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xkcd Survey
The xkcd Survey: Big Data for a Big Planet
Title text: The xkcd Survey: Big Data for a Big Planet

Explanation

Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: First attempt. There is probably more to come.

As the comic image state, it links to a survey created with Google Forms, containing a series of questions. The questions range from mundane typical survery questions such as "Do you have any food allergies?", to rather strange, such as "Fill this text box with random letters by randomly mashing keys on your keyboard."

The stated goal of the survey is to "create an interesting and unusual data set for people to play with". A strange data set is a ripe opportunity for a sampling of readers.

This explanation will doubtless expand when the data comes in.

Survey

Explanations after the dash

  • Have you ever been in a plane?
No
Yes
No, but I might someday
Yes
No
White and gold
A color combination not listed here
I don't remember
Blue and black
What dress?
  • What's a really popular food that you don't like?
  • When you look at a blue sky, do you see those swirly floaters in your vision?
Yes, constantly
I'm not sure what things you mean
Yes, occasionally
No
  • Have you ever had a car run out of gas while you were driving it?
Yes
No
  • Name the first five animals you can think of
  • What's the weather like where you are right now?
  • Which of these can you do reasonably well?

(Check all that apply)

Dunk a basketball — See Slam dunk
Tie a sheet bend or bowline — A sheet bend is a knot that joins two ropes together; A bowline is a knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a rope
Roller skate
Drive a stick shift — See Manual transmission of a car
Solve a Rubik's cube
Dive headfirst off a diving board — See Springboard and Diving platform
Ice skate
Skateboard
Walk on stilts — Stilts are poles, posts or pillars used to allow a person to walk at a height above the ground
Ski
Cut vegetables with a knife
Swim
Ride a horse
Unicycle
Change the oil on a car
Do a back handspring — A handspring is an excercise in gymnastics in which you jump through the air landing on your hands, then again landing on your feet
Juggle — Toss juggling (the most recognizable form of juggling) consists in throwing objects into the air and catching them.
Run in high heels

(many questions are missing)

See also

Transcript

Introducing

THE XKCD SURVEY

A search for weird correlations
Note: This survey is anonymous, but
all responses will be posted publicly
so people can play with the data.
Click here to
take the survey

Or click here, or here.
The whole comic is a link,
because I still haven't gotten
the hang of HTML imagemaps.


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