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Comment author: bigjeff5 03 March 2011 09:22:00PM 0 points [-]

Apples and oranges are alike in more ways than they are not alike.

I always have to bring this up when someone makes the "you can't compare apples to oranges" statement. In fact, it is quite reasonable to compare apples to oranges. It's also reasonable to compare apples to eighteen-wheelers. It's only unreasonable when you are explicitly ignoring all the ways they are alike. Even then, it isn't particularly unreasonable to compare two things that are completely dissimilar.

I'm being a little pedantic, but it really seems to apply in this particular case.