May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1053: Ten Thousand (described)

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











Panel One:


I try not to make fun of people for admitting they don’t know things. Because for each thing “everyone knows” by the time they’re adults, every day there are, on average 10,000 people in the U S hearing about it for the first time.

Fraction who have heard of it at birth = 0%

Fraction who have heard of it by 30 approximately = 100%

U S Birth Rate approximately = 4,000,000/year

Number hearing about it for the first time approximately = 10,000/day

Panel Two: Drawing of two stick figures. The one on the left has shoulder-length dark hair. The one on the right is walking away toward the right and beckoning to the other one.


If I make fun of people, I train them not to tell me when they have those moments. And I miss out on the fun.

Person 1: “Diet coke and Mentos thing”? What’s that?

Person 2: Oh man! Come on, we’re going to the grocery store.

Person 1: Why?

Person 2: You’re one of today’s lucky 10,000.

Hover text: Saying “what kind of an idiot doesn’t know about the Yellowstone supervolcano” is so much more boring than telling someone about the Yellowstone supervolcano for the first time.


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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