1: Barrel - Part 1

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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1: Barrel - Part 1
Don't we all.
Title text: Don't we all.

Explanation

[Quote from Randall] "He's fairly upbeat about the situation!"

This comic is mocking the optimism of people in a satirical way. The boy in the barrel has nothing to eat, drink or no way or sustenance. Yet he only wonders 'I wonders where I will go next' Munroe also makes an oblique reference to how we often become so much more optimistic even in our lives

This is the first in a five-part series of comics whose parts were randomly published during the first several dozen strips. The series features a character that is not consistent with what would quickly become the xkcd stick figure style. The character is in a barrel. The full series is:

Transcript

[A boy sits in a barrel which is floating in an ocean.]
Boy: "i wonder where i'll float next?"
[The barrel drifts into the distance. Nothing else can be seen.]

Trivia


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Discussion

Doesn't his big interactive piece (#1110) refer to this one? -- ‎58.37.35.32 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It does. There's a note somewhere in that explanation page referring back to this page. Davidy22[talk] 09:28, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

This comic under my interpretation is that like the kid in the barrel his mind was wandering at the time of his drawing of the comic and it reprsents his wandering mind as he may be bored and it is in the middle of nowhere but at the same time it is somewhere. but its waiting to get someplace (an island?)

--TheWeatherMan (talk) 13:57, 23 January 2013 (UTC)TheWeatherMan

when ever I feel isolated from society, I like to contemplate the ladders I could build for them to see things from my perspective. We will never manage to teach kids how to exist in chaos, we need to outsource our thinking, share ideas, to see new options for each of the impossible answers. Sic-if is here to stay, because it's the only hint we will get of the perfection they want us to achieve. Anything less then the total perfection is unsustainable. - 98.211.199.84 14:22, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

It's been over five years, so I think I should be that one annoying person who breaks unspoken streaks: If an endless ocean were a representation of life, I'd be the one who's fasioned myself an oar (or I can just use my hands to paddle if I can't get an oar). I then tell the floating people around me, "May the waves bring you luck." I proceed to go toward a location on the horizon that appears arbitrary but is actually something really cool, and then I greet all the other people who have chosen to go here also or were brought by fate/the sea (basically synonymous). Finally, I do cool things. Anyway, this comments section has been very inactive. No purpose, just wanted to motivate y'all to set goals for yourself and let you know that good things will happen if you do. For now, though, it's night, and the others are asleep in their barrels. Good night and why did I write this 108.162.215.70 07:01, 10 June 2018 (UTC)