Talk:352: Far Away

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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The current explanation seems to suggest that Cueball sent "*hug*" and is replacing the word with him hugging Megan in his mind. However it is more probable to me that the messenger program interprets words enclosed in asterisks to be a kind of markup that inserts a picture or emoticon, and "*hug*" corresponds to a image of two people hugging. --Troy0 (talk) 04:39, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Around 2007 or so when this comic was posted, MSN Messenger (WLM) had a feature where you can draw messages rather than just type them. I think this simply refers to making a drawing rather than simply typing *hug*. See also: google image search for "msn messenger drawing". (J.V. 20160510) (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)