|Super Bowl Context|
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Cueball is a nerd. Nerds have too much information in their head. They feel the need to disseminate the information in any trivial conversation. Normal non-nerd people like to have context free conversations and white hat invites cueball to try to fit in with normal people's conversational style. Cueball have however issues not dispersing information and whitehat gives up.
[White Hat and Cueball are walking together.]
White Hat: Did you watch the Super Bowl?
Cueball: Yes, like a third of the country. A fraction that is steadily increasing despite media fragmentation.
White Hat: Can't we just talk without your weird need to give context for everything?
Cueball: Sorry. I'll try.
White Hat: Sounds like Peyton Manning's probably going to retire.
[Cueball bunches his hands into fists. He is clearly struggling.]
Cueball: Yes, I...it...
White Hat: C'mon, you can do it...
Cueball: He...Mammals like Peyton age via a process that involves both the accumulation of damage and poorly-understood timed factors. Yet the concept of retirement itself is surprisingly recent...
White Hat: Okay, good try. Maybe next year.
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Peyton Manning is a football player who is really good (the only NFL player been MVP five times). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peyton_Manning Aquaplanet (talk) 11:19, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
Am I the only one who finds the last speech pattern weird? Saying "mammals like Payton" seems a little reminiscent of comics 1541 and 1530... 184.108.40.206 13:30, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
- Don't think so, there is no body snatching involved -- he is simply trying to connect whitehat's statement with some trivia; Mainnings is a human, humans are mammals, retirement is a recent human invention -- the statement is simply just hyper over loaded with irrelevant facts. 220.127.116.11 15:12, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
- Agree with that. Since we are all mamals and all mamals age, many of them via the same processes there is nothing wrong with the statment, only with the timing. --Kynde (talk) 21:04, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
Ok, I'm just gonna come out and say it: Coldplay sucks. 18.104.22.168 14:03, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
- Is this some pop culture reference I'm missing? (I didn't watch the Super Bowl, so perhaps it's a reference to that?) 22.214.171.124 19:03, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
- Coldplay played in the Halftime show. --Kynde (talk) 21:04, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
The first paragraph at the moment is merely insulting nerds and not really explaining anything. (N.B.: would the "stereotypical Nerd" watch sports, at all?) --126.96.36.199 15:44, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
- I wrote it. I'm a nerd. It is more a self-reflection than an insult. I think it explains everything. 188.8.131.52 16:12, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
- I'm also a nerd, but the generalization given (in the present/former comic explanation) is not a high-fidelity description of me. However, since it's a humorous hyperbole, I'm letting it go with just a "citation needed" stamp. :-)
- But, hyperbole or not, I did not feel like the rest of it was generally accurate. That is, not all nerds are (or act) the same. The description given seems to match Cueball's depiction in this comic, but does not match "nerds" generally. So I tried to soften it a little, while exercising restraint. (It's the sort of generalization that is funny when it's the joke, but does not seem as appropriate in an explanation of the joke.)
- To answer the first point, though, it's hard to define what a "stereotypical nerd" is. If we choose it to be Sheldon (of TBBT), then you're right in assuming that a nerd would not be watching sports at all (and would need a reminder of last year's Super Bowl comic). However, there are many types of nerds. If "nerd" means "someone with an extreme interest in a field" then "sports nerd" can be a synonym for what we called a "jock" back in school.
- Also, for what it's worth, I work in the software industry, and an alarming (to me) number of engineers are quite interested in sports and sporting events. They might otherwise be called nerds. YMMV. 184.108.40.206 19:03, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
- I have changed this completely. He is not a nerd. He just cannot focus on a normal conversation. --Kynde (talk) 21:04, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
- You are a nerd. 220.127.116.11 23:11, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
- Well thanks, that must be one of the biggest compliments you can get on explain xkcd ;-) --Kynde (talk) 20:24, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Does anyone else feel that the "maybe next year" line was intentional? Teams that don't win the Super Bowl (or at least their fans) will use the line when their hopes for a ring have been lost. This is particularly apparent in the case of Cleveland Browns fans, who sometimes use the line during pre-season games. 18.104.22.168 18:18, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
I wonder if the comic is making fun of this website? The explanations are sometimes (usually) over the top. 22.214.171.124 00:20, 3 March 2016 (UTC)
I think White Hat should be Black Hat. SilverMagpie (talk) 17:18, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
Anyone else think that Cueball’s struggling attempt to refrain from providing context led to the context eventually stated being more extreme than usual? Starting context with “mammals like Peyton” is going another few steps back than the other context provided (which said nothing about the Super Bowl viewership of mammals, for example). It seems like the context was building up within him, getting more extreme as he attempted to restrain it. PotatoGod (talk) 17:21, 6 May 2018 (UTC)