1006: Sloppier Than Fiction

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Revision as of 17:54, 3 November 2012 by Bpothier (talk | contribs) (That is the actual transcript "name" for "man"...)
Jump to: navigation, search
Sloppier Than Fiction
Roger Ebert once called you directionless and unwatchable.
Title text: Roger Ebert once called you directionless and unwatchable.


This comic is basically about a terrible person that Cueball is somehow talking to, possibly at a bar or party as Goatee Guy is carrying a drink.

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 unfortunately for him, is "Sloppier than Fiction".

In the title text, Roger Ebert is a well-known US-based movie critic.

Oh and FYI, if anyone ever says "It wasn't technically cheating"... it was cheating.


Douchebag with a goatee and a bad haircut: 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.

comment.png add a comment! ⋅ comment.png add a topic (use sparingly)! ⋅ Icons-mini-action refresh blue.gif refresh comments!


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 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. 02:07, 29 January 2014 (UTC) Agreed. 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. 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! (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Honestly, is nobody going to give Goatee Guy the benefit of the doubt? We know next to nothing about what actually happened.