Title text: They're standing at the lip of the canyon, which isn't clear at all.
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?
- [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.
- This is the seventh comic originally posted on livejournal. The previous was 24: Godel, Escher, Kurt Halsey. The next was 8: Red spiders. View archive here.
- Original Randall quote: "I'm not sure where they are, but they should be more excited! I would be."