Flesh_Of_The_Fallen_Angel wrote:Randal get out of my head. My Crossbow is sitting less than a metre away, just waiting for me to put the new string on it. Well, it needs two people to put it on since I don't have a vice.
You don't have a vice? Then you should be using a sling, not a crossbow. After all, he who is without sin should be casting stones.
That's funny, almost too subtle for me though...
Anyway, back to the cartoon, I just love the idea that everyone around you has 'done the math' to the point that they all know it's obvious they need a handy crossbow, not a more convenient gun or a nice simple blunt object, they've all done the math and the result is so clear to them that it's specified a crossbow. What do they think is coming?, velociraptors?, is it a Half Life or movie reference?, who knows, I'm sure the reader is supposed to feel as unsettled, clueless and worried about his lack of understanding as the guy in the strip isn't he?
I was thinking as I read this thread how this forum tends to analyse things to the point of not-funny but in this thread it's done the opposite. Taking the over analysis to ridiculous extremes: in a masterpiece of self reference, not getting the joke equates to the main characters not understanding what everyone else knows to be coming on Tuesday.
The guy in the strip is worried about his ability to do the math and figure out what's coming on Tuesday.
Some of the posters in this thread are Trawling Wikipedia to figure out what's coming on Tuesday.