Cervisiae Amatorem wrote:I kept reading this as "I met a traveler from an antique store.." I didn't get the joke.
I read it correctly now. I still don't get the joke.
As I said before, I am pretty sure this is a Civ 4 joke. I never played the game myself but my wife used to and I would always hear Leonard Nemoy saying things (in the game, not just in my head), often saying them repeatedly with the sentences cut off half way through. That would possibly explain the recursion element.
The quote from Civ 4 is for the tech advance "Construction" and reads in full: "And on the pedestal these words appear: 'I am Ozymandias, king of kings. Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains.' - Percy Bysshe Shelley."
I tried to post a link to a youtube clip of Nemoy saying it but the banhammer fell hard. It is at the 2:48 mark in the youtube video entitled "Civilization IV BTS - ALL Tech Quotes [Voiced by Leonard Nimoy]" if you are interested.
Perhaps this was Randall's way of indicating he's voting for Spock in the Twitter xkcdbracket final that's taking place today? Or jinxing Spock so that Buzz wins?
Of course, it's also possible this is not about Civ 4. That would indeed be a pretty niche joke. Who knows but the maker?