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Favorite shape?

Displaying poll results.
Sphere
  12% 19 votes
Toroid
  13% 20 votes
Infinite Euclidean plane
  12% 19 votes
Icosicosidodecahedron
  10% 15 votes
Klein bottle
  26% 39 votes
Reuleaux Triangle
  6% 10 votes
Whatever my 3D printer can make
  5% 8 votes
I'm big-boned, you insensitive clod!
  13% 20 votes
150 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 25 2018, @03:08PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 25 2018, @03:08PM (#726242)

    O Lord of the Brown Rings,
    Source that makes the Blood run through our Penises,
    Higher Gay Force,
    Hear my prayer.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 25 2018, @03:20PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 25 2018, @03:20PM (#726244)

      STICK YOUR HAND IN THE HOLY ASSHOLE

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 11 2018, @07:45PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 11 2018, @07:45PM (#733275)

        You give me tp for my bunghole. I AM CORNHOLIO!

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday August 25 2018, @04:12PM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Saturday August 25 2018, @04:12PM (#726251) Homepage

    I found an article on Stackexchange about making a butt [stackexchange.com] in Mathematica. No word yet on whether the same formulae work in Matlab or Maple.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Saturday August 25 2018, @06:33PM (5 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday August 25 2018, @06:33PM (#726291) Homepage Journal

    The things are just fascinating. Other shapes may be more complicated, or more interesting to a mathematician, or more useful - but those Kleins are just kool!

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    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” — Margaret Thatcher
  • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Sunday August 26 2018, @01:17AM

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 26 2018, @01:17AM (#726411) Homepage

    It's the dodecahedron like, though I voted for the icosicosidodecahedron as the next best thing.

    Can we change the poll software for instant runoff voting?

  • (Score: 2) by Hartree on Sunday August 26 2018, @07:43AM (1 child)

    by Hartree (195) on Sunday August 26 2018, @07:43AM (#726469)

    Menger sponge.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menger_sponge [wikipedia.org]

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Gaaark on Sunday August 26 2018, @11:03AM (4 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 26 2018, @11:03AM (#726506) Journal

    My favourite shape is female: soft and round in the chest, soft and round in the trunk....

    ...giggity giggity giggity...

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    --- That's not flying: that's... falling... with more luck than I have. ---
    • (Score: 5, Funny) by isj on Sunday August 26 2018, @11:16AM

      by isj (5249) on Sunday August 26 2018, @11:16AM (#726508) Homepage

      If you can't get that then you should have voted "Whatever my 3D printer can make" :-)

    • (Score: 2) by shortscreen on Sunday August 26 2018, @11:55PM

      by shortscreen (2252) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 26 2018, @11:55PM (#726733) Journal

      something reminiscent of a hemisphere but often tending more toward a cone, slightly distorted by gravitational or other acceleration

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Gaaark on Monday August 27 2018, @12:18AM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 27 2018, @12:18AM (#726741) Journal

      Off topic.

      huh! We're talking about shapes and i tell about MY favourite shape and it's off topic!

      Well, Marshall Dillon, beats me.

      So if we talk about donuts and someone says they saw a cop eating a cruller...is THAT off topic?

      Man....someone left the light on when they went out.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 10 2018, @04:15PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 10 2018, @04:15PM (#732793)

      Favorite shape: Curvy

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 26 2018, @01:32PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 26 2018, @01:32PM (#726541)

    ...but sliced in half and with some cream cheese on it. Actually, I guess it would be two toroids once you slice it in half.

    One made with some sweetened dough is also good, but please keep the sugary toppings off of it.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by DannyB on Monday August 27 2018, @05:31PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 27 2018, @05:31PM (#727006) Journal

      I thought it would be two letter C's when you sliced it in half.

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    • (Score: 1) by Drake_Edgewater on Tuesday August 28 2018, @01:28PM

      by Drake_Edgewater (780) on Tuesday August 28 2018, @01:28PM (#727328) Journal

      Toroids are important for plasma research [wikipedia.org] and also describe the shape of the universe in many classic videogames, e.g., Combat (atari 2600), Pac-Man and Mario Bros.

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by KritonK on Sunday August 26 2018, @02:33PM

    by KritonK (465) on Sunday August 26 2018, @02:33PM (#726557)

    What do you mean? A great [wikipedia.org] or a small snub [wikipedia.org] icosicosidodecahedron?

    Like it? I can't even pronounce it—and I am Greek!

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by requerdanos on Sunday August 26 2018, @08:17PM

    by requerdanos (5997) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 26 2018, @08:17PM (#726662) Journal

    Some other fun shapes are the hypersphere [meson.org] and the E8 [theoryofeverything.org]. I don't know what they look like, but they can be intellectually and artistically stimulating.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by fyngyrz on Monday August 27 2018, @02:30AM (5 children)

    by fyngyrz (6567) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 27 2018, @02:30AM (#726777) Homepage Journal

    Favorite shape?

