Difference between revisions of "813: One-Liners"

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Jump to: navigation, search
(Explanation: Interest rates)
Line 41: Line 41:
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
[[Category:Comics featuring Ponytail]]
[[Category:Comics featuring Ponytail]]

Revision as of 09:26, 9 December 2013

"Upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Flash player to view THIS content, bitch." ::triggers detonator::
Title text: "Upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Flash player to view THIS content, bitch." ::triggers detonator::


One-liners are often used in action movies to show the antagonist taunting the protagonist (or vice versa).

  • Panel 1, The Memory hole is a mechanism for redacting documents, photographs, etc.
  • In panel 2, Cueball is pointing out an arithmetic error in his opponents calculations. The miscalculation was probably his decision to bring a knife to a gun fight.
  • The Federal Reserve System, usually referred to as The Fed, is the central banking system in the United States. Interest rates are usually lowered during a recession or a crisis.
  • Many people will agree to a website or software's Terms of service without reading all of it.
  • The final panel, Bangarang is, among other things, the Jamaican word for "uproar." It was popularized as the cheer of the lost boys in the film Hook.

People are often frustrated when they attempt to view content on a webpage and are greeted by a message stating that they have to update their version of Adobe Flash.


Probability of phrases becoming action movie one liners:
[Panels are arranged from More Likely on the left to Less likely on the right.]
[A woman points a gun down at a man who is on the floor, his gun just out of reach.]
Woman: You're going down the memory hole now, asshole.
[Man on ground points gun up at blade-armed man standing next to a board with science on it.]
Man with gun: Hey! You forgot to carry the two.
[Woman on desk points sword at man standing on floor.]
Woman: Looks like the Fed just lowered the interest rate.
[Man with gun looks down at woman slumped on floor.]
Man: Guess you should've scrolled all the way to the bottom before clicking "Agree."
[Woman holds pistol to the back of the head of another woman holding a rifle.]
Woman with pistol: Bangarang, motherfucker.

comment.png add a comment! ⋅ comment.png add a topic (use sparingly)! ⋅ Icons-mini-action refresh blue.gif refresh comments!


I dunno, "Bangarang, motherfucker!" seems a lot more quotable to me than most of the others. Actually, I think I'm going to try to use it in my daily life. 15:54, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

I guess that it is deemed least likely since it comes from a children's movie about children who do not wish to grow up (which back in Peter Pans day meant not to use swear words). But this is a very sketchy draft like explain - hope someone can do it better now that it has been marked incomplete. --Kynde (talk) 14:28, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

I think the last frame is the most quotable as well. It's very similar to John McClain's one-liner from the Die Hard movies: "Yippie Ki-Yay, Mother Fucker". (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Well, I'd gladly use the one in the title text daily; now that I've seen this comic, I probably will.--NSDCars5 (talk) 11:14, 10 March 2014 (UTC)NSDCars5.

I have been saying "Bangarang, motherfucker" for 4 years now because of this cartoon. OK, I am lying, I have never said in my life, but I will this week. Next week at the latest. -- 16:13, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

I can recall one or so squabbles in infant school and am sure the mentality carried to primary school where those that didn't take their shot when you called bang were decidedly unfair. I always died heroically when it was my turn. Why not them? Bastards!

Anyway I am over it now. I wouldn't approach a crashed car with an empty gun if I could see the bank robber was still alive in it. I would suspect that he wouldn't take his shot and die heroically. Or that his brother was tumbled over in the back seat waking up just in time to become a problem.

How come Dirty Harry never read "Shooting to Live with the One-Hand Gun"?

I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 00:11, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Is the "forgot to carry the two" a reference to Laser Tag? The advertising for this many years back featured an action sequence followed by the question "did he fire six shots, or only five?" Miscounting the number of rounds available is a common action movie trope, though it would be a rather extreme form of calculation that would require carrying the two (the result of adding or subtracting a pair of larger numbers than the carrying capacities of most hand weapons). - Andrew, 7:15pm, Saturday 10th January 2015.

I hadn't thought of it that way. To me the chalkboard filled with maths/physics in the background and the fact the other character only has a knife suggests that it isn't relating to bullets. --Pudder (talk) 15:45, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

I removed the incomplete tag which called for an explanation of what "Carry the two" means. I could add a description of what is meant by 'carrying' in arithmetic, but it doesn't really matter. As I read it, the only thing that matters is that Cueball is pointing out a maths error, which is already in the explanation. It could be "You've divided by zero", "You've forgotten to add the 5", "You missed the exponent". --Pudder (talk) 15:45, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Number four is pretty great ( :-) ). 06:42, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

I think "You forgot to carry the two" is about pointing a flaw in the other's plan, which led to him losing the fight. It's funny because it's a really stupid flaw. 11:00, 13 April 2016 (UTC)

A variation of number four appears in the Doctor Strange movie, about not reading all the warnings before casting spells. It is even used as a (sort-of) one-liner near the end! 08:53, 2 August 2017 (UTC)