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xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel
I love the title-text!
Title text: I love the title-text!

Explanation

This comic is a parody of the Discovery Channel commercial showing various clips of people singing a song with the chorus line 'Boom De Yada'. The comic is divided into a grid of 4 by 6 panels, each depicting a character or situation from a previous XKCD strip. In each panel is written a part of a song similar to the song from the Discovery Channel commercial."

The campaign from the Discovery Channel was not called "Boom De Yada", but I Love The World. It's possible that the title "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" is in reference to that.

Most of the panels are references to previous xkcd strips. However, some are not:

  • The 6th panel is a reference to the /b/ ("Random") forum on 4chan, which is in fact home to plenty of "messed-up folks".
  • The 8th panel is a reference to this (nsfw).
  • The 17th panel is a pun on the song Rock Me Amadeus and US president Barack Obama.
  • The 18th panel has Cueball's crotch replaced with the (similar-looking) icon used for a transistor in a circuit diagram.

Transcript

[The comic is in parody of the Discovery Channel commercial showing various clips of people singing a song with the chorus line "Boom De Yada."]
[The comic is divided into a grid of 4 by 6 panels, each depicting a character or situation from a previous XKCD strip.]
[In each panel is written a part of a song similar to the song from the Discovery Channel commercial.]
Panel 1: (Reference Comic 162)
[Megan spinning around.]
I love momentum.
Panel 2: (Reference Comic 413)
[Megan laying on floor tinkering with EEE PC hamster ball robot.]
I love to engineer.
Panel 3: (Reference Comic 434)
[Beret Guy standing in bakery holding a loaf of bread in each hand, sign with "PIE!" in background.]
I love this bakery!
Panel 4: (Reference Comic 239)
[Cory Doctorow in goggles and red cape flying superman-style.]
I love the blogosphere!
Panel 5: (Reference Comic 152)
[Cueball running in large hamster ball.]
I love the whole world
Panel 6:
[Depiction of 4chan's /b/-Random.]
And all its messed-up folks.
Panel 7: (Reference Comic 150)
[Cueball and Megan immersed in playpen balls.]
Boom De Yada
Boom De Yada
Panel 8:
[Mass of playpen balls with speech "I put on my robe and wizard hat" originating from it.]
Boom De Yada
Boom De Yada
Panel 9: (Reference Comic 72)
[Black Hat taking gift away from kid with party hat.]
[Or, alternatively, bringing a shaking box wrapped in a ribbon that likely contains something dangerous, possibly a bobcat.]
I love your suffering.
Panel 10: (Reference Comic 153)
[Diagram showing RSA fingerprint authentication between two people.]
I love cryptography.
Panel 11: (Reference Comic 230)
[Cueball and Megan in bed covered by red sheet.]
I love entangled sheets.
Panel 12: (Blag or Reference Comic 235)
[Cueball hanging from kite string holding camera.]
And kite photography.
Panel 13: (Reference Comic 256)
[Map of the internet.]
I love the whole world
Panel 14: (Reference Comic 8)
[Cube with red spider on top.]
And all its mysteries.
Panel 15: (Reference Comic 303)
[Two people sword-fighting on rolling office chairs.]
Boom De Yada
Boom De Yada
Panel 16: (Reference Comic 263)
[Classroom with two students and Mrs. Lenhart.]
Boom De Yada
Boom De Yada
Panel 17:
[Cueball saying "Barack me Obamadeus!" to another man speaking energetically at a podium.]
I love elections.
Panel 18:
[Cueball holding schematic diagram of a transistor in front of his crotch.]
I love transistors.
Panel 19: (Reference Comic 69, 214)
[Cueball and Megan in bed, Cueball saying "There must be taft slash fiction."]
I love weird pillow talk.
Panel 20: (Reference Comic 49, 279, 317)
[Cueball speaking to Megan.]
I love your sister.
Panel 21: (Reference Comic 249)
[Roller coaster with Cueball in front car holding chess board and thinking about a move.]
I love the whole world.
Panel 22: (Reference Comic 167)
[Beret Guy standing in the midst of leafless trees.]
The future's pretty cool!
Panel 23: (Reference Comic 108)
[Megan doing the MC Hammer slide towards Cueball.]
Boom De Yada
Boom De Yada
Panel 24: (Reference Comic 409)
[Cueball and Megan on an electric skateboard.]
Boom De Yada
Boom De Yada

Trivia

  • This comic was enacted by Olga Nunes and various famous people as We Love xkcd.
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Discussion

I think that panel 9 actually is meant to be Black Hat giving the child a present and the lines around the gift suggesting that there is something moving around inside (likely alive and agitated) for the child to open and be mauled/harmed by.

  • The transcript comes from Randall himself, and it says he's taking the present away. Blaisepascal (talk) 10:14, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
I was hoping it was a bobcat. 76.106.251.87 19:05, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Great! Now I have a targeted list of comics to add explanations for! Blaisepascal (talk) 10:14, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

To Dgbrt, "Links do not belong to the transcript, this needs to be fixed." I know I'm just a noob here, but if you're so sure of that, why didn't you remove them yourself? Isn't one of WikiMedia's pillars "Be Bold"? I personally see no problem, given the self-referential nature of this comic. Anonymous 07:53, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

This is not actually a WikiMedia site, but you're right that "Be Bold" is a wiki thing, in general. Nevertheless, in this case, the official transcript provided by Randall includes these references, so they might as well be wikilinked here. (In Dgbrt's defence, he (or she) may not have had the time to undo it himself (or herself).) Mark Hurd (talk) 12:12, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
No time was in fact my first reason; but on the other hand I didn't want to remove links without an section at the explain section. The links are not from the original transcript, it does only mention the references, and this belongs to the explain. The transcript is a transcript, not more. (even no time today for me on this...) --Dgbrt (talk) 22:26, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
A compelling argument. I'll take care of it. Anonymous. 18:18, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
Please remove next time only the links but not the text. --Dgbrt (talk) 22:23, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
Whoops. Sorry I misinterpreted. Anonymous 09:46, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
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