229: Graffiti

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Graffiti
FOR AN INTRIGUING TIME CALL
Title text: FOR AN INTRIGUING TIME CALL

[edit] Explanation

The humor in this comic comes from the irony of a deep philosophical musing on the nature of individuals sharing a private space in a public place, unknown to one another and separated by time. The graffiti text is juxtaposed with more common bathroom stall scrawlings - insults, slurs, and "[Name] was here."

This comic makes use of the existential idea of "finding meaning where you look for it", a recurring theme in xkcd. The caption implies that a bathroom stall isn't a place where Randall would like to find meaning in life, so he shouldn't look for it there.

The title text parodies one of the archetypical pieces of graffiti: "For a good time, call [phone number]", which indicates that the person reachable at that number is available for prostitution, casual sex, and/or phone sex. However, 'good' has been replaced with 'intriguing' time, implying that instead of sex the writer is offering witty and insightful conversation.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball sits on a toilet in a bathroom. The stall sidewall next to him is covered in graffiti: 'you suck', 'Mike sucks cock', 'CUNT', 'dane was here' struck through and 'dane is a fag' written under it, a crude pictogram of a penis, and various other unreadable scribbles.]
[One block of graffiti is salient:]
This graffiti is
fleeting human contact
both of us lost,
but for a moment
we're lost together.
I wonder who you are.
I think I look for meaning in the wrong places sometimes.
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Discussion

For some reason this reminds me of tor. 184.66.160.91 02:27, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
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