532: Piano

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==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
The joke here is the reverse of an old joke that appeared in [http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/old90/304.html rec.humor.funny]. In the original, the story-teller reports that he made a wish with a hard-of-hearing genie and instead got a twelve inch pianist. In this version, the man wished for the twelve inch pianist to hard-of-hearing genie, and the girl realized what he got instead.
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The joke here is the reverse of an old joke that appeared in [http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/old90/304.html rec.humor.funny]. In the original, the story-teller reports that he made a wish with a hard-of-hearing genie for a twelve inch penis and instead got a twelve inch pianist. In this version, [[Cueball]] wished for the twelve inch pianist to hard-of-hearing genie, and instead received a twelve-inch penis, to [[Megan]]'s interest.
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The title text is saying that if the guy had made a smaller miniature piano, he might have wished for a smaller "pianist" to play it and received an unfortunate size reduction.
  
The title text is saying that if the guy had made a smaller miniature piano, he might have wished for a smaller "pianist" to play it and would instead have to get a job starring in "male enhancement" commercials.
 
 
==Transcript==
 
==Transcript==
:[Man is holding a box with an open lid. A miniature piano is inside. The girl is looking at it]
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:[Cueball is holding a box with an open lid. A miniature piano is inside. Megan is looking at it]
:Man: My hobby is making miniatures. Check this out— it's a fully-functional grand piano.
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:Cueball: My hobby is making miniatures. Check this out it's a fully-functional grand piano.
:Woman: Woah — beautiful.
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:Megan: Woah beautiful.
  
:[Man looks at the miniature piano]
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:[Cueball looks at the miniature piano]
:Man: Sadly, I've never heard what proper music sounds like on it—the keys are too small to play.
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:Cueball: Sadly, I've never heard what proper music sounds like on it—the keys are too small to play.
  
:[Man closes lid to the piano.]
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:[Cueball closes lid to the piano.]
:Man: I once asked a genie for someone who could play it for me, but I think he misheard.
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:Cueball: I once asked a genie for someone who could play it for me, but I think he misheard.
:Girl: ... are you doing anything later?
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:Megan: ... are you doing anything later?
  
 
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[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]

Revision as of 07:18, 6 December 2012

Piano
Good thing he didn't make it smaller, or it'd need someone three inches tall to play it.
Title text: Good thing he didn't make it smaller, or it'd need someone three inches tall to play it.

Explanation

The joke here is the reverse of an old joke that appeared in rec.humor.funny. In the original, the story-teller reports that he made a wish with a hard-of-hearing genie for a twelve inch penis and instead got a twelve inch pianist. In this version, Cueball wished for the twelve inch pianist to hard-of-hearing genie, and instead received a twelve-inch penis, to Megan's interest.

The title text is saying that if the guy had made a smaller miniature piano, he might have wished for a smaller "pianist" to play it and received an unfortunate size reduction.

Transcript

[Cueball is holding a box with an open lid. A miniature piano is inside. Megan is looking at it]
Cueball: My hobby is making miniatures. Check this out — it's a fully-functional grand piano.
Megan: Woah — beautiful.
[Cueball looks at the miniature piano]
Cueball: Sadly, I've never heard what proper music sounds like on it—the keys are too small to play.
[Cueball closes lid to the piano.]
Cueball: I once asked a genie for someone who could play it for me, but I think he misheard.
Megan: ... are you doing anything later?
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Discussion

Maybe I'm wrong here, but by looking at the size of the piano compared with Cueball and having read the title text, I wonder if the joke might be that he wished for a 4-5 inch penis instead? I wasn't sure enoough to go ahead an change it though. Athang (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

If you look at the piano compared to Cueball's forearm plus hand, they are approximately the same length. Considering how the average male human is slightly shorter in height (1.7 m) than a grand piano is long (2 m), a to-scale pianist would be slightly shorter than Cueball's forearm. The average length of a 1.7 m tall person's forearm plus hand is about 47 cm, so the pianist would need to be about 40 cm. (1.7:2 = 0.85 ratio. 47 cm * 0.85 = 40 cm.) 40 cm is almost 16 inches. In 526: Converting to Metric, 14 cm is labeled "penis", and according to the Kinsey Institute, the largest medically recorded was 13.5 inches (34 cm).
Alternatively, the title text might have been saying "Good thing [the genie] didn't make [his penis] smaller [than it was before?], or [his penis would] need someone three inches tall to play [with] it." Tryc (talk) 15:20, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
The extremely clear implication is that he asked for a 12-inch pianist, echoing the original joke. Occam's Razor and Megan's response support this view. 108.162.219.223

Currently, this comic is listed as being in the "My Hobby" series, but it doesn't fit the series description. It's not phrased as if this is Randall's hobby, it's more situation-specific than the other My Hobby comics, and the title doesn't start with "My Hobby:". Should it be removed from the list? Sciepsilon (talk) 22:19, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

The first two words from Cueball are: "My hobby...". The category is appropriate here. --Dgbrt (talk) 18:16, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
Agreed. 108.162.219.223
Disagreed. It has nothing to do with the other "my hobby" comics, which all describes some weird trolling activity. This is just a guy making miniatures, a much more normal hobby. The ensuing panels of discussion doesn't fit the pattern either. 108.162.254.119 20:21, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
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