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0789: "Showdown"

Postby eaglef2 » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:04 am UTC

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alt:The tumbleweed then tried to roll off into the sunset, but due to the Old West's placement north of the subtropical ridge, the prevailing winds were in the wrong direction.
permalink: http://xkcd.com/789

this one reminds me of the tornado hunter one

edit: perhaps I should link that one too? http://xkcd.com/640/
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby ARandomDude » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:07 am UTC

so late ~_~

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Jack21222 » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:18 am UTC

It can roll off into the sunrise then, since it looks similar to a sunset, just approximately 12 hours earlier.
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby glasnt » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:25 am UTC

Sentient hey!

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby ysth » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:26 am UTC

But is it a confident heterosexual?
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby weex » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:31 am UTC

Nobody expects the tumbleweed.
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby _infina_ » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:32 am UTC

One that requires no thinking for it to be funny. That makes two in a row.
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Glenn Magus Harvey » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:35 am UTC

This was nice. I liked this.

Especially the alt text. Atmos sci ftw.

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby hrasdt » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:46 am UTC

Maybe it could tack against the wind. Tumbleweeds have got sail technology, right?

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby The Origamist » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:50 am UTC

hrasdt wrote:Maybe it could tack against the wind. Tumbleweeds have got sail technology, right?


If it can use a gun, I'm sure it's smart enough to use a sail. :)
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby kaindragoon » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:51 am UTC

Anybody else think this would have been much funnier if the last two panels were switched?

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Icalasari » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:01 am UTC

I guess that was the Weed Killer I'm sorry, it called for a pun no matter HOW bad

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Alx_xlA » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:08 am UTC

Look! New hats!

Also, given that Hat Guy can fit into his own hat, he might be inside the tumbleweed.
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Stanistani » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:14 am UTC

The tumbleweed shot two good guys (white hats). Don't know why they were drawing down on each other, but the code of the West dictates we put the varmint's picture on a Wanted poster.

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby FCN » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:30 am UTC

Is the sun circling to the south? Panel 4 is from a different angle, judging by the position of the two men and by the background, but the sun is still straight ahead. I probably wouldn't have noticed, but the alt text drew our attention to the position of the sun.
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Luonnos » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:38 am UTC

Is it possible that the sun is directly overhead and the camera (or whatever we're looking through) has a very large and distorted field of view?

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby luvrhino » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:53 am UTC

FCN wrote:Is the sun circling to the south? Panel 4 is from a different angle, judging by the position of the two men and by the background, but the sun is still straight ahead. I probably wouldn't have noticed, but the alt text drew our attention to the position of the sun.


Showdown at high noon. In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun should be mostly south at that point.

The tumbling off into the sunset wasn't shown.

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Essah » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:02 am UTC

Lol. best xkcd in a long time :D

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Eternal Density » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:21 am UTC

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby dookiecheese » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:36 am UTC

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby peteispo » Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:06 am UTC

The tumbleweed then tried to roll off into the sunset, but due to the Old West's placement north of the subtropical ridge, the prevailing winds were in the wrong direction


Surely the show down was at high noon, so the tumbleweed has quite a long wait for the sunset!
That would be one really dull final credit sequence...

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Plasma Man » Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:20 am UTC

I'm thinking that if someone had bet on the tumbleweed to win the gunfight, they'd have got really good odds.
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby sween64 » Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:35 am UTC

Haha that was awesome! Best comic in a long time.

kaindragoon wrote:Anybody else think this would have been much funnier if the last two panels were switched?


I'd have to agree.

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby melladh » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:10 am UTC

sween64 wrote:
kaindragoon wrote:Anybody else think this would have been much funnier if the last two panels were switched?


I'd have to agree.


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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:03 am UTC

peteispo wrote:Surely the show down was at high noon


Noon!?

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby neoliminal » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:16 pm UTC

I shot a man in Reno,
just to watch him reincarnated as a tumbleweed.
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Postby BigGator5 » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:37 pm UTC

This comic is exactly why I love XKCD. Love it.

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby luvrhino » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:45 pm UTC

peteispo wrote:
The tumbleweed then tried to roll off into the sunset, but due to the Old West's placement north of the subtropical ridge, the prevailing winds were in the wrong direction


Surely the show down was at high noon, so the tumbleweed has quite a long wait for the sunset!
That would be one really dull final credit sequence...

Perhaps there was a chase through the Warner Brothers Studio Lot before the final sunset scene?

A more compelling argument against my high noon theory is that if that were the sun, then all the characters would have to be gigantic if everything's drawn to scale.

An even better argument is that the sun's position (but not size) changed relative to the characters in the last panel. Thus, it's not the sun at all, but a stray boom mike cord dangling in front of the camera.

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Mr. Burke » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:21 pm UTC

What is this I don't even

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby rhetorical » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:05 pm UTC

kaindragoon wrote:Anybody else think this would have been much funnier if the last two panels were switched?


You need to pull the hammer back before you can fire...

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby uiri » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:40 pm UTC

rhetorical wrote:
kaindragoon wrote:Anybody else think this would have been much funnier if the last two panels were switched?


You need to pull the hammer back before you can fire...


I like to think that the gun was pre-cocked and he is cocking it again to prepare for the next time he has to fire.
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Maximus_Light » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:40 pm UTC

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To be fair that was a good punishment.

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby rhetorical » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:00 pm UTC

uiri wrote:
rhetorical wrote:
kaindragoon wrote:Anybody else think this would have been much funnier if the last two panels were switched?


You need to pull the hammer back before you can fire...


I like to think that the gun was pre-cocked and he is cocking it again to prepare for the next time he has to fire.


Perhaps, perhaps.

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Postby SlippingStar » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:22 pm UTC

Harken and draw thine defender, for there art some radical vegetation abound!
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby Mr. Burke » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:34 pm UTC

SlippingStar wrote:Harken and draw thine defender, for there art some radical vegetation abound!

Sweet merciful Shakespeare, you call that English?

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby JesseL » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:09 pm UTC

uiri wrote:
rhetorical wrote:
kaindragoon wrote:Anybody else think this would have been much funnier if the last two panels were switched?


You need to pull the hammer back before you can fire...


I like to think that the gun was pre-cocked and he is cocking it again to prepare for the next time he has to fire.


That's not something you generally do with a single action revolver. They don't have manual safeties and they have relatively light trigger pulls, so keeping one cocked is a pretty risky proposition unless there's something else that's going to need immediate shooting. Since it doesn't look like the scene contains anything but a tumbleweed and two bodies, I'm going to call the risk of another threat minimal.

On a related note, Colt single action revolvers don't just 'click' when they're cocked. Their mechanism makes four distinct clicks as the hammer is drawn back (click-click-click-click). Done quickly it sounds a bit like a ratchet.

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby chalito » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:58 pm UTC

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby SpringLoaded12 » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:58 pm UTC

Alx_xlA wrote:Look! New hats!

Also, given that Hat Guy can fit into his own hat, he might be inside the tumbleweed.

Hat Guy lives in modern day society. This is his ancestor, Hatless Tumbleweed.

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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby aylalalalalala » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:44 pm UTC

i read a book from the red dwarf series recently and in describing a western scene, it provided me with the best line i have read in a while... "A tumbleweed cliched past" this comic just turned that cliche on its head a li'l bit. thank you... now whenever i see/ or read about a tumbleweed i will be waiting for it to draw guns and open fire :P
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Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Postby clanders » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:48 pm UTC

Is this for real?


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