1110: Click and Drag
|Click and Drag|
Title text: Click and drag.
- 1 Explanation
- 2 Transcript
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Viewers
- 5 Whole Image
- 6 List of details and references (with transcript)
- 7 References by Category
- 8 Discussion
- To experience the interactivity of the game, visit the original comic.
This comic is a take on how vast and rich the world is, and on the thrill of exploring it. The world can be described as sad, as well as it can be described as wonderful, even if this seems a bit contradictory, just because it is so big and there are so many different things happening in it all at once. Cueball comments about this while hanging from a balloon, which brings to mind the expanded perspective over the landscape attained by early experimenters in overland flight.
The title text is the same as the comic title, and both of these invite the reader to Click and drag the inside of the last panel, with their mouse, and by dragging, explore what is hidden outside that panel. The image displayed at first turns out to be part of a huge landscape, filled with big or small things, humorous details, people here and there, cave mazes, things floating in the air, jokes and references, unexpected things, relaxing views, etc.
The fact that we only see a small part of the landscape at once refers to the idea that we cannot in real life comprehend the whole world altogether, but only what is around us and/or in the range of our understanding at the time. The click-and-drag process, in which it is impossible to go as fast as we would want to, also draws a parallel with the fact that exploration is always done gradually, step by step, and trying something (i.e. here dragging in a certain direction) always has a cost. This click-and-drag exploration reproduces the thrill of discovering new horizons, getting lost sometimes, finding unexpected things, seeing beauty, humor, desolation or happiness here and there... which can easily captivate an xkcd reader for a long time (and as such qualifies as nerd sniping).
In comic 1416: Pixels you zoom, by scrolling, until every pixel in this image turns into new pictures, and this can be continued again and again. Once you have zoomed in, you are able to click and drag the picture just like in this comic.
And in 1608: Hoverboard exactly the same idea is used again, but instead of dragging the image you fly/float around in the image with Cueball on a hoverboard. This gives a very different way to explore as he cannot go through walls or the earth etc. You also have to discover that there is a big world outside the initial play area; and where this comic tried to help people realize they should do something, both with the title and title text, Hoverboard directly tries to dissuade people from going outside with a warning message. Another major difference is that hoverboard is actually a game where you can collect coins (spread throughout the picture) and return them to the starting point to gain a score.
The book Thing Explainer that was the reason for the Hoverboard game, also has a direct reference to this comic, as Cueball is seen floating with his balloon outside the cockpit in the explanation for Stuff you touch to fly a sky boat.
In 1975: Right Click, the April Fools' day comic of 2018, the title is similar to this one, in that it gives away how the user should begin to interact with the comic. It is though nothing like this comic or Hoverboard.
- [This transcript only covers the first four panels as they are shown here above (i.e. before you click and drag).]
- [Cueball is narrating the story, all the text is written in boxes above and below him without speech lines connecting to him.]
- [Cueball is floating by holding onto a balloon with one hand.]
- From the stories
- I expected the world to be sad
- And it was
- [Cueball has grabbed hold of the balloon with both hands.]
- And I expected it to be wonderful.
- [The wind picks up and blows Cueball to the right.]
- It was.
- [Full width panel where the scene opens up. You see Cueball is about a tree's-height from the ground. To the right there is a tall tree with no leaves on it and a broken limb. Below him are some rocks and grass. This is the initial view of the world, that can be clicked and dragged. It is part of tile named 1 North 1 East.]
- I just didn't expect it to be so big.
- [The rest of the comic is transcribed below in the List of details and references section.]
- The click-and-drag portion of this comic is divided up into 2592 sections of 2048x2048 pixels.
- There are 225 separate 2048x2048 PNG files (plus the PNG container with the first panels). The other 2337 sections are simply filled black (in the south) or white (in the north) with HTML.
- The populated area is 81 frames wide (33 West - 48 East) and 32 frames tall (13 North - 19 South)
- According to Randall in #xkcd on the night this was released, a full size image of this comic (leaving out the blanks) would be 60 gigapixels, and a true single rectangular image would be close to a terapixel. The online version is 1 gigapixel without the blanks and 10 gigapixel as rectangular image (2048x2048x225 = 943,718,400 and 2048x2048x2592 = 10,871,635,968).
