Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
George Clinton is an American musician most famous for his funk music and wild hair style.
As Randall says, he had attempted to spread around an urban legend that George Clinton had a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. However, the more Randall thought about this rumor, the more he found himself believing it was true. This behavior is related to Pseudologia fantastica, which is more commonly known as pathological or compulsive lying. This comic references the associated behavior that an "individual may be aware they are lying, or may believe they are telling the truth, being unaware that they are relating fantasies." These individuals may eventually stop the lie as demonstrated by the title text, which indicates that at some later time the individual realized that the rumor was not true, but wishes it to be so.
The equations on the board are Laplace transforms of functions.
- I once tried to start the urban legend that George Clinton has a B.A. in mathematics
- [George Clinton indicates equations on a blackboard.]
- ...but I wanted it to be true so badly that I started believing it myself.
- This is the eighteenth comic posted to livejournal. The previous was 18: Snapple. The next was 20: Ferret.
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Rikthoff (talk) Does anybody know what the correct date of issue of this comic is? Also, does anybody know why Randall loves George Clinton?
- Have you listened to George Clinton? It's seems reasonable to me that Randall should love him. Blaisepascal (talk) 03:54, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
While reading that I got curious: How is it possible to gain a B.A. in mathematics? I couldn't find any information about the U.S. bachelor system, but in Germany a bachelor's degree in any STEM field is considered a B.Sc. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 12:08, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Interestingly, a few years after this comic was made, George Clinton did record the track "Mathematics Of Love" (http://www.metrolyrics.com/mathematics-of-love-lyrics-george-clinton.html). 18.104.22.168 11:57, 6 January 2015 (UTC) Kingofderby
I don't think explainxkcd has a math extension yet...--Forrest ― 17jiangz1(talk)12:49, 01 May 2015 (UTC)
The expression on the blackboard is the expression of Laplace transformation and inverse Laplace transformation.--22.214.171.124 06:21, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
added lyrics and background 126.96.36.199 03:57, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
I feel we should just remove the "incomplete marker, as noone seems to have changed anything. Also, regarding the date of this comic, assuming Randall has always uploaded on mondays, wednesdays, and fridays, couldn't we then create a formula to see how many days ago the comic was made? 188.8.131.52
22:01, 15 May 2015 (UTC)