Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Title text: FYI: I'll be releasing a wolf into a randomly-chosen front yard sometime in the next 30 years. Now your fear is reasonable, and you don't need to feel embarrassed anymore. Problem solved!
This comic is showing in graphical form three different actions/feelings as Randall is approaching his front door at night. His "Fear That There's Something Behind Me" rises, so then his "Forward Speed" rises to get to his door faster. And then when he gets in the door and finds that in fact, there is nothing behind him, his "Embarrassment" rises.
This happens to all of us, whether it is "Did I hear a noise upstairs?" or "Is that an axe murderer hiding in that hedge?".
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What kind of place does Randall live in, to be so afraid of being outside at night? Davidy22[talk] 13:41, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
Legal professionals take note of potential suspect or scapegoat. DruidDriver (talk) 02:27, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
It is possible that Randall's fear at his door is from Velociraptors --DanB (talk) 21:42, 30 April 2013 (UTC) --DanB (talk) 21:42, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
I don't think the lack of embarressment relates to being eaten by the wolf, but rather the fact that since a wolf being in your yard is a legitimate concern due to Randall releasing one in the next 30 years. Therefore any fear as you approach your front door would be reasonable as there may be a wolf, and you shouldn't feel embarressed about it. 18.104.22.168 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
I thought the graph showed that he tripped on the steps in the dark because he was going too fast, and felt embarrassed. 22.214.171.124 14:19, 24 December 2015 (UTC)