0752: "Phobia"

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0752: "Phobia"

Postby LucasBrown » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:44 am UTC

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Alt text: "Oh God, the tornado picked up snakes!"

Reminds me of red spiders and "1000 Miles North"
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#751)

Postby 10nitro » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:49 am UTC

Um, it's 752, but I'm a fan of this appending numbers to the thread title.
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby LucasBrown » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:50 am UTC

Thanks for the heads-up. Fixed.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#751)

Postby aldld » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:50 am UTC

It's probably because I really feel like sleeping right now, and that I didn't quite fully read it, but I don't entirely get it.

I'll have to make sure I come back in the morning to read this over again.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Ghandi 2 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:52 am UTC

Is this a reference to Twister (which is a movie I didn't see), or does it really just not make any sense?

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby LucasBrown » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:54 am UTC

I'm finding this one to be a sequence of non-sequiteurs (did I spell that right?), but it might be a reference to a bit of pop culture I'm not aware of (definitely not Twister).

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:54 am UTC

"I'M SICK AND TIRED OF THESE MUTHAFUCKIN' SNAKES IN THIS MUTHAFUCKIN' TORNADO!!!"

because someone had to say it
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:58 am UTC

Vote for your worst XKCD disaster.

Snake Tornado, Flaming Alligator Hurricane, Sentient Windfarms, or something else?

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby VMMolotov » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:00 am UTC

I'm calling it right now. At some point in the future, we're going to get the opportunity to see the first 4 panels, with the second girl's response left blank, and we'll get to fill it in. There won't be a fifth panel.

Book it. Done.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby allo » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:14 am UTC

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it makes more sense in that order. the snake panel still does not fit in. and the "blonde girl only" panel needs the text "WTF". Maybe the two panels should be flipped, so they still look at each other.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby rocketrat » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:16 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Vote for your worst XKCD disaster.

Snake Tornado, Flaming Alligator Hurricane, Sentient Windfarms, or something else?

Sentient windfarms are the best disaster!

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Tikimoof » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:17 am UTC

I like this comic, but that may just be the (usually unrelated) childhood infatuations with snakes and tornadoes speaking.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby lsdigit » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:17 am UTC

hmmmmm maybe a reference to this thing with selma in part...
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#751)

Postby westrim » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:19 am UTC

aldld wrote:It's probably because I really feel like sleeping right now, and that I didn't quite fully read it, but I don't entirely get it.
I'll have to make sure I come back in the morning to read this over again.

Ghandi 2 wrote:Is this a reference to Twister (which is a movie I didn't see), or does it really just not make any sense?

LucasBrown wrote:I'm finding this one to be a sequence of non sequitur (did I spell that right?), but it might be a reference to a bit of pop culture I'm not aware of (definitely not Twister).

allo wrote:image

it makes more sense in that order. the snake panel still does not fit in. and the "blonde girl only" panel needs the text "WTF". Maybe the two panels should be flipped, so they still look at each other.


It wasn't that hard to get;
Panel 1: The first girl is afraid of trying thins.
Panel 2: The second is afraid of not trying things, but rather of waiting too long.
Panels 3,4,5: First girl realizes that the second one is right and then they go out and do something awesome like stormchasing (which isn't really, but roll with it.) The End.

And Lucas, the correct spelling is in my quote of your comment.
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby shashwat986 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:21 am UTC

@VMMolotov

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby itsmattknox » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:23 am UTC

Exactly, I don't quite see what's not to get.

"I'm irrationally afraid." followed by "I'm afraid of wasting away because of irrational fear." followed by "Whoa, let's just do something crazy and live."

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby ysth » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:29 am UTC

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby lsdigit » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:31 am UTC

I kinda thought there might be a lesbian subtext
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(they are both trying to ignore, perhaps the snake represents a phallus...blah blah)
but I do that a lot...
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Izawwlgood » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:31 am UTC

I rarely post on the 'comment on the comic' threads, because it's a bunch of 'ZOMG RANDALL GET OUT OF MY HEAD'. But this one was just too good.

As someone who is about to embark on a fairly major life shift, I really love and embrace this mentality. Make less excuses in life!
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby XbHW_TestEngr » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:32 am UTC

Steve the Pocket wrote:"I'M SICK AND TIRED OF THESE MUTHAFUCKIN' SNAKES IN THIS MUTHAFUCKIN' TORNADO!!! ...


They keep swallowing the sensor!
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby rocketrat » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:37 am UTC

Also, does the light haired girl think that dark haired girl is talking about her? "Do you-", but it turns out she's actually just thinking about becoming a storm chaser before there are no years left?

