May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1007: Sustainable (described)

A webcomic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.















Scene: A scatter plot graph with the y-axis labeled “Frequency of the Word “Sustainable” in US English Text, as a Percentage of All Words, by Year. Source: Google NGRAMS. ” and incremented in percentages, starting at 0.000001% and increasing as multiplied by 10 up to 1,000% .The x-axis is a timeline with 20 year increments, starting at 1940 and going to 2140. The line through the scatter plots starts at about 0.000005% at about 1940 and rises up to the right to about 0.0005 at “present day”, 0.005 at 2036: “Sustainable” occurs an average of once per page, .05% at 2061: “Sustainable” ccurs an anverage of once per sentence, and by 2109: All sentences are just the word “sustainable” repeated over and over. The line becomes dotted and is surrounded by a cluster of question marks when it crosses the 100% demarcation.

Caption: The word “sustainable” is unsustainable.

Hover text: Though 100 years is longer than a lot of our resources.


Warning: This comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

Comic by Described by BlindGadget under the Creative Commons license.

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