Talk:207: What xkcd Means

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I'm pretty sure that the first panel isn't talking about the legality of U-turns; I think it's actually talking about the legality of bypassing traffic signals:

I do the last panel ALL THE FRIGGIN' TIME. Alpha (talk) 20:07, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Graham's Number has not had that title for several years now.... See here:'s_number XKCD also means getting addicted to webcomics because they are too funny -- 21:57, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

A question, what is meant with "(In fact, A(g64, g64) is less than g65)"? Is g65 more than g64? Is it much more? Is A(g64, g64 "insanely large" compared to what you would expect or not? Maplestrip (talk) 13:05, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

It means that mathematicians who read XKCD are not horrified by the idea, but calmly compute the result. (g65 is obviously more than g64 ; both Graham's number and Ackermann functions are methods to make ludicrously high numbers, and the "only slightly more" means that they growing in roughly same ludicrous speed) -- Hkmaly (talk) 02:04, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

You know, if everyone did the traffic thing at intersections, it would basically be the same as a roundabout. -- 16:19, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

Apparently (page 28) some intersections where I live are designed for the maneuver in panel 1.--Troy0 (talk) 17:30, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Yo mama ≡ 1 modulo A(g64, g64) unsigned int (talk) 22:13, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

I ran into a situation yesterday where the first panel saved me five minutes in traffic. The road I was driving on had two lanes on each side. The left lane was backed up a quarter mile and the right lane was empty, as across the next road, construction trucks blocked the right lane. I drove all the way down the right lane, took a right turn, and then proceeded to execute the maneuver depicted in the comic. Half a dozen other cars caught on and followed. 21:16, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

Maybe it's about his ex Casey D.

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Left turn on red is also legal. But the basic rule is that the turn can't require crossing any traffic lanes, so you can only do it when turning from one one-way road to another. So it's not useful for the maneuver in the comic, because you can't make a U-turn on the second road. Barmar (talk) 15:38, 29 February 2024 (UTC)

"how could he get someone outside the house to call it" Some of us still have land lines (and far more did when the comic was written). You can also use email or online messaging. Barmar (talk) 15:44, 29 February 2024 (UTC)

Generally, if you have a landline to talk to someone outside your house, you can do the "call your own (mobile/cell) phone from your (landline) one" without even needing anybody else. (As long as you can remember/look up your own number! That'd might be a necessity, 'cos I can still remember other peoples' phone numbers from decades ago, that no longer apply, but still struggle to remember my own without always initially self-doubting if it starts "0754... or "0745...".)
That said, post-landline I've also had to go out without my mobile (because I couldn't work out which cushion/whatever it had clearly hidden itself beneath) and then as I was about to leave the venue, where I'd prearranged a meet with someone, have asked the person concerned to "wait half an hour for me to get home, then try to give me a ring... and if I don't call back within five minutes, try once more as I instead specifically listen out upstairs...". Which worked, incidentally, but can't remember offhand if it actually needed that second attempt.
And I always interpreted the comic as being someone not in the same room, or at least outside the immediate frame of view, to add yet another reason to be drawn that way. But who knows what exact kind of situation Randall was imagining. (Well, Randall might...) 16:30, 29 February 2024 (UTC)

"Using ketchup to cover up stigmata wouldn't be a very good idea, as from afar people would think that you actually are bleeding from your (supposed) stigmata." ...Is the joke not that the ketchup itself is supposed to resemble the bleeding? Why is that not even mentioned as a possibility? 18:37, 10 March 2024 (UTC)

Until recently, it didn't say this, leaving the (IMO) more obvious reasoning implied. But someone obviously had the other idea in mind. (I had your thoughts, but didn't get around to making this alternate reading more a secondary possibility again). Maybe I'll go back in and check it. Or feel free to edit it yourself, if you think you can. 21:01, 10 March 2024 (UTC)

The ketchup isn't hiding the stigmata, it's pretending to be the stigmata. The rapid shuffling past is what's hiding the "stigmata". 14:28, 30 April 2024 (UTC)