moved on. Things like this actually do tend to happen to me about once a month.  If I believed that God was responsible for everything in my life perhaps I would start connecting dots turning coincidences into miracles.


God wants you to wonder why he gave us a calendar system that can't account for how much time the planet actually takes to complete an orbit of the sun.
 
2013-04-15 01:37:42 PM  
Replace the word "miracle" with "coincidental event" and it becomes much more easy to believe and relate to.
 
2013-04-15 01:37:45 PM  

Dr Dreidel: You can either see everything as a miracle, or have a really high bar to clear ("rivers running backwards" kind of things).


Yep, I woke up again today. That's miracle enough for me.
 
2013-04-15 01:38:03 PM  

Dr Dreidel: You can either see everything as a miracle, or have a really high bar to clear ("rivers running backwards" kind of things).


I don't believe in miracles, so I have no bar at all.  But it doesn't mean I don't feel lucky or happy when the universe aligns in such a way that I personally get to experience something unique.
 
2013-04-15 01:38:26 PM  
I like how the fact that events with infinitesimal probabilities occur quite frequently, means that there should be thousands of miracles observed per second. For instance if space is infinitely divisible, the fact that your mom's center of mass is located at her current xyz coordinates (for some arbitrary 3 dimensional grid) it is would have had a probability of 0+ a few seconds ago. Basically I'm saying it's a miracle your mom managed to get out of bed...
 
2013-04-15 01:39:04 PM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: God wants you to wonder why he gave us a calendar system that can't account for how much time the planet actually takes to complete an orbit of the sun.


Oh right, I see it now!  I'm so blessed...
 
2013-04-15 01:40:29 PM  

Dr Dreidel: "rivers running backwards"


Here you go: http://www.damninteresting.com/lake-peigneur-the-swirling-vortex-of-do om/


After three hours, the lake was drained of its 3.5 billion gallons of water. The water from the canal, now flowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, formed a 150-foot waterfall into the crater where the lake had been, filling it with salty ocean water.


/OK, OK... canal, river, whatever...
 
2013-04-15 01:42:55 PM  
it is probably not a miracle but I am happy that when my daughter wrecked her bike yesterday she was half an inch to the right so she didn't rip her eye out on the edge of the table.
 
2013-04-15 01:45:02 PM  

busy chillin': it is probably not a miracle but I am happy that when my daughter wrecked her bike yesterday she was half an inch to the right so she didn't rip her eye out on the edge of the table.


Where does one ride a bike around a table...?
 
2013-04-15 01:49:04 PM  
but i STILL haven't won the lottery
 
2013-04-15 01:49:16 PM  

RedTank: busy chillin': it is probably not a miracle but I am happy that when my daughter wrecked her bike yesterday she was half an inch to the right so she didn't rip her eye out on the edge of the table.

Where does one ride a bike around a table...?


on the patio.
 
2013-04-15 01:52:31 PM  

busy chillin': RedTank: busy chillin': it is probably not a miracle but I am happy that when my daughter wrecked her bike yesterday she was half an inch to the right so she didn't rip her eye out on the edge of the table.

Where does one ride a bike around a table...?

on the patio.


THAT'S GOT TO BE ONE BIG PATIO
 
2013-04-15 01:52:45 PM  
Improbable does not mean impossible.  I'd still be pretty stoked if I won the lottery, but I rarely buy a ticket.
 
2013-04-15 01:54:09 PM  

Sybarite: He defined a miracle as an event that has a one in a million chance of happening.

So, he redefined a miracle as simply an improbability.


Im glad someone else caught that. Doesnt seem like much,  but then this is Fark.

You have restored a little hope in humanity.
 
2013-04-15 01:54:16 PM  
2 BIG MACS FOR $3.70 ONLY AT MCDONALDS TAX DAY
 
2013-04-15 01:55:58 PM  
Well, considering that I've finally been cleared by my doctor to drive again after eight weeks of confinement in my house after a minor brain surgery, my miracle actually came this month.  I hope I remember how to drive.
 
2013-04-15 01:56:10 PM  

sloshed_again: busy chillin': RedTank: busy chillin': it is probably not a miracle but I am happy that when my daughter wrecked her bike yesterday she was half an inch to the right so she didn't rip her eye out on the edge of the table.

Where does one ride a bike around a table...?

on the patio.

THAT'S GOT TO BE ONE BIG PATIO


it's about 10 x 20. The bike has training wheels and she just got it on Saturday. But yeah, it is time to take it to the sidewalks.
 
Displayed 50 of 81 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report