Forum game Q&A (in Off-topic)

Viole May 15 2013 7:08 PM EDT

For lack of a more creative idea to spur forum activity.
Let's start with a classic.

Q: Would you rather fight a hundred duck-sized horses, or one horse sized duck?

Unappreciated Misnomer May 15 2013 8:42 PM EDT

A hundred duck sized horses sounds way bigger than one horse sized duck.

I'll fight the one duck sized as a horse

QBPixel Sage May 15 2013 9:00 PM EDT

I'll size one horse as a duck.

DarkCloud May 15 2013 10:08 PM EDT

100 ducks sized horses - I feel it would be more epic !

Xenogard [Chaotic Serenity] May 15 2013 10:15 PM EDT

Do they have any special powers?

Viole May 15 2013 10:18 PM EDT

That's absurd Xeno, special powers? Within the bounds of realism please.

I'd also choose the horse-sized duck. I feel like I could take that one by surprise, or outrun it if need be. An army of a hundred horse-powered ducks ( duck - powered horses? ) might be pushing it. Normal ducks can be violent enough as it is.

I forgot to mention that when you answer a question, feel free to add another one!

Xenogard [Chaotic Serenity] May 15 2013 10:46 PM EDT

Its not absurd, I want the army of duckhorses to breath fire to make for a mighty epic battle to the death. Better yet, they are unicorns that can fly and breath fire. I'll take that match up.

Q: A crazy mad man discovered time travel, hes kidnapped you and is forcing you at gunpoint to be the guinea pig in his first test of his device. (I assure you it works flawlessly.. but it's a one way trip)

Would you rather go back in time or go into the future.. and you must explain why to the man sending you there or he'll kill you. Now choose ;P

Viole May 15 2013 10:54 PM EDT

Returning to a disease ridden past in which my knowledge of less practical things would be of no use to me, and where my weak body accustomed to a 21st century sedentary lifestyle would undoubtedly cause me painful regret or to the unknown future where humanity may have failed to technologically innovate its way through an ecological apocalypse.. tough choice.

To clarify, can the exact moment be set? If so, I'd attempt to convince him to send me back in time, just far enough to live to the present time, so that I can find the inventor, assassinate him, steal the machine, kidnap myself, and watch the world burn.

Bounty Hunter May 16 2013 12:20 AM EDT


Demigod May 16 2013 2:14 AM EDT

Returning to a disease ridden past

It's not as though there are fewer diseases today, but that does raise an important point. Traveling too far into the past is asking for a simple flu strain to kill you within a year, as your immune system may not have any evolutionary protection against it. You could gamble that your present self exists because of genetic immunity/resistance, but that's a gamble I wouldn't take. At least going into the future provides an assumption that health care will see you through. Plus, the all-around standard of living should be much better, even for the job-less, stranded time-traveler. Also, futuristic space hookers, according to Firefly.

Angel of Death [Hell Blenders] May 16 2013 7:03 AM EDT

1 big duck beak that can bite your head off or 100 small once?
ill go for the 100, much more fun too

Angel of Death [Hell Blenders] May 16 2013 7:06 AM EDT

second question, go back to the past and enjoy cb abit more and use the knowledge i have from the past to make myself rich as hell

DarkCloud May 16 2013 7:18 AM EDT

I want to see the dinosaurs! so I'll chose the past

Admiralkiller [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 16 2013 11:36 AM EDT

100 duck sized horse could not kill me. I horse sized duck could by falling on me after I kill it. I'd fight the 100.

I'd go 20 years into the past and slap myself silly. Then make myself invest in certain stocks, bet on certain sports games and become rich beyond my wildest dreams. So yea the past.

Unless the year was random. In which case I rather go the future. My immune system might have a problem forward or backwards, but just imagine the video games! Or maybe all men have died except me....hahaha yea the future.

Viole May 16 2013 1:04 PM EDT

Angel is not a very ambitious person.

Some of you seem to be underestimate the lethality of an army of ponies. The horses will smash against your legs, then trample you.
The massive duck will incapacitate you with a single peck, causing far more blunt force trauma than you could ever do to it. You'd still have more of a chance focusing all your attention on one opponent.

