1710: "Walking Into Things"

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1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby thunk » Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:04 am UTC

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(alt-text) A childhood spent walking while reading books has prepared me unexpectedly well for today's world.

We all know that Randall can't seem to put his phone down, but the rest of us should hopefully have some more practice at object avoidance.
(Though I have failed to do a so a few times).
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:24 am UTC

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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:05 am UTC

What's an UFE? Is that an acronym?
I remember a fair bit of walking while reading books as a kid. I liked books.
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby thunk » Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:49 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:What's an UFE? Is that an acronym?

"Life", but the L walked into a post.
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:57 am UTC

thunk wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:What's an UFE? Is that an acronym?

"Life", but the L walked into a post.

*facepalms* ...I looked all over for the UFE in question, and couldn't find it. That'll teach me for reading everything with blurry morning eyes that obscured the obscuration. (Early, today, isn't it?)

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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby orthogon » Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:24 am UTC

Soupspoon wrote:
thunk wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:What's an UFE? Is that an acronym?

"Life", but the L walked into a post.

*facepalms* ...I looked all over for the UFE in question, and couldn't find it. That'll teach me for reading everything with blurry morning eyes that obscured the obscuration. (Early, today, isn't it?)

"UFE!" is what you say when you walk into something. Especially if you're French. (Actually, strictly, that's "ouf!")
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Apeiron » Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:18 pm UTC

UFE: Unintelligible Font Error

This is ONE of the reason shoutcase is a bad idea.

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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Echo244 » Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:25 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:
thunk wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:What's an UFE? Is that an acronym?

"Life", but the L walked into a post.

*facepalms* ...I looked all over for the UFE in question, and couldn't find it. That'll teach me for reading everything with blurry morning eyes that obscured the obscuration. (Early, today, isn't it?)

"UFE!" is what you say when you walk into something. Especially if you're French. (Actually, strictly, that's "ouf!")


Unless you walk into an egg, at which point it becomes "oeuf!".

(I think one egg joke in this post is un oeuf)
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:39 pm UTC

Echo244 wrote:
orthogon wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:
thunk wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:What's an UFE? Is that an acronym?

"Life", but the L walked into a post.

*facepalms* ...I looked all over for the UFE in question, and couldn't find it. That'll teach me for reading everything with blurry morning eyes that obscured the obscuration. (Early, today, isn't it?)

"UFE!" is what you say when you walk into something. Especially if you're French. (Actually, strictly, that's "ouf!")


Unless you walk into an egg, at which point it becomes "oeuf!".

(I think one egg joke in this post is un oeuf)


I'd respond, but I don't want to egg you on...

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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby orthogon » Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:54 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:
Echo244 wrote:
orthogon wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:
thunk wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:What's an UFE? Is that an acronym?

"Life", but the L walked into a post.

*facepalms* ...I looked all over for the UFE in question, and couldn't find it. That'll teach me for reading everything with blurry morning eyes that obscured the obscuration. (Early, today, isn't it?)

"UFE!" is what you say when you walk into something. Especially if you're French. (Actually, strictly, that's "ouf!")


Unless you walk into an egg, at which point it becomes "oeuf!".

(I think one egg joke in this post is un oeuf)


I'd respond, but I don't want to egg you on...

I don't get the yoke.
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:59 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:
Echo244 wrote:
orthogon wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:
thunk wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:What's an UFE? Is that an acronym?

"Life", but the L walked into a post.

*facepalms* ...I looked all over for the UFE in question, and couldn't find it. That'll teach me for reading everything with blurry morning eyes that obscured the obscuration. (Early, today, isn't it?)

"UFE!" is what you say when you walk into something. Especially if you're French. (Actually, strictly, that's "ouf!")


Unless you walk into an egg, at which point it becomes "oeuf!".

(I think one egg joke in this post is un oeuf)


I'd respond, but I don't want to egg you on...

I don't get the yoke.


What was Snow White's brother's name?


