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23 Responses to Approximate?

  1. Mel says:

    Spock has a tendency to estimate.

  2. bob_super says:

    Well, your usual estimate is 21 minutes 00 seconds 00 hundreds and you’re just too darn lazy to write that last part down.
    How is 14s a more specific estimate than 0s ?

    • Leigha says:

      You appear to have a fundamental misunderstanding of approximations.

      For example, the number 1,236 is approximately 1,000 (to the nearest thousand), 1,200 (to the nearest hundred), 1,240 (to the nearest ten), or 1,235 (to the nearest five).

      Twenty-one minutes is rounded to the nearest minute. It does not mean 21 minutes and 0 seconds any more than that approximately 1,200 actually means 1,200.

  3. Becca says:

    In everyday usage, saying 21 minutes 14 s is far too accurate for anybody that isn’t in the sciences, OCD, autistic, or some combination thereof. It’s not just about being lazy- most of us don’t have the need or ability to accurately measure mundane life details like waiting in line down to the second.

    • bob_super says:

      If that’s an answer for me, I know why this place is called “oddly” specific. I just like to try to find ways to rationalize things that shouldn’t be.
      Like the way people vote…

    • enoilgat says:

      Thank you, Becca, for so eloquently explaining the joke to…I guess just to Bob. But, also, thanks for not ending your comment with a loosely correlated joke, like below.

    • Brian-M says:

      I don’t see how the stated 21 minutes and 14 seconds is in any way a particularly accurate estimate. A particularly PRECISE estimate maybe, but not necessarily an accurate one.

  4. Lynoth says:

    Sheldon was here, I see.

  5. Merri says:

    Agree with Bob.
    They consider the most probable waiting time is 21.14, so they write it down.
    (most probably the product of the mean waiting time of 1.36 by the number of customers – 14)

    But that’s still an approximation, as 21.00 would be

  6. TOPCTEH says:

    14.465213987% of all statistics don’t use adequate accuracy.

  7. Rai says:

    Definitely approximate. How many milliseconds? I MUST KNOW!

  8. Keinstein says:

    Did they take time dilatation due to relativity into account?

  9. Willy says:

    That’s at Phil’s BBQ in San Diego. I was just there last week

  10. Nasa says:

    This is either at the Phil’s BBQ in SD, or the new one in San Marcos. I took a picture of it wen I went, thinking I’d submit it, but it’s already here…

  11. A says:

    So it could be 21 minutes and 13 or 15 seconds.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I disagree with Phil’s BBQ. This is at a theme park where the rides run a regular schedule and the length of time for a wait can be predicted.

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