18: Snapple

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Sn = tin
Title text: Sn = tin

[edit] Explanation

Cueball hands another Cueball-like guy an apple calling it a Snapple. When the guy bites into it his teeth goes clink. Cueball tells him it is because he has infused the apple with tin.

The fourth panel is a silent wide shot, perhaps suggesting the joke was met with silence as a weak joke. As a meta joke, the final panel might jokingly suggest that the silence is because those unfamiliar with the table of elements don't get the joke.

The joke in this comic is pretty self-explanatory; especially given that the image text continues the trend in early xkcd comics of explaining the joke. Tin is a metallic element whose abbreviation on the periodic table is "Sn" (as the Latin word for tin is "stannum"). Thus, the apple is a "Sn-apple."

In reality, Snapple is a brand of tea and juice based beverages whose name is based on a carbonated apple juice they once produced ("snappy apple").

James (in the caption) presumably once made a joke to Randall about tin or Snapple or both.

[edit] Transcript

[Above the frame:]
This one is entirely James' fault.
[Two Cueball-like guys are standing and talking.]
Cueball: Here, take a bite of this Snapple.
Guy: food!
[Guy takes a bite.]
Guy: Ow!
Snapple and teeth: Clink
Guy: What is this?
[Cueball explains:]
Cueball: It's an apple infused with tin.
[The two guys continue to stand as if frozen.]
[Above two silent guys the following text is written inside a black frame:]
Those of you who know your periodic table should be laughing right about now.

[edit] Trivia

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Rikthoff (talk) Rikthoff (talk) Does anybody know what the correct date of issue of this comic is? Also, Does anybody know who James is?

There is a community portal discussion of what to call Cueball and what to do in case with more than one Cueball. I have added this comic to the new Category:Multiple Cueballs. Since the one named Cueball has all the interesting parts of this comic, it may be OK to keep him listed as Cueball. Just made a note that the other guy also looks like Cueball.--Kynde (talk) 18:13, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
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