0702: "Snow Tracking"

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0702: "Snow Tracking"

Postby Qaanol » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:09 am UTC

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Title: “I suppose that's more accurately a hare dryer.”

http://www.xkcd.com/702/

The first thing I did was Google to see if the Higgs boson was found. Alas my disappointment. But the truly groan-worthy pun in the title text made up for it.

Panel 1: real animal tracks. But I'm pretty sure cats are perfect-walkers, meaning all their footsteps fall in a straight line. Maybe not when running though.
Panel 2: Rocky and Bullwinkle (thanks Shale)
Panel 3: internet meme
Panel 4: Ralph S. Mouse (thanks pyrephoenix)???
Panel 5: possibly Bugs Bunny, possibly a cartoon people have linked below???
Panel 6: Lord of the Rings
Panel 7: possibly Pogo comic strip Joe McCarthy reference???
Panel 8: chess piece (thanks group consensus)
Panels 9&10: Calvin and Hobbes
Panel 11: current events
Panel 12: hopeful future event, notice the little sparkly dots around the spiral paths
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby pyrephoenix » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:12 am UTC

Only panel that got past me was the 'Knight'... also, is panel 4 a Ralph S. Mouse reference?

Also, insert obligatory chuckle @ Legolas tracks (or, uh, lack thereof?)

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Shale » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:12 am UTC

Okay, so we've got Rocky & Bullwinkle, Calvin and Hobbes, Ralph S. Mouse, Calvin and Hobbes again....is the bobcat on a pogo stick a reference to anything?

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby pavja2 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:13 am UTC

Gaaah!! Hare Dryer????? Be lucky your neck is not withing throttling range :)

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby organman » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:15 am UTC

This would have been helpful for animal tracking merit badge.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Nintendon't » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:15 am UTC

One of the better comics of the yearr

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Ragnarokio » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:16 am UTC

i believe the knight is a reference to the chess piece, based on the "L" shaped tracks that it left.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Alsadius » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:16 am UTC

Shale wrote:Okay, so we've got Rocky & Bullwinkle, Calvin and Hobbes, Ralph S. Mouse, Calvin and Hobbes again....is the bobcat on a pogo stick a reference to anything?


Best guess, some of the old "mailing a bobcat" comics? And the rabbit seems to ring a bell from the old bunny suicides pictures, but that doesn't seem quite right. And yes, the knight is clearly a chess reference.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Tath » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:17 am UTC

Ragnarokio wrote:i believe the knight is a reference to the chess piece, based on the "L" shaped tracks that it left.

That would make the most sense. Thanks for pointing it out!




"Rabbit stopping" = the old hare vs turtle race story?
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby lulzfish » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:17 am UTC

Oh, because the electronic throttle got stuck... I see.
It's still not very good. Why did Calvin stop in several different places to use the duplicator?
And why does Long Cat have such a long stride? It has a long body, not long feet... Like a limousine.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Cipherz » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:18 am UTC

Where were the storm trooper tracks? : (

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Ragnarokio » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:20 am UTC

lulzfish wrote:Oh, because the electronic throttle got stuck... I see.
It's still not very good. Why did Calvin stop in several different places to use the duplicator?
And why does Long Cat have such a long stride? It has a long body, not long feet... Like a limousine.


Longcat has a long stride because hes long of course. He's a very long cat you know.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby lcdrambrose » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:24 am UTC

I'm sorry, but I can't forgive the "hare" pun. It was so obviously intended; why'd he have to go and say it?
Although I did appreciate the knight panel. And why a pogo stick for the bobcat? Perhaps a shipping crate would be more canonical?

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Quicksilver » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:30 am UTC

Where's the tracks for your mom?

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Omegaton » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:30 am UTC

Huh, it took me until Panel 4 to realize the jokes had started. Luckily the forum's here to set me straight.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Qaanol » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:31 am UTC

Quicksilver wrote:Where's the tracks for your mom?

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Caffeine » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:37 am UTC

Shouldn't the cat's prints have a different number of 'toe' prints, front to rear?

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby airshowfan » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:39 am UTC

Shouldn't it be "duplicator", with an O?

Otherwise, great comic :]

(I, too, didn't notice at first how early the jokes started).

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Comic JK » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:39 am UTC

Get out of my head, Randall! I'm in a speeding, out of control Toyota right now.
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Ragnarokio » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:42 am UTC

Longcat is the first joke that i got.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Felona » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:43 am UTC

The pun in the alt-text made me "SQUEEE" with delight.

