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Why does it have to overflow in a direction? And why to the right?

Who was the person behind the logo design? Maybe he/she can answer this.

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I think someone forgot the always-friday-in-iceland tag. –  C. Ross Jun 22 '10 at 19:33
    
always-friday-in-iceland!! –  Lazer Jun 23 '10 at 7:05
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The logo tag! –  Lazer Jun 23 '10 at 16:18
    
Closed as We Hate Fun Here. –  Robert Harvey Nov 22 '11 at 17:07
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Everything flows to the right (in this universe)

enter image description here

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What's in the (apparently funny) picture? –  mmyers Jun 22 '10 at 14:51
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@mmyers If you sort the answers by newest, the bottom four posts seem to topple over to the right side. The snapshot was taken before any comments were introduced. –  Grace Note Jun 22 '10 at 14:56
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"That's what she said!"

...(someone had to say it)

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I hear in the southern hemisphere it flows left.

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Oh? I always heard that in the northern hemisphere it flowed left. –  Pops Jun 23 '10 at 20:00
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It's a slinky ending in the box.

slinky

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ha ha +1 for learning me it's called a slinky in english –  DrDro Jun 23 '10 at 8:41
    
@DrDro what is it called where you're from? –  Jared Harley Jun 23 '10 at 13:13
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Literally translated I used to call it: "you know that thing with fluo rainbow colors that goes down the stairs". But you made me check and it appears it's also called a slinky here in france... –  DrDro Jun 23 '10 at 13:44
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also, it should be "teaching me" @DrDro –  jmfsg Jun 23 '10 at 20:42
    
This actually makes more sense since the coloration indicates energy (gray being least active since it has come to a stop, orange being most active) –  andrewtweber Jun 13 '13 at 1:15
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Because we're right!

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Because the stack doesn't want to overflow to the wrong.

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Because programming is art and uses the right side of the brain.

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It was the result of a design contest; the winner was Peter Borlace

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This sounds way too sensible to be the right answer. –  gnostradamus Jun 22 '10 at 15:11
    
Deserves at least one upvote though ;-) –  David Z Jun 22 '10 at 15:19
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oh... a serious answer, way to ruin the fun! –  jmfsg Jun 22 '10 at 15:19
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Well, I don't know Borlace's motivation behind it; any of the other answers here could very well be the reason he had it overflow right :) –  Michael Mrozek Jun 22 '10 at 15:22
    
Also, I din't know there was voting for choosing the site name. Interesting. –  Lazer Jun 22 '10 at 17:19
    
@Lazer It's surprising/impressive how much of the site is the result of community decisions and voting –  Michael Mrozek Jun 22 '10 at 20:17
    
@Michael Mrozek: yes, surprising and impressive. –  Lazer Jun 23 '10 at 7:08
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That's only part of the picture.

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It walks down stairs.

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But how does it get out of the box? –  mmyers Jun 22 '10 at 14:50
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@mmyers, magic. –  jmfsg Jun 22 '10 at 14:52
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@mmyers: A very strong compulsion to walk down stairs. –  Bill the Lizard Jun 22 '10 at 14:52
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...alone or in pairs... For you generationally challenged: youtube.com/watch?v=CM_sMM_tvX8 –  Robert Cartaino Jun 22 '10 at 15:12
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This is brilliant. –  Pëkka Jun 22 '10 at 18:34
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I had a slinky ... I straightened it. -- Egon Spengler –  Tim Post Jun 23 '10 at 16:53
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Let's hope the logo doesn't suffer this fate. –  gnostradamus Jun 23 '10 at 17:07
    
Over your neighbors dog. –  George Stocker Nov 22 '11 at 16:14
    
@mmyers .pop() =p –  James Webster Aug 28 '12 at 22:39
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Because the word "stack" has 5 letters (just like "right").

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Isn't it falling forwards, but the image is captured from the side?

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Because it was hit by an invisible pink unicorn that came running from the right

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Wouldn't that be "from the left"? –  gnostradamus Jun 22 '10 at 14:51
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No, "from the right", then the container moves "to the left" and the contents fall "to the right" –  jmfsg Jun 22 '10 at 14:59
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Maybe if it was a very tiny unicorn. Or a very tall stack. –  Michael Todd Jun 22 '10 at 15:07
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It is really tiny actually –  jmfsg Jun 22 '10 at 15:18
    
Do invisible pink unicorns have colorless green dreams? –  Pops Jun 23 '10 at 20:00
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It actually overflows to the left; the picture is taken from behind.

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Then why does it overflow to the left? –  jmfsg Jun 24 '10 at 0:33
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@Juan That's an entirely different issue. Please do not add new questions as comments or answers; instead use the "Ask Question" link on the top right of this page. See the FAQ for details. –  balpha Jun 24 '10 at 6:59
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Because the Earth is spinning counterclockwise.

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According to your perspective. To me, it's going clockwise. –  GManNickG Jun 22 '10 at 19:59
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Because it's on the left side of the logo.

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