0491: "Twitter"

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0491: "Twitter"

Postby KTC » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:02 am UTC

http://xkcd.com/491/
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Alt text: If long tooltips / cut off for you / then upgrade from / Firefox 2 / Burma Shave

Oh, I so hated it when I used to access this comic and only see half the alt text. LOL. :D


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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby madhollywood » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:03 am UTC

Not a fan of twitter and perhaps this is the reason why.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby athelas » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:03 am UTC

I stayed up late
But no regrets
Because the first
Post now I get
Burma-shave.

(Curse you, TheHand)

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby joee » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:03 am UTC

How come we never have cool billboards? It would make the long drives much more fun.
Hi glasnt.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby nahtanoj999 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:04 am UTC

Meme's from the '20s? That's almost as old as All Your Base.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby stormoftara » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:05 am UTC

Tooltips do cut off for me.

T__________T

Get out of my head.

I WILL NOT UPGRADE.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby jtsemrah » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:06 am UTC

I totally was not expecting the last line. I lol'd. And yes, I did create an account just to post on the forums for this comic.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:08 am UTC

There were some good anti-gun control sequential rhyme-y billboards in rural Indiana.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:10 am UTC

I say, this is a multiple-level win.
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:11 am UTC

This one reminds me that I don't know that much about internet culture.

Burma shave?
Ugg. Encyclopedia Dramatica to the rescue. Again.
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:13 am UTC

sje46 wrote:This one reminds me that I don't know that much about internet culture.


Ha ha, they did have culture before the internet, sje46. They had memes and everything.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Borrowed Irony » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:14 am UTC

I don't get this one.

(Sigh)

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby jtsemrah » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:15 am UTC

Borrowed Irony wrote:I don't get this one.

(Sigh)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma-Shave#Examples

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:16 am UTC

GodShapedBullet wrote:
sje46 wrote:This one reminds me that I don't know that much about internet culture.


Ha ha, they did have culture before the internet, sje46. They had memes and everything.

Wait. Before the Internet?
*confused*
Anyways, I looked it up on Wikipedia. I get it now. Except that I don't go on Twitter.
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Teilo » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:18 am UTC

This is absolutely awesome! And I wonder, honestly, how much of your audience is going to "get" this.

I read a book on the burma shave story years ago. I would love to find it again. The first real advertising fad, where ads became entertainment. (And eventually, public service anouncements).

What's funny, was how the competitors to Burma Shave tried to put up their own signs. It didn't work, because by that time, people had become so used to shouting out, "Burma Shave!" at the end of the series, they would do it even if it was from a competitor.

More food for xkcd: People would try to read the signs going the other direction in reverse order and try to make sense out of them.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby kurennia » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:18 am UTC

I couldn’t tell that was a cell phone for a second… got thrown by panel 4, which looks as if the guy is examining his hands. Then they beep next panel. :shock:

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Kazuke » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:20 am UTC

I do love my popup wikipedia/translator add-on yes I do.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:21 am UTC

At least I know about the famous Wall-drug advertising campaign.
Spoiler:
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Borrowed Irony » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:22 am UTC

jtsemrah wrote:
Borrowed Irony wrote:I don't get this one.

(Sigh)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma-Shave#Examples


Oh. Thank you.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby malenkylizards » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:24 am UTC

Haha, I was guessing there'd be a few "huh?"s. I'm a mere 21, but Quantum Leap introduced me to the phenomenon. Er...y'all who don't know what Burma Shave was, *do* at least know what Quantum Leap was, right? Guys?

Here's one?

If buggy applets
make you moan
the trouble just might
be with Chrome

Burma-Shave

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby nekodromeda » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:28 am UTC

I've gotta hand it to Randall; this is amazing. And I agree- I wonder how many readers will know what he's talking about before looking it up on wikipedia.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby kwinse » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:28 am UTC

Why upgrade just to fix the tooltips? I used https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1715 until Firefox 3 was out of beta...

Seriously though, half an hour and no mention of it?

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby 6453893 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:31 am UTC

Didn't grow up in America, so I guess I'm excused for having had no idea what Burma-Shave was until now.