- Based on the height of figures as well as the "two mile" figure given on the left-hand side, the scale should be approximately 32 pixels per 5 feet, making the entire map 25920 feet wide (4.9 miles or 7.9 kilometers) by 10240 feet tall (1.9 miles or 3.1 kilometers). If it were an overhead area, it would be about 9.5 square miles (6093 acres or 24.7 square km), roughly the size of Block Island, Rhode Island, USA. Just the POPULATED area (225 tiles with something drawn on them) would be 529 acres, or 0.826 square miles (2.14 sq km) — about the size of Princeton University.
- If the 2048x2048 PNGs were to be printed out as a single poster at 300 dpi, the poster would be 15.36 yards (14.05 meters) long and 6.07 yards (5.55 meters) tall. Most of the detail would be invisible, as these PNGs are optimized for ~72 dpi screens.
- There is one (very dark) green pixel in 9 South, 7 East at 1643,1165. The remainder is all grayscale.
- At the end of the right side it shows Cueball pondering where he'll float next.
- 1110: Click and Drag (native zoom, click-and-drag)
Warning: there are cheating possibilities—people have implemented ways to explore that world more easily—but the best way to enjoy this comic is to play the game, explore the comic's world the way you're supposed to, get lost in the caves or in the sky, be startled by unexpected things or happy when finding some people after lengthy click-and-dragging through a repetitive landscape. If you didn't do that already, reading any below will spoil you from truly enjoying the comic.
Though you can download the full view, the easiest way to browse it is through a Zooming user interface.
- http://victorz.ca/xkcd_map/ [recommended] (all features of following viewer plus: content highlighted, minimap, less memory and bandwidth, goes to infinity, requires up-to-date web browser)
- http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de/ [alternate if above doesn't work] (zoom controls, scroll-zoom, click-and-drag, hash permalinks, full-screen)
- http://dump.ventero.de/xkcd1110/ [dead link] (zoom controls, scroll-zoom, click-and-drag, arrow keys, hash permalinks)
- http://dump.ventero.de/xkcd1110/open.html [dead link] (scroll-zoom, click-and-drag, hash permalinks)
- http://xkcdmap.webege.com/ [dead link] Google-maps-style navigation and zooming, with tiles with content highlighted in black or white, allows easy finding of interesting tiles with small things hidden in the ground and sky
List of details and references (with transcript)
The 225 existing tiles are sorted by columns from West to East and from North to South in each column. (Note that this only includes the tiles that are not entirely white or black).
|Grid coords||Explanation and Transcript|
|1 North, 33 West||Cueball and Megan reach the western edge of the image and decide to live there. This is a reference to the last line in the film Groundhog Day.
|1 North, 32 West||Just terrain, no activity.|
|1 North, 31 West||Just terrain, no activity.|
|1 North, 30 West||Just terrain, no activity.|
|1 North, 29 West||Just terrain, no activity.|
|1 North, 28 West||The smooth hillocks at the far right of this panel appear to be the nose and belly of a giant sleeping on its back. The feet extend into the next panel to the east. Possibly a reference to the giant's drink from Ender's Game.|
|1 North, 27 West||The westernmost hillock appears to be the feet of a giant sleeping on its back, continued from the next panel west. Velociraptors in the high grass.
|1 North, 26 West||Just terrain, no activity.|
|1 North, 25 West||A large radio telescope with a female listening for a signal. Possibly a reference to the movie Contact.|
|1 North, 24 West||Just terrain, no activity. Very nice trees though.|
|1 North, 23 West||More nice trees.|
|2 North, 22 West||The top of a large rocket that looks similar to the Saturn V rocket (the base is in 1 North, 22 West).
|1 North, 22 West||The base of the Saturn V rocket on a launchpad.
|1 North, 21 West||Cueball asks Jesus why his footprints look like tire tracks. This is a reference to the inspirational text Footprints as well as a reference to the Transformers.
|1 North, 20 West||Water|
|1 North, 19 West||Water|
|1 North, 18 West||Water|
|1 North, 17 West||The scruffy character beneath the palm tree might be a reference to Desert Island Discs, a BBC radio program in which a celebrity chooses the records they would like to be stranded with if castaway. The hatch is a reference to Lost in which the passengers on board a flight over the Pacific Ocean find themselves stranded on a strange island. Their first clue that they stumbled on something out-of-the-ordinary is the hatch.
