May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1023: Late-Night PBS (described)

A web comic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.


Blag: Remember geohashing? Something pretty cool happened Sunday.


Panel One: Drawing of two stick figures, standing together and talking. The one on the left has disheveled hair and is rubbing at her eyes tiredly.

Person One: Have you ever watched PBS late at night? – I fell asleep after Downton and woke up at like 3 AM.

Panel Two: Drawing of the set of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. Three stick figure children are standing behind contestant podiums while the unshaven host is standing blearily next to the display monitor, clutching a bottle of booze.


Where in the World in Carmen Sandiego was back on, except the host hadn’t aged well and he’d clearly been drinking.

Every question took them to some horrible place like Mogadishu or the Cambodian Killing Fields.

Panel Three: Drawing of of a large wall bookcase swung open like a door.


The kids were freaked out, but they kept playing. Eventually they were told they’d found Carmen Sandiego hiding behind a bookshelf in a Dutch apartment.

Panel Four: Same as Panel One.

Person 1: The Chief appeared and asked “Are you proud of what you’ve become?” – Then Rockapella walked out and just glared at the kids until they started crying.

Person 2: I, uh, don’t remember the old show being that dark.

Person 1: Maybe we were too young to pick up on it.

Hover text: Then it switched to these old black-and-white tapes of Bob Ross slumped against the wall of an empty room, painting the least happy trees you’ve ever seen. Either PBS needs to beef up studio security or I need to stop using Ambien to sleep.


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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