183: Snacktime Rules

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
(Redirected from 183)
Jump to: navigation, search
Snacktime Rules
I am not making this rule up. Although my mom wants you all to know it made perfect sense at the time.
Title text: I am not making this rule up. Although my mom wants you all to know it made perfect sense at the time.

[edit] Explanation

The comic shows a mother telling her child that he can have a snack only when his age is "one less than a multiple of three". This means the child starts getting snacks when he turns 2 years old, then stops getting them when he turns 3. Then he starts again getting snacks when he turns 5 but stops when he turns 6. This cycle repeats every 3 years, so the kid gets snacks when his age is 2, 5, 8, 11, etc. (one every 3 years).

It's difficult to defend this policy with a reasonable argument; and the first impression is that the mother just made up the rule for some obscure, unknown reason. However, the title text explains that Randall's mother actually enforced this rule on him, and his mother claims that, at the time, there was a valid reason for it (though the reason is not explained in the comic). The caption says that Randall has figured out that his nerdiness as an adult comes (at least in part) from his mother's strange rules.

[edit] Transcript

My dad was always the one who taught me about science, but looking back, I'm starting to realize how much my nerdiness was influenced by my mom.
[A woman and a child are talking.]
Child: Mom, can I have a snack in my room before bed?
Mom: No, Dear. You know you only get that privilege when your age is one less than a multiple of three.

comment.png add a comment! ⋅ Icons-mini-action refresh blue.gif refresh comments!


Hm, how can we know, really, if it's Randall or Cueball speaking? –St.nerol (talk) 20:19, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

It's Randall. I was there. Spotlouise (talk) 16:13, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure that Cueball is basically just an abstraction of Randall. Black Hat, too, at times. Odd that no one seems to notice. Daddy (talk) 15:43, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
Everyone knows it; it'd be impossible for Randall to not put himself in the comic. However, the title text is always Randall, so that implies that the stick figure is definitely Randall. 00:07, 16 August 2013 (UTC) I should probably join... I'd be able to stop displaying my IP
I feel like most of the characters are at least sometimes abstractions of Randall. I mean almost always Cueball is. But I think the other characters can be aspects of him sometimes. Black Hat, Beret Guy, he'll sometimes even White Hat and Megan. Although they usually represent other things, if anything at all. But sometimes. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Based on the title text Randall had probably just turned 6, so there would be two years until he next could have a snack - and the mother probably believed that he would have forgotten such a rule by then (alas that was clearly not the case... :-) Kynde (talk) 20:27, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Personal tools


It seems you are using noscript, which is stopping our project wonderful ads from working. Explain xkcd uses ads to pay for bandwidth, and we manually approve all our advertisers, and our ads are restricted to unobtrusive images and slow animated GIFs. If you found this site helpful, please consider whitelisting us.

Want to advertise with us, or donate to us with Paypal?