Difference between revisions of "38: Apple Jacks"

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Jump to: navigation, search
(Explanation: altrrnate explanation)
(Explanation)
 
(4 intermediate revisions by 3 users not shown)
Line 8: Line 8:
  
 
==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
{{w|Apple Jacks}} is a breakfast cereal produced by {{w|Kellogg's}}. As the image text begins to explain, there was an ad campaign for the cereal in the 1990s which focused on someone (usually someone in authority like a parent) pointing out that Apple Jacks don't taste like apples, and one or more kids pointing out that it doesn't matter and that "we eat what we like."  However, instead of the campaign's response with the son laughing off his dad's comment and correcting him, this son responds by simply saying "fuck off, dad."
+
{{w|Apple Jacks}} is a breakfast cereal produced by {{w|Kellogg's}}. As the title text begins to explain, there was an ad campaign for the cereal in the 1990s that focused on someone (usually someone in authority like a parent) pointing out that Apple Jacks doesn't taste like apples, and one or more kids pointing out that it doesn't matter and that "we eat what we like."  However, instead of laughing off his dad's comment and correcting him, as in the campaign, this son responds by simply saying "fuck off, dad."
  
This could be a commentary on today's youth being far less respectful, as the son is playing video games, and seems annoyed at being interrupted. Also, it could be not the first time the father has used the line. It could also be saying that the response in the ads is unrealistic and that this is a much more realistic response.
+
This could be a commentary on today's youth being far less respectful, as the son is playing video games and seems annoyed at being interrupted. It may not be the first time the father has used the line, and the son is irritated by the repetition. It could also be saying that the response in the ads is unrealistic, and this is a much more realistic response.
  
 
The same ad campaign was referenced previously in [[27: Meat Cereals]] on a parody cereal labeled Scrapple Jacks.
 
The same ad campaign was referenced previously in [[27: Meat Cereals]] on a parody cereal labeled Scrapple Jacks.
Line 16: Line 16:
 
Cereal advertising was again referenced in [[1470: Kix]].
 
Cereal advertising was again referenced in [[1470: Kix]].
  
The title text could be a reference to the fact that this comic requires explanation for those who haven't known of the ad (the reason this webpage exists). Another of the early comics where [[Randall]] felt the need to explain the joke in the title text.
+
The title text could be a reference to the fact that this comic requires explanation for those who don't know of the ad (the reason this webpage exists). This is another of the early comics where [[Randall]] felt the need to explain the joke in the title text, see for instance [[30: Donner]].
  
 
==Transcript==
 
==Transcript==
Line 39: Line 39:
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Multiple Cueballs]]
 
[[Category:Multiple Cueballs]]
 +
[[Category:Food]]

Latest revision as of 09:53, 5 April 2018

Apple Jacks
There used to be these ads, see...
Title text: There used to be these ads, see...

Explanation[edit]

Apple Jacks is a breakfast cereal produced by Kellogg's. As the title text begins to explain, there was an ad campaign for the cereal in the 1990s that focused on someone (usually someone in authority like a parent) pointing out that Apple Jacks doesn't taste like apples, and one or more kids pointing out that it doesn't matter and that "we eat what we like." However, instead of laughing off his dad's comment and correcting him, as in the campaign, this son responds by simply saying "fuck off, dad."

This could be a commentary on today's youth being far less respectful, as the son is playing video games and seems annoyed at being interrupted. It may not be the first time the father has used the line, and the son is irritated by the repetition. It could also be saying that the response in the ads is unrealistic, and this is a much more realistic response.

The same ad campaign was referenced previously in 27: Meat Cereals on a parody cereal labeled Scrapple Jacks.

Cereal advertising was again referenced in 1470: Kix.

The title text could be a reference to the fact that this comic requires explanation for those who don't know of the ad (the reason this webpage exists). This is another of the early comics where Randall felt the need to explain the joke in the title text, see for instance 30: Donner.

Transcript[edit]

[Cueball is standing holding a bowl in his hand. His son is sitting on the floor playing video games.]
Cueball: Hey, these don't taste like apples!
Son: Fuck off, Dad.

Trivia[edit]

  • This was the 39th comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
  • Original title: "Wednesday's Drawing - Apple Jacks"
  • Original Randall quote: "Who else remembers those commercials?"
  • 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.


comment.png add a comment! ⋅ comment.png add a topic (use sparingly)! ⋅ Icons-mini-action refresh blue.gif refresh comments!

Discussion

No comments yet!