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== Explanation ==
 
== Explanation ==
 
This comic is a take on how vast and rich the world is, and on the thrill of exploring it. The world can be described as sad, as well as it can be described as wonderful, even if this seems a bit contradictory, just because there are so many different things happening in it.
 
This comic is a take on how vast and rich the world is, and on the thrill of exploring it. The world can be described as sad, as well as it can be described as wonderful, even if this seems a bit contradictory, just because there are so many different things happening in it.
  
[[Cueball]] comments about this, and the title text invites the reader to, with their mouse, click and drag the inside of the last panel, and by dragging and dragging, explore what is hidden outside that panel. The image displayed at first turns out to be part of a huge landscape, filled with big or small things, humorous details, people here and there, cave mazes, things floating in the air, jokes and references, unexpected things, relaxing views, etc. (The above image is not functional; you will have to visit the [http://xkcd.com/1110/ original comic].)
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[[Cueball]] comments about this, and the title text invites the reader to, with their mouse, click and drag the inside of the last panel, and by dragging and dragging, explore what is hidden outside that panel. The image displayed at first turns out to be part of a huge landscape, filled with big or small things, humorous details, people here and there, cave mazes, things floating in the air, jokes and references, unexpected things, relaxing views, etc.
  
 
The fact that we only see a small part of the landscape at once refers to the idea that we cannot in real life comprehend the whole world altogether, but only what is around us and/or in the range of our understanding at the time. The click-and-drag process, in which it is impossible to go as fast as we would want to, also draws a parallel with the fact that exploration is always done gradually, step by step, and trying something (i.e. here dragging in a certain direction) always has a cost. This click-and-drag exploration reproduces the thrill of discovering new horizons, getting lost sometimes, finding unexpected things, seeing beauty, humor, desolation or happiness here and there... which can easily captivate an xkcd reader for a looong time (and as such qualifies as [[356: Nerd Sniping|nerd sniping]]).
 
The fact that we only see a small part of the landscape at once refers to the idea that we cannot in real life comprehend the whole world altogether, but only what is around us and/or in the range of our understanding at the time. The click-and-drag process, in which it is impossible to go as fast as we would want to, also draws a parallel with the fact that exploration is always done gradually, step by step, and trying something (i.e. here dragging in a certain direction) always has a cost. This click-and-drag exploration reproduces the thrill of discovering new horizons, getting lost sometimes, finding unexpected things, seeing beauty, humor, desolation or happiness here and there... which can easily captivate an xkcd reader for a looong time (and as such qualifies as [[356: Nerd Sniping|nerd sniping]]).
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'''''Warning:''' there are cheating possibilities, people have implemented ways to explore that world more easily, but the best way to enjoy this comic is to play the game, explore the comic's world the way you're supposed to, get lost in the caves or in the sky, be startled by unexpected things or happy when finding some people after lengthy click-and-dragging through a repetitive landscape... So if you didn't do that already, '''reading any below will spoil you from truly enjoying the comic.'''''
 
'''''Warning:''' there are cheating possibilities, people have implemented ways to explore that world more easily, but the best way to enjoy this comic is to play the game, explore the comic's world the way you're supposed to, get lost in the caves or in the sky, be startled by unexpected things or happy when finding some people after lengthy click-and-dragging through a repetitive landscape... So if you didn't do that already, '''reading any below will spoil you from truly enjoying the comic.'''''
  
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==Transcript==
 
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|{{w|Bitcoin}} is digital currency that is untraceable, and thus liberated from the oversight of governments and banks. {{w|Peter Thiel}} is a co-founder of {{w|Seasteading#The_Seasteading_Institute|The Seasteading Institute}} that promotes permanent, autonomous ocean communities (similar to a {{w|micronation}}), enabling innovation with new political and social systems. Peter Thiel is also a co-founder of {{w|PayPal}}, a global e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Peter Thiel and other co-founders' original vision for PayPal was to have an online payment service that enabled account holders to send money to anyone in the world with just an e-mail address. xkcd also supports [http://xkcd.com/bitcoin bitcoin donations]. This might be a reference to the unspent bitcoins from a recent [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19633980 $250,000 theft]. If they don't have any internet access they might find it hard to spend their loot.
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|{{w|Bitcoin}} is a peer-to-peer currency, making it more difficult to trace than traditional currency. It is also difficult, if not impossible, for governments to confiscate. {{w|Peter Thiel}} is a co-founder of {{w|Seasteading#The_Seasteading_Institute|The Seasteading Institute}} that promotes permanent, autonomous ocean communities (similar to a {{w|micronation}}), enabling innovation with new political and social systems. Peter Thiel is also a co-founder of {{w|PayPal}}, a global e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Peter Thiel and other co-founders' original vision for PayPal was to have an online payment service that enabled account holders to send money to anyone in the world with just an e-mail address. xkcd also supports [http://xkcd.com/bitcoin bitcoin donations]. This might be a reference to the unspent bitcoins from a recent [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19633980 $250,000 theft]. If they don't have any internet access they might find it hard to spend their loot.
  
{{w|Edwin S. Shneidman}} was a pioneer in the field of suicide prevention. He published 20 books on suicide and its prevention, one of which, ''A Commonsense Book of Death'', defines most people to be death-postponers. A death-postponer hopes that death will not occur in anything like the forseeable future; the event must be staved off for as long as possible. The reference to a "death-postponer" is also the literal opposite to the actual name of the item Cueball throws, a {{w|life preserver}}.
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{{w|Edwin S. Shneidman}} was a pioneer in the field of suicide prevention. He published 20 books on suicide and its prevention, one of which, ''A Commonsense Book of Death'', defines most people to be death-postponers. A death-postponer hopes that death will not occur in anything like the foreseeable future; the event must be staved off for as long as possible. The reference to a "death-postponer" is also the literal opposite to the actual name of the item Cueball throws, a {{w|life preserver}}.
 
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:[Out at sea. There is an anti-aircraft platform with four people aboard, and one person in the water.]
 
:[Out at sea. There is an anti-aircraft platform with four people aboard, and one person in the water.]
  
 
:[On the west side of the aircraft a man with hair is speaking to a bearded man half a head taller than the haired man.]
 
