Optimist: The glass is ½ full.
Pessimist: The glass is ½ empty.
Excel: The glass is January 2nd.

@ankrjoe @moanos oh yes, I heard of this once before too! That's...a very weird problem to run into.

I'm considering using this fact as inspo for a future article 🤔

@ankrjoe @moanos It annoys me a bit that scientists apparently don't know how to quote their strings, to be honest.

Scientist: we can't be certain if the glass actually exists or not but if it does than it's mostly made up of nothing due to the space between molecules.

@moanos Or February 1st here in the UK. Yeah, I too now need a drink!

*user changes number format to general*

Excel: The glass is 2.

didn't get the sense about January the 2nd.
:thaenkin: Anybody can tell me?

explaining the joke 

In a spreadsheet like excel, something written with a slash, like 1/2 would be reformatted as a date- ie, January 2nd (01/02) or February 1st, depending on date writing conventions where one lives.

@moanos I live at flat 1/1. I often get letters addressed to "1-Jan" :)

@moanos chemist: the glass is always full of molecules (

grandparents: be grateful to have a glass, when I was younger we didn't...

@moanos Excel w/italian locale: The glass is 1 Febbraio.

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