Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
This comic is basically Cueball stuck in a conversation with Goatee Guy, presumably at a bar or party as Goatee Guy is carrying a drink. From Cueball's reaction it's clear he thinks Goatee Guy is a terrible person, and is a setup for the pun in the title of the comic:
The title of this comic is a play on the phrase "Stranger than Fiction", which means that sometimes real life can lead to some unexpected ups and downs that would not even make sense in a fictional representation in a book or a movie. Goatee Guy's life, unfortunately for him, is "Sloppier than Fiction".
In the title text, Roger Ebert was a famous American movie critic. He was quite caustic when on the job and not afraid to let the reader know he hated a movie.
Oh and FYI, if anyone ever says "It wasn't technically cheating"... it was cheating.
- [A douchebag with a goatee and a bad haircut talks to Cueball.]
- Goatee Guy: Even though it technically wasn't cheating, she dumped me anyway! So I tell Bret, and he's like "She sounds just like my crazy ex." And I was like, "dude, what was her name?" and it was the same girl. I swear, if they made my life into a movie, no one would believe it.
- Cueball: Yeah, though mostly because of the poorly-written dialogue and unlikeable main character.
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To me this is the lesson that sometimes we miss the most obvious thing: If you felt like you needed to do something that WASN'T technically cheating, perhaps what you shared WASN'T technically love. So if it was not love our beerded (at least I think it's a beer in his cup) friend lost, what was it? - e-inspired 22.214.171.124 15:21, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
- The positive strings attached to that quasi-love? --Quicksilver (talk) 06:47, 17 August 2013 (UTC)
" Oh and FYI, if anyone ever says "It wasn't technically cheating"... it was cheating. " -> This is only true for the more orthodox kinds of relationships. 126.96.36.199 02:07, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Agreed. 188.8.131.52 19:40, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
- The point they're trying to make - and the joke in the comic - is that if you ever have to justify something as "technically not cheating", you've overstepped a boundary, regardless of how orthodox your relationship is. More to the point, if your partner is upset by something you did, telling them it was technically ok isn't going to get you anywhere. The joke is that goatee guy did something that hurt his girlfriend's feelings, then summarily dismissed her opinion when she tried to talk about it. 184.108.40.206 21:19, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
The "not technically cheating" bit in my eyes simply makes it very clear that Goatee Guy is indeed an "unlikeable character". Ugh. Right with you on this one, Cueball! 220.127.116.11 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)