1469: UV

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Hey, why stop at our house? We could burn down ALL these houses for the insurance money.
Title text: Hey, why stop at our house? We could burn down ALL these houses for the insurance money.


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Weird turn of event. Going from a comic about how disgusting your bathroom is, to how stupid the two characters are concerning insurance. Maybe this is just to show what happens to your brain once you realize how much dirt etc. are on your bathroom surfaces. And also to warn you not to look into it with a UV light/black light. I think Randall did this and regretted it - although it did give him "easy" inspiration for this comic :-) --Kynde (talk) 15:16, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Is it just me, or this strip is kinda similiar to #860? 19:42, 5 January 2015 (UTC) -It is, at least the first bit.

IMHO, this would have been better without the second half. It's reminding me a bit of 78. Here's hoping Randall throws off his Dadaist mood... 01:50, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

I was expecting this would be a reference to some movie. Isn't there any movie quote on the lines of "we <action> and <action> and never stop!"? 13:28, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

I think the two halves are tied together by a failure to think through the consequences, first not thinking through the UV light, and second not thinking through the claiming the insurance far enough to even have insurance. So the second half is a kind of commentary on how bad an idea the UV light was, and the title text is a commentary on how bad an idea the second half is. --DanR (talk) 15:55, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

Just to mention, this was actually covered in a mythbusters episode ~ http://mythbustersresults.com/hidden-nasties -- 15:34, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

I thought the title text was a reference to credit default swaps. See especially paragraph 5: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subprime_mortgage_crisis#Credit_default_swaps 20:41, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Indeed. This also seems related: http://web.archive.org/web/20140701064837/http://abstrusegoose.com/460 (using an archived copy because abstrusegoose.com seems to be down as of this comment). 06:44, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

I've brought a UV light into my bathroom and it really wasn't that bad. Kinda gross behind the toilet, but what did you expect? The worst thing I've found is looking at my bare feet under UV light. HisHighestMinion (talk) 11:53, 11 November 2018 (UTC)