Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Title text: I was going to record an album with that cover under the name "PINK FTFY", so it'd come after them on the store CD rack. But at this point music stores are just rooms where CDs are set out to age before they're thrown away, so probably nobody would see it.
The poster on the wall is the album artwork for Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon. It shows a beam of light passing through a Dispersive prism and separating into a rainbow. After thinking a bit, the new student makes a poster that uses a lens to reverse the rainbow into another prism.
In the title-text, the words "Pink FTFY" (Fixed That For You) would come alphabetically after Pink Floyd, but Randall seems to believe none would see it.
- [Cueball finds dorm room.]
- [View into the dorm room. The left half is already occupied, and a friend has filled his side with the normal accoutrements of dorm life. There is a Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" poster hanging on the far wall, offset and only on Cueball's side]
- [Cueball has a bit of a ponder.]
- [Cueball leaves for a bit.]
- [Cueball returns with an item]
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- [View into the dorm room. Cueball is moving in, and has placed a second Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" poster modified with a lens in the rainbow's path. The poster is placed upside down on Cueball's side of the far wall to catch the rainbow, feed it back into the prism, and turn it back into a narrow stream of white light.]
I just noticed that he has the same poster, he (cueball) just turned it upside-down and drew a lens on it. 188.8.131.52 02:53, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
Note also that cueball's side of the room is an inverse of the left side of the room in other ways. The left bed has linens, the right does not, the left side of the room is messy, the right is not, the person on the left is sitting at a desktop, cueball is standing at a laptop and so on.
Also worth mentioning that this album cover is a very popular - to the point of cliche - poster to have in a student dorm. 184.108.40.206 14:26, 15 March 2013 (UTC)Chris C
The original vinyl sleeve actually looks like those two posters but backwards. The back of the jacket is split light being recombined by a prism and shot at an upwards angle into the prism on the front cover, where it is split again. Demonstrated here: http://mobile.collectorsfrenzy.com/gallery/230925609565.jpg 220.127.116.11
20:25, 21 April 2013 (UTC)