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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?

  • Erghh. I can't read this question without fixing stackoverflow's ugly layout first. Console to the rescue: var s=document.createElement("style");document.head.appendChild(s);s.innerHTML=".site-header, .left-sidebar, #content { background-color: red; }\n";s.innerHTML+=".question-page, .container, .question, .answer, .inner-content { background-color: yellow; }\n" – Nathan Cooper Jan 10 at 15:24
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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! – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 19 '11 at 0:56
  • The Colour Out of Space – toniedzwiedz Sep 28 '14 at 19:52
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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. – Welbog Nov 13 '09 at 19:28
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    @CABAG - fixed. – Adam Davis 'ze-zir-zem' 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? – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 19 '11 at 0:58
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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?

  • 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. – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 19 '11 at 1:00

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