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0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby indigo747 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:13 am UTC

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http://xkcd.com/996/

Title Text: "'Favorite mastectomy breast prosthesis idea: a fake boob containing a spare rechargable battery, accessed via a nipple USB port. Complete with a ring of LED charge indicators in the areola!"
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Re: Making Things Difficult

Postby B++ » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:16 am UTC

You beat me, which is a little unfortunate since I included all the proper formatting and followed the normal procedure.

Anyways, I really hope Randall's wife does this in real life.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:48 am UTC

The arrangement is all meticulously spelled out in her HMO plan.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby joee » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:57 am UTC

Is that just a plastic bead necklace?
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:59 am UTC

joee wrote:Is that just a plastic bead necklace?

Mardi Gras beads, yes.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Airbuilder7 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:12 am UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:
joee wrote:Is that just a plastic bead necklace?

Mardi Gras beads, yes.

Admittedly, a necklace was not the first thing that came to mind.

I think my imagination is a lot dirtier than I suspect...
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby jpk » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:18 am UTC

There's not a lot of comics that do that much in that space. On a good day, this guy is brilliant.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby astrosteve » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:19 am UTC

the alt text, in my opinion, is about ten times better than the comic. The comic was all right, though.

Surely Randall's idea is the first step towards cyborgs.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Hawknc » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:43 am UTC

So would the alt-text result in a vaguely tingling sensation?
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Cathy » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:47 am UTC

D'awww This made me smile. Friend always said she wanted a usb port along with her medication port. :)
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby SeaBeecb » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:56 am UTC

Beautiful! I had two close friends die of breast cancer over the past few years. They were both amazing vibrant women and would have appreciated this! ^^
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby tuxedobob » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:57 am UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:
joee wrote:Is that just a plastic bead necklace?

Mardi Gras beads, yes.


So a few minutes after I read this, I decided that the joke is that women get felt up at Mardi Gras? Is that the joke, or am I missing something else?
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby rpgamer » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:01 am UTC

Airbuilder7 wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
joee wrote:Is that just a plastic bead necklace?

Mardi Gras beads, yes.

Admittedly, a necklace was not the first thing that came to mind.

I think my imagination is a lot dirtier than I suspect...

It's a breast exam, not a colonoscopy.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby faunablues » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:20 am UTC

tuxedobob wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
joee wrote:Is that just a plastic bead necklace?

Mardi Gras beads, yes.


So a few minutes after I read this, I decided that the joke is that women get felt up at Mardi Gras? Is that the joke, or am I missing something else?


Women flash their breasts for Mardi Gras beads
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby mszegedy » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:22 am UTC

rpgamer wrote:
Airbuilder7 wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
joee wrote:Is that just a plastic bead necklace?

Mardi Gras beads, yes.

Admittedly, a necklace was not the first thing that came to mind.

I think my imagination is a lot dirtier than I suspect...

It's a breast exam, not a colonoscopy.


Are you sure that you're thinking of the same thing? The thing YOU'RE thinking of doesn't go in a loop like that.
Or, wait, does it? I've never actually owned a set.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby XbHW_TestEngr » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:24 am UTC

Sensitive subject: First wife died from BC; her mom also died from BC. Ex-wife recently went through mastectomy and is awaiting reconstructive surgery; ex's mother died from BC. I fear for the well being of my daughter.

Nevertheless, I chuckled at the comic (got it right away) and LOL'd at the title text.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Eutychus » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:24 am UTC

Hope they weren't PIP implants. Seriously.

The idea of having invasive surgery and then being told "hey what we did there might cause cancer, some people think you should have them removed in case they cause cancer, but others don't, your choice" sounds pretty distressing to me.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:40 am UTC

indigo747 wrote:Title Text: "'Favorite mastectomy breast prosthesis idea: a fake boob containing a spare rechargable battery, accessed via a nipple USB port. Complete with a ring of LED charge indicators in the areola!"



Well, then after the surgery is complete we have to hook her up with the guy from http://xkcd.com/644/ (no pun intended until I realized I was making one).
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Azkyroth » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:47 am UTC

Rectangular nipple? Not sure I approve. O.o
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Math_doc » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:53 am UTC

Great comic. I'm a family doctor and really relate. Humor is power for people in this type of situation.

Our surgeon needs to see this...
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Ideas sleep furiously. » Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:36 am UTC

Azkyroth wrote:Rectangular nipple? Not sure I approve. O.o

It's okay.
You would have to pull the nipple to reveal the port, like those flaps on a phone.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:49 am UTC

tuxedobob wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
joee wrote:Is that just a plastic bead necklace?

Mardi Gras beads, yes.


So a few minutes after I read this, I decided that the joke is that women get felt up at Mardi Gras? Is that the joke, or am I missing something else?

Girls (and women I suppose) flashing tits to "earn" their beads is a Mardi Gras tradition in America.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby sje46 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:06 am UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:
tuxedobob wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
joee wrote:Is that just a plastic bead necklace?

Mardi Gras beads, yes.


So a few minutes after I read this, I decided that the joke is that women get felt up at Mardi Gras? Is that the joke, or am I missing something else?

Girls (and women I suppose) flashing tits to "earn" their beads is a Mardi Gras tradition in America.

