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I stole this comic - bringing XKCD to the masses

Postby Sc4Freak » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:36 am UTC

So I'm a Year 12 student at Melbourne High School and this is our last week. A few friends and I thought it would be nice to perform some copyright infringement1 in order to make the world a slightly weirder place. A little bit of a parting gift to our colleagues at school, if you will. Fans of XKCD that we were, what better way to spend our mischief than to spread the word?

One weekend later, we had printed out almost every XKCD comic ever. 5 times. 2000 odd sheets, bundled together into a 12kg brick of dead wood and brought to school in the wee hours of the morning.

Preparation - the stacks of XKCD:
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The front of the unsuspecting school at 6:20 AM:
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Maths department:
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Science department:
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Dining hall:
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Hallways/stairwells:
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On a completely unrelated note, we also dunked a few teachers:
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1 I hope Randall doesn't sue us over this - we didn't ask for his permission beforehand. But in light of this recent comic, I'm not too worried. :P

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Postby Pox » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:49 am UTC

Hehehe, this was fun.
Now to sleep.

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Postby Hawknc » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:52 am UTC

For xkcding my old school, you have my eternal respect. :D

Oh, also, xkcd is licenced under Creative Commons and is free to distribute and modify as long as you attribute it and don't charge money for it.

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Postby Toeofdoom » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:34 pm UTC

Meaning if you told people that these seemingly random comics were at xkcd.com, it's all okay. Also, shouldnt it be almost 2500, not near 2000? And did you print out the 404 error?

However I wish I had known beforehand so I could have seen it, but then I probably wouldnt have been allowed in.
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Postby existential_elevator » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:16 pm UTC

That is...awesome. Seriously impressive.

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Postby Cheese » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:22 pm UTC

I'm going to go ahead and agree with the rest of this thread. Your school is (was?) pretty fucking awesome.
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Postby elminster » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:22 pm UTC

Wow... Now that's some serious wall papering with comics. I just can't see how you managed to do so far without anyone noticing. Surely teachers would be walking around soon after that. Most of them don't have questionable content, but I'm pretty sure they would have issues with a few of them.
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Postby Chfan » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:47 pm UTC

THAT is hilarious. Greatest idea ever.
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Postby Mr. Beck » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:37 pm UTC

You, sir, are the most winningest person in the world toady. Hats off.

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Postby Hit3k » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:56 pm UTC

This is fucking epic and then theres WHERE you did it, that just makes it even more epic.
All I'm doing on Thursday (My last day) is... I don't know yet.... Should be fun though, I've always wanted to trash the school.
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Postby reflectia » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:07 pm UTC

That was... brilliant.

I'm wondering what the reaction to Anti-Mind Virus was?
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Postby Boomdiada » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:22 pm UTC

I hope you're going to offer to take them all down again.

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Postby Kizyr » Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:30 am UTC

Ok, it's settled.
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Postby Delass » Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:02 am UTC

Boomdiada wrote:I hope you're going to offer to take them all down again.

Why? Thats like taking down the mona lisa. The school should thank them.

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Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:33 am UTC

EPIC WIN.

Though you kinda ruined the electromagnetic spectrum. That one has to be printed in colour, dammit. :P

I, uh, printed the "Linux user at Best Buy" comic and posted it on a "Linux World" classroom door. It has yet to be removed, and I know there are classes held there.
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Postby pinchies » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:33 am UTC

From what I heard, they will be "employing" (i.e. conscripting) the year 10's to clean it all up later once we leave. I think you should have put up more url pages, people were still asking me later in the day where they were all from. ("only the best site in the world!")

Thanks guys, having something to do as I walk to class is now tons of fun! I try to note all 5 copies of a comic in my mind, some I've found 4 of!

And yes, I did just register to join in when I should be studying. :mrgreen:

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Postby zomgmouse » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:37 am UTC

Everybody thanked us. INCLUDING the teachers (except they told us to take down the "gosh-darned cunt" one).
I was proud.
It was very fun for us to do.
Even though I had to go back and re-tape what the Sc4Freak and Pox didn't tape down properly.
HURRAH.
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Postby Haistfu » Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:56 am UTC

FUCK YEAH.

Nice work 8)
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Postby Blinke » Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:15 am UTC

Impressive and made of awesome :shock:

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Postby RealGrouchy » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:01 pm UTC

zomgmouse wrote:Everybody thanked us. INCLUDING the teachers (except they told us to take down the "gosh-darned cunt" one).
But... the manatees won't work if you censor them!

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:54 pm UTC

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zomgmouse wrote:Everybody thanked us. INCLUDING the teachers (except they told us to take down the "gosh-darned cunt" one).
But... the manatees won't work if you censor them!

- RG>


Wait, nobody objected to the mathematics of cunnilingus? Or "FUCK. THAT. SHIT."?

That's pretty great.
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Postby Amarantha » Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:25 pm UTC

Now there's a proper muck-up day prank :) Those dickheads at Xavier had no imagination.

For my fiance's muck-up day (many moons ago now), he broke into the school at night, unbolted the doors from the locker bays, moved all the lockers and put the doors back on. The lockers were unmarked, so no-one could tell which was theirs when they arrived the next morning.
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Postby Sc4Freak » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:57 am UTC

Heh, thanks for the comments guys. Was a fun little prank. :wink:

I think all the XKCD on the walls will be gone by tomorrow, they've started to be removed in some places (and half of them have already fallen off anyway). On a completely unrelated note, we also "borrowed" the PA announcement system and rickrolled the entire school:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbACIVJXsTA

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Postby zomgmouse » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:17 am UTC

Amarantha wrote:Now there's a proper muck-up day prank :) Those dickheads at Xavier had no imagination.

For my fiance's muck-up day (many moons ago now), he broke into the school at night, unbolted the doors from the locker bays, moved all the lockers and put the doors back on. The lockers were unmarked, so no-one could tell which was theirs when they arrived the next morning.


We're not allowed to touch the lockers this year, after last year one of them fell and broke the receptionist's ankle.
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Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:19 am UTC

Boomdiada wrote:I hope you're going to offer to take them all down again.


I hope you're going to offer to kill yourself.

I've spent far too much time in FAID.
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Postby zomgmouse » Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:10 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:Wait, nobody objected to the mathematics of cunnilingus? Or "FUCK. THAT. SHIT."?

That's pretty great.


There's nothing wrong with cunnilingus (I put that one up on the door of the maths office), but the several ones with "fuck" did have some objection from teachers, although no official complaints.
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Postby Cheese » Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:09 pm UTC

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:
Boomdiada wrote:I hope you're going to offer to take them all down again.
I hope you're going to offer to kill yourself.

I've spent far too much time in FAID.
Yes. Yes you have.

I've been considering hijacking the tannoy system at my school sometime near the end of this year, although I'll first have to find out if I can transmit signals from any speaker. And I don't think rickrolling is an option anyway.
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Postby theduffman » Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:45 pm UTC

Sc4, you are a legend! I did this at my high school University High School last year, but only with about 15 comics instead of all of them 5 times over. Utter admiration and respect to you sir, you ought to come to a Melbourne meetup sometime.
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Postby Verian » Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:01 pm UTC

This is truly awesome. I salute you on a job well done.

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Postby mrbaggins » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:19 pm UTC

There's Melbourne meetups?

How many attend? I live about 4 hours away, but I am sooooo there.
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Postby Sarr » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:32 pm UTC

I love how you can see the XKCD comics everywhere in the video. Priceless.
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