Talk:2038: Hazard Symbol

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When on xkcd, the emoji only shows up as an empty square. On this site, it shows up as a sigma, caputal Y with umlauts, tilde, and decree symbol. What is it actually supposed to be? Kestrel (talk) 12:46, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

It's this emoji. Shows up correctly for me on the actual site on android but not on the wiki 13:04, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
It shows up OK (Albeit small) on Mac OSX BSchildt (talk) 13:21, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
For me (Windows, most fonts replaced with Arial) it's ok on the wiki, but on the page it's just ▯. But that might also be my font replacer messing up again, it often does that. I wonder why it doesn't happen here. Fabian42 (talk) 08:08, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
It's showing the correct emoji on my iPad. Herobrine (talk) 10:44, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

Does anyone know the source of the slippery symbol? The other symbols seem to be common to most standards, but the slippery symbol seems to have various designs. ☠☢☣⚡︎? 13:52, 27 August 2018 (UTC) <-- This one on seems pretty close. 14:13, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
ISO 7010 - W011 Sebastian -- 14:59, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
It's meant to represent a "wet floor" or "slippery when wet" sign. There are many versions of it, but that is the most common use of the image (at least, to my knowledge) --JayRulesXKCD what's up? 15:21, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

I'm thinking a slimy electric eel with nuclear-powered cybernetic laser eyes...and a post-op staph infection. 17:26, 27 August 2018 (UTC) SiliconWolf

I'm thinking Godzilla saliva. (Wikipedia: "Godzilla's signature weapon is its "atomic breath," a nuclear blast that it generates inside of its body and unleashes from its jaws in the form of a blue or red radioactive heat ray. [...] Various films, television shows, comics and games have depicted Godzilla with additional powers such as an atomic pulse, magnetism, precognition, fireballs, an electric bite, superhuman speed,[52] eye beams[53] and even flight.")-- 13:03, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

The yellow colour, danger of sliping and radioactivity (previously mendtioned on xkcd) are all consistent with a banana. Could this be the secret message? I can stretch it to say that a banana left unattended might eventualy grow some biohazardous fungus. Is there anythng electrical or laser emitting about this fruit? 11:12, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

He forgot flammable and inflammable. 20:38, 27 August 2018 (UTC)


Please just describe the image. What it is or does mean belongs to the explanation. --Dgbrt (talk) 20:24, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

I actully preferred previous version of transcript. It did include some of explanation, but it was also more clear in describing the images. --JakubNarebski (talk) 01:55, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
A transcript is just that. No interpretation or explanation, only the description of what is shown/written/said. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 06:44, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
TBH, if I were to explain the comic to someone else who hasn't seen it (in the words of the Editor FAQ), I would probably tell that there is a biohazard symbol, radioactivity symbol etc. But at least in this case, the caption below the frame clarifies the image a bit. Asdf (talk) 11:11, 28 August 2018 (UTC)