:[On the west side of the aircraft a man with hair is speaking to a bearded man half a head taller than the haired man.]
:Man with hair: I'm not saying our bitcoin-only island nation was a bad idea, but we really should've secured Internet access ''before'' we left.  
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:Man with hair: I'm not saying our bitcoin-only island nation was a bad idea, but we really should've secured Internet access ''before'' we left.
  
 
:[On the east side of the platform a man wearing a sailor's hat walking toward the control tower. Cueball is on the edge holding a lifebuoy.]
 
:[On the east side of the platform a man wearing a sailor's hat walking toward the control tower. Cueball is on the edge holding a lifebuoy.]
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:[Out at sea. On the west side are two buoys, on the east is only one, in the center there is a sailboat. Cueball and another person wearing a beanie are on the small sailboat.]
 
:[Out at sea. On the west side are two buoys, on the east is only one, in the center there is a sailboat. Cueball and another person wearing a beanie are on the small sailboat.]
:Beanie: I'm on a boat! I expected more from the experience! Instead, all I can think to do is tell people where I am! ...I'm on a boat!  
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|Reference to the original Pokémon games. When Prof. Oak tells you not to go into the tall grass without a Pokémon.
 
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:[There is a large hill with very tall grass (taller than any character in this section).]
 
:[There is a large hill with very tall grass (taller than any character in this section).]
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*Based on the height of figures as well as the "two mile" figure given on the left-hand side, the scale should be approximately 32 pixels per 5 feet, making the entire map 25920 feet wide (4.9 miles or 7.9 kilometers) by 10240 feet tall (1.9 miles or 3.1 kilometers). If it were an overhead area, it would be about 9.5 square miles (6093 acres or 24.7 square km), roughly the size of Block Island, Rhode Island, USA. Just the POPULATED area (225 tiles with something drawn on them) would be 529 acres, or 0.826 square miles-- about the size of Princeton University.
 
*If the 2048x2048 PNGs were to be printed out as a single poster at 300 dpi, the poster would be 15.36 yards (14.05 meters) long and 6.07 yards (5.55 meters) tall. Most of the detail would be invisible, as these PNGs are optimized for ~72 dpi screens.
 
*If the 2048x2048 PNGs were to be printed out as a single poster at 300 dpi, the poster would be 15.36 yards (14.05 meters) long and 6.07 yards (5.55 meters) tall. Most of the detail would be invisible, as these PNGs are optimized for ~72 dpi screens.
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Revision as of 23:46, 16 February 2013

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To experience the interactivity, visit the original comic.

Contents

Explanation

This comic is a take on how vast and rich the world is, and on the thrill of exploring it. The world can be described as sad, as well as it can be described as wonderful, even if this seems a bit contradictory, just because there are so many different things happening in it.

Cueball comments about this, and the title text invites the reader to, with their mouse, click and drag the inside of the last panel, and by dragging and dragging, explore what is hidden outside that panel. The image displayed at first turns out to be part of a huge landscape, filled with big or small things, humorous details, people here and there, cave mazes, things floating in the air, jokes and references, unexpected things, relaxing views, etc.

The fact that we only see a small part of the landscape at once refers to the idea that we cannot in real life comprehend the whole world altogether, but only what is around us and/or in the range of our understanding at the time. The click-and-drag process, in which it is impossible to go as fast as we would want to, also draws a parallel with the fact that exploration is always done gradually, step by step, and trying something (i.e. here dragging in a certain direction) always has a cost. This click-and-drag exploration reproduces the thrill of discovering new horizons, getting lost sometimes, finding unexpected things, seeing beauty, humor, desolation or happiness here and there... which can easily captivate an xkcd reader for a looong time (and as such qualifies as nerd sniping).

Warning: there are cheating possibilities, people have implemented ways to explore that world more easily, but the best way to enjoy this comic is to play the game, explore the comic's world the way you're supposed to, get lost in the caves or in the sky, be startled by unexpected things or happy when finding some people after lengthy click-and-dragging through a repetitive landscape... So if you didn't do that already, reading any below will spoil you from truly enjoying the comic.


Transcript

This transcript will only cover the first 3 panels.

Cueball [narration]: From the stories
Cueball [narration]: I expected the world to be sad
[Cueball is floating by holding onto a balloon with one hand.]
Cueball [narration]: And it was
Cueball [narration]: And I expected it to be wonderful.
[Cueball has grabbed hold of the balloon with both hands.]
[The wind picks up and blows Cueball eastward.]
Cueball [narration]: It was.
[Full width panel, initial view of the world. Part of tile 1n1e.]
Cueball [narration]: I just didn't expect it to be so BIG.
[Scene opens up. You see Cueball is about a tree's-height from the ground. To the right there is a tall tree with no leaves on it and a broken limb.]

List of details and references

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The 225 existing tiles are sorted by columns from West to East and from North to South in each column.

