Talk:851: Na

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Randall actually explains at the top: "I can't believe I forgot Hey Jude. I don't get do-overs, but I couldn't resist making a fixed version." Mark Hurd (talk) 16:29, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

The "make it better" portion of the URL of the revised comic is probably a reference to additional lyrics from Hey Jude. In light of the fact that that particular joke wouldn't have been available unless he had omitted it from the initial one, it's possible he 'forgot' Hey Jude on purpose. 22:40, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Doesn't Katamari Damacy have nine "na"s, not ten? This is the number I can hear in the song on youtube, and the number in his earlier comic Accident. Am I missing something? -- 13:22, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Nope. It has 9. "Hey, Jude" wasn't the only thing he missed. 04:14, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
Actually it depends. In some arrangements there's a leading "Na" at a lower pitch before going into the main sequence, providing the tenth. 20:01, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Doesn't Batman have 16 na's? I'm pretty sure Im right about that ~JFreund

Usually, yeah. But if you replace "nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana" with just "na na na na na na na na" then you get what is seen here. 04:14, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

This is described here as a "flowchart", but I suspect Randall was going for a finite state machine. --Dfeuer (talk) 08:04, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Um, I'm not a math person, but this reminds me of Markov Chain a bit? 14:14, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Doesn't it go "hey hey hey goodbye" instead of "hey hey goodbye" as well? 18:28, 11 March 2015 (UTC) Yeah, I Think I'm Signing Right

This explanation is incomplete and not very good. I'm not American and only by reading through comments here I get to understand that "Na na na ... <x>" are like lyrics extracts from different TV-Show-Songs in the USA? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I added the mention of the title text to the explanation so it's not incomplete anymore. -- JayRulesXKCD (talk) 1:28, 9 September 2016 (EDT)

What about Na Na Na by My Chemical Romance? Na count of 7 Nas, repeated 6 times in each of 3 choruses, and 11 extra, which adds up to 137 Nas! Or Na Na Na Na Naa by Kaiser Chiefs? Counting Naa as Na, there are 5 Nas, repeated 47 times, for a total of 235 Nas! 11:59, 16 December 2016 (UTC)NaNaNa162.158.34.82 11:59, 16 December 2016 (UTC)

Journey's "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" ends with 7 sets of 22 for a total of 154 Nas. Ryanker (talk) 19:33, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Ini Kamoze does 20 of them in "Here comes the hot stepper" 16:56, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

Searching any fulltext-searchable lyrics site gives NA songs in the order of 50000. Probably won't fit on a xkcd comic... 15:43, 11 May 2020 (UTC)

My favourite omission is "Shes got the Look" from Roxette. 30xNa+"Shes got the look". 23:32, 15 March 2021 (UTC)

I'm still wondering why he "doesn't get do-overs". Randall can change his site to add a custom header just for one day, but he can't update a comic to fix it? What? 12:42, 1 February 2022 (UTC)

He sometimes does fix a comic image. Can't think of a specific example, but a bad 'written typo' might get a fix and reupload, or an arrow/decision-split going the wrong way/being missing in a flowchart (you might not have to check so many comics for an example if you concentrate on just the Flowchart-tagged ones). When this happens, this wiki tends to keep the original image and reinclude it in Trivia/wherever, while changing the header-image to the new current one.
I think it's just how he feels given a possible update (this one was an edge condition, not ripe for replacing but egregious enough to make it known an update exists). Or, possibly, if it's actually wrong he might correct it; but in this instance it was just missing something that he could have added. If he wanted to retrospectively add new things whenever he thought up something new then every comic could be potentially revised at any time, any number of times. No no, no no no no, no no no no, no no there's no limit! 13:13, 1 February 2022 (UTC)