470: The End is Not for a While

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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The End is Not for a While


People show up at protests because they're angry about something and want to use peaceful means or otherwise to effect political change. It's very much a groupthink, "mob" mentality, bringing to mind the credo, "If you're not with us, you're against us."

Hardly anyone goes to a protest because they're happy about the way things are, and thus, someone holding up signs saying how happy he is would, to say the least, be very out of place at a protest,[citation needed] although it's more common than expected.

The title text shows another sign Cueball is carrying (although since it compliments the protesters, he may not get in as much trouble for it). It might be a reference to certain protest topic groups that are known for having some members that do not show up because of the protest topic, but show up because of the girls that will be there. (An example of a protest topic is animal rights.)

The title of the comic refers to the oft-seen protest placard "The end is now," signifying that person's belief that we live in the end times, and it's time to start getting right with (insert religious figure of your choice here).


[Cueball with two picket signs. Ponytail with a picket sign stands partially out of the frame, staring at Cueball.]
I get in trouble for showing up contented at protests.
Sign 1: Things are pretty okay!
Sign 2: Anyone for Scrabble later?

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I love this one... it reminds me of the 'Father Ted' episode (Se01Ep03) with the polite protest signs reading "Careful Now" & "Down With This Sort Of Thing". I always try and see what's written on the back of those "The End is Now" placards expecting "...For The Sale at Carpet-World" or somesuch; been disappointed on all but 2 occasions. Squirreltape (talk) 14:32, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

I do like it when this kind of counter-protest trolling is done to groups like the Westboro Baptist Cretins. -Pennpenn 05:10, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure, but is the mention of scrabble significant? I think somewhere there is something about scrabble and 'end time' governments, but I'm not sure. ----

In "The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy" a set of hand made scrabble pieces are used to "randomly" determine the Question to which the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything refers. Here's a link that explains it. May not be what the poster above is thinking about, but it's interesting. http://www.6by9.net/why-6by9/

A Dutch politician of the center-right party VVD once went to a left-wing protest. He called it building bridges. (The ruling coalition slogan.) His comment on Twitter: "Quite a lot of angry people here."

I don't think the analysis of the title text is correct here. I think it might be a reference to a protest such as a Women's Rights Protest in which a man calling all the women there 'cute' would probably not go over well or as a 'complement'. I think it is more likely to be viewed by the protesters as problematic objectification, which is what makes it funny in that him saying that at the protest would be so wrong.

For some reason, even though the page looks right when I'm in the editing page, it gets crapped as soon as I confirm the edit. Does anyone know what's going on? - Roselily2006

I think that the title text is not referring to another sign, but to Cueball’s motivation: he is there because he thinks everyone is cute, not because he wants to protest - this is also why his signs are irrelevant/non-helpful. L-Space Traveler (talk) 01:05, 1 September 2022 (UTC)