|1 South, 17 West||A miner. The sliding stone walls behind him (to keep back the water if he digs too far) are a reference to Ted Chiang's "Tower of Babylon".|
|2 South, 17 West||
|3 South, 17 West||A reference to the game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!, where the game play consists of falling down while avoiding objects.
|4 South, 17 West||
|5 South, 17 West||
|6 South, 17 West||
|7 South, 17 West||
|8 South, 17 West||An X-Wing fighter flies up a vertical shaft, its pilot communicating over radio. The quote is a reference to a scene of the Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi, with an X-Wing piloted by Wedge Antilles escaping from inside the Death Star ():
|9 South, 17 West||
|10 South, 17 West||
|11 South, 17 West||
|12 South, 17 West||Cueball and Megan looking up from the bottom of the shaft. A tunnel goes to the east, there is a woman running eastward.|
|1 North, 16 West||
|12 South, 16 West||
|1 North, 15 West||
|12 South, 15 West||
|1 North, 14 West||People today can't seem to turn off their phones, unplug and just be by themselves. It has become a societal expectation that every person is constantly connected to the world and is there to respond at any moment. The idea of being indisposed has become a foreign concept.
|12 South, 14 West||
|1 North, 13 West||A rocky hill with a lighthouse. Megan and Ponytail sit atop the hill. A half-buried Statue of Liberty is on the other side in reference to Planet of Apes with Cueball's "You Maniacs!" line parodying the final line from the film. Another western shore makes this a very small landmass.
|12 South, 13 West||There are two tunnels, one at the top of the tile, one at the bottom. The top tunnel continues to the east, but terminates in a rockfall about 1/3 of the way to the west. The lower tunnel continues across the entire tile. In the lower tunnel, someone in a straw hat saying "Becky?". He is carrying either a grappling hook or the end of a rope. Probably a reference to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in which the title character rescues his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, from a cave. Or, if that's a fedora and not a straw hat, then it could be Indiana Jones, carrying a whip, and calling Rebecca Stein from the "Indiana Jones And The Spear Of Destiny" comic books, or some other random Becky.|
|1 North, 12 West||Water|
|12 South, 12 West||
|11 North, 11 West||An empty white tile with symmetric coordinates (11 North, 11 West).|
|1 North, 11 West||Marco Polo is a game similar to tag but played in a swimming pool. The person who is "it" closes their eyes, or is blind-folded and calls out "Marco". All the other players must respond "Polo". The person who is it then tries to find the people by a sort of echo-location. It is a reference to Marco Polo the Venetian merchant who was the first European to make it to Central Asia and China.
|11 South, 11 West||A black tile with symmetric coordinates (11 South, 11 West).
Note, that this PNG file contains an ICC section which means that the blackness in this image is properly color-corrected.
|12 South, 11 West||Deep underground, a cavern opens up to reveal trees, grass, rocks, and a lake. A bird flies toward the trees. A person sits on a rock thoughtfully gazing into the water. An upper tunnel goes completely across the tile.|
|1 North, 10 West||Water.|
|12 South, 10 West||A tunnel runs across the top of the tile. It grows rougher on the east side.|
|1 North, 9 West||Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer currency, making it more difficult to trace than traditional currency. It is also difficult, if not impossible, for governments to confiscate. Peter Thiel is a co-founder of The Seasteading Institute that promotes permanent, autonomous ocean communities (similar to a micronation), enabling innovation with new political and social systems. Peter Thiel is also a co-founder of PayPal, a global e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Peter Thiel and other co-founders' original vision for PayPal was to have an online payment service that enabled account holders to send money to anyone in the world with just an e-mail address. xkcd also supports bitcoin donations. This might be a reference to the unspent bitcoins from a recent $250,000 theft. If they don't have any internet access they might find it hard to spend their loot.