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1 North, 33 West Cueball and Megan reach the western edge of the image and decide to live there. This is a reference to the last line in the film Groundhog Day
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[Cueball and Megan are in a valley. This is the western edge of the world. Megan is checking a GPS enabled device to check their distance traveled. Cueball is looking behind them (eastward).]
Cueball: We've walked pretty far. We must be on the other side of the world by now.
Megan: Let's see, we've gone... Two miles.
Cueball: Darn. You know, this is a nice spot. Let's just live here.
1 North, 32 West Just terrain, no activity
1 North, 31 West Just terrain, no activity
1 North, 30 West Just terrain, no activity
1 North, 29 West Just terrain, no activity
1 North, 28 West The hillocks in this panel appear to be the face and belly of a giant sleeping on its back. The feet extend into the next panel to the east. Possibly a reference to the giant's drink from the book Ender's Game.
1 North, 27 West The westernmost hillock appears to be the feet of a giant sleeping on its back, continued from the next panel west. Template:ws in the high grass.
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[Rolling hills with tall grass.]
[On the left there are two Velociraptors. The east-facing one looks to be a modern interpretation of the raptor, the west-facing is more Jurassic Park like.]
1 North, 26 West Just terrain, no activity
1 North, 25 West A large Template:w with a female listening for a signal. Possibly a reference to the movie Template:w.
1 North, 24 West Just terrain, no activity. Very nice trees though.
1 North, 23 West More nice trees.
2 North, 22 West The top of a large rocket that looks similar to the Template:w rocket (the base is in 1 North, 22 West).
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[A Launch Tower with a waiting Saturn V rocket look-alike attached by the umbilical lines. There are two Cueball-type characters standing on the top.]
Person 1: So why did we build this? There have got to be other ways to get to space.
Person 2: Believe it or not, this is the least crazy one anyone has come up with.
1 North, 22 West The base of the Template:w rocket on a launchpad.
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[A Launch Pad and Tower with a waiting Saturn V rocket attached by the umbilical lines. There is a person scaling the rocket. They are at the base of the Second Stage.]
[A military guardsman is walking the grounds unaware of the person on the rocket.]
1 North, 21 West Cueball asks Jesus why his footprints look like tire tracks. This is a reference to the inspirational text Template:w as well as a reference to the Template:w.
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[Two characters stand on the shore by the sea. One has unkempt hair, the other is a Cueball character.]
Cueball: Jesus, why do your footprints change to tire tracks whenever I was threatened by Decepticons?
1 North, 20 West Water
1 North, 19 West Water
1 North, 18 West Water
1 North, 17 West The scruffy character beneath the Template:w might be a reference to Template:w, a BBC radio program in which a celebrity chooses the records they would like to be stranded with if castaway. The hatch is a reference to Template:w in which the passengers on board a flight over the Pacific Ocean find themselves stranded on a strange island. Their first clue that they stumbled on something out-of-the-ordinary is the hatch.
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[An island in the middle of the sea. On its westward side is a hatch that leads down deep underground. A person is looking at the hatch. Meanwhile a person quietly climbs up a ladder built into the wall of the tunnel inside of the hatch.]
[On the other side, a scruffy man is looking at a disc while being shaded by a tall coconut palm tree.]
1 South, 17 West A miner. The sliding stone walls behind him (to keep back the water if he digs too far) are a reference to Ted Chiang's "Tower of Babylon" .
2 South, 17 West
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[Deep underground a vertical shaft gets wider the deeper you go.]
3 South, 17 West A reference to the game Template:w, where the game play consists of falling down while avoiding objects.
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[Deep underground a vertical shaft gets wider the deeper you go. A man wearing a headband has set up a lemonade stand on a plank stuck into the wall. There are people falling down the shaft right next to him.]
Falling people: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Lemonade man: Lemonade? ...Aww, OK. Lemonade? ...Aww, OK. Lemonade?
4 South, 17 West
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[Deep underground a vertical shaft gets wider the deeper you go.]
5 South, 17 West
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[Deep underground a vertical shaft gets wider the deeper you go.]
6 South, 17 West
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[Deep underground a vertical shaft.]
7 South, 17 West
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[Deep underground a vertical shaft.]
8 South, 17 West An Template:w fighter flies up a vertical shaft, its pilot communicating over radio. The quote is a reference to a scene of the Template:w movie Template:w, with an X-Wing piloted by Template:w escaping from inside the Template:w ([1]):
Template:w: "All right, Wedge. Go for the power regulator on the north tower."
Wedge Antilles: "Copy, Gold Leader. I'm already on my way out."
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[Deep underground, in a vertical shaft. There is an X-Wing fighter running along the shaft.]
X-Wing pilot [over radio]: Copy that, Gold Leader. I'm already on my way out.
9 South, 17 West
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[Deep underground a vertical shaft gets slimmer the deeper you go.]
10 South, 17 West
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[Deep underground a vertical shaft gets slimmer the deeper you go.]
11 South, 17 West
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[Deep underground a vertical shaft.]
12 South, 17 West Cueball and Megan looking up from the bottom of the shaft.
1 North, 16 West
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[A calm day out at sea.]
12 South, 16 West
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[Deep underground a tunnel comes from the west. A few feet before the end of it a vertical shaft goes down, just about wide enough for a single person to go down. It stops in a man-made cavern, then a tunnel continues eastward.]
1 North, 15 West
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[A calm day out at sea.]
12 South, 15 West
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[Deep underground a tunnel comes from the west and meets a tall cavern, buts keeps going all the way to the east. Cueball has dug up from the ceiling tunnel and is shoveling out a little cavern.]
1 North, 14 West People today can't seem to turn off their phones, unplug and just be by themselves. It has become a societal expectation that every person is constantly connected to the world and is there to respond at any moment. The idea of being indisposed has become a foreign concept.
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[To the west is a sea. There is a beach. Further in-land there are lots of trees with park benches under them.]
[Cueball and White Hat are walking towards the benches]
White Hat: Do you ever put your phone away and just take a moment to breathe and be alone with your thoughts?
Cueball: Yeah, once. It was terrifying.
12 South, 14 West
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[Deep underground a tunnel with a very rough ceiling goes all the way from west to east.]
1 North, 13 West A rocky hill with a Template:w. Megan and Ponytail sit atop the hill. A half-buried Template:w is on the other side in reference to Template:w with Cueball's "You Maniacs!" line parodying the final line from the film. Another western shore makes this a very small landmass.
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[Cueball shaking his fist at the half-buried Statue of Liberty]
Cueball: You maniacs!
Cueball: That sand sculpture trophy was supposed to be mine!
12 South, 13 West Someone in a straw hat saying "Becky?". He is carrying either a grappling hook or the end of a rope. Probably a reference to Template:w in which the title character rescues his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, from a cave.
1 North, 12 West Water
12 South, 12 West
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[Deep underground a two distant tunnels run from west to east connected by a thin vertical shaft. The lower tunnel has a man-made cavern dug out.]
11 North, 11 West An empty white tile with symmetric coordinates (11 North, 11 West).
1 North, 11 West Template:w is a game similar to tag but played in a swimming pool. The person who is "it" closes their eyes, or is blind-folded and calls out "Marco". All the other players must respond "Polo". The person who is it then tries to find the people by a sort of echo-location. It is a reference to Template:w the Venetian merchant who was the first European to make it to Central Asia and China.
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[Out at sea. A blindfolded character playing Marco Polo alone.]
Blindfolded man: ...Marco? ...Marco?
11 South, 11 West A black tile with symmetric coordinates (11 South, 11 West).

Note, that this PNG file contains an ICC section which means that the blackness in this image is properly Template:w.

