Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Title text: I think you could get up to about 11:59:57 before you'd have trouble swallowing the chocolates fast enough. At that point, you'd need some kind of a liquify-and-chug apparatus to get up over the 11:59:59 barrier. Anyway, Merry Christmas!
The picture depicts an Advent calendar, which has a chocolate every time they get halfway to Christmas. This is a joke because of Zeno's paradox, which said "Before a moving object can travel a certain distance, it must travel half that distance. Before it can travel half the distance it must travel 1/4 the distance, etc. This sequence goes on forever. Therefore, it seems that the original distance cannot be traveled, and motion is impossible." This means that eating chocolates at diminishing intervals will make it so Christmas never happens.
The title text says that when you get close to midnight, it gets physically impossible to eat the chocolates that fast, but you could get the one second away mark with a chocolate liquidator and feeder tube.
1153: Proof is also about Zeno.
- [There's a single large panel. It shows a portion of an advent calendar.]
- December 23rd
- December 24th 12:00 AM
- December 24th Noon
- December 24th 6:00 PM
- December 24th 9:00 PM
- December 24th 10:30 PM
- December 24th 11:15 PM
- December 24th 11:37:30 PM
- December 24th 11:48:45 PM
- December 24th 11:54:22.5 PM
- December 24th 11:57:11.25 PM
- December 24th 11:58:35.63 PM
- Zeno's Advent Calendar
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To me this is a lesson in moderation, too much chocolate is not only a problem on x-mas, but also on Halloween. If we don't learn moderation, we will wake up on 25th with huge belly and type-1 diabetes. Enjoy responsibly (which is true for every good thing and state altering drugs). - e-inspired 188.8.131.52 15:42, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
I'll have you know that type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with sugar overdose, since it's mostly an autoimmune disease. Type 2 diabetes is the fatty's version, whose only connection to type 1 is the symptoms (and sometimes the treatment)
184.108.40.206 05:42, 20 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm glad that isn't what this is for me. 220.127.116.11 10:42, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
I think the humor is too about the way most people find difficult to wait for the next day before eating the chocolate...--18.104.22.168 14:49, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
Advent then is the opposite of lent, when one gives up, say, chocolate 22.214.171.124 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
AAAHH!! Stop being an idiot! Type 1 diabetes... what they said. I have type 1!! Stop accusing me of making myself diabetic!!! 126.96.36.199 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
I don't get why people think Zeno's paradox is interesting as it relies on the stupid notion that objects somehow move by halving the distance between one and the other rather than moving in discrete amounts of distance over time. I hope Zeno got punched for being so dumb at least once in his lifetime. -Pennpenn 188.8.131.52 05:10, 12 January 2016 (UTC)