418: Stove Ownership

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Stove Ownership
Although maybe it's just a phase, like freshman year of college when I realized I could just buy frosting in a can.
Title text: Although maybe it's just a phase, like freshman year of college when I realized I could just buy frosting in a can.


Bacon is generally considered one of the most delicious foods on earth, particularly in popular culture, where it's praised by such characters as Homer Simpson from The Simpsons and Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction. It's also very bad for you.

Hence, the moment Randall realized he could cook bacon whenever he wanted, his overall health took a dramatic turn for the worse.


[Hand-drawn Graph is shown, on the Y axis, My Overall Health, on the X axis, Time. Graph is generally steady through 3/4 of the X axis, where it begins a steady decline, with a label 'The Day I Realized I Could Cook Bacon Whenever I Wanted.']

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The title text doesn't "imply" that Randall went through a frosting phase in college similar to his present-day bacon obsession; it flat-out states it. The reader need not infer anything. Also, the usage of parens to define both a "phase" and "frosting" struck me as a little bit pedantic. I suspect most, if not all, readers of both xkcd and this explainer site are well enough versed with these nuances. 08:29, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

I appreciated the definition of frosting, as in Australia, it means the sugar you dust over a cake, sometimes over icin, but not the icing itself. Frosting-in-a-can I had interpreted dusting-sugar-in-a-can. Someone redefining it as icing was useful to me. 23:38, 11 October 2016 (UTC)

On 5/30/14, I rewrote the description. It's still marked as inaccurate or incomplete, but the revision hasn't been reviewed yet ~J. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Is it really necessary to describe why eating copious amounts of bacon will have adverse affects on ones health? Should we also describe the metabolic effects of eating fat on the digestive and circulatory system? I don't mean to sound so smug and cynical, but some of Randall's comics are rather self-explanatory. I believe we've satisfactorily cleaned up this explanation. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Okay, I explained, hopefully to the satisfaction of the editors, why eating a ton of bacon would make somebody unhealthy. Can we close this one out? Thanks 01:53, 7 June 2014 (UTC)