Keep your eyes peeled for protractors! If you find one let me know!

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mark
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So a walking friend noticed there were protractors being glued up all over pittsburgh, became obsessed with this fact, and started recording them…. there are lots of them, maybe as many as 232… this is what they look like:

there is a list and some explanations and ponderings and a list of the 50+ located so far on his blog:

http://ericlidji.wordpress.com/

if you find one that is not on the list try to take a picture or note the intersection, most of them are visible from bike!


mark
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oh ya here’s a public google map that i made so people can post them: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=218323415459856146568.0004a5ccebd90764ba8dc&hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=14


salty
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Ha – I just saw one of those tonight, on the bridge steps from Ellsworth up to Highland Ave. Can’t remember the number.


salty
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I see that one is already accounted for (#87)


HiddenVariable
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bah! i don’t have time for protractors. i’m too busy with goniometers.


nochasingiguanas
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I’ve been seeing these for months. I would mention them to people, and no one knew what I was talking about. I’d love to know what this project is is about.


wojty
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Oouuu glad to see this! When my friend was visiting we spent three minutes trying to see if it actually was a protractor or not.

Doesn’t look to be on that list. Down on 43rd street in lville, across from the NREC. I’ll have to go snap a pic…


robjdlc
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The “word” in the tagging “scene” is that this guy is just a nutjob, and they don’t mean anything.


mark
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I LOVE NUTJOBS. i don’t really expect them to mean anything, in my youth i cataloged KIDS for a long time, it was a different time then though! kids is dead, protractor man has replaced him in my head, but not my heart.


cburch
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i bet the meaning of these “tags” will lead to quite a protracted discussion.


HiddenVariable
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hmm. i hadn’t looked at it from that angle.


cburch
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well stop being so obtuse.


edmonds59
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There have been some protracted discussions on the board before but nothing of this degree.


mark
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pun threads are for squares


Steven
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Sure, they go off on tangents, but eventually circle around to the origin point. I think we’re all in a chord on that.


ejwme
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these jokes are so bad they have me scalene the walls to escape.


reddan
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Let’s not descend to hyperbolic excess.


Mary
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One of my all-time favorite jokes from The Simpsons —

Lisa: I’m studying for the math fair. If I win, I’ll get a brand new protractor.

Homer: Too bad we don’t live on a farm.


stefb
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You guys are so punny. Stop making me laugh.


reddan
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Don’t laugh so hard you end up in acute care…


StuInMcCandless
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D plane! D plane!


dmtroyer
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I think maybe I saw one on euclid ave.


Pseudacris
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protractors are just nerd rainbows


Mick
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“OH! MY! GAWD!!! A DOUBLE PROTRACTOR ! ! ! !”


cburch
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Nevermind.


Westender
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Saw one on a light pole at Friendship and Carroll, I’ll have to get the number on the way home this evening.


mark
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nice!


ejwme
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Mick, you made me laugh so hard I scared the dog.


Mick
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@ejwme I scared the dog.

Now you have to teach him trigonometry.

It’s only fair.


ejwme
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Oh, that wouldn’t bode well for the poor pup, any progress would be purely imaginary.


Steven
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Imaginary? Just rotate the dog 90 degrees then.


cburch
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That would be completely irrational though.


fungicyclist
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Someone must encompass what’s missing from this protracted thread.


myddrin
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@salty — there are two there. #86 and #87, saw them on our way for lunch on Sat.


dwillen
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There is one on the 16th street bridge glued to the bridge structure on the outbound (from the strip) side sidewalk. I’m pretty sure you would only see it if you were walking inbound though. I didn’t record the number or take a photo, sorry :(


ejwme
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hmm… I could rotate her 90, or hope it’s just a phase she’s going through…


Mick
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@ejwme I could rotate her 90

That’s right!


Vannevar
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My friend K. found #230 today, on the switchback ramps connecting the Washington’s Landing bridge to the North Side trail.


Benzo
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I found 229 on the beached / sideways boat across the allegheny river from the cork factory, before you hit Washington’s Landing.


cburch
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there is one on friendship inbound where is splits around friendship park. i didn’t have time to take a picture this morning. maybe i will go home that way and get it.

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