284: Tape Measure
Title text: This sequence was later reproduced in the International Tape-Extending Federation archives, retitled 'The Founding of the Sport'.
Cueball acts like a small boy, finding a tape measure and then playing with it. He then extends it to 8 feet (approx. 2.5 meters), wondering whether or not that was a record, which makes him imagine a sport where extending the tape measure as far as possible was the goal. (Tape measure strips are bent upward lengthwise to support itself when oriented correctly, much like how one can better hold a sheet of paper horizontally by creating a slight dip. However, as a tape measure is extended, the weight of the strip eventually overcomes the support offered by the bend, causing it to collapse. Skillfully holding the tape measure at an angle can redirect some of the weight load and allow for a longer total extension; it is implied that this technique can be explored to the point of becoming its own sport.)
The title text refers to a future where this sport exists and this comic is a representation of the origin of this sport.
- [Cueball finds a tape measure.]
- Cueball: Hey, a tape measure.
- [Cueball extends the tape measure.]
- extend extend
- [The tape measure falls.]
- [Cueball tries again.]
- extend extend
- Cueball (thinking): Ooh, eight feet. I wonder if that's a record.
- [Cueball imagines an olympic stadium, with three people extending tape measures]
- Audience: Gooo! Goooo! Gooooooo!
- During the real-life meet-up at the time & place mentioned in 240: Dream Girl, fans participated in a tape-measure length competition.