Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
This comic consists in a chart where Randall plotted fruits according to two criteria: ease/difficulty to eat, and tastiness. For instance, pineapples are deemed fairly tasty but very difficult to eat, whereas (seeded) grapes are very tasty and rather easy, and logically seedless grapes are equally tasty while being far more easy at the same time.
Obviously being easy to eat is preferable to being difficult, and being tasty is preferable to being untasty, so the "best" fruits (regarding these two aspects only) are in the top-right corner, and the worst in the bottom-left one; additionally, in the top-left corner are the "difficult-but-worthy" fruits, and in the bottom-right one, the "not-so-tasty-but-easy-anyway" ones.
According to the resulting chart, grapefruit is the worst fruit (from the ones listed at least): eating one of them is like spending too much of one's time and energy without much reward. Therefore, fuck grapefruit.
The title text adds a joke about coconuts, concerning the fact that they are incredibly more difficult to eat (especially to open) and untasty than the usual mainstream fruits such as the ones plotted here. Therefore, 1) coconuts could not fit on the chart because they are too far down to the left (or if they had been put in the chart, they would have relegated all the other fruits on the far top right, all equally easy and tasteful in comparison to coconuts and therefore indiscernible between each other); and 2) fuck coconuts as well.
According to the blag, this was the most controversial comic written to this point, "beating out comics about cunnilingus, the Obama endorsement, and my making 4chan tiny on the map of the internet".
- A X Y plot of fruit, showing tastiness on the vertical axis and difficulty-of-consumption on the horizontal axis. The Y-axis goes from "tasty" at the top, to "untasty" at the bottom. The X-axis goes from "easy" on the right to "difficult" on the left.
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- The following listing for each fruit assumes that the extremes of each axis are 100%. Note that this does not agree with the alt text, but whatever.
- Seedless grapes: 75% tasty, 100% easy
- Peaches: 100% tasty, 75% easy
- Strawberries: 80% tasty, 75% easy
- Blueberries: 70% tasty, 90% easy
- Pears: 30% tasty, 75% easy
- Green apples: 25% tasty, 80% easy
- Seeded grapes: 75% tasty, 10% easy
- Cherries: 30% tasty, 40% easy
- Plums: 10% tasty, 60% easy
- Red apples: 5% untasty, 80% easy
- Bananas: 10% untasty, 10% easy
- Watermelons: 10% tasty, 10% difficult
- Tomatoes: 60% untasty, 20% easy
- Pineapples: 50% tasty, 100% difficult
- Oranges: 40% untasty, 50% difficult
- Lemons: 100% untasty, 10% difficult
- Pomegranates: 10% untasty, 90% difficult
- Grapefruit: 90% untasty, 80% difficult
Why are seeded grapes deemed more tasty than seedless grapes? Them seeds taste awful and bitter when you accidentally bite into them. Davidy22 (talk) 12:22, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
- Yeah! And red apples are clearly more tasty than green (unless you're using them for cooking), and bananas are the tastiest fruit ever! In other words, it's all subjective. (You might argue that the seeds add to the flavour, much like a small amout of fat in meat; obviously the fact that they're less easy implies pulling all the seeds out first to make sure you don't bite one.) 220.127.116.11 10:34, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
- Seedless grapes (and seedless versions of other fruits) are often considered to be slightly less tasty than their seeded counterparts because a compromise was made: putting all efforts toward being tasty and easy to grow, versus dividing the effort between those and making them seedless. Additionally, some seedless fruits (including certain brands or breeds) are simply less mature versions of their seedless equivalent (this is part of why some bunches of seedless grapes have seeds in many of the fruits, albeit smaller and/or fewer seeds than the seeded equivalent). It's also possible that the y-axis difference between the two was unintentional, but there's enough of a difference that I'm strongly in favor of interpreting it as intentional. JET73L (talk) 17:34, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
I disagree with the placement of bananas and pears. They are both really easy and reasonably tasty (although taste is a matter of personal preference).18.104.22.168 21:54, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
- Problem is, pomegranates burn calories instead of adding to them. Unless you get pre-picked. There should be a third axis, but alas, with a webcomic, it is not possible. 22.214.171.124 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Fyi to open a coconut, do not smash a rock against the coconut, smash the coconut against the rock! 126.96.36.199 14:30, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
- A rock? Is this a deserted island scenario you're describing? Most households have something called a hammer. Tharkon (talk) 03:24, 23 November 2013 (UTC)
- A hammer? Is this a woodwork shed scenario? ;) A professional coconut opener uses one or two strokes from the blunt side of a machete on the equator of the coconut. I still agree with Randall on the difficulty, though. More specialized equipment is neeeded to separate the copra. And it's not tasty either.Mumiemonstret (talk) 09:05, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
Is there a program do make charts looking like these? With the little pictures in the chart. RecentlyChanged (talk) 13:26, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
- Yes. The program is called "Paper and Pencil; and something to color them."SarcasticMoe (talk) 25:61, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
The transcript needs fixing. It is currently inaccurate in places, like, for example, strawberries in the comic are placed below seeded grapes on the tastiness axis, but the transcript says that strawberries are tastier than seeded grapes. Also, the transcript is missing seedless grapes. 188.8.131.52 03:48, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
While I disagree with the rating in tastyness... Then it is true that bananas is more difficult to start eating than fruit without peel - like pears. However, bananas are very easy to peel! And you do not get sticky as with a fresh pear. I thus think it is easier to eat bananas than pears because of that.Kynde (talk) 07:30, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
- It's all subjective anyway. I, for example consider bananas to be more tasty than pears. Tharkon (talk) 20:09, 8 August 2014 (UTC)