950: Mystery Solved

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Mystery Solved
The Roanoke Lost Colonists founded Roanoke, the Franklin Expedition reached the Pacific in 2009 when the Northwest Passage opened, and Jimmy Hoffa currently heads the Teamsters Union--he just started going by 'James'.
Title text: The Roanoke Lost Colonists founded Roanoke, the Franklin Expedition reached the Pacific in 2009 when the Northwest Passage opened, and Jimmy Hoffa currently heads the Teamsters Union--he just started going by 'James'.

[edit] Explanation

The aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's plane comes back to land after it went missing in 1937. Earhart was presumed dead and that her plane went down sometime during her journey. But, this comic supposes that it just took her 74 years to fly around the Earth without really aging a day. This means that her average speed was under one mile a day; although she says it's a long flight it can't be that long as no plane flies that slow.

The title text proposed a few more solutions to mysteries including the lost colonists of Roanoke, who were one of the first groups to come to North America, suddenly disappeared, and leaving their colony untouched. The Franklin Expedition was a British voyage in 1845 to study the Northwest Passage that also disappeared somewhere in northern Canada. Jimmy Hoffa was the famous Teamsters Union (currently headed by Jimmy's son, James Phillip Hoffa) leader who went missing in 1975 and declared dead in 1982 (possibly murdered). The comic is implying that Jimmy's "son" is actually Jimmy himself (whose actual name was James Riddle Hoffa).

[edit] Transcript

[A twin prop airplane flies high overhead.]
Off-screen person: What's that airplane?
[The plane lands, a pilot steps out and waves to the crowd.]
Off-screen person: Holy crap— Is that Amelia Earhart?
[The frame shows a close up of Amelia Earhart.]
Amelia: Hey everyone! My flight was a success!
Off-screen person: But... Where were you!?
[The frame shows a wide view of Amelia again, she stops waving.]
Amelia: I flew around the world!
Off-screen person: But you disappeared in 1937!
Amelia: Right, to fly around the world.
Off-screen person: It's 2011!
Amelia: The world is big. It's a long flight.
Off-screen person: But you... It's not... I—
Amelia: Can I talk to someone smarter?
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Discussion

The Northwest Passage is a sea route from the North Atlantic to the Pacific, north of the North American continent. It has not been "open" until very recent years; the icepack extends far enough south that it is not generally navigable. 75.103.23.206 16:12, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Another possible explanation is that the world includes more than just Earth. Amelia might have had to travel at or over the speed of light, which would also explain the time effects. 108.162.246.11 21:23, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
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