Edwin S. Shneidman was a pioneer in the field of suicide prevention. He published 20 books on suicide and its prevention, one of which, A Commonsense Book of Death, defines most people to be death-postponers. A death-postponer hopes that death will not occur in anything like the foreseeable future; the event must be staved off for as long as possible. The reference to a "death-postponer" is also the literal opposite to the actual name of the item Cueball throws, a life preserver.
|2 South, 9 West||Jellyfish playing some sort of console game.|
|12 South, 9 West||A rocky tunnel descends unevenly from the west, growing wider to the east. In the middle, a curving roof with two pointed recesses, together with the upward arching tunnel on either side, is reminiscent of the shape of a bat with wings spread.|
|1 North, 8 West||Poop deck is the nautical term for the deck that forms the roof of a cabin built in the rear of the ship.
The character climbing the rigging is apparently Elizabeth Warren, who said at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, "People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here's the painful part: They're right. The system is rigged."
The three-masted sailing ship with the pirate could be a reference to Monty Python's short film The Crimson Permanent Assurance in which rebellious office clerks turn their office building into a pirate ship, raiding financial districts in numerous big cities, before falling off the edge of the world.
|12 South, 8 West||A wide rocky tunnel slopes from the west off the bottom of the tile.|
|13 South, 8 West||An opening from above narrows and flattens out as the rough tunnel turns eastward.|
|7 North, 7 West||A Boeing 717 or possibly a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 in landing configuration.|
|1 North, 7 West||Water|
|13 South, 7 West||A tunnel descends unevenly from the west, opening up somewhat in the bottom corner to the east. Megan and Ponytail are climbing a near-vertical section of the rocky wall.|
|14 South, 7 West||Loose stones form the bottom of a small cavern that extends upward out of the tile. A tunnel runs out of it to the east.|
|1 North, 6 West||Water|
|1 South, 6 West||Jellyfish|
|13 South, 6 West||Mostly solid rock; the east side and roof of a cave is in the lower westward corner.|
|14 South, 6 West||
|6 North, 5 West||from earlier comics falling from the sky|
|1 North, 5 West||"I'm on a Boat" is a single from The Lonely Island's debut album Incredibad. This may be the first time a knit cap has been used in xkcd. Knit caps have only been used a few times since, most prominently on Knit Cap, see their section for more details.
|14 South, 5 West||
|2 North, 4 West||An Embraer E-190|
|1 North, 4 West||The coast of the body of water at a beach with some sea birds and beachgoers.|
|14 South, 4 West||
|3 North, 3 West||
|2 North, 3 West||An empty white tile. Exactly the same as 8 North, 1 West|
|1 North, 3 West||The west wall of a large building which staircases narrower as it rises.|
|14 South, 3 West||
|8 North, 2 West||This seems to be the peak of the Burj Khalifa to which 6 North, 27 East refers.|
|7 North, 2 West||Part of the Burj Khalifa|
|6 North, 2 West||Black Hat is seen in the picture with a gatling gun, probably the Imperial cannons referred in 8 North, 6 East. Also at bottom, a cueball is flying a paper airplane off the building.
|5 North, 2 West||A construction crane lifting another, smaller, construction crane. Possibly a reference to the Truck Truck Truck gag from the Simpsons. Also, self-erecting tower cranes do usually not lift crawler cranes|
|4 North, 2 West||A narrowing peak. The above and below panels have construction cranes, but this panel is refreshingly devoid of them.|
|3 North, 2 West||On the west side, the top of a (different) construction crane. On the east side, Cueball is firing a clay pigeon launcher while Ponytail fires a shotgun at the target. Meanwhile, Megan comes up from behind with CDs.
|2 North, 2 West||On the west side, the bottom of the construction crane. On the upper eastern side, Hairbun is laid back, relaxing in a chair while using a laptop. On the next step down, a party crowd is out on a balcony. The same idea was later used in 1499: Arbitrage which implies a similar plan to extract wealth out of a small market inefficiency that, in reality, would be far too onerous to exploit, in this case reselling the free chips offered at some restaurants. Later 1721: Business Idea implies a similar plan to extract wealth out of a small market inefficiency that would be far too onerous to exploit, in this case premium gasoline at regular prize. See also the what if? Cost of Pennies regarding why it would not be worth trying these kinds of ventures out.
