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Poll Results

All Previous Polls: 651-700

Poll 651: How would you say "Banana" in a humorous way by stressing a different syllable?

Total votes: 1033

Stress 1st syllable (I normally stress the 2nd): 417 (40.4%)  
Stress 3rd syllable (I normally stress the 2nd): 308 (29.8%)
Stress 2nd syllable (I normally stress the 1st): 135 (13.1%)
Stress 3rd syllable (I normally stress the 1st): 95 (9.2%)
Stress 2nd syllable (I normally stress the 3rd): 66 (6.4%)
Stress 1st syllable (I normally stress the 3rd): 12 (1.2%)


Poll 652: I have good news and bad news. What do you want first?

Total votes: 779

The bad news: 583 (74.8%)
The good news: 196 (25.2%)  

A couple of other answers were hacked in: "The bad news, but in a good way", and "A stiff drink".


Poll 653: Right then, the bad news is: You'll have to wait until January. The good news is: Irregular Webcomic! books are coming! Will you buy a book?

Total votes: 916

Not sure yet: 281 (30.7%)
Probably: 228 (24.9%)
Probably not: 227 (24.8%)
No: 78 (8.5%)
Yes!: 75 (8.2%)
Yes! More than one copy! Take my money!: 27 (2.9%)  

That is actually pretty encouraging! Given my estimate of the fraction of readers who answer the polls, this allows me to make some estimates of potential sales, and it's certainly in the right ballpark for what I was thinking. So, full steam ahead! More news will come as I go through further planning stages.


Poll 654: What can you hear right now?

Total votes: 1023

Domestic appliances: 229 (22.4%)
Other human-made sounds: 181 (17.7%)
Music: 156 (15.2%)
People talking: 134 (13.1%)
Television: 95 (9.3%)
Traffic: 78 (7.6%)
Nothing: 48 (4.7%)
Keyboards clicking: 40 (3.9%)
Weather (rain, wind, etc): 31 (3.0%)
Nature (birds, insects, running water, etc): 22 (2.2%)  
Construction work: 9 (0.9%)


Poll 655: Worst Star Wars episode?

Total votes: 1084

Episode I: The Phantom Menace: 522 (48.2%)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones: 322 (29.7%)
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: 120 (11.1%)
Episode IV: A New Hope: 14 (1.3%)
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back: 9 (0.8%)
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi: 20 (1.8%)
Soon it'll be Episode VII: The Force Awakens: 77 (7.1%)  

A significant number of J.J. Abrams dislikers, I take it.


Poll 656: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Total votes: 1061

What voltage are the sheep?: 211 (19.9%)
Do electric sheep dream of androids?: 199 (18.8%)
Why wouldn't they dream of normal sheep?: 168 (15.8%)
Do androids even dream?: 165 (15.6%)
They might COUNT electric sheep to fall asleep, but not necessarily dream about them: 134 (12.6%)  
What is an electric sheep anyway?: 99 (9.3%)
Actually, I've dreamt about electric sheep...: 85 (8.0%)


Poll 657: When watching a movie/TV and someone goes underwater and has to hold their breath, do you hold your breath?

Total votes: 1334

Yes, until they can breathe, or I can't hold it any more: 127 (9.5%)
Yes, until I notice what I'm doing and consciously relax: 147 (11.0%)  
Yes, but only briefly as they first submerge: 54 (4.0%)
Sometimes - it depends: 279 (20.9%)
No, but I've noticed other people doing it: 91 (6.8%)
Uh... no... *odd look*: 636 (47.7%)


Poll 658: Most expensive thing you've ever bought?

Total votes: 1697

A house: 433 (25.5%)
A computer: 423 (24.9%)
A car: 351 (20.7%)
Something else: 160 (9.4%)
An apartment: 97 (5.7%)
Other electronic gear: 91 (5.4%)
An item of clothing / shoes: 76 (4.5%)
Tickets to an event: 20 (1.2%)
A piece of jewellery / fashion accessory: 12 (0.7%)  
A piece of furniture: 11 (0.6%)
An artwork: 10 (0.6%)
Something more expensive than a house: 6 (0.4%)
A motorcycle: 5 (0.3%)
A boat: 2 (0.1%)


Poll 659: Who would you most like to be the 2016 Republican Party Presidential nominee?

Total votes: 1510

The Allosaurus: 1299 (86.0%)  
John Kasich: 83 (5.5%)
Ted Cruz: 73 (4.8%)
Donald Trump: 55 (3.6%)

RAAARRRHHH!!!


Poll 660: Care for a drink?

