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Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby gendou » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:05 am UTC

I noticed that there are 5 comics linked on the comic page, right above the "Search xkcd.com" thing.
These have not changed for quite some time, and I wasn't around when they first appeared, or at least, I don't remember.
Could the 5 comic ID numbers spell some sort of secret message?
The numbers are:

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 150 (0x96)
 123 (0x7B)
 162 (0xA2)
 55  (0x37)
 77  (0x4D)

When viewed as ASCII, there's nothing special about them...

Any ideas?

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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby OfficiallyHaphazard » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:07 am UTC

His personal favorite comics?
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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby thisisdavid » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:08 am UTC

I figure they're just emblematic examples of xkcd, I first happened upon xkcd when i was searching for zeppelins on google images and came across the zeppelin watch comic.
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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby gendou » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:08 am UTC

No, that answer makes too much sense.

EDIT: http://xkcd.com/153/ -- this be a clue?

EDIT AGAIN: Tried it with no luck.
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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby Seven » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:18 am UTC

What do we get when we combine certain letters from the titles of each comic in that set?
Here are the titles:

Grownups

Centrifugal Force

Angular Momentum

Useless

Bored with the Internet

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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby Rook » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:34 am UTC

gendou wrote:No, that answer makes too much sense.

EDIT: http://xkcd.com/153/ -- this be a clue?

I sense that you have a deep and unfulfilled need for intrigue in your life.

Try indifference. It works, unlike pseudoscience.



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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby bbctol » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:46 am UTC

Seven wrote:What do we get when we combine certain letters from the titles of each comic in that set?
Here are the titles:

Grownups

Centrifugal Force

Angular Momentum

Useless

Bored with the Internet

Bored with the Useless Centrifugal Grownup Momentum.

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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby Okita » Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:18 am UTC

Actually it's:

Useless Grownups centrifugal internet momentum.

UGCIM is also the decrypt key for a secret society methinks. I googled it and found weird results.
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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby Seven » Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:27 am UTC

You got here fast.................... did I call you.....?

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That reminds me........ maybe the comic numbers correspond to street numbers of buildings that have an impending demise.

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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby Benny the Bear » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:41 am UTC

I doubt it. I guess they just stand for what XKCD is all about.

That said, I wouldn't mind having some codes and riddles hidden around the site. It's no secret we are a society of nerds.

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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby parkaboy » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:17 am UTC

i wonder if XKCD is anything like Fnord...
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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby rxninja » Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:18 am UTC

Maybe the pictures in those comics are masked somehow. Randall did say, in his google talk, that he spents a lot of time "perfecting" even stick figure art..
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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:23 pm UTC

My money's on something to do with a number sequence or the alt-texts.

EDIT: Centrifugal Force and Angular Momentum are both about spinning...

Maybe there is something in one of the equations in Useless?

Totaling the numbers of the comics makes (150 + 123 + 162 + 55 + 77 =) 567.
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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:27 pm UTC

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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby nameless » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:20 pm UTC

I believe that Randal just did this to occupy our minds (and the minds of the raptors among us) while he goes and conquers the worlds
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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby Kaletécho » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:37 pm UTC

Their mean is 113.4...
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Re: Secret message hidden on xkcd?

Postby Edit0r » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:52 pm UTC

Personally, I think it's a conspiracy to get us all hit by trucks: http://xkcd.com/356/.
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