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At approximately 12:16 AM...

Doesn't that just amuse you?

The use of "approximately" in that context, I mean. If you're saying 12:16, is that really approximate? It comes closer to exact.

Yet, this evening at work, I asked one of my coworkers--a mechanical engineering major, for the record--what time it was. He pulled out his phone and said: "It is approximately 11:02."

I laughed. My dad does the same thing. Maybe it's an engineer's quirk.

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