Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
This comic references a famous quote made by Archimedes: δῶς μοι πᾶ στῶ καὶ τὰν γᾶν κινάσω, which could translate as "Give me a long enough lever and a place to rest it, and I will move the Earth". Here, Cueball starts off the quote, but then he turns this into a hostage situation, announcing to kill a hostage every hour until he gets the equipment he is asking for.
The title text references another famous proverb, "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." The quote starts out the same, but again ends with a sentence that is more fitting for an action movie.
[Cueball standing normally.]
- Cueball: In the words of Archimedes,
[Cueball extends his right arm slightly.]
- Cueball: Give me a long enough lever and a place to rest it
[Cueball now holds a gun in his left hand pointing toward the upper-left portion of the panel.]
- Cueball: Or I will kill one hostage every hour.
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What's Cueball trying to lift here that he needs a massive lever and fulcrum? Davidy²²[talk] 07:05, 17 April 2013 (UTC)
I think Cueball is just trying to gain leverage. -Justin- 184.108.40.206 20:39, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
- Cueball wants to move the earth with a lever. But how this should work in space? The hostage is the entire population of the earth. I will add an incomplete tag.--Dgbrt (talk) 21:34, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
- He is not saying he wants to move the Earth with a lever. He's either demanding the lever and a place to stand, threatening to kill hostages, or he's using a gun as a prop in a joke. Either way, the explanation is perfectly fine as it is, no "incomplete" needed. 220.127.116.11 02:44, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
- Hey, the title text was wrong, the Archimedes cite was wrong, it was just INCOMPLETE. I did not undo your edit but I did some enhancements, hoping this is more correct now.--Dgbrt (talk) 19:43, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
How do you know his hostages are the entire population of earth? ~JFreund
Hey, I'm new here. I was thinking it would be more helpful if someone could give an example of a thriller movie with that quote. Thanks! 18.104.22.168 22:58, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
The comic and the title text seem to have a supervillain theme with planning to destroy/move the world and threatening to destroy the only antidote (to a presumably self-created plague/poison); the explanation doesn't really go into this apart from mentioning "action thrillers". 22.214.171.124 20:27, 26 February 2018 (UTC)