12 South, 11 West Deep underground, a cavern opens up to reveal trees, grass, rocks, and a lake. A bird flies toward the trees. A person sits on a rock thoughtfully gazing into the water.
1 North, 10 West Water.
12 South, 10 West A tunnel runs across the top of the tile. It grows rougher on the east side.
1 North, 9 West Template:w is a peer-to-peer currency, making it more difficult to trace than traditional currency. It is also difficult, if not impossible, for governments to confiscate. Template:w is a co-founder of Template:w that promotes permanent, autonomous ocean communities (similar to a Template:w), enabling innovation with new political and social systems. Peter Thiel is also a co-founder of Template:w, a global e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Peter Thiel and other co-founders' original vision for PayPal was to have an online payment service that enabled account holders to send money to anyone in the world with just an e-mail address. xkcd also supports bitcoin donations. This might be a reference to the unspent bitcoins from a recent $250,000 theft. If they don't have any internet access they might find it hard to spend their loot.

Template:w was a pioneer in the field of suicide prevention. He published 20 books on suicide and its prevention, one of which, A Commonsense Book of Death, defines most people to be death-postponers. A death-postponer hopes that death will not occur in anything like the foreseeable future; the event must be staved off for as long as possible. The reference to a "death-postponer" is also the literal opposite to the actual name of the item Cueball throws, a Template:w.

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[Out at sea. There is an anti-aircraft platform with four people aboard, and one person in the water.]
[On the west side of the aircraft a man with hair is speaking to a bearded man half a head taller than the haired man.]
Man with hair: I'm not saying our bitcoin-only island nation was a bad idea, but we really should've secured Internet access before we left.
[On the east side of the platform a man wearing a sailor's hat walking toward the control tower. Cueball is on the edge holding a lifebuoy.]
Cueball: Hey, you in the water! Hang on-
Cueball: I'm gonna throw you a death postponer!
2 South, 9 West Jellyfish playing some sort of console game.
12 South, 9 West A rocky tunnel descends unevenly from the west, growing wider to the east. In the middle, a curving roof with two pointed recesses, together with the upward arching tunnel on either side, is reminiscent of the shape of a bat with wings spread.
1 North, 8 West Template:w is the nautical term for the deck that forms the roof of a cabin built in the rear of the ship.

The character climbing the rigging is apparently Template:w, who said at the Template:w, "People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here's the painful part: They're right. The system is rigged."

The Template:w onboard is shouting "Template:w" (meaning stop), but no one is apparently listening. Possibly a reference to the comic being released on Template:w.

The three-masted sailing ship with the pirate could be a reference to Template:w's short film Template:w in which rebellious office clerks turn their office building into a pirate ship, raiding financial districts in numerous big cities, before falling off the edge of the world.

