18: Snapple

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Snapple
Sn = tin
Title text: Sn = tin

[edit] Explanation

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"). 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."

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.

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

[edit] Transcript

This one is entirely James' fault.
[Two guys are standing and talking.]
Cueball: Here, take a bite of this Snapple.
Guy: food!
[Guy takes a bite.]
Guy: Ow! What is this?
CLINK
Cueball: It's an apple infused with tin.
[The two guys continue to stand as if frozen.]
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?
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