The Eight-Sided Hexagon?

This is a cute idea for a contest involving one of the weirdest features in the solar system – one that proves there’s an exception to every rule, even “Nature abhors a straight line.”

The thing that bothers me is the number of contestants who refer to it as a stop sign.

This lack of clarity on the concept may explain a lot about the lack of driving skills exhibited by some people on the roadways. I also noticed that about a third of the people supposedly entering the contest didn’t even seem to understand what their entry was supposed to contain: a funny explanation.

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7 Responses to The Eight-Sided Hexagon?

  1. I don’t remember where I saw it, but someone came up with the idea that it’s the head of the bolt that holds Saturn together, and it’s coming unscrewed.

  2. Dr.Heinous says:

    I’d have figured it would be our planet that had a screw loose…

  3. Ubu Roi says:

    Steven: it was in the comments at the site I linked. Actually one of the better suggestions. The people who don’t know the difference between a hexagon and an octagon really got me. I was trying to determine if they were from another country that uses hexagonal stop signs.

    DrH.: No, that’s just Rosie O’Donnell. And a few million others.

  4. Wonderduck says:

    Steven, I had the same problem… I read it, but couldn’t figure out where it came from. Glad you mentioned it, though!

  5. Sort of looks like an arena of some kind. Probably where the Super Friends are put on trial and have to prove Earth shouldn’t be destroyed and all that.

  6. I’m gonna assume Ubu Roi has gone to Saturn to find out for us, since he hasn’t posted in several days now. Maybe he’ll find the ghost of Alfred Jarry!

  7. Ubu Roi says:

    Bah. Put in some OT today. Yes, WOW is eating my time, but there’s some local politics that’s drawn my attention too. If I post in the next 48 hours or so, it’s going to be over at Houblog.

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