1073: Weekend

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Weekend
Of the two Garfields, you wouldn't think the cat would turn out to be the more compelling presidential speechwriter, but there you go.
Title text: Of the two Garfields, you wouldn't think the cat would turn out to be the more compelling presidential speechwriter, but there you go.

[edit] Explanation

No confirmation has yet been found that any of these words are references to something from former US President James Garfield or Garfield the cartoon cat. However, Garfield the cartoon cat has a bunch of different images emphasizing the greatness of the weekend and bemoaning the existence of the first day of the work week, Monday.

The comic was posted on a Monday, so it was on time to emphasize that.

In the first image, there is a reference to the Lover Boy song "Everybodys Workin For the Weekend"; both the song and the panel refer to how most working and middle class people are constantly focused on merely surviving until Saturday with enough energy to relax properly.

When you actually stop and think about the speech, the argument turns into utter nonsense. Simply renaming every day on the Gregorian Calendar to "Saturday" doesn't actually do anything, and "the second Saturday of the week" would carry the exact same stigma as "Monday". Furthermore, if Cueball is proposing to abolish the work week entirely, the economy would collapse within twenty four hours.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball stands at a podium before a very large crowd.]
Cueball: We all hate Mondays. We're all working for the weekend. But our chains exist only in our minds.
[A shot of Cueball from the podium upwards, from a 34 angle. He raises one hand in explanation.]
Cueball: Calendars are just social consensus. Nature doesn't know the day of the week.
[Closer still, looking straight ahead.]
Cueball: My friends— we can make today Saturday.
[Extreme close-up, negative colors.]
Cueball: We can make it Saturday forever.
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Discussion

I usually start spewing this kind of nonsense when I lose track of what I'm saying in a speech. Who needs scripts? Davidy22[talk] 13:35, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Since I am not well read regarding James Garfield's speeches perhaps this is an effort to point out that James Garfield's speeches were less compelling than the desire to avoid Monday's and how lasagna makes everything better.?66.88.136.254 20:10, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

How can you make the statement "abolish the work week entirely, the economy would collapse within twenty four hours." This is unsupported by any kind of evidence. Many countries don't have a 40 hour work week, and it is becoming rarer in the US as well. Even if everyone stopped working tomorrow, it wouldn't collapse the system because it would be like a holiday. Are you assuming the abolition of the work week would mean no one works, or that it would be replaced by an inferior system that collapses the economy? Neither seems rather realistic. 63.149.29.1 21:15, 11 October 2013 (UTC) Robert
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