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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.

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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.

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