    ...I'm going to go with "breasts."

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday August 27 2018, @05:34PM (4 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 27 2018, @05:34PM (#727008) Journal

      Someone much higher up in office would have said double D is their favorite shape. The best shape. Much better than the other shapes. Which are sad. Very terrible. Double D is such a good shape. It will be the shape of the new casino wing addition to the white house.

      --
      Punched Card: a short piece of 80 channel paper tape. Creative Computing, Mar-Apr 1975 issue.
      • (Score: 3, Funny) by fyngyrz on Monday August 27 2018, @09:02PM (3 children)

        by fyngyrz (6567) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 27 2018, @09:02PM (#727130) Homepage Journal

        I'll C your double-D and raise you a lace bra.

        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Saturday September 01 2018, @05:57AM (2 children)

          by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 01 2018, @05:57AM (#729114)

          We are old here on HN; we grew up when women's clothing had revealing sensual low cut tops and prim and modest bottoms hence all this boob commentary.

          Everyone younger than gen-x grew up when women's clothing involved wearing like five layered tee shirts and a baggy sweater and skin tight yoga pants showing camel toe on the bottoms; its flipped, such that now women's tops are modest and covered and mysterious whereas they get the full visual gyno exam on the bottoms.

          Go to images.google.com and search for 1990s fashion and you'll see bare skin tops of boobs in low cut skin tight shirts and baggy pants or skirts covering up everything below the belt. Search for 2010s fashion and you'll see baggy sweaters and semi-transparent camel toe. Search in the interval in between around "2000s fashion" and you would expect a mix, but instead you get just awful looking stuff along no theme at all just a sort of "wear anything no matter how bad it looks".

          This fashion change even extends to the gym; when I was young I was gazing at young ladies in skin tight sports bras and baggy sweatpants, last week at the gym it was multi-layer baggy tee shirts and transparent skin tight yoga pants.

          The point I'm making is guys over 40 or so are going to giggle about boobs, whereas guys under 30 or so are going to giggle about camel toe.

          • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Monday September 03 2018, @02:08PM (1 child)

            by acid andy (1683) on Monday September 03 2018, @02:08PM (#729852) Journal

            We are old here on HN

            So old and senile that we keep forgetting this isn't Hacker News! It's... ummm.... It's... It isn't Hacker News. Senile. It's, umm, Pipedot.

            Now, where did I leave my spectacles? Ah yes. What were we talking about?

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            Make hay whilst the intervening mass is insufficient to inhibit the perceived intensity of incoming solar radiation.
            • (Score: 3, Funny) by VLM on Monday September 03 2018, @05:34PM

              by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 03 2018, @05:34PM (#729914)

              Shit I've turned into one of those old people who shout out random descendant names instead of the correct names, except for websites. Well, the rest of my post was better thought out.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 27 2018, @07:04AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 27 2018, @07:04AM (#726815)

    Pick the Infinite Euclidean plane.

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 27 2018, @06:01PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 27 2018, @06:01PM (#727033)

      That's not an *infinite* Euclidean plane though...unless we're talking about your mom ;)

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 30 2018, @12:59AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 30 2018, @12:59AM (#728090)

        It's infinite if you stare at it long enough.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Subsentient on Monday August 27 2018, @01:40PM

    nc

    --
    "It's time to lick taint and drink nipple pus, and I'm all out of mayonnaise." -Duck Fuckum
  • (Score: 1) by shrewdsheep on Monday August 27 2018, @03:01PM (1 child)

    by shrewdsheep (5215) on Monday August 27 2018, @03:01PM (#726927)

    ... controlling all the other shapes.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday August 27 2018, @05:35PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 27 2018, @05:35PM (#727009) Journal

      Is a bounding box like thinking outside the box?

      You know what they say about thinking outside the box.

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      Punched Card: a short piece of 80 channel paper tape. Creative Computing, Mar-Apr 1975 issue.
  • (Score: 2) by turgid on Monday August 27 2018, @03:38PM (4 children)

    by turgid (4318) on Monday August 27 2018, @03:38PM (#726952) Journal

    Housing and rotors. Vroom vroom!

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    Don't let Righty keep you down.
    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday August 27 2018, @05:38PM (2 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 27 2018, @05:38PM (#727011) Journal

      Three phase motor windings are an interesting shape and are more green.

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      Punched Card: a short piece of 80 channel paper tape. Creative Computing, Mar-Apr 1975 issue.
      • (Score: 2) by turgid on Tuesday August 28 2018, @09:09PM (1 child)

        by turgid (4318) on Tuesday August 28 2018, @09:09PM (#727504) Journal

        Cabbages are also green, as is grass.

