13: Canyon

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They're standing at the lip of the canyon, which isn't clear at all.
Title text: They're standing at the lip of the canyon, which isn't clear at all.

[edit] Explanation

This is one of the early comics which explores a theme xkcd returns to often: the wonder around us, if we would just look. The first man claims that "now" is a boring Mathematician's answer, since it's a tautology, a functionally useless answer, and a bad joke all at the same time. Cueball, however, asserts that "Now" is the least boring time it could be.

The title text explains that they stand on an alien world over an amazing landscape. How could you want it to be any time but now?

[edit] Transcript

[Two men are standing at some kind of cliff edge.]
Man: What time is it?
[Cueball looks at watch in silence.]
Cueball: Now.
[Full scene is revealed: the men are standing at the edge of a huge canyon in a rocky, barren landscape. A pock-marked moon and a ringed planet are visible in the burgundy-coloured sky.]
Man: That's a pretty boring answer.
Cueball: Is not.
Cueball: It's the least boring answer imaginable.

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Lined paper, why was this comic drawn on lined paper? Blegh. Davidy22[talk] 14:09, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Most early xkcd comics were literally scans of doodles that Randall drew in his (presumably) graph paper notebook while bored in class(?). Zowayix (talk) 21:25, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

An often used phrase is "The future is now", in reference to futuristic gadgets etc that one can see in todays world... what more furistic is an alien-planet vista with two humans in it?Squirreltape (talk) 23:32, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

This may also refer to the problem of timekeeping on another planets. STEN (talk) 22:59, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

. . . Tidally locked planet, no spin, no appearence of the planet's star moving across the sky. Thus, the time, as judged by the placement of the sun in th sky, is always "Now." 13:11, 28 August 2014 (UTC)~
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