Talk:2157: Diploma Legal Notes

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Can I please live on this universe? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Why would waiting 6-8 weeks help with challenging the British royal family for the throne? Surely that just gives them more time to prepare... Hawthorn (talk) 12:41, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

But it takes 6-8 weeks for you to receive your lightsaber. --Lupo (talk) 12:51, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, I had not made the connection. But I still don't understand the "since a number of the younger ones have diplomas"? 15:16, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
The younger ones already have a lightsaber, so if you challenge them, you will probably want to first possess a lightsaber as well.
Oh duh, it says right in the comic. I'm an idiot. :) Hawthorn (talk) 15:28, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

I'd rather they sent me my lightsab(re|er) in a powered-down state. Much less fuss, damage to postal sorting/conveying/containing equipment, injury to the various employees involved, etc. Probably also saves on postage costs for the package. (And, as just pointed out, we might just get by the sorting office spies from the palace if the packaging isn't humming and glowing.) 12:45, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

Er, I think "working" means ready to use, not turned on! However, I think shipping regulations would require the unit to be shipped without the nuclear power pack installed, and the user would just need to insert the power unit in the handle before use. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 13:01, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
You read it your way, I'll read it my way. ;) 13:12, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

To me "working lightsaber" means it's not a toy or model. YMMV RIIW - Ponder it (talk) 17:53, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

I did not believe Kate Middleton did anything as genteel as light sabre, I thought she was a hockey player. While she and William graduated from St Andrews, I would have thought they got certificates not diplomas. Charles and Eddie have certificates from Cambridge. Northwestern may have issued a diploma to Meghan. Anyway they are more likely to use real Sabres or polo mallets. -- Arachrah (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

... Enjoy! :P 15:11, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
I looked up William and Kate's info - it appears they both graduated from University of St Andrews with a Scottish Master of Arts degree, which is equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts degree in the United States. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 14:43, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

I think I'd delete the word "gullible", if only to put a bizarre spin on the classic "Did you know 'gullible' isn't in the dictionary?" joke. --Youforgotthisthing (talk) 14:56, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

"The university will mail you your working lightsaber within 6-8 weeks." – Isn't it that PhD's are awarded with a sword in Finland? --Phcc (talk) 16:34, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

"6-8 weeks" could be a reference to StackOverflow/StackExchange: Fabian42 (talk) 18:03, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

Ok, this link took me on a weird circular journey, where that page included a link to another page that actually contained a link back to xkcd #1381: Margin. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 00:02, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
"6 to 8 weeks" was super common at least back to the eighties and possibly long prior. Whenever there'd be a TV commercial trying to get you to mail order something or a cereal box offering a prize or even a magazine offering something if you sent them a SASE (a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) they would invariably quote the delivery times as 6 to 8 weeks. Mootstrap (talk) 07:31, 2 June 2019 (UTC)
Probably "as old as dirt", as TV Tropes would phrase it. These Are Not The Comments You Are Looking For (talk) 00:43, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
6 - 8 weeks is also a meme in Captain Underpants books. Like Mootstrap says above, the main characters mailed in to a catalogue to buy a device for use in a prank. I don't think stack overflow should take the primary credit for this meme. 14:26, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

The following bibliographical text from the end of the first paragraph seemed unnecessary for the explanation, but I'm pasting it here in case anyone might be interested in further reading:

(See Scholarly Privileges, Their Roman Origins and Medieval Expression, Pearl Kibre, in the American Historical Review, Vol 59 No. 3 (April, 1954) at
Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 05:31, 1 June 2019 (UTC)

Personally I think this comic is making reference to how some people with degrees tend to act in a self-entitled manner either in the workplace or generally in public places. For example interrupting other people's conversations because "I'm qualified and you're not". 12:10, 1 June 2019 (UTC)

What does deleting delete do?[edit]

It disallows others deleting any word. 17:38, 1 June 2019 (UTC)

I would delete the word "it" 06:06, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

Maximum havoc would be wreaked by deleting the word "dictionary" from, what's it called? Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 13:17, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

ALL graduates could delete ONE word, so just one word goes away. EACH graduate deletes one word, now that could be a real problem.