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[Out at sea. There is a three-masted sailing ship at full sail with a healthy wind billowing the sails. There are five crew out on deck, four are aloft, and one on watch in the bowsprit.]
[A girl is seated on the spanker.]
Girl: Haha, "Poop Deck."
[Aloft on the mizzen-mast a woman is standing talking to another woman climbing the rigging between the mizzen and main masts.]
Mizzen-mast woman: Elizabeth, why are you climbing the rigging?
Elizabeth: Forget this rigging. The whole system is rigged against the middle class and families trying to climb out of poverty.
Mizzen-mast woman: ...Ok, but for real, what are you doing on this boat?
[Fore of the mizzen-mast a classic bearded pirate stands with his sword drawn.]
Pirate: Avast! Avast! ...Avast?
[Fore of the main-sail, a Cueball-type character looks over the railing.]
[Aloft a man is swinging around the fore-mast pretending to be Spiderman.]
[Lower on the fore-mast a Cueball-type character is adjusting the rigging. On the deck another is adjusting more rigging.]
[Out on the bowsprit Megan is keeping watch, and telling the runner Ponytail what is ahead.]
Megan: We should go slow -
Megan: That water up ahead looks pretty deep.
12 South, 8 West A wide rocky tunnel slopes from the west off the bottom of the tile.
13 South, 8 West An opening from above narrows and flattens out as the rough tunnel turns eastward.
7 North, 7 West A Template:w in landing configuration.
1 North, 7 West Water
13 South, 7 West A tunnel descends unevenly from the west, opening up somewhat in the bottom corner to the east. Megan and Ponytail are climbing a near-vertical section of the rocky wall.
14 South, 7 West Loose stones form the bottom of a small cavern that extends upward out of the tile. A tunnel runs out of it to the east.
1 North, 6 West Water
1 South, 6 West Jellyfish
13 South, 6 West Mostly solid rock; the east side and roof of a cave is in the lower westward corner.
14 South, 6 West
Transcript
[A flat tunnel runs the length of the whole tile. It is rough cut on the ceiling, but a smooth surface for walking. There is a hint that the ceiling draws away from the floor to the west. Cueball is walking east along the tunnel.]
6 North, 5 West Red spiders from earlier comics falling from the sky
1 North, 5 West "Template:w" is a single from Template:w's debut album Template:w.
Transcript
[Out at sea. On the west side are two buoys, on the east is only one, in the center there is a sailboat. Cueball and another person wearing a beanie are on the small sailboat.]
Beanie: I'm on a boat! I expected more from the experience! Instead, all I can think to do is tell people where I am! ...I'm on a boat!
14 South, 5 West
Transcript
[A flat tunnel runs the length of the whole tile. It is rough cut on the ceiling, but a smooth surface for walking.]
2 North, 4 West An Template:w
1 North, 4 West The coast of the body of water at a beach with some sea birds and beachgoers.
14 South, 4 West
Transcript
[A flat tunnel runs the length of the whole tile. It is rough cut on the ceiling, but a smooth surface for walking. The shaft grows in diameter as it goes eastward.]
3 North, 3 West
Transcript
[High in the sky.]
[Cueball is sitting in a swing attached to the end of a crane, and is swinging]
Cueball: WHEEE!
2 North, 3 West An empty white tile.
1 North, 3 West The west wall of a large building which stair-cases narrower as it rises.
14 South, 3 West
Transcript
[A flat tunnel runs the length of the whole tile. It is rough cut on the ceiling, but a smooth surface for walking. A small vertical shaft goes up to a very small cavern.]
8 North, 2 West This seems to be the peak of the Template:w to which 6 North, 27 East refers.
7 North, 2 West
6 North, 2 West Black Hat is seen in the picture with a Template:w, probably the Imperial cannons referred in 8 North, 6 East. Also at bottom, a cueball is flying a paper airplane off the building.
Transcript
Ponytail: We're so high up that if you threw a penny off the edge, inflation would reduce its value to 0.00999999975 by the time it landed.
[Further south, on a balcony]
Megan: The Wikipedia article on this balcony says the view is nice.
Cueball: I thought so.
5 North, 2 West A construction crane lifting another, smaller, construction crane. Possibly a reference to the Truck Truck Truck gag from the Simpsons. Also, self-erecting Template:ws do usually not lift Template:ws
4 North, 2 West
3 North, 2 West On the west side, the top of a (different) construction crane. On the east side, Cueball is firing a clay pigeon launcher while Ponytail fires a shotgun at the target. Meanwhile, someone else (Danish?) comes up from behind with CDs.
Transcript
Danish: I found some more CDs
Ponytail: PULL!
2 North, 2 West On the west side, the bottom of the construction crane. On the upper eastern side, a person is laid back, relaxing in a chair while using a laptop. On the next step down, a party crowd is out on a balcony.
Transcript
Person: I'm working at a small startup. Our business model is 'taking free drinks from industry events and reselling them.'
Person: Oh, hey, I should get going...
1 North, 2 West The bulk of the base of the building with one terrace visible on either side. Megan says "I came here to chew bubblegum... And I'm all out of bubblegum" is a reference to the movie Template:w in which the character Nada famously says "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum". That line is also used in the game Template:w by Duke himself, when Shrapnel City (Episode 3) starts. Also, Cueball says "That's a shame" a line popularised by Jerry in the sitcom Template:w. Pool line is a reference to "pool on the roof" prank from the movie Template:w.
14 South, 2 West
Transcript
[A flat tunnel runs the length of the whole tile. It is rough cut on the ceiling, but a smooth surface for walking. There is a single vertical shaft that would have gone down. The ceiling above the shaft has crumbled, and the rubble has filled in the shaft]
8 North, 1 West An empty white tile.
5 North, 1 West The tail of the crawler crane lifted at 5 North, 2 West.
2 North, 1 West An empty white tile.
1 North, 1 West The western wall at the base of a large building including its Template:w, a remote control rocket-powered bicycle attempting to launch from the first terrace, a balcony on the second terrace and a Template:w and other exhausts on the third. Trees with squirrels stand in front of the building leading to a parking lot with cars and one Template:w
14 South, 1 West
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[A flat tunnel runs the length of the whole tile. It is rough cut on the ceiling, but a smooth surface for walking. There are two rough cut vertical shafts going down, there is a rock pile on the ground between the two. A small vertical shaft goes up to a very small empty cavern.]
15 South, 1 West This is a sad statement about where the Internet is right now. The Internet should be a vast and diverse place filled with new and exciting content that breaks the mold of already established media. But instead, everyone on the Internet has become a shill for their Facebook page and their Twitter stream. It feels like everything links back to these two sites. Even stuck at the bottom of a shaft, these two people care more for how many Facebook likes and twitter followers they have, than for their own lives and safety.
Transcript
[Deep underground. There are two shafts, the western one ends abruptly with a pile of rubble at the bottom. The other changes direction and becomes a tunnel to the east.]
[Cueball and Megan are stranded at the bottom of the western shaft.]
Cueball: Is anyone up there? If you can hear us, friend us on Facebook!
Megan: Follow us on Twitter! Please!
13 North, 1 East Two whales is possibly a reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the planet Magrathea, where (improbably) two incoming missiles are turned into a whale and a bowl of petunias. It may also be a reference to the album From Mars to Sirius by the French heavy metal band Gojira, specifically the track, "Flying Whales." A third possibility is a reference to Respighi's "The Pines of Rome" from Fantasia II.
6 North, 1 East A Template:w is the oldest form of human-carrying flight.
Transcript
[High in the sky. Cueball and Megan are in a hot air balloon.]
1 North, 1 East The Template:w of the world; the default loaded image with Cueball floating by balloon. The balloons may be a reference to comic 1106. This may also be a reference to Template:w. The parking lot to the west ends to a grassy/rocky field with a tree. A hill runs up to the east with a fountain.
Transcript
[Open scene.]
[To the extreme left there is the end of a parking lot. Right from that Cueball is holding onto a balloon several feet from the ground.]
Cueball [narration]: I just didn't expect it to be so BIG.
[About 50 feet east of Cueball there is a lone tree with no leaves on it. Cueball is approximately parallel to with the top of it.]
[Farther east and much higher up is a single balloon floating away.]
[More east and on the ground Beret Guy is waving a butterfly net, chasing an RC Helicopter.]
[Two girls, one blonde and one darker, are walking away from Beret Guy.]
[On the extreme right is a fountain spraying water.]
14 South, 1 East
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[A flat tunnel runs the length of the whole tile. It is rough cut on the ceiling, but a smooth surface for walking. A single vertical shaft extends southward, rough cut all around.]
15 South, 1 East
16 South, 1 East
17 South, 1 East Alaska at the bottom of the shaft

At the lowest level of the cave, a fish leaps from water.

9 North, 2 East A reference to the Template:w manned mission to the moon in 1970. Two days after launch, en route to the moon, an oxygen tank exploded. Astronaut Swigert reported the incident to Mission Control in Houston saying 'Houston, we've had a problem.' The 1995 movie Template:w deliberately misquoted Swigert's famous statement as 'Houston, we have a problem' because the original made it seem that the problem had already passed.

The response is a parody of the inspirational quote 'There are no problems, only opportunities.'

