May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1064: Front Door (described)

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













Line graph–Walking Back to My Front Door at Night:

The Y-axis is not labeled.  The X-axis is labeled “Yard” at a little left of center, with an arrow pointing to the left. Right about center is labeled “Steps”, then “Door,” then “Inside” with an arrow pointing to the right. A gray line labeled “Forward Speed” starts about a quarter of the way up the Y-axis. A blue line labeled “Fear That There’s Something Behind Me” starts close to the bottom, just above a red line labeled “Embarrasment” running close to the X-axis. The gray and red line run along at a steady height but the blue line climbs steadily toward the gray line until just before reaching the “Steps” marking, where it jumps up sharply. The gray line echoes the blue, and they both reach a point about three-fourths of the way up the Y-axis, then plunge sharply back down as they reach “Door,” leveling back out with the blue line close to the X-axis and the gray slightly higher. The red “Embarrasment” line angles up sharply at “Door” and levels off at an even higher point than the other two reached.

Hover text: FYI: I’ll be releasing a wolf into a randomly-chosen front yard sometime in the next 30 years. Now your fear is reasonable, and you don’t need to feel embarrassed anymore. Problem solved!

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).

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