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Instead of bobcat, package contained chair.
Title text: Instead of bobcat, package contained chair.


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This comic is a reference to the short story For sale: baby shoes, never worn, which has been attributed to famous author Ernest Hemingway.


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Did Randall miss the slash before the second blink? Or is there a More Profound Meaning. Possibly higher chance of typos when publication is late (deadline struggle?). Jkrstrt (talk) 14:07, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Wow, you're right! The Twenty-second. The Not So Only. The Nathan/Nk22 (talk) 14:08, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps that is the error which causes the HTML tags to be visible text? 15:30, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
Unlikely. The opening tag turns on the effect for all the text that follows until a closing tag is found. No closing tag, and the effect doesn't stop. - Equinox 16:32, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
Randall actually fixed it today! Somebody who knows how to properly edit this wiki should update the picture and description. EDIT: I already fixed the description, now it's only the picture. 10:09, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
Picture update is done but the old one is still in the cloud cache. So wait a while until it will be shown. --Dgbrt (talk) 16:08, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
After a couple of hours I now can see the change. Look at the timestamps of this and my former post!!! And my BOT is also affected by this damn cloud cache, others can see updates before I can... --Dgbrt (talk) 18:33, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

I think (-1) [cursed] may be a reference to the card game Dominion? 17:51, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

  • Actually this is more likely a reference to a cursed item in an RPG (DnD, WoW, etc.), where a cursed item often gives a negative stat bonus instead of a positive one. A magic item might be indicated as Magic Hammer (+2). Veleek (talk) 18:12, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

It is from a rogue like game. 18:41, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Why is there a bit about HTML sanitization? It's in an image file.. 18:56, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

The effect of the marquee tag is to create an area of scrolling text. So with the blink tag the html would produce a box of text that will scroll from right to left and have a blinking background akin to annoying internet banner ads. So it's not about html sanitation, the html is visible so you can see the word count, it is up to the reader to interpret it as an annoying internet ad. (Source: mozilla documentation). Aide7 (talk) 19:06, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

I hate that I only just learned about the 6-word story on TV Tropes a few days before this comic was posted. I wonder if Randall and I have similar browsing habits. 21:06, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Explanations of each "story"
  • For sale: This Gullible Baby's Shoes - I don't quite get this one. Maybe it's just not very funny. Anyone?
  • Baby Shoes For Sale By Owner - Funny if one imagines an internet-capable baby posting its own shoes for sale.
  • Actually, There's no evidence Hemingway wrote - A fragment of a preemptive rebuttal to the comic's premise (or at least its title), for some reason.
  • Free Shoes, Provided You Overpower Baby - Funny if one imagines a sufficiently powerful baby, or a sufficiently weak shoe seeker.
  • For Sale: Weird Baby's Toe Shoes - "Toe shoes" like the FiveFingers are weird, even too weird for a weird baby perhaps. Previous distaste for toe shoes is evident in xkcd 1065.
  • For Sale: Baby Shoes (Prime eligible) - This is a pretty good ad; Hemmingway is selling the shoes through Amazon and is willing to deliver them quickly and without additional shipping costs.
  • Though popularly attributed to Hemingway, the - Another fragment of a rebuttal, written in an encyclopedic style.
  • This Weird Trick Covers Baby Feet! - An ad in clickbait style, nobody's going to click on that though.
  • For Sale: Baby Shoes, Just Hatched - Funny if one imagines shoes as living creatures that lay eggs, from which baby shoes hatch.
  • Sale: Seven-League Boots (Expedited Shipping) - These are magic boots that allow one to walk seven leagues (about 3 miles) with each step. Presumably they'll be delivered by someone wearing the boots.
  • Complete this survey for free shoes! - Another clickbait type ad.
  • Shoes, by Ernest Hemingway [citation needed] - Another reference, wikipedia-style, to the dubious authorship of the original short story.
  • This is my greatest short story. - Self-referential meta-fiction, somewhat reminiscent of Randall's proposed autobiography of Douglas Hofstadter in xkcd 917.
  • For sale: Baby shoes (-1) [cursed] - The shoes are described in the manner of armor in Roguelike games. These particular shoes will reduce the wearer's protection by one point and cannot be removed.
  • <blink><marquee>Baby Shoes!</marquee><blink> - An ad in old-school annoying HTML style.
  • For Sale: Baby-sized Saddle, Bobcat - Hemmingway is choosing to falsely advertise mere baby shoes as a rather more exciting means of locomotion. Is this wise?
  • Hemingway Busted for Craigslist Shoe Scam - I guess not, he got caught for lying in his ad.
  • (hover text) Instead of bobcat, package contained chair - A reference to xkcd 325, this indicates that either Hemmingway is now running a new scam (or just "making the world a weirder place"? or a less weird place?) by advertising bobcats and mailing chairs. 21:14, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

The current version of the comic has a correctly nested set of tags. __rvx 09:05, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

On first read, I though this is what search engine returns when searching for that short novel. Then I noticed the heading. -- Hkmaly (talk) 14:35, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

I just added the reference to Hemingway's practice of obsessively re-drafting his novels; but I'm not sure the explanation captures the humour in this allusion. -- Vespertine (talk) 05:01, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

See also SMBC 3582 04:00, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Please reinsert what was deleted on [1], because of an edit conflict. I added some of the deleted information. Xhfz (talk) 13:29, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

I find it extremely unlikely that "toe shoes" is meant to refer to pointe shoes, both because pointe shoes do not go by that name and because it would be inconsistent with what Randall has previously referred to as "toe shoes". I have edited accordingly. (Dear anyone whose dialect refers to pointe shoes as toe shoes, where are you from? I'm curious.) 23:59, 20 December 2015 (UTC)