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[The Apollo 13 mission is en route to the moon. An astronaut on board the craft informs Mission Control of an incident.]
Astronaut: Houston, we have a problem.
Mission Control: That's a negative, Apollo. There are no problems - only opportunities. Over.
3 North, 2 East A reference to the Template:w of Template:w and his father's escape from Template:w by building wings of feathers and wax. The joke is that, the incredible part of the story, the fact that Icarus and his father actually flew with simple wax and feathers, is downplayed to try to give children an object lesson about humility and hubris.
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[High in the air. There are feathers floating gently down. Below them is Icarus falling head first, he has the remains of wax and feather wings strapped to his arms.]
Icarus: I only hope the story of how building wax wings enabled me to fly teaches everyone a lesson about hubris.
1 North, 2 East
Transcript
[To the left, Ponytail is climbing up while Cueball has second thoughts.]
Cueball: We should turn back.
Ponytail: Wimp.
[In the middle, Cueball and Megan seem to be soaking in some sort of pond.]
[To the right, Ponytail is standing on top of a castle while Megan pushes a boulder and Cueball is playing some music.]
14 South, 2 East
Transcript
[A flat tunnel runs the length of the whole tile. It is rough cut on the ceiling, but a smooth surface for walking.]
17 South, 2 East
3 North, 3 East Megan is surfing on a Template:w
2 North, 3 East [Ground slops uphill, left-to-right (West to East). Close to the far right boundary is the Christmas Tree from Template:w. In the middle is an electronic listening station. Left and Up-slope of the listening station, Megan and Cueball are lying on the ground, talking. Near bottom left is Ponytail, wearing sunglasses, roller-skiing off a ski jump. Top left are four birds in the sky.]
Transcript
Megan: Ever wonder if there's life up there beyond the stuff we're covering up?
Cueball: Nah.
1 North, 3 East
14 South, 3 East
Transcript
[The tunnel opens up to a small cavern. The ground of the cavern is grass covered, and there is a tree growing in the center. Cueball is lounging near the tree.]
17 South, 3 East
18 South, 3 East Template:w reference: Someone escapes a creeper, running deeper into the cave he just fell in.
2 North, 4 East The Template:w as seen in this particular photo. The radio tower depicted shows the antennas for the WGBH and Template:w FM stations.

A reference to George Mallory's famous response to the question: "Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?".

Transcript
[Megan seems to be helping Cueball climb the hill.]
Megan: "Because it's there" is more poetic than "I'm rich enough that my goals are arbitrary."
1 North, 4 East A black empty tile (required because unspecified North tiles are automatically filled with white).
18 South, 4 East
19 South, 4 East
2 North, 5 East Cueball can't get cellphone reception, while two wingsuit flyers are leaping off a cliff above him.
1 North, 5 East A black empty tile (required because unspecified North tiles are automatically filled with white).
17 South, 5 East Possibly The Template:w, the submarine from Jules Verne's novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) and The Mysterious Island (1874) Also, possibly an allusion to Schwa.
19 South, 5 East
8 North, 6 East Template:w is both Anakin and Luke Skywalker's call sign. Anakin uses the sign in the Battle of Coruscant and Luke uses it in the Battle of Yavin. Also note the use of "Template:w" and "Template:w."
Transcript
Red Five to Red Leader - I'm out of range of any Imperial cannons or canons.
2 North, 6 East Giant airborne jellyfish.
Transcript
[Two birdwatchers with binoculars walk on the slope of a hill, one with her back to the giant jellyfish and the other one staring at it]
Birdwatcher#1: Ooh, a Template:w!
Birdwatcher#2: Cool.
1 North, 6 East
16 South, 6 East
17 South, 6 East
19 South, 6 East
1 North, 7 East Level 1-1 of the original Template:w This is confirmed by text on 3 South, 7 East. Compare with screenshot. The level's "bottomless pits" continue downward.
1 South, 7 East Two people climbing up/down the holes, and one falling.
2 South, 7 East
3 South, 7 East Two people are talking next to a "bottomless pit" from the Mario level, one is saying: "The walls... worn smooth by billions of tumbling Mario corpses".
4 South, 7 East
5 South, 7 East
6 South, 7 East
7 South, 7 East
8 South, 7 East RPG style pit trap
9 South, 7 East Another Template:w reference. Cueball standing while a girl swings a pickaxe to further dig out a tunnel. Farther down, part of the mine shaft has collapsed and sealed the hole.
10 South, 7 East
11 South, 7 East
12 South, 7 East
13 South, 7 East
14 South, 7 East A cane is wedged in the right hand mine shaft. Likely a reference to the first Template:w book, where Waldo loses his walking stick (and other items) and readers must scour the detailed illustrations to find Waldo and each of the items he drops.
15 South, 7 East
16 South, 7 East
Transcript
[Deep below the surface, the two never ending holes finally ends. The bones of the unfortunate ones to have fallen down the holes are scattered. A single man-made shaft is covered by a plug of some kind. The shaft goes down to a reverse suspension bridge, its purpose cannot be known. Under the suspension bridge a large cavern opens up.]
17 South, 7 East
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[A Pyramid in a cavern. Most likely a reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion's NERV HQ which is also located in a deep underground cavern. Most of a thatch-roof gazebo can be seen to the east of the pyramid.]
19 South, 7 East Horizontal tunnel
1 North, 8 East Four wind turbines
16 South, 8 East Mostly solid rock; the roof of a cave is in the bottom corner to the west.
17 South, 8 East A small graveyard.
18 South, 8 East There are tentacle-like objects restricting the passing of objects through this tunnel, the art of which closely resembles the Xbox Live Arcade game Template:w, and also bears a resemblance to the mouth of a Template:w from Star Wars.
19 South, 8 East A tunnel from the west intersects with a vertical passage from above. To the east of the intersection the tunnel dead ends, and the opening downwards is filled with rocks and impassable.
1 North, 9 East Reference to the first line of "Template:w" by Template:w ("If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you son. I've got 99 problems but a <rhymes with "witch"> ain't one."). Just left of the fence is a small cleared area with what appears to be a frog in the center. Frog Prince? Also a reference to Template:w. Ironically, there may be an off-by-one error in the joke, since it would only take 100 fenceposts to cover 99 problems, not 101.
3 North, 10 East The outline of a Template:w, with original photo located here.
1 North, 10 East Hilly terrain with a tree, and a Cueball standing on a rock.
11 North, 11 East An empty white tile with symmetric coordinates (11 N, 11 E).
1 North, 11 East A Template:w curve Template:ws between -1 and 1.
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[A bridge begins. The land falls down to meet the water with an almost sinusoidal curve.]
11 South, 11 East An empty black tile with symmetric coordinates (11 N, 11 E).

Note, that this PNG file contains an ICC section which means that the blackness in this image is properly Template:w.

5 North, 12 East This is a re-enactment of one of the last scenes in Template:w, in which Dave Bowman shuts down Template:w by one-by-one pulling out processor modules. Hal eventually regresses to his first programmed memories, the song Template:w which he sings for Bowman.
Transcript
[High above the ground. Cueball has scaled the outside of a hot air balloon and is using a knife to cut it open while the gondola sings Daisy Bell.]
<<RIIIP>>
Gondola [singing, getting slower]: Daiiisyyy... Daiiiiiiisy...
1 North, 12 East Template:w or Template:w
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[The bridge continues.]
1 North, 13 East The bridge is either the Template:w or Template:w.