|1 North, 2 West||The bulk of the base of the building with one terrace visible on either side. Megan says "I came here to chew bubblegum... And I'm all out of bubblegum" is a reference to the movie They Live in which the character Nada famously says "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum". That line is also used in the game Duke Nukem 3D by Duke himself, when Shrapnel City (Episode 3) starts. Also, Cueball says "That's a shame" a line popularised by Jerry in the sitcom Seinfeld. Pool line is a reference to "pool on the roof" prank from the movie Hackers.|
|14 South, 2 West||
|8 North, 1 West||An empty white tile. Exactly the same as 2 North, 3 West|
|5 North, 1 West||The tail of the crawler crane lifted at 5 North, 2 West.|
|2 North, 1 West||An empty white tile.|
|1 North, 1 West||The western wall at the base of a large building including its portico, a remote-control rocket-powered bicycle attempting to launch from the first terrace, a balcony on the second terrace and a satellite dish and other exhausts on the third. Two trees with a squirre stand in front of the building leading to a parking lot with cars and one Wienermobile|
|14 South, 1 West||
|15 South, 1 West||This is a sad statement about where the Internet is right now. The Internet should be a vast and diverse place filled with new and exciting content that breaks the mold of already established media. But instead, everyone on the Internet has become a shill for their Facebook page and their Twitter stream. It feels like everything links back to these two sites. Even stuck at the bottom of a shaft, these two people care more for how many Facebook likes and twitter followers they have, than for their own lives and safety.
|13 North, 1 East||Two whales is possibly a reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the planet Magrathea, where (improbably) two incoming missiles are turned into a whale and a bowl of petunias. It may also be a reference to the album From Mars to Sirius by the French heavy metal band Gojira, specifically the track, "Flying Whales." A third possibility is a reference to Respighi's "The Pines of Rome" from Fantasia II.|
|6 North, 1 East||A hot air balloon is the oldest form of human-carrying flight.
|1 North, 1 East||The "center" of the world; the default loaded image with Cueball floating by balloon. The balloons may be a reference to comic 1106. This may also be a reference to Winnie The Pooh. The parking lot to the west ends to a grassy/rocky field with a tree. A hill runs up to the east with a fountain.
|14 South, 1 East||
|15 South, 1 East||No activity, mineshaft|
|16 South, 1 East||No activity, mineshaft|
|17 South, 1 East||Alaska at the bottom of the shaft.
At the lowest level of the cave, a fish leaps from water.
|9 North, 2 East||A reference to the Apollo 13 manned mission to the moon in 1970. Two days after launch, en route to the moon, an oxygen tank exploded. Astronaut Swigert reported the incident to Mission Control in Houston saying 'Houston, we've had a problem.' The 1995 movie Apollo 13 deliberately misquoted Swigert's famous statement as 'Houston, we have a problem' because the original made it seem that the problem had already passed.
The response is a parody of the inspirational quote 'There are no problems, only opportunities.'
|3 North, 2 East||A reference to the Greek myth of Icarus and his father's escape from Crete by building wings of feathers and wax. The joke is that, the incredible part of the story, the fact that Icarus and his father actually flew with simple wax and feathers, is downplayed to try to give children an object lesson about humility and hubris.
|1 North, 2 East||
|14 South, 2 East||
|17 South, 2 East|
|3 North, 3 East||Megan is surfing on a Boeing 767-300W|
|2 North, 3 East||[Ground slops uphill, left-to-right (West to East). Close to the far right boundary is the Christmas Tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas. In the middle is an electronic listening station. Right and Up-slope of the listening station, Megan and Cueball are lying on the ground, talking. Near bottom left is Ponytail, wearing sunglasses, roller-skiing off a ski jump. Top left are four birds in the sky.]
|1 North, 3 East|
|14 South, 3 East||
|17 South, 3 East|
|18 South, 3 East||Minecraft reference: Someone (yelling, "AAAA") escapes a creeper (hissing, "SSSSSSSS") by running deeper into the cave.|
|2 North, 4 East||The Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory as seen in this particular photo. The radio tower depicted shows the antennas for the WGBH and WKAF FM stations.