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        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by DannyB on Wednesday August 29 2018, @01:05PM

          by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 29 2018, @01:05PM (#727803) Journal

          Grass is not legal in every state and probably doesn't 3D print very well.

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          Punched Card: a short piece of 80 channel paper tape. Creative Computing, Mar-Apr 1975 issue.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 01 2018, @09:33AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 01 2018, @09:33AM (#729172)

      Wankel Engine

      Pretty close to a Reuleaux Triangle, only with flatter sides (can't get an infinite compression rate) and a bit more rounded corners.

  • (Score: 2) by acid andy on Monday August 27 2018, @04:39PM (1 child)

    by acid andy (1683) on Monday August 27 2018, @04:39PM (#726981) Journal

    I like Klein bottles, love toroids, but had to go for the infinite Euclidean plane. For bonus points it needs to be black and be covered in Cartesian grid lines, preferably in bright green, red or possibly a restful amber color.

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  • (Score: 2) by fliptop on Monday August 27 2018, @10:36PM

    by fliptop (1666) on Monday August 27 2018, @10:36PM (#727159) Journal

    Now that's a cool shape [wikipedia.org].

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    It's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide.
  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 28 2018, @08:16PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 28 2018, @08:16PM (#727484)

    what other shape is there?

    • (Score: 4, Touché) by c0lo on Saturday September 01 2018, @09:42AM (1 child)

      by c0lo (156) on Saturday September 01 2018, @09:42AM (#729179)

      what other shape is there?

      Fractals [vimeo.com] - especially those non-smooth at any point.

      • (Score: 2) by archfeld on Tuesday September 11 2018, @04:54AM

        by archfeld (4650) <treboreel@live.com> on Tuesday September 11 2018, @04:54AM (#733058) Journal

        That was just plain cool looking thanks....

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by maxwell demon on Tuesday August 28 2018, @08:28PM

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 28 2018, @08:28PM (#727487) Journal

    When I read icosicosidodecahedron, I assumed you actually meant icosidodecahedron. Then I searched for it, and it's indeed a word. However it's not a shape, rather it's part of the name of at least four different shapes:

    Please be specific which of those four shapes you mean! :-)

    (And BTW, it would be nice if when commenting on a poll, the poll options would be displayed instead of an empty field, for easy copy&paste.)

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    The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
  • (Score: 2) by fritsd on Wednesday August 29 2018, @05:34PM (2 children)

    by fritsd (4586) on Wednesday August 29 2018, @05:34PM (#727912) Journal

    The Wendelstein 7-X [wikipedia.org] plasma chamber, because it has a cool five-fold symmetry.

    • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Thursday August 30 2018, @07:10PM (1 child)

      by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday August 30 2018, @07:10PM (#728365)

      It does? From the pictures in that article you like, I can't tell that that weird non-Euclidean thing has any symmetry at all, let alone whether it's 5.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 29 2018, @10:54PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 29 2018, @10:54PM (#728052)

    No love for the möbius strip?

    • (Score: 2) by isj on Thursday August 30 2018, @04:52PM (2 children)

      by isj (5249) on Thursday August 30 2018, @04:52PM (#728321) Homepage

      Take a Klein bottle and saw it in half - then you have a Möbius strip.

      • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Monday September 03 2018, @08:44PM (1 child)

        by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 03 2018, @08:44PM (#729962) Journal

        Correction: Then you have two Möbius strips.

        Of course only if you cut it the right way.

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        • (Score: 2) by isj on Friday September 07 2018, @03:29PM

          by isj (5249) on Friday September 07 2018, @03:29PM (#731793) Homepage

          True. You do get two Möbius strips if you cut a Klein bottle in half. But that makes it twice as good.

  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Saturday September 01 2018, @06:02AM (2 children)

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 01 2018, @06:02AM (#729117)

    "And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 01 2018, @09:48AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 01 2018, @09:48AM (#729181)

      I so much prefer the "In Soviet Russia" jokes

      • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 02 2018, @06:16AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 02 2018, @06:16AM (#729434)

        In Soviet Russia, jokes prefer you!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 02 2018, @11:59AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 02 2018, @11:59AM (#729475)

    Where are the BBWs when you need them?

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 03 2018, @02:17PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 03 2018, @02:17PM (#729857)

      If you weren't such an incel, you'd know.

  • (Score: 2) by fraxinus-tree on Friday September 07 2018, @09:44AM

    by fraxinus-tree (5590) on Friday September 07 2018, @09:44AM (#731688)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6mb%C3%B6c [wikipedia.org]

    That's how I called one of my kids when he learned to walk.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 13 2018, @02:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 13 2018, @02:46PM (#734264)

    My favorite shape would be "willowy young woman..."

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