Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
The solar plexus is a network of interconnecting nerves that is centered in the area of the abdomen near the stomach. A blow to this area is painful and the cause of the feeling called "getting the wind knocked out of you" and is prevalent in media.
The trick "An[incomprehensible mumble]sayswhat" is a juvenile taunt that tricks a person into calling themselves a name.
Black Hat appears to be at a loss as to how to complete this joke and resolves the issue by punching Cueball in the solar plexus.
The title text mentions truthfully that it hurts to be hit there.
- [Black Hat and Cueball are talking to each other.]
- Black Hat: Asolarplexussayswhat?
- Cueball: What?
- [Beat panel.]
- [Beat panel.]
- [Black Hat punches Cueball in the solar plexus.]
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This comic is unique (or, if not unique, certainly uncommon) in the continuity of XKCD in that it relies purely on physical humor of a sort that usually belongs to more lowbrow comics, TV shows or movies. Most of XKCD's humor is based on cleverness, curiosity, social frustrations or quirks, or analysis of our world – comparatively "intellectual" humor. In this comic, none of that is present; instead, the only "joke" centers around Cueball being physically assaulted. Interesting. 22.214.171.124 14:32, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
- Well there is 677 "Green Flash", in which the only "joke" centers around the idea of Black Hat knocking Cueball unconscious so he can steal his car. And I believe there are any number of comics where one of the protagonists is pummeled or otherwise harmed, either on or off panel, with the intent that we laugh at it. I believe there is a continuum of such humor in xkcd, along with all the "intellectual" humor as well. I don't think this one is interesting on that particular basis. 126.96.36.199 01:48, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
- No no, 677 is the one where Beret Guy gets a backhoe and hits Cueball and Megan with the digger. I think you're referring to 766. 0100011101100001011011010110010101011010011011110110111001100101 (talk page) 20:56, 12 February 2014 (UTC)
- I might be a year late, but might I point you in the direction of 1318, 0100011101100001011011010110010101000010011011110110111001100101.
- kentwashere (talk page) 18:56, 21 March 2015 (UTC)