display the hover text of the most recent xkcd

curl -s 'http://xkcd.com/rss.xml' | xpath '//item[1]/description/text()' 2>&1 | sed -n 's/.*title="\([^"]*\)".*/\1/p' | fold -s
I look at xkcd in my news reader, but it displays the image's title attribute only for a few seconds which makes reading the longer ones more challenging. So I use this to display it in my console.

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2013-02-16 22:38:26

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