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Who designed it, and where does he live? >:P

Seriously, what is the purpose of it? For use on geocities? Does anyone actually use it?

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I believe it's a tribute to Windows 3.1's "Hotdog Stand" theme

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Okay, let's pass the buck then. Who at Microsoft can we <strike>blame</strike>credit for this theme? –  Joel Coehoorn Nov 13 '09 at 19:05
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lol @ "Microsoft Bob" icon. –  Alvin Row Nov 13 '09 at 19:26
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AH! MY EYES! THEY BURN! –  Thomas Owens Nov 13 '09 at 19:34
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Could you cover this with freehand circles? –  Ladybug Killer Nov 13 '09 at 20:22
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Well, there go my retinas. –  gnostradamus Nov 13 '09 at 20:25
    
It's... beautiful! –  muntoo Mar 19 '11 at 0:56

It's a color palette trojan horse:

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No votes; the comic's not xkcd. :) –  John Rudy Nov 13 '09 at 19:22
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Why does everyone seem to hate Comic Sans? It's just a font. –  XMLbog Nov 13 '09 at 19:28
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@CABAG - fixed. –  Adam Davis Nov 13 '09 at 19:54
    
@Adam: xD [15 chars] –  Alvin Row Nov 13 '09 at 19:57
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-1 not related to the question, +1000 Comic Sans hate –  perbert Nov 13 '09 at 20:06
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@Adam, you get the +1 just for doing that. :) In fact, you have quite literally made my day with that edit. –  John Rudy Nov 13 '09 at 21:04
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@Adam That's really crude. Why don't you use Comic Sans MS to type XKCD with? –  muntoo Mar 19 '11 at 0:58

Why hate the hotdog? It's a beautiful colour scheme. I really like the subtle balance between the yellows and reds. It reminds me of walking through an orchard on a warm summers day with a slight floral aroma hanging in the air. Hand in hand with a lover, gazing into each others eyes, laughing, oh how we laughed as we rolled down a grassy hillock in the meadow!

But seriously, I imagine it's a high contrast scheme designed for the visually impaired maybe?

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Hmmm, what web site would only have visually impaired visitors, to make using that theme suitable for a flair? –  Arjan Feb 21 '11 at 10:21
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Beautiful... maybe, but subtle no way. –  Toon Krijthe Feb 21 '11 at 10:27
    
@Arjan I think the original windows theme might have been for the visually impaired, the SO one is just in memory of that theme maybe! –  Tom Feb 21 '11 at 10:32
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I think it's for the mentally impaired who also like Comic Sans MS. –  muntoo Mar 19 '11 at 1:00

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