April 20, 2021

XKCD Web Comic #1058: Old-Timers (described)

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










Panel One: Drawing of a stick figure with scraggly hair and beard, sitting at a desk with a computer and typing on a keyboard.

Person 1, typing: Whatever, noob. I’ve been on the internet since the BBS days.

Reply from Computer Screen: Wrong.

Panel Two: A stick figure with dark hair piled up on her head kneels on a chair at a desk with a computer and types on a keyboard.

Person 2, typing: Before I was born, a lab took egg and sperm samples from my parents and sequenced the DNA.

Panel Three: Same as Panel One, except the stick figure is reading the screen, not typing.

Person 2, onscreen: They emailed the genome to the Venter Institute, where they synthesized the genome and implanted it into sperm and eggs which became me.

Panel Four: Same as Panel Two.

Person 2, typing: So, no. You’ve looked at the internet. – I’ve been there.

Hovertext: You were on the internet before I was born? Well, so was I.


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 xkcd.com. Described by BlindGadget under the Creative Commons license.

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