Monday, October 11, 2010

804: Pumpkin Carving

Banach-Tarski paradox

A "round about reference" definitely merits a place in the external links section.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

800: Beautiful Dream

The Rules

Yes, this strikes me as the sort of page with a definite need for an "In Popular Culture" section.

803: Airfoil


Thumbs up if you're an idiot.

It's like they know it's going to get reverted anyway, so they don't bother with subtlety anymore.

Friday, October 1, 2010

800: The Rules

The Rules

Thought question: How popular does something have to be before you can call it "In Popular Culture"?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

792: Password Reuse

I'm just going to leave that right here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

766: Green Flash

Green flash

Totally relevant.

"Green Flash" sounds like a DC superhero mix-up. I'd read it.

Friday, May 14, 2010

740: The Tell-Tale Beat

Daft Punk

So funny we vandalized it twice!

The page for Tell-Tale Heart wasn't actually vandalized, leading me to the theory that the caliber of genius that resorts to this behavior is not aware of the reference.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lies, lies, dirty lies

Randall claims not to have foreseen exactly what would come of posting a Wikipedia-related comic.

For extra laffs, see the idiot wonderful individual who didn't catch that the "disambiguation" reference was an attempt at a joke as well as the responses thereto.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

739: Malamanteau

Uh-oh, Randall made a Wikipedia-themed comic!

Edit: For clarification, the page didn't exist before yesterday (I think), but there have been countless attempts to create it since. As of last night, the page was a deletion log; today, it redirects to xkcd. The interesting stuff is, as usual, in the discussion and history pages.

Monday, May 10, 2010

738: Operation

Yes, I'm lazy.

But more importantly, someone thought this would be funny. Tell me which is more appalling!

Friday, March 5, 2010

710: Collatz Conjecture

Collatz conjecture

The Adam Conjecture: If fans have to look it up, it will be vandalized. (Check the edit history for over 9000 a ton of unfunny internet meme edits starting March 5.)

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Wikipedia does not have a page for "sex dice."

...but if it did, it would have an xkcd link right now. I wouldn't be surprised if one surfaced in the next couple days. If it happens, you read it here first.

Monday, February 22, 2010

705: Sysadmin

System administrator

Four comics in a row, ladies and gentlemen. We're on a roll.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

704: Principle of Explosion

Principle of explosion

"If you run a webcomic, you can reference it in any Wikipedia article. It's called the principle of xkcd."

"Any Wikipedia article? Let me try."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

703: Tautology Club


That was quick.

702: Snow and stuff

Higgs boson

This just in: xkcd lacks relevancy.

Monday, February 1, 2010


695: Spirit rover
"Perhaps." Huh.

696: Prisoner's dilemma
Yeah, that's germaine.

I'm not dead! Just busy! This blog still updates, ladies and gentlemen.

Monday, January 11, 2010


What makes someone "notable"? As David Segal said, "Wiki-worthiness has quietly become a new digital divide, separating those who think they are notable from those granted the imprimatur of notability by a horde of anonymous geeks." (Ouch, burn.)

I don't claim to be an expert on Wikilaw. I leave it to you to judge our friend Randall Munroe. You and I know him as the author of the webcomic xkcd. You may not know, however, that he is...

The guy gets around.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Vandalism in action

Talk:Centrifugal force (rotating reference frame)

There are two relevant sections in this talk page: one of them is a discussion about the comic's relevance to the article and the other is "stop reverting the removal of the xkcd link."

There are reasonable people on both sides of the relevance argument, of course, but the point of interest to me is the "please stop adding the comic as if we'd reached consensus" discussion. Oh, those wacky xkcd fans!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Playing catch-up

Hello, internet. I am back from vacation. Let's see what I missed OH MY GOODNESS

681: Gravitational wells
Yes. This deserves to be in the introduction. Absolutely.

682: Erotic asphyxiation
Curse you for making me look up this article, Randall Munroe. Incidentally, including a reference to Wikipedia inside of the actual comic is a guarantee that Wikipedia will be vandalized as a result of the comic.

Oh, and the edit in question is particularly awful.