1148: "Nothing to Offer"

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1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Quicksilver » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:05 am UTC

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http://xkcd.com/1148/
Alt text:"cerebrospinal fluid, pericardial fluid, sputum, aqueous humor, perilymph, chyme, hydatid fluid, interstitial fluid, rheum, and gin."
I don't like this one. I'm not sure what the joke here is exactly.
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:11 am UTC

I was thinking that ALL of Churchill's fluids might be at least 94 proof.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby ysth » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:37 am UTC

Radiator fluid...

Cigar ash; let's not forget his famous cigar ash.
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby glasnt » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:40 am UTC

Well, as long as there's gin...

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Someguy945 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:26 am UTC

Quicksilver wrote:I don't like this one. I'm not sure what the joke here is exactly.


I'm really not trying to be belligerent, but were you so concerned with being the first person to post the comic that you did not want to spend any time on a quick google search of the quote?

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:30 am UTC

Cigar ash and gin…
is there anything else one ever could need?
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby AlbertR713 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:31 am UTC

Someguy945 wrote:
Quicksilver wrote:I don't like this one. I'm not sure what the joke here is exactly.


I'm really not trying to be belligerent, but were you so concerned with being the first person to post the comic that you did not want to spend any time on a quick google search of the quote?

I know the quote, but I agree with OP. I think that there must be some reference that I don't get, or just not my type of humor.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Rotherian » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:19 am UTC

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:Cigar ash and gin…
is there anything else one ever could need?


Depending upon the season, ice, perhaps?
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby McBee » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:24 am UTC

...interstitial fluid, rheum, and gin. ...On second thought, scratch the last one.... I'm not too fond of parting with my gin.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby SW15243 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:31 am UTC

Noah, I'm half drunk and slathered in every bodily fluid there is... so yeah... this is about as Pirate Kingy as I'm going to get so brief away.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:32 am UTC

Would anyone like to offer an explanation as to this one.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Tryss » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:57 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Would anyone like to offer an explanation as to this one.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood,_toi ... _and_sweat

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby CasualSax » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:03 am UTC

Someguy945 wrote:
Quicksilver wrote:I don't like this one. I'm not sure what the joke here is exactly.


I'm really not trying to be belligerent, but were you so concerned with being the first person to post the comic that you did not want to spend any time on a quick google search of the quote?


I didn't realize it was a quote, and I'm pretty sure OP didn't either. You could of just explained it, instead of being belligerent. :P

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:35 am UTC

With every passing year, "toil" looks more and more out of place in that speech.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Klear » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:49 am UTC

Churchill was an awesome speaker. There is an awesome video where they added music to his speech, but if you listen to the original, you'll hear that his voice sounds almost like singing even when not backed by a band from the future.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby thwaitgold » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:17 am UTC

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby thwaitgold » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:18 am UTC

GIN????

Scotch, please.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby ysth » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:21 am UTC

CasualSax wrote:You could of just explained it, instead of being belligerent. :P

Could have, not could of. Please, please, please. It hurts my eyes.
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Quicksilver » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:54 am UTC

Someguy945 wrote:
Quicksilver wrote:I don't like this one. I'm not sure what the joke here is exactly.


I'm really not trying to be belligerent, but were you so concerned with being the first person to post the comic that you did not want to spend any time on a quick google search of the quote?
I actually knew it was a quote, and my first reaction was a resounding "duh" at a list of bodily fluids. Merely extending on a famous phrase is not particularly clever, even when you bring up Winston Churchill's drinking.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Gigano » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:57 am UTC

CasualSax wrote:You could of just explained it, instead of being belligerent. :P


My (very) unsalted opinion: In this day and age of information, there is no excuse for being deliberately ignorant. When you're on the internet and you don't understand or know something, ask Google first. Ask people second if Google doesn't help.

From a social and friendly standpoint I would still explain it to someone who asks, but a little bit of investigative initiative can help a long way in ridding the world of general suck. Particularly when that something is as easy to investigate as a quote.
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby J L » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:00 am UTC

glasnt wrote:Well, as long as there's gin...


A good gin can make you put up with almost everything.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby VectorZero » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:08 am UTC

McBee wrote:...interstitial fluid, rheum, and gin. ...On second thought, scratch the last one.... I'm not too fond of parting with my gin.
TBH, he's welcome to keep most of the rest.
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby famebait » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:08 pm UTC

But what are the ones behind the radio?

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby blowfishhootie » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:12 pm UTC

Gigano wrote:
CasualSax wrote:You could of just explained it, instead of being belligerent. :P


My (very) unsalted opinion: In this day and age of information, there is no excuse for being deliberately ignorant. When you're on the internet and you don't understand or know something, ask Google first. Ask people second if Google doesn't help.

From a social and friendly standpoint I would still explain it to someone who asks, but a little bit of investigative initiative can help a long way in ridding the world of general suck. Particularly when that something is as easy to investigate as a quote.


I had this futile argument over the span of a many-page thread several months ago when the comic about Cirith Ungol was published. You're right of course, but some people just refuse to do it. I'll never understand why.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby bjowen » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:23 pm UTC

This comic forges an uncomfortable cross-over between Winston Churchill and General Ripper from Dr Strangelove...

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby project2051 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:38 pm UTC

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:Cigar ash and gin…
is there anything else one ever could need?


Tonic and a splash of lime?

