Talk:2084: FDR

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I didn't know about the Guy Fawkes date. I thought the title text might have been referring to the song Try to Remember, but it refers to September and December, but not November. Barmar (talk) 16:02, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

You clearly aren't from the UK, still a pretty big thing here. Known as Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night and is a part of everyone's primary (elementary?) education
Zbrown (talk) 16:50, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
I'm not from UK and I know about that from english lessons in primary school, but I didn't know about the Pearl Harbor date. -- 16:55, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Then you're probably not from the US 17:19, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
I'm from the US, but I couldn't tell you right now without scrolling up what date Pearl Harbor day was. Then again, I have trouble remembering the dates of anything but Christmas, New Year's, & 4th of July. Measurements of time are really weird & arbitrary perceptual artifacts, for me. ProphetZarquon (talk) 21:08, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

The Crete earthquake raise the island by 3 to 9 meters. You go out on a beach in Crete, it is obvious, especially if there are ruins of an ancient city nearby where the docks are well inland 17:32, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Incidental, this month I made the weird mistake of writing a date as "2016" ... I really have no idea why that happened, or that I didn't catch it to correct it in time. 17:52, 12 December 2018 (UTC) Sam

Me too! For some reason I've recently written the date as a couple years ago a few times over the last month or so, and I normally never do! Also in response to the above discussion, I've never heard of Guy Fawkes day, and don't particularly remember the date of Pearl Harbor other than by comic #821 PotatoGod (talk) 07:09, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

FYI, the hovertext appears to be wrong. The Med quake was July 21, AD365 -- not June 21. 20:25, 12 December 2018 (UTC)Andrew K173.245.54.13 20:25, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

I don't think it's deliberate; he didn't get the other date in the title-text / alt-text wrong. I think the alt-text contains an unintentional error. ProphetZarquon (talk) 22:00, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

So he's not using THE date format:

Thank you. Writing it the correct way (yyyy-mm-dd) would probably confuse most people though, & I think ISO-8601 does allow provision for dates written long-hand (MMM d, yyyy). I'm just glad someone else remembers that the proper way to numerically specify a date is year first, then two-digit month (01 thru 12, not 1 thru 12), & then day. This keeps the numbers in correct left-to-right sequence & will sort alphabetically too. m-d-yy is just wrong on so many levels. ProphetZarquon (talk) 22:00, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Don't worry, month, day then year is pretty much only found in one country, like spelling colour without the u. It should die out eventually. 22:32, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

I don't see any explanation for the "19" in the comic. Could that be a reference to 7:19 (the time of the Mexico City earthquake and the name of the movie about it)? Madfrog768 (talk) 21:26, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

It's the year, 1941. Time would not appear in a Date: field. In the comic, Randall got all the way to writing the 4 before he realized he was putting the wrong date in. ProphetZarquon (talk) 22:00, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

I work for a bus company and work on the schedules for the next service change which usually takes place in december. Since I have this job, from the end of summer on I regularly miswrite dates a year ahead. 21:31, 12 December 2018 (UTC)