Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
The early comics sometimes do not present a particular point, but are just pictures drawn by Randall.
There is a joke in the title text that a river, made of water, is flowing through the ocean, which is also made of water
It is also worth noting that the sketch, when flipped vertically, maintains the appearance of having the sea on the bottom and sky on top, although the setting sun is on the wrong part of the horizon.
- [A sketch of a landscape with sun on the horizon.]
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Interesting... when I first saw this sketch years ago, I assumed that the body of water was frozen and the "river" was a crack in the ice. -- mwburden
188.8.131.52 22:41, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
More likely the dark areas are the watery areas. That would explain the original comment: people asking "why the river?" were only making it too clear to Randall how he missed to convey what he meant. The confusion largely comes from the land being completely flat.
184.108.40.206 18:27, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
- Since he's changed the title text to say that the river is running through the ocean, you seem to be incorrect. Grahame (talk) 06:26, 18 October 2013 (UTC)Grahame
However, a river is made of fresh water and the sea is made of salt water. The Amazon river entering the ocean is an example.
Besides, some sea currents are called rivers. --Chvsanchez (talk) 23:54, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
I would like to point at that if you look to the left of the sunset(sunrise?) you can notice the dark branching lines that much resemble the rivers on a globe or map. --Para (talk) 20:32, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
There's an impossible figure since the rivers/cracks on the left-hand side imply that the light surface is solid, while the dark area on the right-hand side implies that the light surface is liquid (reinforced by sunset reflected on the water, and the ocean in the title). Nathan Hillery
) 15:09, 21 June 2014 (UTC)