And for the future person who is upset with the tire tracks in panel 11. The reason why they do not appear to follow the bend in the road is as follows. First, the driver (henceforth to be referred to by masculine pronouns for the ease of the reader) is in England where people drive on the left side of the road. He initially attempted to make the right turn but quickly realized that if he did his best to turn right and follow the road he would be headed straight for a house. He noticed a pit full of pillows to the left of the house and, thinking quickly, he turned left to head for that pit.

The person yelling "MY VEGETABLE GARDEN!" was merely expressing his love of his vegetable garden which he has put much time into.

I have included a diagram under the spoiler to better illustrate what is happening.
Spoiler:
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby skeptical scientist » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:47 am UTC

I saw the last panel and thought, "That's awesome!"

Then I saw the alt-text, and thought, "That's awful."
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Kyros » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:53 am UTC

The legolas Panel got to me.
Bad.
Like Rofl literally bad.


Speaking of snow, 49/50 states had snow over the weekend.
And We are under another watch
Were waiting to find out if Schools cancelled now

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby brakos82 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:55 am UTC

I've traveled all the way from 1991 to say: That has to be the worst xkcd pun ever.
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby dragoneye776 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:59 am UTC

I love the "hare dryer"!

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby demadaha » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:02 am UTC

I've been trying to figure out what panel 5 could be a reference to; I'm almost positive that it is there purely for the pun.
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Sporkfortuna » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:05 am UTC

Registered for this one. Long time reader and love the commentary almost as much as the comics. Thanks guys!

As far as the Prius being on the wrong side of the road, and although I love that explanation, Felona, has nobody noticed that Prius owners *always* get left to turn right?

And the black splotch in #5 is the melted snow.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby XerxesQados » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:08 am UTC

I'm pretty sure panels 5 and 7 are exactly what they sound like.
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Me321 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:09 am UTC

no one knows what the 7th frame is?

Spoiler:
Tigger Tee-eye-double-ga-er

at least that is my opinion, he is not a bobcat, but does like pogosticks

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby VelociraptorEvader » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:11 am UTC

now that's quite punny.


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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby guyy » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:15 am UTC

Me321 wrote:no one knows what the 7th frame is?

Spoiler:
Tigger Tee-eye-double-ga-er

at least that is my opinion, he is not a bobcat, but does like pogosticks


Spoiler:
He is a pogo stick.


Anyway, a great comic. Though I sort of doubt the Higgs Boson would do anything detectable to a pile of snow.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby lingomaniac88 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:18 am UTC

I think panel #5 isn't referencing anything; it looks like it's just supposed to be funny by itself.
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby Me321 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:23 am UTC

guyy wrote:
Me321 wrote:no one knows what the 7th frame is?

Spoiler:
Tigger Tee-eye-double-ga-er

at least that is my opinion, he is not a bobcat, but does like pogosticks


Spoiler:
He is a pogo stick.


Anyway, a great comic. Though I sort of doubt the Higgs Boson would do anything detectable to a pile of snow.



Spoiler:
but he also likes them too, there was an entire movie about it, but is he a bobcat?

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby xms » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:32 am UTC

Panel 7:
Spoiler:
Registered just to say the 'bobcat with pogo stick' is Tigger from Winnie the pooh.
http://rlv.zcache.com/tigger_on_pogo_st ... 22_210.jpg

Or I suppose it could be his tail:
http://www.cssuicide.com/bbframe/news_t ... tigger.jpg

edit: Tigger, not tiger.


Sorry, I didn't read the spoiler above and thought it wasn't mentioned.
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby arcticfox.sq » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:34 am UTC

I don't see the "L" - that is what the knight bit was referring to, right? :?

Otherwise, awesome comic.
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby F3ngles » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:44 am UTC

OH! A chess knight!
First thing that came to my head was a man walking along banging two coconut halves together.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby phlip » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:49 am UTC

arcticfox.sq wrote:I don't see the "L" - that is what the knight bit was referring to, right? :?
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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby thret » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:51 am UTC

Yep, the Knight square is what made me el oh el. Also, XKCD could use some Monty references now that someone mentioned it.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby The Free Man » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:52 am UTC

I'm disappointed by the lack of Velociraptor tracks. I'm sure we all know what they look like but a refresher would have been nice.

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Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Postby JamesGecko » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:54 am UTC

Perhaps panel five is a loony toons reference? That's the only thing I can think of which might involve a rabbit using a hair dryer. Fits with the Rocky and Bullwinkle


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