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| titletext = Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. Everything about you shapes the world you inhabit--from your ideology to your glasses prescription to your web browser.
 
| titletext = Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. Everything about you shapes the world you inhabit--from your ideology to your glasses prescription to your web browser.
 
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==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
This was the third [[:Category:April fools' comics|April fools' comic]] released by [[Randall]]. The previous fools comic was
 
[[880: Headache]] from Friday April 1st 2011. The next was [[1193: Externalities]] released on Monday April 1st 2013.
 
 
This comic was released on April 1 even though that was [[:Category:Sunday comics|a Sunday]] (only the third comic to be released on a Sunday). But it was only due to the April Fool joke, as it did replace the comic that would have been scheduled for Monday, April 2nd. The next comic, [[1038: Fountain]], was first released on Wednesday, April 4th. This was the first that could be different for different readers.
 
 
 
An {{w|Umwelt}}, as the title text explains, is the idea that one's entire way of thinking is dependent on their surroundings. Thus, this {{w|April Fools}} comic changes based on the browser, location, or referrer. Thus, what the viewer is viewing the comic on, where they live, or where they came from determines which comic they actually see. As a result, there are actually multiple comics that went up on April Fools' Day, although only one is seen.
 
An {{w|Umwelt}}, as the title text explains, is the idea that one's entire way of thinking is dependent on their surroundings. Thus, this {{w|April Fools}} comic changes based on the browser, location, or referrer. Thus, what the viewer is viewing the comic on, where they live, or where they came from determines which comic they actually see. As a result, there are actually multiple comics that went up on April Fools' Day, although only one is seen.
(The term 'Umwelt,' as mentioned in the comic, refers to the semiotic theories of Jakob von Uexküll and Thomas A. Sebeok)
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(Fun Fact: the German word "Umwelt" does not mean anything vaguely similar; it translates in all contexts almost exactly as "environment".)
  
 
Information about how the wide variety of data was collected and credit for the viewers who contributed can be found [http://www.reddit.com/r/xkcd/comments/rnst4/april_fools_xkcd_changing_comic/ here].
 
Information about how the wide variety of data was collected and credit for the viewers who contributed can be found [http://www.reddit.com/r/xkcd/comments/rnst4/april_fools_xkcd_changing_comic/ here].
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This comic was released on April 1 even though that was [[:Category:Sunday comics|a Sunday]] (only the third comic to be released on a Sunday). But it was only due to the April Fool joke, as it did replace the comic that would have been scheduled for Monday, April 2. The next comic was first released on Wednesday, April 4.
  
 
===The Void===
 
===The Void===
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===Aurora===
 
===Aurora===
 
[[File:umwelt aurora.png]]
 
[[File:umwelt aurora.png]]
 
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One could interpret that since Megan didn't go out and therefore missed seeing the {{w|Aurora}} (norther lights), Cueball in his [[1350:_Lorenz#Knit_Cap_Girl|knit cap]] lied about it. That way, she wouldn't have felt sad that she missed out. Another interpretation could be that he decides that since she did not even bother to go outside to see such a spectacular sight he will not tell her about it. And yet another could be that he did not think it was interesting.
One could interpret that since Megan didn't go out and therefore missed seeing the {{w|Aurora}} (northern lights), Cueball in his [[1350:_Lorenz#Knit_Cap_Girl|knit cap]] lied about it. That way, she wouldn't have felt sad that she missed out. Another interpretation could be that he decides that since she did not even bother to go outside to see such a spectacular sight he will not tell her about it. And yet another could be that he did not think it was interesting.
 
 
 
Cueball could possibly also be red-green colorblind, seeing the green aurorae as grey "clouds". This would serve as an example for the theme of the comic, as a non-colorblind person and a colorblind person seeing the same color would perceive it differently, one seeing it as its true color, and the other seeing it without the shade of color they cannot see.
 
  
 
This image changed based on the size of the browser window including different panels at different sizes.
 
This image changed based on the size of the browser window including different panels at different sizes.
  
Locations: Canada, Boston, Maine, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Minnesota, Norway, Denmark, France, Rhode Island (not sure if mobile only or not.) (also in virginia, but using ohio in the first panel) (also in maryland, but using canada in the first panel)
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Locations: Canada, Boston, Maine, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Minnesota, Norway, Denmark, France, Rhode Island (not sure if mobile only or not.)
  
In [[1302: Year in Review]] a possibly different Megan has a completely different approach to the chance of seeing northern lights, as that was the only event she was looking forward to in 2013, and it failed. If this is the same Megan, perhaps she learned that there actually were northern lights in her area from another source, and so desperately wanted to have another chance to see them.
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In [[1302: Year in Review]] another Megan (for sure) has a completely different approach to the chance of seeing northern lights, as that was the only event she was looking forward to in 2013, and it failed.
  
