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Old January 5th, 2013, 05:26 AM
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They need those pictures so they can change the picture out of the selection of public domain pictures in order to pump out a new edition.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 05:56 AM
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If they wanted a new picture they could pick one more relevant to the topic...
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Old January 5th, 2013, 05:58 AM
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Sharks fascinated me when I was in middle school. I decided to study marine biology in college, but since that was pretty narrow for the job market, I've broadened myself to general biology.
Hey Carcharodon (I saw what you did there )!

You've done well, broadening yourself to general biology, but let me warn you that the jobs in Biology, nowadays, are based in reasearch grants and stuff like that. Unless you finish your course with astonishing grades, it's very complicated to apply for jobs in this area.

Believe me when I tell you this. I've gratuaded in general Biology and am currently doing a master degree on Food Science, because I couldn't get any job in my area... But if that's what you want, them aim for it!
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:23 AM
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:30 AM
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If they wanted a new picture they could pick one more relevant to the topic...
Could it be some manner of subliminal messaging?

Similar to certain shaving razor commercials advertising their product alongside fighter jets, heavy-duty trucks & quintessentially attractive individuals?

That is the only reason I am able to see, at least.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:35 AM
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Could it be some manner of subliminal messaging?

Similar to certain shaving razor commercials advertising their product alongside fighter jets, heavy-duty trucks & quintessentially attractive individuals?

That is the only reason I am able to see, at least.
That or the fact that no one buys a book that has a cover full of mathematical formulas and stuff. I think it's just marketing.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:37 AM
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That or the fact that no one buys a book that has a cover full of mathematical formulas and stuff. I think it's just marketing.
Aside from massive geeks such as myself, you're entirely right.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:39 AM
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Well if it's a textbook it's required anyway, right?

One of my really old math ones had a picture of a building that I swear was a building in a Kingdom Hearts game.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:48 AM
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A textbook is not always required. I had to buy some that weren't required and choose the best looking one. Yeah, they were miserable inside, but I guess that I am the dream of every marketeer: I'm attracted by everything that is good looking, and even if it sucks, I'll say it's the best in the world.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:54 AM
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That or the fact that no one buys a book that has a cover full of mathematical formulas and stuff. I think it's just marketing.
Schools are required to buy them (at least in Australia) so that's irrelevant...
Besides, it's not as if a picture of someone skydiving is going to make you think it's a book about skydivers when the title reads "Mathematic Skills 10"."
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:01 AM
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Schools are required to buy them (at least in Australia) so that's irrelevant...
Besides, it's not as if a picture of someone skydiving is going to make you think it's a book about skydivers when the title reads "Mathematic Skills 10"."
Er... a fair number of young people at the high school I go to would certainly choose a book, solely due to it "looking coolor", cover-wise.

Something that they subtly turn face-up while walking through the halls, for no particular reason other than they think it is "cool".

Beyond high-school though, I am not sure (seeing as I am still there).
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:04 AM
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A textbook is not always required. I had to buy some that weren't required and choose the best looking one. Yeah, they were miserable inside, but I guess that I am the dream of every marketeer: I'm attracted by everything that is good looking, and even if it sucks, I'll say it's the best in the world.
Reminds me of when my mom and I went and picked out wine bottles with pretty labels to fill her wine rack, and then she drank one at some point and it was the nastiest thing in the world.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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Unless it says "Skydiving formulas" in the subtitle. *lame*

But yeah, maybe there are some subliminal messages that the editors wanna send to us. Like "Math is fun, radical and young. Just like skydiving!"

@Toujours: that happened to me already. I went to buy some wine and choose a fancy bottle that said "Made entirely with blablabla grapes from blablabla vines in the blablabla country. 100% pestice-free and awarded with the gold medal at the blablabla wine tasting". It was wonderful when I drank it, but then, out of nowhere, someone said that the wine was made with leftovers from other wines. So yeah, marketing is wonderful, isn't it?
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:09 AM
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Unless it says "Skydiving formulas" in the subtitle. *lame*

But yeah, maybe there are some subliminal messages that the editors wanna send to us. Like "Math is fun, radical and young. Just like skydiving!"
Odds are you're right about it being marketing, but it's interesting to consider the other possible reasons.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:27 AM
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@Codaq: Well if you like it that's what counts right? I like hotdogs no matter what is in them. >_o
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:37 AM
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...Facebook arguments. Okay, what? I quit Facebook a long time ago. Oops. Hotdogs are only good in the summer and on holidays in my eyes I can't have them too much.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:45 AM
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I love jumping in on Facebook arguments and either trolling my stupid friend or just randomly commenting, lol.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:48 AM
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Oh, the best part comes when you watch someone disprove another's comment(s) or statement(s), than see the defeated individual retroactively re-phrase their posts so they don't seem so asinine .
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:50 AM
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Facebook arguments are fun. I would say that they should just do it in real life...but then their friends don't get to watch.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:58 AM
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I hate it when a facebook argument starts on almost every status I make. I say "Oh what a lovely day today." and then someone makes a stupid comment on some controversial topic that attracts 3/4 of my friends list, including my parents. I'm like "this is embarassing."

On the subject of textbooks, this semester I'm going to aim for ebooks rather than physical textbooks. I'm going to use my tablet as an ereader. E-Books are cheaper and easier that way imo.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 09:18 AM
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On the subject of textbooks, this semester I'm going to aim for ebooks rather than physical textbooks. I'm going to use my tablet as an ereader. E-Books are cheaper and easier that way imo.
Yes, they are! I just don't buy them because I like to feel the paper and smell the books and I can't study without writing on the margins and whatso.

Random subject: I really don't understand you girls! Two months ago I cut my hair and happily showed my new look to my gf. "It's too long! Did you really cut it?", she said. Today I went to cut my hair again and happily thought that it would please her, because it was shorter than the previous time. "It's too short! You should have told that you didn't to cut that amount of hair! Now it fits you bad..."
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Old January 5th, 2013, 09:22 AM
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Old January 5th, 2013, 09:24 AM
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It's probably going to take time to get used to, because I'm more of a textbook carrying person rather than digital, but I'm a tech junkie. I should get used to this! xD

Yeeeeeah, I tend to be like that all the time towards my guy friends. xD Hopefully it's not *too* short :P
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Old January 5th, 2013, 09:28 AM
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Did you...ask her how she likes your hair? Lol...

Also I almost never buy textbooks unless it's super required. But English major so mostly I have to buy novels and such anyway.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 09:36 AM
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I actually didn't buy any textbooks last semester at all

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