Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
This comic references a famous quote made by Archimedes: "Give me a lever long enough, and a place on which to rest it, and I will move the world". Here, the guy starts off the quote, but instead turns it into a hostage situation.
The title text references a 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" and pulls the same gag, ending the sentence so it sounds like a threat.
- Cueball: In the words of Archimedes,
- Cueball: Give me a long enough lever and a place to rest it,
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- [Cueball pulls out a gun.]
- Cueball: Or I will kill one hostage every hour.
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- 220.127.116.11 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. 18.104.22.168 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