The Template:w was popularized during the Template:w, as a good way to bring goods along with as a family journeyed from the crowded eastern states out west (usually to Oregon or California).

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[Center of the bridge.]
[A covered wagon is crossing east, there is a person driving driving, and a person poking out the back. A footman is walking quite a ways ahead of the carriage.]
[On top of the bridge structure, Megan and Ponytail are sitting and eating some kind of picnic.]
Megan and Ponytail: Nom nom nom
[A tank, vaguely resembling a Template:w, is crossing west, possibly in a reference to the WWII film Template:w. Ponytail is sitting on the turret. Cueball is being more daring and is balancing with arms outstretch on the end of the gun.]
[Underneath the tank a two-masted junk rigged sailboat is resting with sails furled. Megan and Cueball are fore standing at the railing looking out over the sea.]
Megan: So, um, here's the thing—
Megan: I'm married to the sea, but it's a very ... open marriage.
1 North, 14 East Template:w or Template:w
Transcript
[Land again.]
1 North, 15 East Cueball is singing the chorus to the song "Template:w" by Template:w. The characters in the wagon reference the Template:w computer game.

Black Hat seems to be up to his usual shenanigans.

Transcript
[The bridge meets land again, and at the western foot of the bridge is a cannon. Black Hat is sitting behind the cannon, and has lit its fuse.]
[Where the river meets the land there are stairs leading up to a landing.]
[The covered wagon has made it across the bridge. Everything is drooping, now. The horse is not walking as upright, the driver is slouching, the person out the back is now lounging on the back with a gun clearly visible.
Someone inside wagon: You brought no food but how many boxes of bullets?
[Farther east Cueball is sitting on top of a flagpole singing. Just northwest of him, a leaf spins through the air.]
Cueball [singing]: I'm not sick, but I'm not wellll
2 North, 16 East Top of VLF antenna.
1 North, 16 East A cabin which appears to be hooked up to a VLF antenna.
2 North, 17 East Top of VLF antenna.
1 North, 17 East VLF antenna and a steep cliff dropoff to water. Cueball watches a butterfly flit around as they did in the Peanuts comic strip.

The VLF antenna is likely to be a representation of the Marconi Station on Cape Cod as it existed in the early 1900's. This station transmitted the first trans-Atlantic wireless telegram in 1903. It had the same four towers and steep drop-off to the beach as depicted in this comic with possible original photo here.

3 North, 18 East A Template:w with landing gear deployed. Caption: "Folks, this is your captain speaking. I need you all to turn on every electronic device your have. There's no time to explain." (a reference to Template:w?)
1 North, 18 East Two swimmers in the ocean saying "Stupid Template:w...". FreeBSD is a Unix-like operating system. A reference to 349: Success.
1 North, 19 East A Template:w breaching.
1 North, 20 East A rocky shore. The uppermost rock formation in this panel appears to be a laughing face in profile.
1 North, 21 East A fin-shaped object protrudes from the ground
2 North, 22 East
1 North, 22 East An anchor for Template:ws. To the east of the anchor, a very small Cueball and an equally tiny Megan can be seen in the grass.
3 North, 23 East
2 North, 23 East
1 North, 23 East An anchor for Template:ws
4 North, 24 East
3 North, 24 East
2 North, 24 East
1 North, 24 East An anchor for Template:ws
5 North, 25 East
4 North, 25 East
3 North, 25 East
2 North, 25 East
1 North, 25 East
6 North, 26 East
5 North, 26 East
4 North, 26 East Black Hat is hanging from one of the wire supports.
3 North, 26 East
2 North, 26 East
1 North, 26 East An anchor for Template:ws
7 North, 27 East
6 North, 27 East This appears to be the former record-holder for the tallest man-made structure, the Template:w in Template:w. It was surpassed by the Template:w (829.84 m (2,723 ft)) located in Dubai (also included in the comic).
Transcript
[Top of a radio tower. There are four guy-wires that connect to the tower, two on each side. A woman is standing on the top, holding onto the antenna for stability.]
Woman: Dubai may have taken the record for "Tallest Manmade Structure," but North Dakota still has "Largest Buffalo Monument," "Biggest Hamburger," and "Tallest Pyramid of Oil Cans." So there.
5 North, 27 East
4 North, 27 East
3 North, 27 East
2 North, 27 East
1 North, 27 East The base of a Template:w
6 North, 28 East
5 North, 28 East
4 North, 28 East
3 North, 28 East
2 North, 28 East
1 North, 28 East An anchor for Template:ws
5 North, 29 East
4 North, 29 East Someone is sliding down the wire. Possibly a reference to the game Infamous.
3 North, 29 East
2 North, 29 East
1 North, 29 East Template:ws
4 North, 30 East
3 North, 30 East
2 North, 30 East
1 North, 30 East An anchor for Template:ws
3 North, 31 East
2 North, 31 East
1 North, 31 East An anchor for Template:ws
2 North, 32 East
1 North, 32 East An anchor for Template:ws
1 North, 33 East A tree with a tractor
1 North, 34 East A rolling grassy landscape with a fence. Some of the fence posts are topped with bluebird boxes, and birds sit on the fence wires.
1 North, 35 East a Template:w and some trees
1 North, 36 East Reference to the original Pokémon games. When Prof. Oak tells you not to go into the tall grass without a Pokémon.
Transcript
[There is a large hill with very tall grass (taller than any character in this section).]
[Left-most is some structure of some kind.]
[West of the structure is Cueball shouting to Megan, who is running into the long grass.]
Cueball: Don't go into the long grass! (Line from Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World which precedes the velociraptor attack.)
Megan: Pikachu, I choose DEATH
Megan: And with it immortality.
1 North, 37 East Grass
1 North, 38 East Grass with a short rectangular structure
2 North, 39 East The top of a water tower. Cueball and Megan on the catwalk at the top. Cueball looking out. Megan using some mounted device (maybe a telephone?, or some controls?).
1 North, 39 East The base of a water tower
1 North, 40 East Grass
1 North, 41 East Grass
1 North, 42 East Grass
1 North, 43 East Grass
1 North, 44 East Grass
1 North, 45 East Grass
1 North, 46 East Grass
1 North, 47 East Grass
1 North, 48 East Cueball with a balloon in his hand, flying towards the image border. He says "I wonder where I'll float next". This is a reference to the very first xkcd comic. It may also be a reference to Template:w, a computer game, where at the and of level 1 the goo balls leave the screen carried by balloons, wondering what will be next. Alternatively, this may be a reference to the detail and variety of earlier panels.
Transcript
[Grassy hill slowly rolls until the extreme right which ends in a much larger drop-off. This is the end of the world.]
[Cueball is still floating holding his balloon, heading further east.]
Cueball: I wonder where I'll float next.

