Fans of the xkcd webcomic have taken up the challenge laid out in one of the strips and are riding roller-coasters with glued-together chess-sets.
One of my all-time fave strips from xkcd is Chess Photo. The gag is that a prankster is gluing down his chess-pieces so that he can get on a roller-coaster, sit in the front seat, and be photographed deep in concentration over a gnarly chess-problem while behind him the rest of the coaster's riders go berserk.
Now xkcd fans are submitting photos of themselves doing just this (pictured here, "Jared Meadows and Renea Campbell at King's Dominion") -- including one incredible shot of an
Army Marine captain in full camou on a military helicopter.
This may, in fact, be the purpose of the Internet.
Where LOLCats come from
Ironic Internet malapropism grid
Geeky comic about chess and roller-coasters
Nerd humor about Katamari Damacy
Sarcastic comic about computational linguistics (and emo kids)
Funny map of online communities in the style of a D&D map
Geeky comic strip uses Cory as the punchline
Bloggin' 'bout my generation
Update: Your Obedient Serpent sez, "LOLcats + Chesscoaster = Lollercoaster!"
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