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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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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
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 14:50
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    @mmyers, magic.
    – juan
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 14:52
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    @mmyers: A very strong compulsion to walk down stairs. Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 14:52
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    ...alone or in pairs... For you generationally challenged: youtube.com/watch?v=CM_sMM_tvX8 Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 15:12
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    This is brilliant.
    – Pekka
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 18:34
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    I had a slinky ... I straightened it. -- Egon Spengler
    – user50049
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 16:53
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    Let's hope the logo doesn't suffer this fate. Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 17:07
  • Over your neighbors dog. Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 16:14
  • @mmyers .pop() =p Commented Aug 28, 2012 at 22:39
  • Haha, I've never thought of it this way :D
    – nicael
    Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 17:14
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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. Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 15:11
  • Deserves at least one upvote though ;-)
    – David Z
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 15:19
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    oh... a serious answer, way to ruin the fun!
    – juan
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 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 :) Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 15:22
  • Also, I din't know there was voting for choosing the site name. Interesting.
    – Lazer
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 17:19
  • @Lazer It's surprising/impressive how much of the site is the result of community decisions and voting Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 20:17
  • @Michael Mrozek: yes, surprising and impressive.
    – Lazer
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 7:08
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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?
    – juan
    Commented Jun 24, 2010 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 StaffMod
    Commented Jun 24, 2010 at 6:59
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Because the stack doesn't want to overflow to the wrong.

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It's a slinky ending in the box.

slinky http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/6549/cljnx.png

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  • ha ha +1 for learning me it's called a slinky in english
    – DrDro
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 8:41
  • @DrDro what is it called where you're from? Commented Jun 23, 2010 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
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 13:44
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    also, it should be "teaching me" @DrDro
    – juan
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 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) Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 1:15
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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
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 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 StaffMod
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 14:56
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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"? Commented Jun 22, 2010 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"
    – juan
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 14:59
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    Maybe if it was a very tiny unicorn. Or a very tall stack. Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 15:07
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    It is really tiny actually
    – juan
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 15:18
  • Do invisible pink unicorns have colorless green dreams?
    – Pops
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 20:00
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"That's what she said!"

...(someone had to say it)

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Because it's on the left side of the logo.

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Because the Earth is spinning counterclockwise.

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Because the word "stack" has 5 letters (just like "right").

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

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Because we're right!

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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
    Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 20:00

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