triple

triple jump

or hop, step, and jump

Track-and-field distance jump. It incorporates three distinct, continuous movements: a hop, in which the athlete takes off and lands on the same foot; a step, in which he lands on the other foot; and a jump, in which the athlete lands in any manner, usually with both feet together. It has been a modern Olympic event since the first games in 1896.

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or Paraguayan War

(1864/65–70) Bloodiest conflict in Latin American history, fought between Paraguay and the allied countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The Paraguayan dictator Francisco Solano López (1827–70), objecting to Brazil's interference in the politics of neighbouring Uruguay, declared war on Brazil in 1864. The next year Argentina organized the Triple Alliance with Brazil and Uruguay. After three years of fighting, the allies annihilated the Paraguayan forces, but Solano López carried on a guerrilla war until he was killed. Paraguay was devastated by the war; its population was reduced by half, and territory covering some 55,000 sq mi (140,000 sq km) was annexed by Brazil and Argentina.

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or Paraguayan War

(1864/65–70) Bloodiest conflict in Latin American history, fought between Paraguay and the allied countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The Paraguayan dictator Francisco Solano López (1827–70), objecting to Brazil's interference in the politics of neighbouring Uruguay, declared war on Brazil in 1864. The next year Argentina organized the Triple Alliance with Brazil and Uruguay. After three years of fighting, the allies annihilated the Paraguayan forces, but Solano López carried on a guerrilla war until he was killed. Paraguay was devastated by the war; its population was reduced by half, and territory covering some 55,000 sq mi (140,000 sq km) was annexed by Brazil and Argentina.

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(1882) Secret agreement between Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. It provided that Germany and Austria-Hungary would support Italy if it was attacked by France, that Italy would similarly assist Germany, and that Italy would remain neutral if Austria-Hungary was attacked by Russia. The alliance advanced Otto von Bismarck's efforts to isolate France. Conflicts between Italy and Austria-Hungary over their interests in the Balkans led Italy to reach an understanding of neutrality with France in 1902, which effectively nullified Italy's pledge to the members of the Triple Alliance, though the alliance was renewed in 1907 and 1912. Seealso Austro-German Alliance.

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In mathematics, a triple is an n-tuple with n being 3. A triple is a sequence of three elements. It is not a set of three elements, as the ordering of the elements matters, and an element can be present more than once in the same triple. Derived from this abstract meaning it is used in several other contexts.

Triples in humor

A triple is a joke consisting of three statements (also known as comedy threes). The first two statements are similar, usually "straight lines", and establish a pattern which the third statement does not follow. For example:

John was a quiet gentleman who liked to work in the garden, read literary works, and devour kittens.

Obviously, the third violent activity does not follow the first two benign ones. This may be found humorous. Other examples include lists, of names for example, where the third is in contrast with the previous two.

"It's one thing to see death coming at the hands of your own creation. Oedipus and his father. Baron Frankenstein and his monster. William Henry Gates and Windows '09." -- David Brin, Kiln People

Here is another typical example, by Woody Allen, in Love and Death:

"If only I could see a miracle, like a burning bush, or the seas part, or my Uncle Sasha pick up a check!"

An example from the Dick van Dyke Show, with a coworker addressing his balding boss:

"Can I get you anything? Coffee? Doughnut? Toupee?"

Similarly from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold addressing his unwanted guest/cousin Eddie:

"Can I get you something to drink? Refill your eggnog? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?"

The NBC show 30 Rock employs this technique on occasion. An example is when Tracey Jordan says:

"I’m sorry, Liz Lemon. This is who I am. You can’t ask a bird not to fly. You can’t ask a fish not to swim. You can’t ask a tiger not to turn back into a Chinese dude at midnight."

There are endless variations. Good ones can have a joke within a joke, such as this exchange from All in the Family where the subject of cities with the same names has come up:

Mike: "Portland, Oregon; Portland, Maine."
Gloria: "Springfield, Illinois; Springfield, Massachusetts."
Edith: "New York, New York!"

See also

Triples in music

In music triple refers to triple meter and triplets. See also simple meter and compound meter (music).

Triples in RDF

In RDF a triple is a subject-predicate-object expression.

Triples in sport

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