Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Title text: Somewhere in the world, my actual grandmothers are reading this and angrily exclaiming that I never write even malformed thank-you notes. DEAR GRANDMOMS: I AM SORRY! YOU ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING LOVE reddit.com RANDALL.
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is writing a letter to his grandmother on a typewriter, thanking her for taking him (and at least one other person) on a trip. However, due to a habit he's developed from using a computer for so long, Randall inadvertently litters the letter with website URLs. As if through muscle memory, Randall periodically attempts to check the latest news by pressing a combination involving the Tab key, typing the URL of a specific website, then pressing a combination using the Tab key again. Depending on what email program he normally uses, he might have attempted to press Alt+Tab on the typewriter to switch to his web browser (if he was accustomed to using stand-alone email program) or Ctrl-Tab to switch to another browser tab (if he normally used a web-based email program). The key combination that, on a computer, would satisfy his somewhat hyperactive impulses, is dramatically different on a typewriter where that key combination instead inserts a tab character. So, he types a tab character, URL, and second tab character right in the middle of his letter.
The title text references that Randall's real grandmothers, upon seeing this comic, might feel bad that he doesn't write to them at all (not even poorly-written letters like in the comic). To remedy this, he writes a brief thank you note to his grandmothers which includes one tab-URL-tab combination.
- [A typewriter is shown with the following letter in it:]
Dear Grandmom, cnn.com
I hope this reddit.com letter
finds you well. I wanted to say I
really news.google.com enjoyed the
trip you boingboing.net took us on,
and am looking forward to bbc.co.uk
visiting later fivethirtyeight.com
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- I didn't realize how bad my habit of tabbing to Firefox every few seconds to check news sites had gotten until I tried writing on a typewriter.
The spaces are because he's trying to alt-tab. 184.108.40.206 22:21, 31 January 2013 (UTC)mr
- You are absolutely correct, and the is much more missing. So I did tag this as incomplete.--Dgbrt (talk) 18:31, 19 September 2013 (UTC)
- Ctrl+Tab, next tab in tab bar. Alt+Tab, next top level window on desktop. If he uses a browser based email program it could be either 220.127.116.11 01:44, 30 December 2013 (UTC)