Total votes: 1410

Tea: 243 (17.2%)
Water: 214 (15.2%)
Coffee: 130 (9.2%)
A milkshake: 130 (9.2%)
Juice: 107 (7.6%)
Beer: 105 (7.4%)
Coca Cola: 101 (7.2%)
Some other fizzy drink: 87 (6.2%)
A mixed drink/cocktail: 85 (6.0%)
A sugar-free fizzy drink: 67 (4.8%)  
No thanks: 41 (2.9%)
A smoothie: 40 (2.8%)
Wine: 34 (2.4%)
A spirit: 26 (1.8%)

Someone requested plain milk... which I alas overlooked.


Poll 661: When parking in a perpendicular parking spot, do you:

parking spot Total votes: 1678

Always go front in, and have to reverse out: 511 (30.5%)
Usually go front in: 492 (29.3%)
I don't drive: 366 (21.8%)
Usually reverse in: 142 (8.5%)
Always reverse in, so I can drive straight out: 89 (5.3%)  
Either way, about half each: 66 (3.9%)
I don't park in spaces like this: 12 (0.7%)

I also go front in. I'm a bit surprised that so many people say they park front in, because I'm always amazed at how many people - more than half - seem to be parked rear end in whenever I am in a car park.


Poll 662: Do you toast fresh, unfrozen bread?

Total votes: 1232

Yes, if I feel like toast I'll toast fresh bread, but I also eat it untoasted: 1000 (81.2%)  
No, I never toast bread, I eat it untoasted even after a few days: 113 (9.2%)
No, I eat it fresh and only toast it after a day or two: 53 (4.3%)
Yes, I always toast bread, fresh or not; I don't eat it untoasted: 30 (2.4%)
No, I don't eat bread: 26 (2.1%)
No, I eat it fresh and throw it out after a day or two: 10 (0.8%)


Poll 663: Better movie version?

Total votes: 1478

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971): 626 (42.4%)  
I've only seen the 1971 version: 309 (20.9%)
I've seen neither: 230 (15.6%)
I've only seen the 2005 version: 176 (11.9%)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005): 138 (9.3%)

It was a sad coincidence that Gene Wilder passed away while this poll was running. At least the result of the poll turned out correctly!!


Poll 664: For the arithmetic problem 9×9, which of the following best matches your thoughts about the two possible incorrect answers 18 and 77?

Total votes: 1148

18 and 77 are both exactly equally incorrect: 512 (44.6%)
77 is more incorrect (a worse answer) than 18: 474 (41.3%)  
18 is more incorrect (a worse answer) than 77: 162 (14.1%)

This question generated some interesting discussion on the forums, as well as a few interesting write-in responses via the poll form:

"Their incorrectness is incommensurable, being of two different kinds. 77 is probably a better wrong answer for most practical purposes, though."

"Well that's an interesting question. From a purely logical perspective, correctness is a binary value, and both answers are exactly equally incorrect. In terms of proximity to the correct anwer, 77 is more correct. In terms of reasonable mistakes, 18 is the correct answer. From a reasonable perspective, this was a massive waste of time explaining the obvious purpose of this poll."

"Yar, they're both jus' as bilge-suckin', me matey. Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day."


Poll 665: How many times have you crossed the equator, and the international date line?

Total votes: 1185

0 for both: 767 (64.7%)
Equator: 2 or 4; Date Line: 0: 76 (6.4%)
Equator: 0; Date Line: 2 or 4: 67 (5.7%)
Equator: 2 or 4; Date Line: 2 or 4: 58 (4.9%)
Equator: 1 or 3; Date Line: 0: 39 (3.3%)
Equator: 6 or higher even number; Date Line: 0: 26 (2.2%)
Equator: 0; Date Line: 6 or higher even number: 22 (1.9%)
Equator: 0; Date Line: 1 or 3: 17 (1.4%)
Equator: 2 or 4; Date Line: 1 or 3: 17 (1.4%)
Equator: 2 or 4; Date Line: 6 or higher even number: 13 (1.1%)
Equator: 6 or higher even number; Date Line: 2 or 4: 10 (0.8%)
Equator: 6 or higher even number; Date Line: 6 or higher even number: 10 (0.8%)
Equator: 0; Date Line: 5 or higher odd number: 9 (0.8%)
Equator: 5 or higher odd number; Date Line: 0: 9 (0.8%)
Equator: 5 or higher odd number; Date Line: 5 or higher odd number: 9 (0.8%)  
Equator: 1 or 3; Date Line: 2 or 4: 7 (0.6%)
Equator: 5 or higher odd number; Date Line: 2 or 4: 7 (0.6%)
Equator: 1 or 3; Date Line: 1 or 3: 6 (0.5%)
Equator: 6 or higher even number; Date Line: 1 or 3: 6 (0.5%)
Equator: 5 or higher odd number; Date Line: 1 or 3: 4 (0.3%)
Equator: 2 or 4; Date Line: 5 or higher odd number: 2 (0.2%)
Equator: 6 or higher even number; Date Line: 5 or higher odd number: 2 (0.2%)
Equator: 1 or 3; Date Line: 6 or higher even number: 2 (0.2%)
Equator: 5 or higher odd number; Date Line: 6 or higher even number: 1 (0.1%)
Equator: 1 or 3; Date Line: 5 or higher odd number: 1 (0.1%)


