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Feb 28

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Tag Wizard Comments: Font Problems out the ass!

Published 1964

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 6.17 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “The Non-Statistical Man”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    I don’t fancy those overinflated party balloons’ chances with Mr Pop Pop over there.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Font problems? C’mon, this is clearly the typeface Rod Serling spoke in.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Art direction: ‘Now is it ‘flagella’ or ‘gelatin’? Or ‘conquistador’? Whatever. Put them all on the cover.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Hm. Most men’s minds move from the past to the future and notice something different along the way. Blah blah blah entropy, blah blah blah Big Bang, blah blah blah space-time curvature. Read about it yourself.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    The second jelly ball is female. You can tell by the bikini top it’s wearing.

  6. Anna T. Says:

    So we have a Roman with a halberd (so anachronistic) versus two alien jellyfish blobs. Do they plan on absorbing him or something? Did they transport him to this desolate place?

    Oh, and how’s he “non-statistical”?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Wow. Even the word “different” looks “different.” It’s not the artist who is unknown. It’s the Unknown Typesetter.

  8. Lillie Awesome Says:

    I just looked at the cover for a second, and now everything I read sounds like I’m in one of those 1950’s exercise belts.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—from your citation: but the eminent experimentalist physicist Richard A. Muller protests. He says physics should explain reality, not deny it.

    It’s funny to replace the word “physics” in that quote with “science fiction cover art.”

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: tell him yourself, he’s good about answering fan mail. 😉

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Thank you, Mario. But your princess is in another castle.’

  12. Raoul Says:

    @Lilli Awesome – And after staring at the cover long enough the text inside the book will appear in the same font!

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I mean, I mean I median, I mean I must mode, I mean what’s my chi squared? Is this a standard deviation? I’m suddenly feeling bimodal, or trimodal, close to the Breakdown Point. I can’t find a correlation coefficient that’s not inefficient, I can’t even put my poisson properly in the morning.

    But hey, what do I know? I’m The Non-Statistical Man!

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: thanks – I’ve spent all afternoon trying to think of a ‘Spearman’s Rho’ joke about the halberdier.

  15. fred Says:

    I wonder if they bothered keeping sales figures for this book.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Editorial meeting:

    Publisher: “Now, this new one by Raymond F. Jones… who are the target audiences?”
    Bunch of editors:
    “Statisticians!”
    “People who like gladiator movies!”
    “Rock climbers who dream of scaling the Dolomites!”
    “Sci-Fi types who are into really weird aliens!”
    “People who read Jules Feiffer cartoons!”
    “Greeting card fans!”
    “Different people!”
    Publisher: Right… tell the Art Department to do what you just said.”

  17. RachelJ Says:

    Any relation to the Unteleported Man?

  18. Tracy Says:

    I actually like this, it’s cool and eye-catching even though it’s cheesy.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    My eyeballs are still wiggling from one look.

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