A Smarter Planet

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A Smarter Planet
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Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: I found this bonus comic but it's not mentioned anywhere on the wiki. I wasn't sure how to put multiple images in the comic template.
If you can address this issue, please edit the page! Thanks.

These comics were created as a special request for the blog A Smarter Planet, rather than the regular three-a-week schedule for xkcd's home site.

The first of these two strips references a commonly-cited statistic usually used to draw attention to deforestation, but Cueball misunderstands its true importance.

The second strip is a reference to the stereotype of doctors' handwriting being illegible. Also, the prescription number is given as "THX1138", which is also the name of the first film directed by George Lucas of Star Wars fame.



They say that 400 years ago a squirrel could go from the Atlantic to the Mississippi without touching the ground.
[Cueball speaking to an audience, under a banner labeled "Conservation Society".]
Cueball [pointing to a diagram of a helicopter-like device carrying a squirrel]: Which is why I've developed the aerial squirrel transit pod.
Audience member: Okay, back up.


Good news: Doctors are finally learning to use modern security tools.
Doctor: No need for phone verification. I've digitally signed it.
Bad news: They've somehow learned to type with terrible handwriting.
[The document given to the patient by the doctor]: Prescription THX1138 RSA fingerprint: [unintelligible characters]
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I'm not sure whether we want to keep this page or not, it *is* an xkcd comic, but it's also not linked anywhere and I don't know where the hell to put a link to this on the wiki. As a side note, a comic that stands outside the chronology of the regular xkcd comics violates a couple of the assumptions made by we who wrote the comic template, and I'll fix it in two weeks when I'm done with finals. Upload relevant comic images to the red links to make them show up. Davidy²²[talk] 21:47, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

This isn't really new, and it's not a real xkcd comic, but since Randall did mention it here xkcd.com/about it should be mentioned also at this wiki. Maybe a new entry "A Smarter Planet" at the left navigation panel. Nevertheless, the standard navigation at the top of this page must be removed. --Dgbrt (talk) 21:46, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

I added substantially to the explanation, but I'm not quite sure it's complete yet. --Alex (talk) 23:04, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

I'd say there's nothing more to add. The deforestation could use more of an explanation if a 5-year old was reading it. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I feel like this should be moved to two separate pages, one for each comic, as with Radiation.--17jiangz1 (talk) 12:03, 10 April 2015 (UTC)