A reference to George Mallory's famous response to the question: "Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?".
|1 North, 4 East||A black empty tile (required because unspecified North tiles are automatically filled with white).|
|18 South, 4 East|
|19 South, 4 East|
|2 North, 5 East||Cueball can't get cellphone reception, while two wingsuit flyers are leaping off a cliff above him.|
|1 North, 5 East||A black empty tile (required because unspecified North tiles are automatically filled with white).|
|17 South, 5 East||A Winans Cigar Boat.|
|19 South, 5 East|
|8 North, 6 East||Red Five is both Anakin and Luke Skywalker's call sign. Anakin uses the sign in the Battle of Coruscant and Luke uses it in the Battle of Yavin. Also note the use of "cannon" and "canon, possibly a reference to 1401: New."
|2 North, 6 East||Giant airborne jellyfish.|
|1 North, 6 East|
|16 South, 6 East|
|17 South, 6 East|
|19 South, 6 East|
|1 North, 7 East||Level 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros. This is confirmed by text on 3 South, 7 East. Compare with screenshot. The level's "bottomless pits" continue downward.|
|1 South, 7 East||Two people climbing up/down the holes, and one falling.|
|2 South, 7 East|
|3 South, 7 East||Two people are talking next to a "bottomless pit" from the Mario level, one is saying: "The walls... worn smooth by billions of tumbling Mario corpses".|
|4 South, 7 East||The two pits on the left join together here.|
|5 South, 7 East|
|6 South, 7 East|
|7 South, 7 East|
|8 South, 7 East||RPG style pit trap|
|9 South, 7 East||Another Minecraft reference. Cueball standing while a girl swings a pickaxe to further dig out a tunnel. Farther down, part of the mine shaft has collapsed and sealed the hole.|
|10 South, 7 East|
|11 South, 7 East|
|12 South, 7 East|
|13 South, 7 East|
|14 South, 7 East||A cane is wedged in the right hand mine shaft. Likely a reference to the first Where's Waldo book, where Waldo loses his walking stick (and other items) and readers must scour the detailed illustrations to find Waldo and each of the items he drops.|
|15 South, 7 East|
|16 South, 7 East||
|17 South, 7 East||
|19 South, 7 East||Horizontal tunnel|
|1 North, 8 East||Four wind turbines, with Megan standing among them. May be a reference to 1378: Turbine|
|16 South, 8 East||Mostly solid rock; the roof of a cave is in the bottom corner to the west.|
|17 South, 8 East||A small graveyard.|
|18 South, 8 East||There are tentacle-like objects restricting the passing of objects through this tunnel, the art of which closely resembles the Xbox Live Arcade game Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and also bears a resemblance to the mouth of a Sarlacc Pit from Star Wars.|
|19 South, 8 East||A tunnel from the west intersects with a vertical passage from above. To the east of the intersection the tunnel dead ends, and the opening downwards is filled with rocks and impassable.|
|1 North, 9 East||Reference to the first line of "99 Problems" by Jay-Z ("If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you son. I've got 99 problems but a <rhymes with "witch"> ain't one."). Just left of the fence is a small cleared area with what appears to be a frog in the center. Frog Prince? Also a reference to fencepost error. Ironically, there may be an off-by-one error in the joke, since it would only take 100 fenceposts to cover 99 problems, not 101.|
|3 North, 10 East||The outline of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft shown in Wikipedia.|
|1 North, 10 East||Hilly terrain with a tree, and a Cueball standing on a rock.|
|11 North, 11 East||An empty white tile with symmetric coordinates (11 N, 11 E).|
|1 North, 11 East||A sine curve oscillates between -1 and 1.
|11 South, 11 East||An empty black tile with symmetric coordinates (11 S, 11 E).
Note, that this PNG file contains an ICC section which means that the blackness in this image is properly color-corrected.
|5 North, 12 East||This is a re-enactment of one of the last scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which Dave Bowman shuts down Hal 9000 by one-by-one pulling out processor modules. Hal eventually regresses to his first programmed memories, the song Daisy Bell which he sings for Bowman.
|1 North, 12 East||Bourne or Sagamore Bridge
|1 North, 13 East||The bridge is either the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge.
The covered wagon was popularized during the American expansion west, as a good way to bring goods along with as a family journeyed from the crowded eastern states out west (usually to Oregon or California).
|1 North, 14 East||Bourne or Sagamore Bridge
|1 North, 15 East||Cueball is singing the chorus to the song "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger. The characters in the wagon reference the Oregon Trail computer game.