 
===Snake===
 
===Snake===
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[[:File:umwelt snake composite.png|Full size]]
 
[[:File:umwelt snake composite.png|Full size]]
  
The joke here is the extreme length of snakes. The world's longest snake is the python, the longest ever being 33 feet or approx. 10 meters. The blue and orange circles refer to the hit game {{w|Portal}}.
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The joke here is the extreme length of snakes. The world's longest snake is the python, the longest ever being 33 feet or approx. 10 meters. The red and blue circles refer to the hit game {{w|Portal}}.
There is also a reference to the book "The Little Prince" in the second panel, where there is a large bulge in the snake that looks like an elephant. The Little Prince starts out by mentioning a drawing that the author made when he was six that showed an elephant inside a snake.
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There is also a reference to the book "The Little Prince" in the second panel.
  
 
Also, the number and content of the panels changes depending on the size of your browser window.
 
Also, the number and content of the panels changes depending on the size of your browser window.
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Specific AltText for this image: Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. Everything about you shapes the world you inhabit -from your ideology to your glasses prescription to your browser window size.
 
Specific AltText for this image: Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. Everything about you shapes the world you inhabit -from your ideology to your glasses prescription to your browser window size.
  
Location: Texas (on Chrome Version 33.0.1750.154 m), New Jersey, California (on Chrome Version 39.0.2171.95), Maryland, Massachusetts (Safari for iOS, Chrome version 49.0.2623.112), Connecticut (Safari for iOS, Chrome Version 73.0.3683.103, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge), Virginia (on Chrome), Michigan (Firefox v46.0.1), Penang (Chrome Version 65.0.3325.162).
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Location: Texas (on Chrome Version 33.0.1750.154 m), New Jersey, California (on Chrome Version 39.0.2171.95), Maryland, Massachusetts (Safari for iOS), Connecticut (Safari for iOS), Virginia (on Chrome), Michigan (Firefox v46.0.1).
  
 
===Black Hat===
 
===Black Hat===
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Reference to referencing, because Reddit, as a referring site, likes references to its referencing in its references.
 
Reference to referencing, because Reddit, as a referring site, likes references to its referencing in its references.
  
This comic also features recursive imagery similar to [[688: Self-Description|Self Description]] where the third panel embeds the entire comic within itself.
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This comic also features recursive imagery similar to [[688: Self-Description|Self Description]] where the second panel embeds the entire comic within itself.
 
 
One of the browser tabs visible in the center panel is {{w|Elk}} on Wikipedia.
 
  
 
Referrer: Reddit
 
Referrer: Reddit
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[[File:umwelt somethingawful.jpg]]
 
[[File:umwelt somethingawful.jpg]]
  
This is a reference to the question "Why do hot dogs come in packages of 6 while buns come in packages of 8?"  
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This is a reference to the question "Why do hot dogs come in packages of 6 while buns come in packages of 8?"
 
 
Another, more sexual reference to this question can be found in [[1641: Hot Dogs]].
 
  
 
Referrer: SomethingAwful, Questionable Content, & MetaFilter
 
Referrer: SomethingAwful, Questionable Content, & MetaFilter
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This panel references Google Chrome's error screen, which shows a puzzle piece. The comic humorously implies that Chrome is looking for that piece. When completing jigsaw puzzles, a common strategy is to figure out where the pieces must be from their geometry rather than from the picture they create. In this case, the text suggests that Chrome believes the puzzle piece connects to the pieces which form one of the corners of the puzzle, which may seem impossible because any piece that links up to a corner would usually have at least one flat edge, which this piece has none. However, more complicated puzzles have complex shapes and are not always simply approximate squares with tabs and blanks.
 
This panel references Google Chrome's error screen, which shows a puzzle piece. The comic humorously implies that Chrome is looking for that piece. When completing jigsaw puzzles, a common strategy is to figure out where the pieces must be from their geometry rather than from the picture they create. In this case, the text suggests that Chrome believes the puzzle piece connects to the pieces which form one of the corners of the puzzle, which may seem impossible because any piece that links up to a corner would usually have at least one flat edge, which this piece has none. However, more complicated puzzles have complex shapes and are not always simply approximate squares with tabs and blanks.
  
Browser: Chrome or silk on desktop view
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Browser: Chrome
  
 
===Mozilla Firefox Private Browsing===
 
===Mozilla Firefox Private Browsing===
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Another reference to crashing web browsers.
 
Another reference to crashing web browsers.
Firefox shows the history when it crashes.
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Browser: Firefox (Incognito only?)
 
Browser: Firefox (Incognito only?)
  
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For each location this displayed in the state name was substituted in the third panel.
 
For each location this displayed in the state name was substituted in the third panel.
  
