Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Title text: 20 balloons float away while I'm busy permanently tying one to a tree to deal with it for good. Unfortunately, that one balloon was 'land a rocket on the moon in Kerbal Space Program.'
This comic appears to be a visual representation of the thought process of someone with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Various of Cueball's thoughts or tasks that he must do are represented by balloons which are rising out of his reach. He holds the "math problem" balloon and grabs the "call mom" balloon, but notices "check oven" is rising out of his reach. He abandons the two balloons he holds to dive and grab the "check oven" balloon. Of course, this allows the other two to rise, presumably out of Cueball's reach, as the pullout reveals a plethora of other balloons already rising too high.
This represents how someone with ADD quickly drops one task to take on another, only to jump to yet another task before that one is done; or alternatively, it represents how the person with ADD feels; that while they are focusing on one task, 20 others are getting away from them. The title text further reinforces this, noting that while committing to actually complete one task (represented by tying a balloon to a tree), 20 others floated away. The task he chose to complete is (as stereotypical for someone with ADD), a task that results in no necessary accomplishment - the task is to land a rocket on the moon (Mun) in Kerbal Space Program which is a video game.
- [Cueball is holding a balloon with "Math Problem" written on it. He is running to grab a balloon labeled "Call Mom" that is floating away.]
- [Cueball is now holding both balloons, but looks over his shoulder and sees a balloon that reads "Check Oven".]
- Cueball: !!
- [Cueball releases the balloons he had been holding and runs for the third.]
- [Cueball jumps for the "Check Oven" balloon and snatches it just before it is out of reach.]
- Cueball: Hah!
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- [Full width panel showing 16 balloons floating away and one Cueball is holding. The balloons are of different sizes and color, labeled as follows from left to right]
- Parking Meter
- Buy Soap
- Phone Call
- Beat Game
- Feed Cat
- Drink Water
- Call Mom
- Math Problem
- Send Card
- Check Oven (Cueball is holding this one still)
- Engine Light
We are lucky for the comic title, since otherwise I wouldn't be so sure this only apply to people with ADD ... in current world, there are so many things wanting your attention that they may overhelm even normal people (of course not so easily). --Hkmaly (talk) 08:21, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
I agree. You don't have to be ADD to relate.
Then again, doesn't everyone who isn't autistic have some amount of attention deficit? It seems like everyone fits under one label or the other these days.
--184.108.40.206 21:33, 16 September 2012 (UTC)
- Hey, I'm autistic and I have ADD. 220.127.116.11 22:00, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
- I think a psychiatrist wants your money. So many kids are given those labels as an excuse for parents or teachers not teaching right and for laziness on the kid's part. I'm not saying that's you, but it might be. And no employer is going to lower expectations just because you think differently. Whether the 'disorder' is there or not, make the most of your mind and enjoy a productive life to the best of your abilities. I've actually found my ADD to increase my academic ability, because I use it like a boat adjusts the sails. Plus I'm learning how to let some things go.18.104.22.168 09:58, 20 November 2013 (UTC)Dartania
- I think that's very little data to go on to jump to "a psychiatrist wants your money". Axes to grind best left out of casual, low-information exchanges on the internet I think. 22.214.171.124 05:15, 2 March 2016 (UTC)
- Oi, I know someone who has autism, it is on NO MEANS the parents fault or the kid's laziness. It is IMPOSSIBLE to "make the most out of this" and be productive if you had seen someone try to focus on this. 126.96.36.199, please think how these people feel before commenting. See 481: Listen to Yourself and 202: YouTube.Dontknow (talk) 04:53, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
- It does closely resemble the executive dysfunction (and/or 'task intertia') experienced by some autistic people. Definitely can relate to this comic via executive dysfunction, though I don't have ADD. 188.8.131.52 05:15, 2 March 2016 (UTC)
you're not allowed to have both? 184.108.40.206 21:48, 29 December 2012 (UTC)
Is there an opposite to autism/ADD where you find them all interesting as hell and are able to pick and choose and have an hell of a time but get put off easily by failure except where you stick at the one that is widely believed to be impossible because everyone else fails too and it's OK and you eventually find the various solutions to it all?
And nobody cares? I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 19:33, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
It's called "perfection"Dontknow (talk) 04:53, 7 May 2017 (UTC)