Talk:1721: Business Idea

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I'm pretty sure there's been a naming overlap or something because and are showing the same image 04:13, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Randall done goofed

He accidentally named TWO comics "Business Idea". This one and comic 827 ( Because his comics are stored by name, not id, he has two "business_idea.png"s. The newer replaced the older one, but explain-xkcd has the original, probably due to the way either one is stored.

I'm honestly surprised Randall would make a mistake like this. Like shouldn't he have a list and a script that automatically checks wether a title was already used? -- 09:25, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
Or simply append/prepend the comic number to the image name, that way you can't have duplicates.

What should we do? Contact Randall? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Check the fora. Let him know he broke 827( if he doesn't know already. I'm too lazy. 04:35, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
Store it on the wiki as a jpeg and differentiate that way. -- 04:59, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Explanation for us users from countries with different fueling systems

In Germany and many other countries, the gas pumps actually have a separate hose per fuel type, so many fans of xkcd might not be able to understand this comic. 05:18, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Yes, because many of us use Diesel, and you should not mix diesel and petrol. But it's no problem to mix small quantities of regular into premium or vice versa. -- 09:06, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
Not just diesel and petrol - every kind of fuel sold (usually 4 per pump - petrol/diesel x premium/regular, sometimes fast diesel pump for trucks instead of diesel premium) has a separate hose and pistol in Poland. You choose the fuel by choosing the pistol. I'm guessing it's the same in a large part of Europe at least. It didn't even occur to me that it could be done differently. I honestly thought it was part of the joke - that Cueball doesn't even know that. -- 10:07, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
I'm really surprised, too. How DOES a system work where the customer can presumably switch between the kinds of gas he fills in his tank? And where is such a system installed? The States, I suppose, but where else? For international readers, this should definitely be part of the explanation. Is there a convenient weblink that shows the differences between countries' gas stations, or a weblink that shows this unique setup that Randall takes for granted here? -- 10:50, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Beret Guy?

Is this Cueball, or Beret Guy with his hat off? Mikemk (talk) 08:22, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Unlikely. Wasn't Beret Guy's hat stapled? -- 10:07, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
If it was Beret Guy he most likely would have had (inexplicable) success with this idea. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 10:13, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

"Pay it forward" at Starbucks

This is actually about Starbucks, where customers - depending on the place, of course, as I've never seen it in Switzerland - are asked to pay some bucks for the next customer. You are expected to pay something "forward".

This idea originates from Italy, where you can buy a "caffè sospeso", a "suspended café". Somebody in need can walk up to the bar tender and ask for a free coffee. And yes, it disgusts me that this good idea was taken over by hipsters.-- 11:20, 17 August 2016 (UTC)