May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1065: Shoes (described)

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


Panel One: Drawing of a stick figure with a bruised face, holding a large sword. The stick figure is leaning back in surprise and looking at a box that seems to be floating in air in a beam of light. A voice from off panel emanates from above the figure’s head.

Voice: For saving my kingdom, I give you a gift of great power.

Panel Two: Similar to Panel One, but the figure has set the sword aside and is reaching toward the box. The lid has come off the box.

Voice: These magic shoes enable the wearer to outrun Death itself.

Panel Three: Close up of the stick figure examining the shoes, which look very like Vibram Five Finger toe shoes.

Stick Figure Person: Whoa, wait. They have those creepy individual toes.

Panel Four: Similar to Panel Two, but the stick figure has one hand to the face in a thinking pose. The shoes are back in the box with the toe tips sticking out over the edge.

Voice: But they make you immortal.

Stick Figure Person: . . .I have to think about this.

Hover text: I *do* hear that they’re the most comfortable thing to wear on your feet since sliced bread.


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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