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Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...

by ambrus (Abbot)
on Nov 01, 2009 at 13:14 UTC ( #804338=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...

Aluminium
[bar] 38/4%
Plastic
[bar] 426/43%
Oil
[bar] 153/16%
Water
[bar] 27/3%
Carbon dioxide
[bar] 53/5%
Copper
[bar] 12/1%
Iron
[bar] 10/1%
Silicon
[bar] 170/17%
Salt
[bar] 6/1%
Uranium
[bar] 36/4%
Hydrogen
[bar] 18/2%
Other
[bar] 33/3%
983 total votes
Comment on Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by zentara (Archbishop) on Nov 01, 2009 at 15:18 UTC
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by kyle (Abbot) on Nov 01, 2009 at 15:51 UTC

    A toxic combination of ignorance and outrage.

Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by Tux (Monsignor) on Nov 01, 2009 at 18:29 UTC
    • Stupidity

    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by toolic (Chancellor) on Nov 01, 2009 at 19:56 UTC
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by amir_e_a (Hermit) on Nov 01, 2009 at 21:54 UTC
    Monosodium glutamate.
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by davies (Vicar) on Nov 01, 2009 at 22:29 UTC
    ...large hadrons?

    Regards,

    John Davies
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by johngg (Abbot) on Nov 01, 2009 at 22:30 UTC

    I expect future archaeologists will refer to the "SCSI Terminator Layer" when classifying the age of found artifacts.

    Cheers,

    JohnGG

Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by Bloodnok (Vicar) on Nov 01, 2009 at 23:18 UTC
    Beer, or less specifically, alcohol.

    A user level that continues to overstate my experience :-))
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Nov 01, 2009 at 23:28 UTC

    I'd guess it will be termed the 'hydrocarbon age'.


    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
    In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by Illuminatus (Curate) on Nov 01, 2009 at 23:46 UTC
    Based on
    • 'truthers'
    • 'birthers'
    • grassy-knoll
    • flouride in drinking water
    • roswell
    • global warming is a myth
    • global warming will kill us tomorrow
    • 2012
    • The Illuminati

    The answer has to be bulls**t

    fnord

Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by LanX (Canon) on Nov 02, 2009 at 00:33 UTC
    ... business school rhetorics!

    Cheers Rolf

Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by Ratazong (Prior) on Nov 02, 2009 at 08:26 UTC
    Pollution?!
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by Utilitarian (Vicar) on Nov 02, 2009 at 10:08 UTC
    Depends on the nature of the Historian and the distance in the future, if we're talking post western civilisation archaeologists plastics seem a good bet.
    However if we're talking a couple of hundred years hence (when western civilisation still maintains hopefully) then I guess the "Information age" tag would hold and the associated material in the minds of arts professionals tends to be silicon.
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by Gavin (Canon) on Nov 02, 2009 at 10:44 UTC

    Crock of sh*te at the end of the rainbow.

    An era that promised so much yet has managed to deliver so little so far.

Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by moritz (Cardinal) on Nov 02, 2009 at 11:16 UTC
    vapour
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Nov 02, 2009 at 15:46 UTC
    Foam. It perfectly embodies the philosophy (so-called) of the age.

    Then again, never underestimate stupidity. As the old saying goes, it's the third most common thing thing in the universe after hydrogen and helium.

    --
    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by tubaandy (Deacon) on Nov 02, 2009 at 19:59 UTC
    I'm thinking aluminium. My thought is due to it's passivation, it tends to be relatively inert. Then again, many plastics have a very long half-life to breaking down...

    tubaandy
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by pmonk4ever (Friar) on Nov 02, 2009 at 23:31 UTC
    Silicon will give way to a new material that will spawn massive parallel computing properties which will allow direct neural connections to the brain and usher in a new era of information overload!

    Yea, no more keyboards!!!

    pmonk4ever

    "No trees were harmed in the creation of this node. However, a rather large number of electrons were somewhat inconvenienced."

Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by Discipulus (Curate) on Nov 03, 2009 at 08:36 UTC
    print map {chr (((hex A0)/2+3)+$_)}(0,-11,-10,1)
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by gloryhack (Deacon) on Nov 03, 2009 at 10:42 UTC
    Materialism.
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by apl (Monsignor) on Nov 03, 2009 at 15:19 UTC
    • hot air (either as a euphemism for bull$#!+ or global warming; take your pick)
    • feigned outrage
    • crocodile tears
    • Unreality-based decisions
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by planetscape (Canon) on Nov 03, 2009 at 19:18 UTC

    Plastic.

    Both in terms of "What everything is made of" and "How we pay for it all".

    HTH,

    planetscape
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by jonadab (Parson) on Nov 04, 2009 at 11:30 UTC

    I suppose it depends on what materials that we commonly use become less common in the future. Plastic seems obvious at first, but on further consideration I suspect that we've really only just *begun* to use plastic, and it will probably be rather a long time before plastics reach their peak. If so, the current era may end up with some other characterization.

    Perhaps the more interesting question: which information formats will future historians associate with our era?

    -- 
    We're working on a multi-year set of freely redistributable Vacation Bible School materials.
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by GrandFather (Cardinal) on Nov 05, 2009 at 05:42 UTC

    Vapor of ware


    True laziness is hard work
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by StommePoes (Scribe) on Nov 05, 2009 at 14:54 UTC

    HFCS - High fructose corn syrup.

Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by wjw (Deacon) on Nov 06, 2009 at 21:54 UTC
    ..cubic zirconia... because image is everything .. and reality is not affordable.. hmmm... I am less pessimistic than I sound, but don't tell anyone.
    • ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...
    • The Spice must flow...
    • ..by my will, and by will alone.. I set my mind in motion
      What are iPods made out of?
        Soylent green.

        --
        tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
        And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
        - Chick McGee

Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by nimdokk (Vicar) on Nov 09, 2009 at 20:57 UTC
    *starts humming "Living In A Plastic Age" by the Buggles*
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by poolpi (Hermit) on Nov 10, 2009 at 07:16 UTC
    $mc =~ /(?<=mis)?information/;



    PooLpi

    'Ebry haffa hoe hab im tik a bush'. Jamaican proverb
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by pid (Monk) on Nov 11, 2009 at 13:53 UTC

    Which one will be the correct answer?

      42 :-)
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by pileofrogs (Priest) on Nov 13, 2009 at 18:57 UTC
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by monk2b (Monk) on Nov 17, 2009 at 16:45 UTC
    I thought plastics were oil based, live and learn.

      Answer: The Past :^)

      "I thought plastics were oil based"

      Yep and Diamonds are carbon..... ;^)
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by gwhite (Friar) on Nov 23, 2009 at 21:02 UTC

    Duct Tape

    g_White
Re: Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is...
by talexb (Canon) on Nov 26, 2009 at 17:02 UTC

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