Black Hat seems to be up to his usual shenanigans.
|2 North, 16 East||Top of VLF antenna.|
|1 North, 16 East||A cabin which appears to be hooked up to a VLF antenna.|
|2 North, 17 East||Top of VLF antenna.|
|1 North, 17 East||VLF antenna and a steep cliff dropoff to water. Cueball watches a butterfly flit around as they did in the Peanuts comic strip.
The VLF antenna is likely to be a representation of the Marconi Station on Cape Cod as it existed in the early 1900's. This station transmitted the first trans-Atlantic wireless telegram in 1903. It had the same four towers and steep drop-off to the beach as depicted in this comic with possible original photo here.
|3 North, 18 East||A Boeing 717 with landing gear deployed. Caption: "Folks, this is your captain speaking. I need you all to turn on every electronic device your have. There's no time to explain." (a reference to the game with the same name?)|
|1 North, 18 East||Two swimmers in the ocean saying "Stupid FreeBSD...". FreeBSD is a Unix-like operating system. A reference to 349: Success.|
|1 North, 19 East||A humpback whale breaching.|
|1 North, 20 East||A rocky shore. The uppermost rock formation in this panel appears to be a laughing face in profile.|
|1 North, 21 East||A fin-shaped object protrudes from the ground.|
|2 North, 22 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 22 East||An anchor for Guy-wires. To the east of the anchor, a very small Cueball and an equally tiny Megan can be seen in the grass.|
|3 North, 23 East||Guy-wires|
|2 North, 23 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 23 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|4 North, 24 East||Guy-wires|
|3 North, 24 East||Guy-wires|
|2 North, 24 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 24 East||An anchor for Guy-wires.|
|5 North, 25 East||Guy-wires|
|4 North, 25 East||Guy-wires|
|3 North, 25 East||Guy-wires|
|2 North, 25 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 25 East||Guy-wires with terrain|
|6 North, 26 East||Guy-wires|
|5 North, 26 East||Guy-wires|
|4 North, 26 East||Guy-wires, one of which Black Hat is hanging from.|
|3 North, 26 East||Guy-wires|
|2 North, 26 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 26 East||An anchor for Guy-wires.|
|7 North, 27 East||Top of the radio tower mentioned under 6N27E (right below).|
|6 North, 27 East||This appears to be the former record-holder for the tallest man-made structure, the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota. It was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa (829.84 m (2,723 ft)) located in Dubai (also included in the comic).
|5 North, 27 East||Radio tower with guy-wires.|
|4 North, 27 East||Radio tower with guy-wires.|
|3 North, 27 East||Radio tower with guy-wires.|
|2 North, 27 East||Radio tower with guy-wires.|
|1 North, 27 East||The base of a radio tower.|
|6 North, 28 East||Guy-wires|
|5 North, 28 East||Guy-wires|
|4 North, 28 East||Guy-wires|
|3 North, 28 East||Guy-wires|
|2 North, 28 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 28 East||An anchor for Guy-wires.|
|5 North, 29 East||Guy-wires|
|4 North, 29 East||Guy-wires, one of which Megan is sliding down. Possibly a reference to the game Infamous.|
|3 North, 29 East||Guy-wires|
|2 North, 29 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 29 East||Guy-wires with terrain|
|4 North, 30 East||Guy-wires|
|3 North, 30 East||Guy-wires|
|2 North, 30 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 30 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|3 North, 31 East||Guy-wires|
|2 North, 31 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 31 East||An anchor for Guy-wires.|
|2 North, 32 East||Guy-wires|
|1 North, 32 East||An anchor for Guy-wires.|
|1 North, 33 East||A tree with a tractor.|
|1 North, 34 East||A rolling grassy landscape with a fence. Some of the fence posts are topped with bluebird boxes, and birds sit on the fence wires.|
|1 North, 35 East||a barn and some trees.|
|1 North, 36 East||Reference to the original Pokémon games. When Prof. Oak tells you not to go into the tall grass without a Pokémon.
|1 North, 37 East||Grass.|
|1 North, 38 East||Grass with a short rectangular structure.|
|2 North, 39 East||The top of a water tower. Cueball and Megan on the catwalk at the top. Cueball looking out. Megan using some mounted device (maybe a telephone?, or some controls?).|
|1 North, 39 East||The base of a water tower.|
|1 North, 40 East||Grass.|
|1 North, 41 East||Grass.|
|1 North, 42 East||Grass.|
|1 North, 43 East||Grass.|
|1 North, 44 East||Grass.|
|1 North, 45 East||Grass.|
|1 North, 46 East||Grass.|
|1 North, 47 East||Grass.|
|1 North, 48 East||Cueball with a balloon in his hand, flying towards the image border. He says "I wonder where I'll float next". This is a reference to the very first xkcd comic. It may also be a reference to World of Goo, a computer game, where at the end of level 1 the goo balls leave the screen carried by balloons, wondering what will be next. Alternatively, this may be a reference to the detail and variety of earlier panels.