References by Category

Vehicles

Name Grid coords Thumbnail
Template:w 1 North, 13 East 1 North, 14 East covered-wagon.png covered-wagon-2.png
Remote-controlled rocket-powered bicycle 1 North, 1 West rocket-powered-bicycle.png
Template:w 1 North, 5 West sailboat.png
Template:w 1 North, 8 West sailing-ship.png
Template:w 1 North, 13 East junk-rigged-sailboat.png
Template:w 6 North, 1 East hot-air-balloon-1.png hot-air-balloon-2.png
Template:w 1 North, 1 West 1 North, 1 East cars-sedans-1.png cars-sedans-2.png cars-sedans-3.png cars-sedans-4.png
Template:w 1 North, 1 West wienermobile.png
Template:w 1 North, 33 East tractor.png
Template:w 1 North, 13 East tank.png
Template:w 17 South, 5 East submarine.png
Template:w Jet airliner 7 North, 7 West 3 North, 18 East boeing-717-jet.png boeing-717-jet-landing.png
Template:w Jet airliner 2 North, 4 West embraer-e-190-jet.png
Template:w Jet airliner 3 North, 3 East boeing-767-300w-jet.png
Template:w turboprop airliner 3 North, 10 East bombardier-dash-8.png
Template:w Rocket 1 North, 22 West 2 North, 22 West saturn-v-rocket.png
Template:w spacecraft 9 North, 2 East apollo-13-spacecraft.png
Template:w 8 North, 6 East 8 South, 17 West x-wing-fighter-1.png x-wing-fighter-2.png

Man-made Structures

Name Grid coords Thumbnail
Template:w 8 North, 2 West, 6 North, 27 East burj-khalifa.png
Template:w 1 North, 13 West statue-of-liberty.png
Template:w 17 South, 7 East 1110-pyramid.png
Bridges (Suspension bridge, Arch bridge) 1 North, 12 East 1 North, 13 East 1 North, 14 East arch-bridge.png
Template:w 1 North, 13 West lighthouse.png
Water tower 1 North, 39 East 2 North, 39 East water-tower.png
Mine shafts 1 South, 17 West mine-shafts.png
Graveyard / cemetery 17 South, 8 East graveyard-cemetary.png
Parking lot 1 North, 1 West 1 North, 1 East cars-sedans-1.png cars-sedans-2.png cars-sedans-3.png cars-sedans-4.png
Fence posts 1 North, 34 East fenceposts.png
Bluebird boxes 1 North, 34 East bluebird-boxes.png
Barn 1 North, 35 East barn.png
Tire Swing 2 North, 4 East tire-swing.png
Fountain 1 North, 1 East 1110-fountain.png
Park benches 1 North, 14 West park-benches.png
Buoys 1 North, 5 West buoy-1.png buoy-2.png buoy-3.png
Beach Umbrella 1 North, 4 West beach-umbrella.png
Butterfly Net 1 North, 1 East butterfly-net.png

Technology

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Anti-aircraft platform 1 North, 9 West anti-aircraft-platform.png
Wind turbines 1 North, 8 East wind-turbines.png
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Template:w 1 North, 16 East 2 North, 16 East 1 North, 17 East marconi-station.png
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Game Console
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Games

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Movies

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Television Shows

Name Grid coords Thumbnail
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Books

Name Grid coords Thumbnail
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Footprints
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Music

Name Grid coords Thumbnail
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Radio Programs

Name Grid coords Thumbnail
Desert Island Discs

Flora and Fauna

Name Grid coords Thumbnail
Trees 14 South, 3 East
Squirrels
Velociraptors
Seabirds
Jellyfish
Whales (Humpback)
Fish
Yellow Warbler
Red spiders

People

Name Grid coords Thumbnail
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Places

Name Grid coords Thumbnail
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Whole Image

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Whole Image at 0.5% Zoom. The part visible at the beginning is marked red.

Viewers

Though you can download the full view, the easiest way to browse it is through a Zooming user interface.

Trivia

  • The click-and-drag portion of this comic is divided up into 2592 sections of 2048x2048 pixels.
  • There are 225 separate 2048x2048 PNG files (plus the PNG container with the first panels). The other 2337 sections are simply filled black (in the south) or white (in the north) with HTML.
  • The populated area is 81 frames wide (33 West - 48 East) and 32 frames tall (13 North - 19 South)
  • According to Randall in #xkcd on the night this was released, a full size image of this comic, leaving out the blanks would be 60 gigapixels, a true single rectangular image would be close to a terapixel. The online version is 1 gigapixel without the blanks and 10 gigapixel as rectangular image (2048x2048x225 = 943,718,400 and 2048x2048x2592 = 10,871,635,968).
  • Based on the height of figures as well as the "two mile" figure given on the left-hand side, the scale should be approximately 32 pixels per 5 feet, making the entire map 25920 feet wide (4.9 miles or 7.9 kilometers) by 10240 feet tall (1.9 miles or 3.1 kilometers). If it were an overhead area, it would be about 9.5 square miles (6093 acres or 24.7 square km), roughly the size of Block Island, Rhode Island, USA. Just the POPULATED area (225 tiles with something drawn on them) would be 529 acres, or 0.826 square miles-- about the size of Princeton University.
  • If the 2048x2048 PNGs were to be printed out as a single poster at 300 dpi, the poster would be 15.36 yards (14.05 meters) long and 6.07 yards (5.55 meters) tall. Most of the detail would be invisible, as these PNGs are optimized for ~72 dpi screens.
  • There is one (dark dark) green pixel in 9 South, 7 East at 1643,1165. The remainder is all grayscale.


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