41: Old Drawing

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Old Drawing
I don't want to talk about it
Title text: I don't want to talk about it

[edit] Explanation

This comic plays off the pun between stumped, to stump someone is to confuse someone, and a stump, which is the remnants of a tree that has been cut down.

Anyone snooping into his journal would be punished by such a terrible pun. The pun is so terrible that even Randall does not want to talk about it as he mentioned in the title text.

In the original quote he explains this old comic by way of him being at home on vacation - see Trivia.

[edit] Transcript

[A tree holding a chainsaw over a recently cut-down tree. The first text is in a frame at the top of the panel.]
I found this in one of my high-school notebooks. I think I drew it just to take revenge on people snooping through my stuff.
Tree stump: Well, you stumped me...

[edit] Trivia

  • This was the 36th comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
  • Original title: "Wednesday's Drawing - Old Notebook".
  • Original Randall quote: "I'm on vacation! At home. Fresh drawings when I return!"
  • This comic was posted on xkcd when the web site opened on Sunday the 1st of January 2006.
    • It was posted along with all 41 comics posted before that on LiveJournal as well as a few others.
    • The latter explaining why the numbers of these 41 LiveJournal comics ranges from 1-44.
  • One of the original drawings drawn on checkered paper.

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I used to frighten people going through my stuff with occasional pictures of Cthulhu standing on a pentagram with the norse runes for "all hail the destroyer of souls" around it, just to make their day a little weirder. Gigahertz (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Why is the pun so terribly punishing? (no pun intended) Benjaminikuta (talk) 07:31, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
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