789: Showdown

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Jump to: navigation, search
Showdown
The tumbleweed then tried to roll off into the sunset, but due to the Old West's placement north of the subtropical ridge, the prevailing winds were in the wrong direction.
Title text: The tumbleweed then tried to roll off into the sunset, but due to the Old West's placement north of the subtropical ridge, the prevailing winds were in the wrong direction.

[edit] Explanation

Shootouts were common in many old Western films, most famous on spaghetti Westerns. Commonly, to accentuate the silence and dreariness of the scene before the fight, a tumbleweed would roll past the fighters. In this comic, the two gunmen, as per the cliche, stand quietly. The tumbleweed then rolls past, and pulls a pair of revolvers. It then shoots both of the gunfighters, winning the duel unexpectedly.

The title text refers to a common trope in Westerns to have the protagonist ride into the sunset at the conclusion of the film. However, given that prevailing winds go from West to East, that means that the tumbleweed would be unable to tumble into the sunset, thus meaning it cannot reenact this trope no matter how hard it tries.

[edit] Transcript

[Two cowboys face off silently in the desert, the blazing sun beating down.]
[They exchange steely glares, hands poised to reach their guns, as a tumbleweed rolls into frame.]
TUMBLE
[Close-up on the tumbleweed. It draws two guns.]
CLICK CLICK
[The tumbleweed shoots both cowboys simultaneously, and they fall backwards.]
BLAM BLAM
comment.png add a comment!

Discussion

That's some killer weed, man! 8)_50.29.196.15 12:58, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

haha, hilarious! --Jeff (talk) 15:56, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
Someone should explain the title text... but not me, as I don't fully get it myself. 115.70.105.180 11:16, 8 July 2013 (UTC)


Personal tools
Namespaces

Variants
Actions
Navigation
Tools

It seems you are using noscript, which is stopping our project wonderful ads from working. Explain xkcd uses ads to pay for bandwidth, and we manually approve all our advertisers, and our ads are restricted to unobtrusive images and slow animated GIFs. If you found this site helpful, please consider whitelisting us.

Want to advertise with us, or donate to us with Paypal or Bitcoin?