1408: March of the Penguins
|March of the Penguins|
Title text: You ARE getting older, though.
Several of the xkcd comics outline ways to make people feel older by referencing various pieces of popular culture which feel ingrained and "recent", and revealing the time that has elapsed since their release to be longer than expected (for instance, 1393: Timeghost and 891: Movie Ages). This appears to be what Black Hat is doing as he walks in on Megan to announce that all the penguins from a 2005 documentary March of the Penguins about emperor penguins are dead. Megan is familiar with these sorts of antics and assumes Black Hat is indicating that the film is so old that the lifespan of emperor penguins is less than the time since the documentary was released. Frustrated, Megan simply acknowledges Black Hat's statement by agreeing that everyone is aging. Black Hat, however, reveals that he is not trying to make her feel old, because the penguins were all alive "last night" and died of a cause other than time's passage. His announcement that he is "trying to apologize" creates the obvious inference that he killed the penguins. This gives the situation a much darker tone; especially since Black Hat likely is not truly apologizing, as he is very unapologetic in his "classhole" tendencies.
Emperor penguins actually live about 20 years on average, so presumably, barring any intervention by Black Hat, most of the younger penguins and many of the older penguins in the movie are still alive as of this comic.
The title text emphasizes that whatever the penguins' fate, we do get and are getting older. The text may also be a further jab by Black Hat as he departs just to make Megan feel a bit worse.
- [Black Hat walks in, Megan is at a desk.]
- Black Hat: All the birds from March of the Penguins are now dead.
- Megan: OK, I get it. We're all aging.
- Black Hat: What? No.
- Black Hat: I'm not trying to make you feel old. They were alive last night. I'm trying to apologize.
- [Megan turned around in her office chair and is facing Black Hat.]
- Megan: Oh God
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