Also how many minutes until this meme is a twitter epidemic? I say 17.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby miata-ms » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:34 am UTC

created a user just to thank you for this comic. Most amusing... I definitely woke my wife up when I saw the last frame :)

Unfortunately I didn't get to see the alt text until I read the forums ;) damn iPod

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:40 am UTC

I see this comic is already linked from the relevant Wiki page. I wonder how long it will last this time.
Being of Australia, I had no idea what this was about until reading aforementioned Wiki.
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby iamacow » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:46 am UTC

kwinse wrote:Why upgrade just to fix the tooltips? I used https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1715 until Firefox 3 was out of beta...

Seriously though, half an hour and no mention of it?


I still use Firefox 2 and just recently (a few weeksish ago) found this. It made me pretty happy. I used to view source and then ctrl+F the alt text that I could read to get the full alt text.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby kwinse » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:48 am UTC

Viewing the image properties is a bit more manageable than view source...

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Dylan » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:54 am UTC

Undeniably awesome.

And, even better, the notes at the bottom of the Wikipedia entry.

Special promotional messages

* Free offer! Free offer! / Rip a fender off your car / mail it in / for a half-pound jar / Burma-Shave

A large number of fenders were received by the company, which made good on its promise.

* Free — free / a trip to Mars / for 900 / empty jars / Burma-Shave

One respondent, Arlyss French, who was the owner of a Red Owl grocery store, did submit 900 empty jars; the company replied: "If a trip to Mars you earn, remember, friend, there's no return." After he collected 900 more jars for the return trip, the company, on the recommendation of Red Owl's publicity team, sent him on vacation to the town of Moers (often pronounced "Mars" by foreigners) near Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby coreyjkelly » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:08 am UTC

I've gotta say... I'm really impressed with whoever added this to the wiki article so quickly... check the very last thing on the page..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma-Shave

I love the internet.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby oracle989 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:12 am UTC

QUICK, GET A BURMATMND UP, AND MAKE TONS OF THESE! THE CAPS MEAN IT'S URGENT!

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Sirisian » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:13 am UTC

I've thought about this before. Isn't the author of this comic a programmer of sorts? A CSS tooltip would probably help make the alt text more browser friendly.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby apomb » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:22 am UTC

I dont know what made me sign up to post this, but i thought id show my appreciation.

This is by far my favourite xkcd comic since the discovery channel song.

applause

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby ADXCKGuy » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:28 am UTC

malenkylizards wrote:Haha, I was guessing there'd be a few "huh?"s. I'm a mere 21, but Quantum Leap introduced me to the phenomenon.
*sigh* I guess it’s true, there are no original thoughts left to express on the internet.
I did a lot of reading up after that, and smiled wuite a bit at some of the rhymes and stories. There was one with a trip to Mars, look it up, it’s great.
Discussed the ads with my parents too, who had fond memories.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby ameretrifle » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:38 am UTC

Y'all ain't heard of Burma-shave?!

Well, yeah. They're old as dirt. Still, not only have I heard of them, I could swear I've seen them once or twice, and I'm 20. I do live in the South, though. We like our nostalgia down here.

Anyway. I laughed. :D

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Surgery » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:49 am UTC

not entirely sure what twitter is, but if people start posting blogs and such and four stanza verse ending each post with "Burma-Shave" it will be one of the few internet memes that I heartily approve of.

huh, firefox says "memes" isn't a word, and dictionary.com agrees. What's the correct plural of meme? Which firefox also says isn't a word, but here dictionary.com disagrees.

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby SwissArmyAnts » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:58 am UTC

Wow, I'm actually amazed that as many people know about Burma-shave signs as they did.

I've heard about them from my grandmother, but the only time I've actually seen one was on the island of Put-In-Bay, Ohio.
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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby Cassidi3 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:26 am UTC

amazing comic.
do you know what also fixes the tooltip problem?
opera :D

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby stormoftara » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:32 am UTC

kwinse wrote:Why upgrade just to fix the tooltips? I used https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1715 until Firefox 3 was out of beta...

Seriously though, half an hour and no mention of it?

You are amazing. :D

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Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Postby SoapyHobo » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:35 am UTC

Ah, Burma-shave, I thank Bill Bryson for the knowledge of such things.

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