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Speed and Danger
NASCAR removed the passenger seats because drivers hated how astronauts kept riding along with them and loudly announcing "Ahh, what a nice and relaxing drive."
Title text: NASCAR removed the passenger seats because drivers hated how astronauts kept riding along with them and loudly announcing "Ahh, what a nice and relaxing drive."

Explanation

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Here, Randall makes the truly astounding observation that the danger of a crash is directly proportional to its speed, and serves to highlight the contrast between what we perceive as 'fast' (i.e., racing cars) between what's actually quite fast (i.e., a rocket during takeoff). A rocket may appear to ascend slowly, but it is moving very quickly.

The titletext serves to further emphasize the point, as an astronaut (used to the several G's of acceleration during takeoff) would likely find a nascar car moving at ~200mph paltry compared to what they're acclimated to.

This comic is notable for containing the fewest samples of any plot-point graph featured on xkcd.[citation needed]

Transcript

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A two-axis diagram.

Toward the top says "Crashes are safe". Toward the bottom says "Crashes are dangerous".

Toward the left says "Slow". Toward the right says "Fast".

In the upper left corner ("crashes are safe", "slow"), lists "Normal sports", "NASCAR" and "Formula One".

In the lower right corner ("crashes are dangerous", "fast"), lists "Rocket launches".



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