983: Privacy

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Privacy
Eventual headline: 'University Researchers Create Life in Lab! Darkness, Faulty Condoms Blamed.'
Title text: Eventual headline: 'University Researchers Create Life in Lab! Darkness, Faulty Condoms Blamed.'

[edit] Explanation

This comic is about Cueball and Megan attempting to find some privacy to "hook up", which is slang for engaging in sexual activity.

They start by going to a dorm, supposedly Cueball's; however, the door is locked. They try Megan's dorm next, but Megan's roomate is currently playing an MMORPG and is "in a raid", a common phrase referring to a large gathering of players that work together to defeat a difficult enemy. This also pokes fun at the fact that some raids may take a very long time to complete, in this case apparently taking on the order of 24 hours.

In the third frame, the two try to go to the library's rare book collection. Such a place would usually be deserted, making it usable for sexual activity. However, it is currently occupied by a visiting Nelson Mandela, who is on a tour of the school.

Moving on to more bizarre places, they next try an accelerator tunnel, another place that would be very infrequently occupied by people. However, the accelerator itself is currently in use and thus the room is locked. This would be a normal safety feature to protect researchers from being exposed to potentially dangerous ionizing radiation from the particle beam.

The couple then try a beaver lodge, presumably another 'private' location. A beaver lodge is usually only maintained during winter, and then only accessible from underwater, not to mention the infeasibility of any human-sized figure being able to fit inside.

Finally, with our current understanding of physics, there is neither the possibility of hyperspace existing, nor the possibility of getting there quickly.

The caption is a parody of other laws of physics, such as "brightness is inversely proportional to distance from the source".

The title text indicates that the two eventually found privacy for sex in a laboratory, but inadvertently got Megan pregnant. This is a parody of news articles discussing whether scientists can create synthetic life in a lab. This eventual headline appears in a few 1037: Umwelt frames as "Scientists Create Life In Lab".

The comic 658: Orbitals is similar.

[edit] Transcript

Dorm:
[Cueball and Megan holding hands in front of a door. Megan is attempting to turn the doorknob.]
Locked
Other Dorm:
[Cueball and Megan holding hands inside another dorm room. The roommate is sitting at a computer wearing a headset.]
Roommate: I'll be done Tuesday.
Roommate in raid
Library Rare Book Collection:
[Cueball and Megan looking through a closed door. Inside Nelson Mandela and two university workers are talking amongst various items on display.]
Occupied by tour for visiting Nelson Mandela
Accelerator Tunnel:
[Cueball and Megan in silhouette in front of an imposing-looking door. The door is marked "NO ENTRY" with a radioactive trefoil symbol, and has a passcode scanner beside it.]
Sealed while beam is in operation
Beaver Lodge:
[Megan climbing on top of a dirt mound while Cueball stands on the ice beside it. A cross-section reveals a beaver inside the mound and a submerged entrance.]
Frozen over for winter to keep out predators; only accessible via underwater entrance
Hyperspace:
[Megan reading a textbook in front of a table piled with five other textbooks. Cueball looks over Megan's shoulder.]
Cueball: Are you sure?
Ruled out by current understanding of physics
College Law #27:
The availability of private space is inversely proportional to the desirability of the hookup.

[edit] Official Transcript

Dorm:
[[An incredibly libidinous, extremely attractive couple try and enter one person's dorm room.]]
Locked.
Other Dorm:
[[The same couple in the other person's dorm room, where the roommate is sitting at a computer playing an MMO]]
Roommate: I'll be done tuesday.
Roommate in raid
Library Rare Book Collection:
[[Libidinous couple staring inside the room from outside. Nelson Mandela and other university workers inside the room, looking at some extremely expensive items]]
Occupied by tour for visiting Nelson Mandela
Accelerator Tunnel:
[[Couple stares at a heavy, imposing door denying them entry]]
Sealed while beam is in operation.
Beaver Lodge (stop snickering!):
[[couple attempting to enter an occupied beaver lodge]]
Frozen over for winter to keep out predators; only accessible via underwater entrance.
Hyperspace:
[[Couple in front of a number of highly advanced physics textbooks]]
Person 1: Are you *sure*?
Ruled out by current understanding of physics.


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Discussion

If your roommate's in a raid, he's not gonna turn around and notice you shacking up any time soon. World of Warcraft is serious business. Davidy22[talk] 06:55, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Is the transcript the original one? 108.162.216.45 21:51, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

No, the name Cueball is never mentioned by Randall. But in general it is close to the original one at all.--Dgbrt (talk) 22:23, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

I don't see how the tour for visiting Nelson Mandela could be interpreted as suggesting that Nelson Mandela was in the rare book collection and the tour was going to visit him - that just seems ridiculous. It's pretty clear that Nelson Mandela's visiting the library. --199.27.130.143 13:38, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Agreed. I have fixed the entry to reflect the same. It's worth noting that you could have done it first, and explained your edit here. This is, after all, a wiki editable by anyone. Orazor (talk) 09:56, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Is the fact that the roommate says Tuesday a joke on how long raids can last? That he can reply with a day of the week rather than a time? I think I have seen jokes about the lengths of raids in other places, but I'm not sure. Athang (talk) 21:43, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
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