Through despair and hope, through faith and love, till we find our place on the path unwinding… of the circle of memes

In the good old days of The Internet (beta version), a rather awesome comic appeared:

Alas — as is the case with many awesome things — Badass Decay set in and the comic has been dwindling in awesomeness. A few too many ‘It’s funny because I’m a guy being passive aggressive to this girl’, ‘It’s funny because my author self-insert is socially awkward around women’ and ‘It’s funny because it’s a reference to Firefly‘ comics have meant that I don’t read it as often as I did.

From the ashes of the once awesome comic rose an even more awesome blog:

Where the Johnny-come-latelies of the internet are forcing themselves to laugh at the recent XKCD strips (because if you don’t laugh, you didn’t get it and it’s incredibly important that you get it), XKCDexplained shows that it’s not really that funny, even if you did get it.

That alone isn’t enough for the title of Awesome. Oh, no. No, no. You’ve got to be a Rocketman. Rocketman! Burning out his fuel out here. Alone!

What makes XKCDexplained awesome is that it managed to get a bunch of highly strung XKCD fans to completely lose their shit. Behold!

Here’s a rather representative example of its content:

The author of this explanation has a curious definition of the word “hilarity.” It appears that his personal definition is something along the lines of: “uninteresting (though slightly horrifying) inside joke.”

NOTE: Based on a sample size of eight people, it’s been my experience that physicists are really awesome people. Therefore, it’s fair to assume that none of them would ever actually say the above-mentioned things, unless they were saying them so someone who was a huge douche. In other words, physicists do not have Asperger’s.

Yeah… You sure showed them, Jocelyn!

And, because this is the internet, where would we be without: Probably having sex with extremely attractive people, that’s where.


Author: Mark Fletcher

Mark Fletcher is a Canberra-based blogger and policy wonk who writes about conservatism, atheism, and popular culture. Read his blog at OnlyTheSangfroid. He tweets at @ClothedVillainy

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