40: Light

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Like a beacon
Title text: Like a beacon


Lighthouses were built on coasts to give ships a point of reference where land was, so that they could find where they were going, and to know where they should avoid during a storm. Megan fills this role for Cueball. She is his lighthouse to know where he can be safe.

This also has a romantic notion, as Megan is lighting up the world for Cueball to find her.


[A crowd of figures stand around in the dark. A Megan is illuminated by a beam of light.]
In a dark and confusing world,
you burn brightly
I never feel lost


  • This was the 22nd comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
  • Original title: "Friday's Drawing"
  • There was no original Randall quote for this comic.
  • This comic was posted on xkcd when the web site opened on Sunday the 1st of January 2006.
    • It was posted along with all 41 comics posted before that on LiveJournal as well as a few others.
    • The latter explaining why the numbers of these 41 LiveJournal comics ranges from 1-44.
  • One of the original drawings drawn on checkered paper or graphing paper.

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bruh โ€” The ๐—ฆ๐—พ๐—ฟ๐˜-๐Ÿญ talk stalk 04:22, 15 December 2020 (UTC)

bruh Beanie (talk) 12:38, 11 March 2021 (UTC)
Still better than "First" 16:50, 5 October 2021 (UTC)

why are there so many cueballs 20:51, 26 March 2021 (UTC)

okokok here

l4st p0st An user who has no account yet (talk) 02:22, 12 September 2023 (UTC)