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« on: November 22, 2011, 10:23:18 PM »

It just today dawned on me that the "filter" symbol seen in Excel and other data processing software tools is a funnel.   I thought it was just an abstract invented icon. My god.

The other one that comes to mind is the old symbol for the yellow pages, that hunched over abstract monster thing. Even after I realized it was supposed to be a walking hand I kept on wanting to see a hunched thing going the other direction.
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011, 10:42:29 PM »

How about the save icon in Word.  It's a floppy disk.  What the hell is a floppy?!   saywhat
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2011, 02:47:43 AM »

You cannot begin to imagine how many games of the original Civilization I played before I realized that the Settler icon was the side-view of a wagon. To this day, the moment I got that is my most powerful "facepalm" moment.

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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2011, 02:31:51 PM »

I just wanted to add that a funnel makes no sense for representing a filter.  A funnel doesn't filter anything; it funnels.  It takes stuff, and then condenses it into a more compact stream of the same exact stuff.  No stuff is filtered out.  Replace your oil filter with an oil funnel and see how well it works.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2011, 02:36:52 PM »

I know the feeling....my epiphany was the arrow in the FedEx logo.  retard
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2011, 02:49:33 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on November 23, 2011, 02:31:51 PM

I just wanted to add that a funnel makes no sense for representing a filter.  A funnel doesn't filter anything; it funnels.  It takes stuff, and then condenses it into a more compact stream of the same exact stuff.  No stuff is filtered out.  Replace your oil filter with an oil funnel and see how well it works.

Yes, but if you, say, took a giant bag of sand and poured it over a funnel into a bottle, only some of the sand would make it into the bottle. This is Microsoft, do you expect it to make sense?

Maybe what it should really be is a colander button. That should be easy to make a little icon of biggrin
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2011, 06:00:36 PM »

... did you expect it to look like this?

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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2011, 06:10:37 PM »

Did this thread just get NSFW? I'm honestly not sure.
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2011, 07:29:54 PM »

Quote from: Booner on November 23, 2011, 02:36:52 PM

I know the feeling....my epiphany was the arrow in the FedEx logo.  retard

That one hit me, too.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2011, 07:44:00 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on November 23, 2011, 02:31:51 PM

I just wanted to add that a funnel makes no sense for representing a filter.  A funnel doesn't filter anything; it funnels.  It takes stuff, and then condenses it into a more compact stream of the same exact stuff.  No stuff is filtered out.  Replace your oil filter with an oil funnel and see how well it works.

well, if someone was pouring sand and really large rocks into a funnel, it would filter out the really large rocks.  until they blocked the funnel.  at which point it would filter out everything.
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2011, 08:08:43 PM »

What you can't see is that there is a coffee filter icon inside the funnel icon.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2011, 08:16:48 PM »

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on November 23, 2011, 08:08:43 PM

What you can't see is that there is a coffee filter icon inside the funnel icon.

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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2011, 08:28:28 PM »

I'm going to go with Freezer's interpretation to soothe my cognitive dissonance.
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2011, 08:59:08 PM »

Or it could be a sieve.
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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2011, 03:27:18 AM »

You know, until tonight I've only ever seen a face
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« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2011, 04:36:45 AM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 22, 2011, 10:42:29 PM

How about the save icon in Word.  It's a floppy disk.  What the hell is a floppy?!   saywhat
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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2011, 04:38:41 AM »

Quote from: Asharak on November 23, 2011, 02:47:43 AM

You cannot begin to imagine how many games of the original Civilization I played before I realized that the Settler icon was the side-view of a wagon. To this day, the moment I got that is my most powerful "facepalm" moment.

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how could you not recognize that?  I take it you didn't play a lot of Oregon Trail growing up? icon_lol

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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2011, 08:25:42 AM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 22, 2011, 10:42:29 PM

How about the save icon in Word.  It's a floppy disk.  What the hell is a floppy?!   saywhat

In that same vein, the save icon in the game Might & Magic : Clash of Heroes is a picture of a CD/DVD disc.  The game is available on the DS and as a downloadable game on PC, 360, and PSN, but not on a disc.  Even if it were available on a disc, you wouldn't save to the disc, which makes the icon an even stranger choice.
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2011, 01:17:57 PM »

Quote from: Calavera on November 23, 2011, 08:59:08 PM

Or it could be a sieve.

I believe you're correct. There are no other icons that show heavy shading like the "Funnel" ... it could be that it is the little tiny holes that get lost in pixel hell.
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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2011, 01:41:18 PM »

... and these are...



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