But that denies itsmattknox's actually decent explanation.

Edit: this goes well with the lesbian subtext too...

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Gargravarr » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:40 am UTC

I don't get it.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Emperor_Z » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:53 am UTC

itsmattknox wrote:Exactly, I don't quite see what's not to get.

"I'm irrationally afraid." followed by "I'm afraid of wasting away because of irrational fear." followed by "Whoa, let's just do something crazy and live."


This was what I thought at first, but now I think the lesbian interpretation makes a lot of sense.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby BlueNight » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:01 am UTC

Randall, get out of my head.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Southwest » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:16 am UTC

I'm pretty sure it's one of those existentialist, "Live life to your fullest"-type comics, along the same line as the Choices arc.

I can support that moral.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Magic Molly » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:19 am UTC

BlueNight wrote:Randall, get out of my head.

*sniff*


I don't think he likes being in there.


For those talking about some twister movie, I'm 99% sure he's actually referencing a tv show on the discovery channel called storm chasers.

This still makes little sense to me. The "live life to the fullest" is obvious, but I though Randal knew those are almost never funny.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Interactive Civilian » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:22 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Vote for your worst XKCD disaster.

Snake Tornado, Flaming Alligator Hurricane, Sentient Windfarms, or something else?

???

Are you kidding? While I also don't mind the former two, that last one was brilliant! Can I simply assume that you didn't get the Cervantes and Picasso references? Or did you get them and just not get a kick out of them?

Because, in my opinion, that comic was clever and well drawn.
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby tijis421 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:31 am UTC

Interactive Civilian, call me overly optimistic, but by "worst," I think CorruptUser may have just meant "most destructive," rather than "most poorly written" or "least good."

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby not baby Newt » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:36 am UTC

Interactive Civilian wrote:???

I interpret it as three disaster scenarios, not three bad comics.

I vote for the hurricane because it seems the hardest to stop. Hundred-meter walking windfarms can probably be.. uh.. shot or something.

And what tijis421 said.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby shrimpwd » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:02 am UTC

Snakes Hurled Inside Tornadoes!!!

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Interactive Civilian » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:06 am UTC

Oh... uhh... big "durrrrhurrrrr" here. ^^;;;

Sorry, sleep deprivation and annoyances from students IRL have caused me to be quick to misinterpret. Well then, in terms of awesomeness, I still vote sentient windmills as best "worst disaster". ;)
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Storm » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:10 am UTC

Clearly the worst outcome is the Snake Tornado and Flaming Aligator Hurricane blow through the Sentient Windfarm thereby powering them up.

Also.. red spider army.
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby polkle » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:13 am UTC

I don't think the blonde girl realizes anything new. I think the brunette just uses the blonde's comment that she is afraid of snakes to segue into something that's been really bothering her (the brunette) - in a kind of way to ask for the blonde's help in overcoming it without actually directly asking her. And then that panel where the blonde is just standing there looking at the brunette without saying anything is there because the blonde is kind of thrown off by the brunette's response - because it's so unusual and deep compared to a simple phobia of snakes. The blonde realizes that the brunette wants her help, and is about to ask "do you want to do something?" (or something like that) but is interrupted by the brunette, and then the rest doesn't really need explaining.

lol, XKCD comics are so intense. =P

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:22 am UTC

...huh?
I couldn't quite follow this, but I feel like I've already seen most of this comic before.
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby hrasdt » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:06 am UTC

Magic Molly wrote: For those talking about some twister movie, I'm 99% sure he's actually referencing a tv show on the discovery channel called storm chasers.

Pretty sure this is a reference to an earlier comic, either http://xkcd.com/402/ or another one which I can't find at the moment. In any case, it's a good one, if not as funny as the rest of this week's. And for the record, +1 to Storm's snake-tornado and flaming alligator hurricane blowing through the sentient windfarm idea. IN SPACE.

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby sje46 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:14 am UTC

That's a hell of a hidden message. I didn't think Randall would have read Ulysses. Great comic, laughed my ass off.
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby Plasma Man » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:51 am UTC

ysth wrote:I'm probably the only one who thought of The Vortex Blaster
You might be, but now you've said that, I can see it. Anyway, I love the art in this one - Randall seems to be on a bit of a roll with good art lately.
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby RabbitWho » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:18 am UTC

NEW CHARACTER!?

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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby LordBritish » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:22 am UTC

That comic is either too complicated for my simple mind or just not funny. Currently I'm better off by hitting the random button too see an old, but likely great comic than the newest one.
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Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Postby weex » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:29 am UTC

I wanted to hear what follows "Do you -".
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