192: Working for Google

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Working for Google
I hear once you've worked there for 256 days they teach you the secret of levitation.
Title text: I hear once you've worked there for 256 days they teach you the secret of levitation.

[edit] Explanation

Many look up to Google as the ultimate workplace in the IT industry. Therefore, they have lots of applicants but can afford to be very selective, and only the best and brightest succeed.

Cueball's friend starts out by dismissing Google as a "corporate idea factory", but from the rest of his speech, we can infer that these are not his true feelings. He is exhibiting the attitude known as "sour grapes", where you criticize something that is out of your reach, or which has been denied you.

In the last panel, it is revealed the friend has been trying very hard to get a job at Google, even resorting to bribing the interview panel by baking them a cake "in the shape of the internet". Since the internet does not have a defined shape, it is difficult to visualize exactly what he baked. This misguided action is a sign of how much he wanted a position. Another possibility is that the comment is a reference to this video ([1]), in which the black box shown is supposedly the internet. If this is the case, then the cake would have been shaped like the box in the video.

The title text says that if you work for Google for 256 (28) days you get to learn how to levitate. This displays some of the mystique with which Google is commonly viewed. However, Astro Teller, the director of Google X labs, a Google division that researches "moonshot" projects, has mentioned in an interview [2] that they contemplated starting a levitation project.

[edit] Transcript

Cueball: Have you read about Google HQ? It sounds like an incredible place to work.
Friend: Man, I ain't going to be chained down in no corporate idea factory! They think just 'cause they've got a nice building and laid back culture, I'm gonna want to come in all day long and work on fascinating problems with the smartest people in the world.
[Cueball stares at his friend.]
Cueball: So, what, they turned you down?
Friend: I don't understand it! I even baked them a cake shaped like the internet!
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I honestly can't see anything incomplete about it. But then, I may be naive about it. Anonymous 04:57, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Neither can I, however there is a bit of irrelevant information such as, how not to pad your resume and having original ideas -- the explanation probably should be edited down to be more consisce and to the proint of what the comic is about i.e. "sour grapes" Spongebog (talk)

Perhaps the cake was foreshadowing http://xkcd.com/195/, the Map of The Internet. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

A cake that has the shape of the Internet might actually be one shaped of Internet Explorer. Greyson (talk) 18:00, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

No, it may not. 19:25, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

There are some true stories of people showing up at Google interviews with gifts for the interviewers. In case if you wonder, they don't get hired. 02:17, 29 January 2014

The cake should be created with a series of tubes.00:14, 23 September 2014 (UTC)~
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