Poll 666: The traditional US Presidential election poll! Vote for your preferred President:

Total votes: 1445

The Allosaurus: 1118 (77.4%)  
Hillary Clinton: 279 (19.3%)
Donald Trump: 48 (3.3%)

Not only has the Allosaurus successfully been re-elected for a fourth term, he's increased his support over 2004, 2008, and 2012!

RAAARRRHHH!!!


Poll 667: Time for something soothing. Choose:

Total votes: 1295

Reading a book on a rainy day: 442 (34.1%)
Kittens: 235 (18.1%)
A crackling fireplace: 152 (11.7%)
A winding road through an autumn forest: 148 (11.4%)  
Waves washing gently on a tropical beach: 122 (9.4%)
Sunset over a lake and distant mountains: 107 (8.3%)
A tropical aquarium: 46 (3.6%)
Fluffy bunnies: 43 (3.3%)


Poll 668: You're having cream tea. What order do you put the cream and jam on the scone?

Total votes: 1042

Cream on the scone, jam on top of the cream: 255 (24.5%)  
I don't want this at all: 230 (22.1%)
Jam on the scone, cream on top of the jam: 222 (21.3%)
I really don't care what order, whatever: 152 (14.6%)
Jam only, no cream thanks: 117 (11.2%)
Cream only, no jam thanks: 66 (6.3%)

Okay, pretty closely fought between the One True Ordering (jam first, then cream on top) and the heathen wannabe upside-down version. But the ones I really don't understand are people not wanting scones with jam and cream....


Poll 669: Okay then, how do you pronounce "scone"?

Total votes: 1368

Rhymes with "cone": 965 (70.5%)
Rhymes with "con": 184 (13.5%)
Rhymes with "gone": 92 (6.7%)
Rhymes with "pwn": 92 (6.7%)
Rhymes with "dawn": 13 (1.0%)
Rhymes with "done": 13 (1.0%)
Rhymes with the vowel sound of "foot", but ending in "n": 4 (0.3%)  
Rhymes with "corn": 2 (0.1%)
Rhymes with "soon": 2 (0.1%)
Rhymes with "coin": 1 (0.1%)
Rhymes with [Incomprehensible Rune]: 1 (0.1%)

I included a few vowel sounds which rhyme with each other in different English-speaking accents, because in other dialects the same words don't necessarily rhyme. For the record, I pronounce "scone" as rhyming with "con", and out of the list of provided words I pronounce "gone", "dawn", and "corn" as a rhyming triplet. (I also pronounce "pwn" as rhyming with "soon", based on long-standing agreement within my circle of friends that the "w" represents the Welsh vowel sound as in "cwm" and "crwth".)


Poll 670: Do you ever walk around while brushing your teeth?

Total votes: 1089

No, I stay strictly over the sink: 329 (30.2%)
Sometimes I'll take a few steps around the bathroom: 279 (25.6%)  
Sometimes I'll walk around the house a bit: 266 (24.4%)
Usually I walk around the house while brushing: 102 (9.4%)
I usually walk around the bathroom: 82 (7.5%)
I don't brush my teeth (have dentures, etc.): 15 (1.4%)
Sometimes I even go outside the house: 7 (0.6%)
I usually walk down the street while brushing: 5 (0.5%)
Sometimes I'll actually walk down the street: 4 (0.4%)
I usually wander outside while brushing: 1 (0.1%)


Poll 671: How often do you ride a bus?

Total votes: 1261

Regular commuting plus occasional trips: 126 (10.0%)  
Regular commuting only: 54 (4.3%)
A few times a week: 60 (4.8%)
Maybe once or twice a week: 53 (4.2%)
A few times a month: 88 (7.0%)
Once a month or so: 95 (7.5%)
Rarely: 357 (28.3%)
Never, these days: 403 (32.0%)
Never in my life: 25 (2.0%)


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