35: Sheep

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Sheep
I think it's the sheep zapping the cactus and not vice-versa
Title text: I think it's the sheep zapping the cactus and not vice-versa

[edit] Explanation

Due to Randall's vacation he picked out comics from his old high-school notebooks. This is the second in a row. It was also released a day too late.

It is a very weird drawing, especially with the title text proclaiming that it may be the sheep that is zapping the cactus. See also the same ability for Cuttlefish in 520: Cuttlefish

It may be a Pokémon reference, with the sheep being Mareep, and the cactus being Cacnea or Cacturne.

Also see this poem by Scott.

[edit] Transcript

[Caption in a black frame above the image written in normal letters not all caps:]
Another from my high-school notebooks.
[A sheep and a green saguaro cactus in a brown pot is linked by an arcing yellow electricity bolt.]

[edit] Trivia

  • This was the 37th comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
  • Original title: "Friday's Drawing - Sheep"
  • Original Randall quote: "I'm still on vacation, sorry this is a bit late. I forgot what day it was. Anyway, I'll be back Monday, possibly with new drawings about cereal!"
    • This was the reason the Friday comic came out on a Saturday for the second week running.
    • The one about cereal came out on Wednesday: 38: Apple Jacks
  • This comic was posted on xkcd when the web site opened on Sunday the 1st of January 2006.
    • It was posted along with all 41 comics posted before that on LiveJournal as well as a few others.
    • The latter explaining why the numbers of these 41 LiveJournal comics ranges from 1-44.
  • One of the original drawings drawn on checkered paper.

[edit] Poem by Scott

In the comment to the original LiveJournal post there was a user called Scott who posted this original poem:

I had a little cactus and I treasured it with pride,
admiring its spines and dainty flowers.
Until the day - oh tragic day! - when it was RAMIFIED,
by a ram with strange psychokinetic powers.
Baaing deep, this shaman sheep came whiffling through the brambles.
It gazed upon my cactus and, with yellow flash and thudrous crash,
with dashing, brash, and rash panache,
it blew the plant to shambles.
I was, I confess, horrified - I sat and cried my eyes out!
Oh stupid sheep, satanic sheep, so wrong and rash and willful!
I nursed the cactus best I could, till finally it came about.
It grows apace now, once again, but all it blooms is steel wool!

[And then in another post beneath this posted four minutes after the poem at 4:57 UTC (AM?) he finished with:]

Oh God I need sleep!

If this is the Scott that is a friend of Randall is not entirely clear...

[edit] Other poems

Mary had a little lamp
She tied it to a pylon
Ten thousand volt went up its a**
And turned its wool to nylon.


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Discussion

It's Mareep attacking Cacnea! --173.245.51.212 20:43, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Do Cacti Dream of Electric Sheep? --108.162.238.180 01:29, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

My theory: the cactus was draw first. It is a much higher quality drawing than the sheep or electricity, so it was probably drawn separate. Later, he drew a sheep zapping it... doesn't explain much, but does agree with the theory that the sheep is zapping the cactus. Also, 173.245.56.180 21:09, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

I'm confused; did he erase the lines in the grid when he drew the lightning cloud? Otherwise, why wouldn't the grid lines show? 173.245.56.172 16:27, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

He did color in. See the partial grid lone at bottom right. If you look very closely, you'll see mostly yellowish shade inside the cloud. Not sure what technique it is, but looks like white and yellow mixed together. 108.162.238.163 00:31, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
Looks like the grid lines were covered by thin yellow drawn lines (there's a place on the upper left of the cactus where the drawn line doesn't align very well with the actual grid line). I think there are also thin drawn yellow lines in other directions (especially visible in the lower right part). 172.68.10.83 14:46, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

What if this is related to static electricity experiments of wool and,um, cactus 162.158.255.19 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

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