As far as I know, only in the New Orleans part of America. Otherwise, I've been missing out on a lot of boob-seeing.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Azshade » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:09 am UTC

Did XKCD just turn into cyanide and happiness?
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby bennyp » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:22 am UTC

Behold the results of 50 years of feminism.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Hawknc » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:40 am UTC

That result being that women (or at least, the one in the comic) have the right to determine the conditions under which they expose themselves?
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Chris Dude70 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:47 am UTC

So, I load up http://www.xkcd.com and I see this:

Spoiler:
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Yeah, pretty damn difficult.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby feyayeruka » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:36 am UTC

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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:30 am UTC

bennyp wrote:Behold the results of 50 years of feminism.


it's OK, the doctor is a woman.

besides, I'd flash my cock for beads, if that were the custom.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby chompison » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:59 am UTC

This is the breast cancer comic ever.

South Park fans will get that. Anybody else wanting to correct my grammar, don't bother.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby topquark » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:53 pm UTC

Thank you for explaining, I completely didn't get that.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby SirMustapha » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:17 pm UTC

Thought #1: Great, time to read into the personal, intimate details of the life of someone I don't know. Thanks for the "context", Randall! Does your wife earn a necklace every time you expose her life like that?
Thought #2: What, stick figures wear clothes now? So they were all naked the whole time?
Thought #3, after reading the alt-text: WHAT THE FUCK.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby SpringLoaded12 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:18 pm UTC

Chris Dude70 wrote:So, I load up http://www.xkcd.com and I see this:

Spoiler:
Image


Yeah, pretty damn difficult.

Holy packet loss, Batman!

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bennyp wrote:Behold the results of 50 years of feminism.


it's OK, the doctor is a woman.

besides, I'd flash my cock for beads, if that were the custom.

I'd flash my cock for free if that were the custom :P

Azshade wrote:Did XKCD just turn into cyanide and happiness?

I could see someone making the case for that based on some xkcd strips, but not this one... I thought C&H was mostly known for cruel, dark jokes and shock humor?
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:36 pm UTC

SpringLoaded12 wrote:
AvatarIII wrote:
bennyp wrote:Behold the results of 50 years of feminism.


it's OK, the doctor is a woman.

besides, I'd flash my cock for beads, if that were the custom.

I'd flash my cock for free if that were the custom :P


well, yeah, but which custom is more realistic?

besides, I'm no whoo-er, I have my dignity, I know my price, and it's one set of beads.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby thesingingaccountant » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:19 pm UTC

I found this comic to be hysterical. Randall, you rock my world. *high five*

sje46 wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
tuxedobob wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
joee wrote:Is that just a plastic bead necklace?

Mardi Gras beads, yes.


So a few minutes after I read this, I decided that the joke is that women get felt up at Mardi Gras? Is that the joke, or am I missing something else?

Girls (and women I suppose) flashing tits to "earn" their beads is a Mardi Gras tradition in America.

As far as I know, only in the New Orleans part of America. Otherwise, I've been missing out on a lot of boob-seeing.


It's been done in Michigan as well. I know because I did it. :wink:

chompison wrote:This is the breast cancer comic ever.

South Park fans will get that. Anybody else wanting to correct my grammar, don't bother.


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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby BioTurboNick » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:35 pm UTC

SirMustapha wrote:Thought #1: Great, time to read into the personal, intimate details of the life of someone I don't know. Thanks for the "context", Randall! Does your wife earn a necklace every time you expose her life like that?
Thought #2: What, stick figures wear clothes now? So they were all naked the whole time?
Thought #3, after reading the alt-text: WHAT THE FUCK.


Thought #1: Which you only know because you are here all the time. Most viewers won't get the connection. And I hope you know the difference between depicting reality and depicting things inspired by--but without any direct relation to--reality?
Thought #2: Stick figures have the features they need to make the point. I hope you aren't looking for an internal logical consistency in this apart from style choices.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby Plasma Man » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:40 pm UTC

Ah, Mardi Gras beads make a lot more sense. I thought it was a cynical joke about having to get women jewellery before they'll allow you to view their breasts. Not quite sure which is more sexist, though - they're both pretty bad.

Anyway, I think we need other idea for things that could be included in a breast implant. A drinks reservoir would be an obvious choice, but you could also have a heat pad (for cold days), a compass (could tie into the aureolan LEDs to show direction), radio, wireless dongle... the possiblities are nearly endless.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby rjsteg » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:52 pm UTC

Great comic. I "got it" immediately and LOL.

Humor can be cathartic. I pray that her recovery continues.

Is her humor as sick and depraved as yours? :-)

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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby bearing » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:54 pm UTC

This comic is wonderful, and I think it needs to go on a "hang in there" greeting card.
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Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Postby willpellmn » Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:26 pm UTC

Be a bit odd to have a rectangular port in the nipple, even if it would ensure greater compatibility. (There's about twelve further jokes I will refrain from making.)

astrosteve wrote:Surely Randall's idea is the first step towards cyborgs.


Where have you been - we have cyborgs. Just look at Dick Cheney's medical history - he literally has no pulse. And while he might be the most high-profile example he's certainly far from the only one, even if you don't count things like pacemakers and steel hips (which technically do qualify as cybernetics, just not very advanced ones).
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