Meanwhile, since the comic's title is "walking into things," should we start the $STEREOTYPE_ONE and $STEREOTYPE_TWO walk into a bar chain of bad jokes?
Punchlines:
Do you have grapes
Why the short face
They're staff
'Fraid not
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Eoink » Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:01 pm UTC

Shell we stop the puns now?

Back on topic, the childhood/adolescence walking with books strikes a chord, oddly enough in my current state of senescence, I can walk and read a Kindle, but can't walk and read my phone, maybe because of the greater interaction needed with the phone.
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Keyman » Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:05 pm UTC

Not quite sure of the protocol for this.... If I'm using that alt-text as the sig line here, do I credit RM or GOOMHR?
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Scott Auld » Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:10 pm UTC

A childhood spent walking while reading books has prepared me unexpectedly well for today's world.


ooh, now that hits close to home.

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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Keyman » Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:24 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:
Meanwhile, since the comic's title is "walking into things," should we start the $STEREOTYPE_ONE and $STEREOTYPE_TWO walk into a bar chain of bad jokes?
Punchlines:
Do you have grapes
Why the short face
They're staff
'Fraid not
For you, no charge

Yeahbut...what's the odds of that happening?
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby orthogon » Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:25 pm UTC

Who was it who did comics that featured "things", where the "things" were kind of strange beings like monsters or aliens? The caption would be something like "things have been getting on top of me" or "things can only get better". I'm thinking Gary Larson but it may have been someone else. There could be mileage to be had from the Internet of Things.
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby lunarul » Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:27 pm UTC

Very GOOMHR comic today. Reading all these reports of people walking into things and falling into thing and falling from things and generally not being aware of things around them while playing Pokemon GO all I could think was that I have so much practice walking while reading, I'm well prepared for this game.
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby lunarul » Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:29 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:Who was it who did comics that featured "things", where the "things" were kind of strange beings like monsters or aliens? The caption would be something like "things have been getting on top of me" or "things can only get better". I'm thinking Gary Larson but it may have been someone else. There could be mileage to be had from the Internet of Things.


Sounds like the recent Gnome Ann comic
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby xtifr » Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:59 pm UTC

Count me as another whose lifetime of reading books while walking has left him surprisingly able to cope with this brave new world we find ourselves in.

I do like the addition of "sky" to Randall's list: a useful reminder that one doesn't need devices (or collections of paper) to be distracted.
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:27 pm UTC

Glad to have inspired a lot of pun posts. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WV1uvGl2iws

lunarul wrote:Very GOOMHR comic today. Reading all these reports of people walking into things and falling into thing and falling from things and generally not being aware of things around them while playing Pokemon GO all I could think was that I have so much practice walking while reading, I'm well prepared for this game.

Pretty sure Randall is reading those same reports, and they inspired this comic.
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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby DavidSh » Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:54 pm UTC

xtifr wrote:I do like the addition of "sky" to Randall's list: a useful reminder that one doesn't need devices (or collections of paper) to be distracted.

I was certainly at risk a few days ago when we had a pretty impressive rainbow. Only a double rainbow, not any of the extreme forms mentioned in earlier XKCDs.

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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby Heimhenge » Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:12 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:Who was it who did comics that featured "things", where the "things" were kind of strange beings like monsters or aliens? The caption would be something like "things have been getting on top of me" or "things can only get better". I'm thinking Gary Larson but it may have been someone else. There could be mileage to be had from the Internet of Things.


Are you talking about Horrifying Cliches from Mad Magazine? Just do a Google image search ... tons of them out there.

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Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Postby kelly_holden » Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:39 pm UTC

DavidSh wrote:
xtifr wrote:I do like the addition of "sky" to Randall's list: a useful reminder that one doesn't need devices (or collections of paper) to be distracted.

I was certainly at risk a few days ago when we had a pretty impressive rainbow. Only a double rainbow, not any of the extreme forms mentioned in earlier XKCDs.

I know paying attention while operating a motor vehicle is even more important than while walking, but I once nearly missed a green light because I was admiring a dog. :oops:


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