Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
The "real face" is that of Robert Smith, best known as the singer of the musical group The Cure.
The joke in this comic is very simple: When Robert would sing the above lines of Coldplay's song "Clocks", fans of his music would know the answer: he's part of The Cure.
- [A charcoal drawing of Robert Smith's head and face, with a caption underneath.]
- Robert Smith should do a cover of
- Coldplay's Clocks, so when he sings
- "Am I part of the cure or am I part of the disease?"
- we can say, "Ooh, we know this one!"
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Rikthoff (talk) The date of issue of this comic may not be correct. Can anybody verify the issue date?
- Yep, just checked on xkcd. The date is correct. lcarsos (talk) 17:11, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
I saw "The Cure" on a friend's Facebook page under her favorite bands. That prompted me to look up the explanation for this comic to be sure. When I first read it, I thought the "real face" looked a bit...unappealing. Perhaps diseased. Now I see the caption means the opposite of what I thought! Thanks, Explainxkcd! 18.104.22.168 19:36, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
Are there any other realistic drawings on xkcd? --Forrest (talk)13:20, 07 May 2015 (UTC)