May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1041: Whites of Their Eyes (described)

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

Panel One: Three stick figures are kneeling on the ground behind a large rock.  The one on the left is wearing a Revolutionary War style hat, the one in the middle has scruffy hair and beard, the one on the right has longish, blond hair and is also wearing a Revolutionary War style hat, and all three are holding muskets.

Person 1: Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.

Panel Two: Close up on Person 1.

Person 1: And smell the scent of their hair.

Panel Three: Close up on Person 2 and 3 as they look at each other in consternation.

Person 1 (off-panel): And taste the sweetness of their lips.

Panel Four: Battle sounds of “BLAM BLAM” and a bullet come from the other side of the large rock. Persons 2 and 3 have their muskets at the ready.

Person 1: And feel the heat of their skin pressed against yours, trembling as you–

Person 3: Maybe we should just start shooting.

Person 1: Right. Yes.

Hover text: Don’t fire until you see through the fragile facade to the human being within.


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.


  1. xkcd fan says:

    Thanks for doing this, i could not for the life of me figure out what the ‘sweetness of their ups’ was. OHHH LIPS. thanks

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