Angel of Death [Hell Blenders] May 16 2013 1:47 PM EDT

im a skeleton who takes souls, i donno what ambious is, i just say what human could do if they were smart

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] May 16 2013 11:05 PM EDT

Forever repeating the same mistake with charging $10 a mil is an ever amusing ambition..

Viole, have you ever seen a swarm of mustangs pillage a slice of bread?
Horses are the least violent of the two. Jump on a fence and you'd avoid the stampede of wheat grass munchkins. If fallen on the ground would need but assume the fetal defensive barrier and they'd bounce off your leather shoes.
A giant duck on the other hand would see a man-loaf sammich and T-Rex your biscuit legs off. Also, they fly. With 20ft+ wing span could do an easy 50mph and it's landing force on your ribs would register as an earthquake. You'd have to be the freaking Dragonborn to defeat Big "Swallow This" Bird without being back-feathered into a Starbucks. Beheaded by inch long bill grooves. Raped, because only a hen wouldn't, or dropped from the sky because he lacks the dexterity to weld a bone smashing mallet. Yet.
Could masacre a herd of ponies without sweating with a rake, a lighter, and SpeedStick. Would need a .50cal, a riot sheild, and a chance in hell not to suffer a ridiculous death at the webbed feet of mighty Qhaug.

As for the easy time travel question. Jump back 12 mins into that lab/road/carwash/etc, tell him it's the only way to be sure without interrupting the continuum of course, then steal his gun and send him back to the triassic period. Then buy two gold plated deloreans and drag race against yourself on weekends.

Eliteofdelete [Battle Royale] May 16 2013 11:30 PM EDT

100 duck sized horses would be far easier to deal with then a giant duck. Although I would probably feel bad breaking all those bones so maybe I would try to just feed them all instead :P

Past, because it is known. You would have to have high hopes for civilization to go into the future, especially if it is far into the future.

Viole May 16 2013 11:49 PM EDT

About the aggressiveness of the animals. I've taken the scenario to be a battle in which both parties are fully aware of the threat the other presents. You wouldn't be running onto a meadow of domesticated ponies, snapping the neck of each as you pass.

Also, the duck is not some invincible beast. What doesn't kill it will cause it a serious amount of pain and injury, and it possesses far less muscle than a horse ( I think? ). Though I don't claim to be particularly agile, I imagine I could avoid at least one peck, fling myself onto its neck, and proceed to kick the hell out of it.

Sickone May 17 2013 3:02 AM EDT

Thanks to the cube-square law, if we're talking an exact scale-up or scale-down of the animals with no adjustments whatsoever, then the horse-sized duck will be clumsy and frail as heck, and thus easily defeated (you probably would only have to stay away from it, and it would easily collapse under its own weight), whereas the tiny horses would be even tougher than they already are, and easily overpower you even with much smaller numbers.

Now, if we're also talking a proportional additional scaling of muscle mass, bone density and so on and so forth in the appropriate direction, then the horses would turn into basically something like a toothless, clawless small dog, whereas the duck would become something like an even larger, stronger and much more fouler-tempered ostrich... in which case, I'd much rather fight the hundred tiny horses.

Viole May 17 2013 10:05 AM EDT

I was under the impression that Ostriches were.. not terribly fearsome.

"Anyone who's seen Hitchcock's classic film The Birds may feel a little uneasy around pointy beaks and razor-sharp talons. An ostrich attack, however, is straight out of Jurassic Park. Like that movie's velociraptors, ostriches are fast--they can run at up to 45 mph--and they have a sharp nail on each of their feet that is capable of slicing a person open with one kick. Unlike velociraptors, however, an ostrich can reach more than nine feet tall and 350 pounds."

. _. Do ducks have talons?

"Ostriches have terrible ground fighting skills. If you can manage to get behind one, cinch your arm around its neck tightly and use your momentum to fall to one side. While on the ground and keeping hold of the neck, make sure to chop the throat repeatedly until the bird loses consciousness."

Viole May 17 2013 10:11 AM EDT

I feel a tad bit foolish for googling this but here:

Xenogard [Chaotic Serenity] May 17 2013 7:12 PM EDT

As for the easy time travel question. Jump back 12 mins into that lab/road/carwash/etc, tell him it's the only way to be sure without interrupting the continuum of course, then steal his gun and send him back to the triassic period. Then buy two gold plated deloreans and drag race against yourself on weekends.


And yes, with my question you can choose the exact date and time.
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