Title text: The MythBusters are even more sinister.
Snopes is a popular website for checking the validity of urban legends. Snopes proves or disproves facts, but another urban legend is known that suggests Snopes runs a spam operations to create sources for their own benefit. The joke here is that Snopes disproves its own urban legend, creating a circular, invalid argument.
The title text suggests that MythBusters, another group which debunks myths, also participate in the practice of spreading misinformation for the opportunity to test it.
Snopes is also mentioned in the much later comic 1081: Argument Victory, in a much more positive light.
- Cueball: Another urban legend? You should check out Snopes before sending me this stuff.
- Friend: Oops; yeah.
- Cueball: Man, Snopes is really great--independent fact-checkers trawling our collective discourse, filtering out misinformation.
- Friend: Yeah, but they have their dark side. The couple that runs snopes.com also runs a network of spam servers that start many of those forwarded stories in the first place, ensuring they'll always have business.
- Cueball: That's absurd. Plus, it's definitely not true--it was debunked by...
- Friend: Yes?
- Cueball: ...Oh my God.