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby JPatten » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:41 pm UTC

I must admit I did not immediately recognize the quote so I came here knowing it would eventually be explained in excruciating detail, with a side offering of snark. I was not disappointed

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby John E. » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:11 pm UTC

Wait - how could anyone NOT know that quote? It was one of the most stirring calls to the defense of Western Civilization of the 20th century.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby blowfishhootie » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:26 pm UTC

John E. wrote:Wait - how could anyone NOT know that quote? It was one of the most stirring calls to the defense of Western Civilization of the 20th century.


So? I'm sure there are plenty of things that other people believe everyone should know that you don't know about. It is arrogant and foolish to assume that because you happen to know something, or even because most people you know know something, that everyone must know it.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby mathmannix » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:30 pm UTC

John E. wrote:Wait - how could anyone NOT know that quote? It was one of the most stirring calls to the defense of Western Civilization of the 20th century.


I'd never heard the quote... I thought Randall was playing off the lyrics of a country song in the comic (with the chorus "I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears, sweat, and gin.") Actually, I think it should be a country song. It's probably still well known in England, where the average person still might have heard of the Wars of the Roses or the Hundred Years' War, but I doubt many Americans under sixty know the quote.

Edit: Oh, for the country song's tune, I'm imagining the twangy country version of "All I want for Christmas is you."
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby yawningdog » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:34 pm UTC

"I'm really not trying to be belligerent, but were you so concerned with being the first person to post the comic that you did not want to spend any time on a quick google search of the quote?"

"It was originally a Churchill quote. Randall added some funny suffixes."

Wow. Actually answering the question takes less effort that being condescending and snarky. Were you so concerned with being belligerent that you did not want to spend any time on a quick, helpful reply?
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby orthogon » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:39 pm UTC

blowfishhootie wrote: [...] I'm sure there are plenty of things that other people believe everyone should know that you don't know about. [...]

Exactly: JPatten is one of today's lucky 10,000!
So am I, to be honest. The "Never ... has so much been owed by so many to so few" and "We shall fight them on the beaches" lines tend to hog the airtime.
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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:40 pm UTC

On Googling vs asking an expert:

1) it's not always obvious what to Google for unless you already have a good idea of the answer.
2) Google results often include a lot of "noise" - pages where the phrase is used without the relevant context (not the case this time).
3) Find the answer on Google and one person knows the answer; get it posted to a forum thread, and everyone who reads the thread knows it.
4) Some people enjoy showing off their knowledge

A) Why should an expert take the time to answer your question when you aren't prepared to take the time to try finding the answer yourself
B) The Google results will often include interesting context that isn't relevant to the comic - get a question answered on a forum, and you have the answer to one question; do the research yourself, and you find the answers to dozens of questions you hadn't even asked...
C) Google gets you the answer almost immediately; forum posts mean you need to wait until someone willing to answer comes along
D) If you use Google and still don't find the answer, you can always mention that when you ask. Once you've asked on a forum thread, using Google isn't going to avoid annoying the people who are going to be annoyed by your question...


blowfishhootie wrote:
John E. wrote:Wait - how could anyone NOT know that quote? It was one of the most stirring calls to the defense of Western Civilization of the 20th century.


So? I'm sure there are plenty of things that other people believe everyone should know that you don't know about. It is arrogant and foolish to assume that because you happen to know something, or even because most people you know know something, that everyone must know it.


In other words they're one of today's lucky ten thousand: http://www.xkcd.com/1053/

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Jamaican Castle » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:44 pm UTC

I, for one, intend to end all of my long lists with "... and gin" for the foreseeable future.

I mean, c'mon. Gin is great for parties, family reunions, Christmas, New Years', old years, birthdays, death-days, bashes, balls, shindigs, court cases, revelry, revelations, revolutions, revivification, picnics, and gin.

Maybe that's a bad example?

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Someguy945 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:52 pm UTC

CasualSax wrote:
Someguy945 wrote:
Quicksilver wrote:I don't like this one. I'm not sure what the joke here is exactly.


I'm really not trying to be belligerent, but were you so concerned with being the first person to post the comic that you did not want to spend any time on a quick google search of the quote?


I didn't realize it was a quote, and I'm pretty sure OP didn't either. You could of just explained it, instead of being belligerent. :P


I also didn't realize it was a quote, until I googled it.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Bernkastel » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:56 pm UTC

John E. wrote:Wait - how could anyone NOT know that quote? It was one of the most stirring calls to the defense of Western Civilization of the 20th century.

If there's something I've learned, then it's that there will always be someone who doesn't know.

I not recognize the quote. I didn't even realize it was a quote.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby orthogon » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:57 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:In other words they're one of today's lucky ten thousand: http://www.xkcd.com/1053/


Conjecture: xkcd is tending towards a condition of memetic completeness, whereby any forum question can be addressed by reference to a previous comic.

Or does Gödel's incompleteness theorem forbid this?
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Jackpot777 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:28 pm UTC

yawningdog wrote:Wow. Actually answering the question takes less effort that being condescending and snarky. Were you so concerned with being belligerent that you did not want to spend any time on a quick, helpful reply?


Welcome to xkcd, we like brain smarts here.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby LennyLen » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:19 pm UTC

I'm sooooo glad that smegma wasn't one of the bodily fluids/secretions mentioned.

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Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Postby Moose Anus » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:24 pm UTC

Jackpot777 wrote:
yawningdog wrote:Wow. Actually answering the question takes less effort that being condescending and snarky. Were you so concerned with being belligerent that you did not want to spend any time on a quick, helpful reply?


Welcome to xkcd, we like brain smarts here.
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