References by Category
|Covered wagons||1 North, 13 East 1 North, 15 East|
|Remote-controlled rocket-powered bicycle||1 North, 1 West|
|Sailboat||1 North, 5 West|
|Sailing ship||1 North, 8 West|
|Junk-rigged Sailboat||1 North, 13 East|
|Hot air balloons||6 North, 1 East|
|Cars||1 North, 1 West 1 North, 1 East|
|Wienermobile||1 North, 1 West|
|Tractor||1 North, 33 East|
|Tank||1 North, 13 East|
|Winans Cigar Boat||17 South, 5 East|
|Boeing 717 Jet airliner||7 North, 7 West 3 North, 18 East|
|Embraer E-190 Jet airliner||2 North, 4 West|
|Boeing 767-300W Jet airliner||3 North, 3 East|
|Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 turboprop airliner||3 North, 10 East|
|Saturn V Rocket||1 North, 22 West 2 North, 22 West|
|Apollo 13 spacecraft||9 North, 2 East|
|X-Wing fighters||8 North, 6 East 8 South, 17 West|
|Burj Khalifa||8 North, 2 West, 6 North, 27 East|
|Statue of Liberty||1 North, 13 West|
|Pyramid||17 South, 7 East|
|Bridges (Suspension bridge, Arch bridge)||1 North, 12 East 1 North, 13 East 1 North, 14 East|
|Lighthouse||1 North, 13 West|
|Water tower||1 North, 39 East 2 North, 39 East|
|Mine shafts||1 South, 17 West|
|Graveyard / cemetery||17 South, 8 East|
|Parking lot||1 North, 1 West 1 North, 1 East|
|Fence posts||1 North, 34 East|
|Bluebird boxes||1 North, 34 East|
|Barn||1 North, 35 East|
|Tire Swing||2 North, 4 East|
|Fountain||1 North, 1 East|
|Park benches||1 North, 14 West|
|Buoys||1 North, 5 West|
|Beach Umbrella||1 North, 4 West|
|Butterfly Net||1 North, 1 East|
|Construction Cranes (Tower crane, Crawler crane)|
|Anti-aircraft platform||1 North, 9 West|
|Wind turbines||1 North, 8 East|
|Meteorological Observatory||2 North, 4 East|
|Radio station||1 North, 16 East 2 North, 16 East 1 North, 17 East|
|Radio mast||2 North, 16 East|
|Radio Telescope||1 North, 25 West|
|Satellite Dish||1 North, 1 West|
|GPS||1 North, 33 West|
|Bitcoins||1 North, 9 West|
|Game Console||2 South, 9 West|
|Guns (Anti-Aircraft Gun, Shotgun)||6 North, 2 West|
|Laptop||2 North, 2 West|
|Cellphones||2 North, 5 East|
|FreeBSD||1 North, 18 East|
|Facebook, Twitter||15 South, 1 West|
|Lost||1 North, 17 West|
|The Simpsons||5 North, 2 West|
|Seinfeld||1 North, 2 West|
|A Charlie Brown Christmas||2 North, 3 East|
|99 Problems||1 North, 9 East|
|Daisy Bell||5 North, 12 East|
|Flagpole Sitta||1 North, 15 East|
|I'm on a Boat||1 North, 5 West|
|Desert Island Discs||1 North, 17 West|
Flora and Fauna
|Peter Thiel||1 North, 9 West|
|Elizabeth Warren||1 North, 8 West|
|Icarus||3 North, 2 East|
|George Mallory||2 North, 4 East|
|Dubai||6 North, 27 East|
|North Dakota||6 North, 27 East|
|Alaska||17 South, 1 East|
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