Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
|Chain of Command|
Title text: Themistocles said his infant son ruled all Greece -- "Athens rules all Greece; I control Athens; my wife controls me; and my infant son controls her." Thus, nowadays the world is controlled by whoever buys advertising time on Dora the Explorer.
Themistocles was an Ancient Greek politician and this comic and image text are about uncommon chains of command.
The President of the United States is at the top of the US Nuclear Chain of Command, but the Engineer is technically above him because the button would not work without the Engineer and the Engineer is in charge of configuring how the button works. The "Red Button" is usually a worst case scenario as it launches all nuclear capabilities.
In the image text is a similar joke placed at the top of the chain of command, this time in Ancient Greece. Since Themistocles' infant son ruled all of Greece, where did his infant son get any ideas? If this were current day, the infant son would get his ideas from advertisements shown on the show Dora the Explorer. Dora the Explorer is a very popular animated television series shown on the Nickelodeon networks staring a child named Dora who explores.
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- [A flowchart shows the President at the top, with an arrow to the Secretary of Defense, and then fourteen arrows leading to a series of boxes labeled Unified Combat Commanders. On the side, a box with a dotted outline has a dotted arrow leading to the president. It's labeled "Engineer Who Installed the Red Button."]
- US NUCLEAR CHAIN OF COMMAND
I highly doubt Obama just has a red button at his desk that launches missiles. Seems like a pretty useless thing to have on your desk. I'd much rather use that space to install a button that opens a trapdoor in your room: it's reusable, cheaper and has a more directly positive effect on your well-being. Davidy²²[talk] 02:04, 17 April 2013 (UTC)
- It is true, here is proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU9lv_WqK6k 220.127.116.11 03:19, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
- I'm pretty sure the button is actually INSIDE the football-shaped briefcase. -- Hkmaly (talk) 11:09, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
The red button activates a flashing red sign that says "PRESS GREEN BUTTON"... which turns off the flashing red sign. 18.104.22.168 19:49, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
"incomplete|The Nuclear football should be mentioned, the button doesn't launch all nuclear capabilities."
The explanation seems to be complete for me. I don't see any reason to mention the "Nuclear football": there is no reference to it in the comic and what the real "red button" actually looks like is irrelevant. 22.214.171.124
12:26, 21 November 2013 (UTC)