864: Flying Cars

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Flying Cars
It's hard to fit in the backseat of my flying car with my android Realdoll when we're both wearing jetpacks.
Title text: It's hard to fit in the backseat of my flying car with my android Realdoll when we're both wearing jetpacks.

[edit] Explanation

Cueball is complaining to Megan over the phone about the lack of flying cars even though it is the year 2011. Megan counters that phone technology has taken off. For example, in the past it was predicted that we would have flying cars and two-way wrist radios by today.[citation needed] The flying car is still not perfected (although there are some awesome prototypes flying today) but the two way wrist radio pales in comparison to the current state of smart phones.

He chooses to be resentful about the lack of flying cars rather than be amazed at the current state of computers and communication technology. Like many people, he is missing the forest while looking for a particular tree.

The title text references Realdoll, known as "the world's finest lovedoll", and jetpacks, another invention that many people were expecting to have by this point in time.

This strip is quoted at the top of the TV Tropes article I Want My Jetpack, having a similar theme to the strip.

[edit] Transcript

Cueball (on telephone): It's 2011. I want my flying car.
Answer from telephone: Dude.
Megan (on telephone): You're complaining to me using a phone on which you buy and read books, and which you were using to play a 3D shooter until I interrupted you with what would be a video call if I were wearing a shirt.
Cueball: Can't I have flying cars, too?
Answer from telephone: You'd crash it while texting and playing angry birds.

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Self driving flying car. Happy now? Davidy²²[talk] 10:01, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

I think the title text is more of a reference to other things we expected to have by the 21st century: androids and jetpacks. 02:47, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

I think we're missing an important feature of this comic. And that is that Megan is not wearing a shirt. Discuss. 14:10, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

So would this particular strip be considered nsfw? :P Kirdneh (talk) 04:39, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Since mobile/cell phones use part of the radio spectrum, they are patently two-way in that they send and receive data, and since smart-watches exist (the long-awaited Apple Watch made its debut in March 2015), I'd say that prophecy came true, and we just never properly realised it until now. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It's sort of like how 3D printers are just very primitive version of replicators from Star Trek... -Pennpenn 03:20, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Back to the Future II DID predict video calls, though... Greyson (talk) 05:09, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

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