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Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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An example of a source which provides both good and bad pop culture references is xkcd, a webcomic that deals with subjects from obscure mathematics to ball pits. Some appropriate times that Wikipedia references xkcd are as follows:

  • xkcd author Randall Munroe loves the Python programming language. He wrote a strip that implies using Python is so easy that if there were a module called antigravity, then you could just import antigravity and be flying in five minutes.[2] So for Python 3, they actually added this module, which humorously acknowledges the notion by opening a web browser and navigating to the strip in question.[3]
  • Sean Tevis decided to promote his tech credentials by running an ad in an xkcd style during his 2008 State House race.[4] It attracted attention from sources who wouldn't ordinarily be interested in such a race,[5] and the campaign received over $100,000 from online donations.[6]

On the other hand, xkcd routinely mentions dozens of other subjects without the reference impacting popular perception of the subject. Examples here would, sadly, basically be nose-beans, but at any given time there will usually be a few on special:WhatLinksHere/xkcd.

Thought this was worth sharing. 18:05, 4 August 2014 (UTC)