Locations: Alabama, Dallas, Illinois, Georgia, The Midwest, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ottawa, Tennessee, Texas (and Virginia, but it used Ohio in the third panel)
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Locations: Alabama, Dallas, Illinois, Georgia, The Midwest, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ottawa, Tennessee, Texas
 
 
Tornadoes are a [[:Category:Tornadoes|recurring subject]] on xkcd. The picture used in [[1754: Tornado Safety Tips]] reminds a lot of the one from this version of Umvelt. [[Category:Tornadoes]]
 
  
 
===Hurricane===
 
===Hurricane===
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[[File:umwelt lake diver.png]]
 
[[File:umwelt lake diver.png]]
  
This comic shows a news reporter standing in front of a lake. She is reporting on a serial killer who targets divers. As more divers are sent in to investigate and/or search for bodies, more divers go missing and assumes that they were murdered.  The more likely reason is the lake itself is dangerous for diving, and the divers probably drowned from natural hazards (undercurrents, entanglement, running out of oxygen in tanks, etc.) instead of a malicious assailant.
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This comic shows a news reporter standing in front of a lake. She is reporting on a serial killer who targets divers. As more divers are sent in to investigate and/or search for bodies, more divers go missing and are presumably murdered.  
  
 
Location: Bay Areas, Metro Detroit, Vermont showed an image specifically referencing Lake Champlain
 
Location: Bay Areas, Metro Detroit, Vermont showed an image specifically referencing Lake Champlain
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The previous strip appears twice when using [[wikipedia:Tor (anonymity network)|Tor]].
 
The previous strip appears twice when using [[wikipedia:Tor (anonymity network)|Tor]].
  
Browser: Any using Tor, xkcd API (JSON, RSS, Atom), w3m, and reports of seeing it on a Kindle Fire HD; also happens if visiting with a browser that does not support JavaScript (such as Firefox with NoScript)
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Browser: Any using Tor, xkcd API (JSON, RSS, Atom), w3m, and reports of seeing it on a Kindle Fire HD
 
 
===Nothing===
 
 
 
The comic doesn't appear in iPad browsers. The top buttons and the bottom buttons are side by side, and you can only see the title in the top.
 
 
 
On April 28 and 29, 2019, a visit from San Francisco on macOS 10.14.4 using Chrome 74, Safari 12.1, or Firefox 66.0.3, all with JavaScript enabled, produced no comic, just two adjacent rows of navigation buttons.
 
 
 
On April 29, 2019, a visit from Utah using a T-mobile samsung device running Android pie, yeilded the same results
 
 
 
Doesn't work in Pennsylvania on chrome os either
 
 
 
There is a discussion about this in the ''Talk'' page.
 
  
 
==Transcript==
 
==Transcript==
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:[Cueball, pointing towards head.]
 
:[Cueball, pointing towards head.]
 
:Cueball: Check it out - In support of people going through chemo, I shaved my head.
 
:Cueball: Check it out - In support of people going through chemo, I shaved my head.
:Lots of love to everyone reading this at Dana Farber. Cancer sucks. If you are new to DFCI, there's a great little garden on the third floor of the yawkey if you need somewhere quiet to just sit for a little bit and breathe.
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:Lots of love to everyone reading this at Dana Farber. Cancer sucks. If you are new to DCFI, there's a great little garden on the third floor of the yawkey if you need somewhere quiet to just sit for a little bit and breathe.
  
 
:'''Reviews'''
 
:'''Reviews'''
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*The transcript section for this comic also included a note alluding to its extreme length:
 
*The transcript section for this comic also included a note alluding to its extreme length:
: <nowiki>[[Two people...]]</nowiki> ((..wait.. <scrolls through a listing of everything> oh goddammit Randall. Thanks a bunch, dude. I better get a raise for typing out all this))   
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: [ [Two people...] ]  ((..wait.. <scrolls through a listing of everything> oh goddammit Randall. Thanks a bunch, dude. I better get a raise for typing out all this))   
: [[Two people standing next to each other.  One is holding the head end of a snake...
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: [Two people standing next to each other.  One is holding the head end of a snake...
  
 
{{comic discussion}}
 
{{comic discussion}}
 
[[Category:Comics with color]]
 
[[Category:April fools' comics]]
 
[[Category:Dynamic comics]]
 
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
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[[Category:Comics featuring Danish]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Danish]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Hairy]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Hairy]]
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[[Category:Comics with color]]
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[[Category:Dynamic comics]]
 
[[Category:Philosophy]]
 
[[Category:Philosophy]]
 
[[Category:Penis]]
 
[[Category:Penis]]
 
[[Category:Video games]]
 
[[Category:Video games]]
 
[[Category:Velociraptors]]
 
[[Category:Velociraptors]]
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[[Category:April fools' comics]]
 
[[Category:Your Mom]]
 
[[Category:Your Mom]]
 
[[Category:Puns]]
 
[[Category:Puns]]
[[Category:Squirrels]]
 

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