Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Everyone wants to help someone in need, but sometimes the help they can offer isn't enough, or is the wrong kind of help. Cueball tries to help Megan, who is in psychological/emotional distress, but despite his efforts she ends up in hospital. She may have attempted suicide, but it's not very clear. The point is that sometimes you just can't make people happy, it's something they have to do themselves.
The title text refers to a hidden button behind the bookshelf, but Cueball did not find it. This is ironic because, although people can try help with psychological/emotional problems, there is no magic button that makes everything better.
Given his likely negative feelings towards Valentine's Day, as seen in the most of his Valentines comics, it may not be a coincidence he send this one out the day before February 14. He did not draw any Valentines related comic this year as he for instance did the two years before and after.
- It turns out you can't take responsibility for someone else's happiness.
- [Cueball looking at a curled-up Megan.]
- [Cueball's hand on Megan's shoulder.]
- [Megan has her head in her hands.]
- [Cueball watching an ambulance take Megan away in a stretcher.]
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Most depressing XKCD ever? 188.8.131.52 14:24, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
- Every time when I see this comic I'm close before some tear drops running out of my eyes ;( --Dgbrt (talk) 21:42, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
Waitwaitwait. So the guy was in the building all along, witnessing the suicide/self-harm, and he failed to stop a woman from apparently successfully knocking herself out? 16:19, 24 May 2014 (UTC) 184.108.40.206 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
I thought Cueball was choking her!220.127.116.11
I thought maybe it was about Randall's wife. Just like some of the comics feature her implicitly, I thought maybe this one did. 18.104.22.168 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
I think the explanation is a bit off. Sometimes getting someone into a hospital is helping. I've had to call 911 to get friends help. Things usually got bad for a while after that. 22.214.171.124 21:46, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
The first time I saw this one, it was some 2 or 3 days after I had to call the police for a friend who was attempting suicide. It hit way, way too close to home, to the point where I wanted to cry. I ended up just getting up right then and going for a long walk in the woods to clear my head. 7:24, 2 July 2015 (UTC) 126.96.36.199 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
To 188.8.131.52, he married in 2011... this comic was made in 2008. Unfortunately, we may never know who he is referring to. 184.108.40.206 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)