Main Page

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Revision as of 23:48, 8 December 2013 by Davidy22 (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

Welcome to the explain xkcd wiki!
We have an explanation for all 1 xkcd comics, and only 27 (2%) are incomplete. Help us finish them!

Latest comic

Go to this comic explanation

Super Bowl Context
Why did the chicken cross the road? It begins over five thousand years ago with the domestication of the red junglefowl in southeast Asia and the development of paved roads in the Sumerian city of Ur.
Title text: Why did the chicken cross the road? It begins over five thousand years ago with the domestication of the red junglefowl in southeast Asia and the development of paved roads in the Sumerian city of Ur.


Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Simply explained explanation

Cueball is a nerd. Nerds have too much information in their head. They feel the need to disseminate the information in any trivial conversation. Normal non-nerd people like to have context-free conversations and White Hat invites Cueball to try to fit in with normal people's conversational style. Cueball, however, has issues not dispersing information and White Hat gives up.

Cueball in this comic may represent Randall, as much of xkcd is spawned from, or occasionally poking fun at, his own hyperanalytical tendencies.

As a trivial note, this comic is a rare instance of White Hat not being used as a fall guy for the joke.


[White Hat and Cueball are walking together.]

White Hat: Did you watch the Super Bowl?

Cueball: Yes, like a third of the country. A fraction that is steadily increasing despite media fragmentation.

White Hat: Can't we just talk without your weird need to give context for everything?

Cueball: Sorry. I'll try.

White Hat: Sounds like Peyton Manning's probably going to retire.

[Cueball bunches his hands into fists. He is clearly struggling.]

Cueball: Yes,

White Hat: C'mon, you can do it...

Cueball: He...Mammals like Peyton age via a process that involves both the accumulation of damage and poorly-understood timed factors. Yet the concept of retirement itself is surprisingly recent...

White Hat: Okay, good try. Maybe next year.

Is this out of date? Clicking here will fix that.

New here?

Last 7 days (Top 10)

Lots of people contribute to make this wiki a success. Many of the recent contributors, listed above, have just joined. You can do it too! Create your account here.

You can read a brief introduction about this wiki at explain xkcd. Feel free to sign up for an account and contribute to the wiki! We need explanations for comics, characters, themes, memes and everything in between. If it is referenced in an xkcd web comic, it should be here.

  • List of all comics contains a table of most recent xkcd comics and links to the rest, and the corresponding explanations. There are incomplete explanations listed here. Feel free to help out by expanding them!
  • We sell advertising space to pay for our server costs. To learn more, go here.


Don't be a jerk. There are a lot of comics that don't have set in stone explanations; feel free to put multiple interpretations in the wiki page for each comic.

If you want to talk about a specific comic, use its discussion page.

Please only submit material directly related to —and helping everyone better understand— xkcd... and of course only submit material that can legally be posted (and freely edited). Off-topic or other inappropriate content is subject to removal or modification at admin discretion, and users who repeatedly post such content will be blocked.

If you need assistance from an admin, post a message to the Admin requests board.

Personal tools


It seems you are using noscript, which is stopping our project wonderful ads from working. Explain xkcd uses ads to pay for bandwidth, and we manually approve all our advertisers, and our ads are restricted to unobtrusive images and slow animated GIFs. If you found this site helpful, please consider whitelisting us.

Want to advertise with us, or donate to us with Paypal?