May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1049: Bookshelf (described)

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


Panel One: Side view of a stick figure standing in front of a bookcase full of books. The stick figure is reaching up to pull a book off a shelf. As the book tilts back, it goes “Click.”

Person 1: Ooh,  Atlas Shrugged.

Panel Two: Front view of the bookshelf, which is made up of three sections. The middle section is revealed to be on a turntable and starts to swing around with a “Rumble.”

Panel Three: The stick figure is now is a dark, secret space between the bookshelf and the back wall. Written on the wall are the words “You have terrible taste.”

Panel Four: The bookshelf has swiveled back around with another “Click” and the stick figure is back in the original position, hand still on the book.

Hover text: I had a hard time with Ayn Rand because I found myself enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but getting lost at “therefore, be a huge asshole to everyone.”


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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