Talk:1871: Bun Alert

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There are apps in Australia to report sightings of rabbits. E.g.FeralScan Pest Mapping. 172.68.253.203 00:25, 17 August 2017 (UTC)

I think it's about Ponytail realizing she's opened a can of worms in that she was the one who taught these people about the bun, and now everyone's infatuated with them. 108.162.249.52 00:53, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

I don't think it's the same Ponytail from 1682. She is one of the characters who doesn't play the same person every time. 162.158.255.22 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

This is basically the title text from 1682. Is it just me, or has Randall been running out of ideas lately? Jaalenja (talk) 13:31, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

In all fairness, Randall has been known to play the long game. There might be a thread to pull here. 172.68.143.186 (talk) 13:44, 2 August 2017‎ (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Yea, Randall has built on earlier ideas before. E.g. 1818 being built on an idea from What-If 141. It's non-indicative of a lack of ideas. But the notion that ideas are a finite resource is silly anyways. Watch the talk he gave at Google in 2007, it's on YouTube, and there's a bit in there where he talks about how he comes up with his comics. 108.162.238.35 13:49, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

No idea why he's picked bunnies specifically, maybe that will become apparent in a future strip. Considering just this standalone comic, it seems to be a parody of apps that increasingly swamp the user with notifications about pointless things that one might imagine nobody would ever care about. In this instance, it might be imagined that few people would care about notifications for bunny sightings, but in the last pane it appears that someone truly does. This might compare with notifications for rare pokemon sightings in Pokémon Go (not provided in-app but there are groups on facebook etc. that alert users to rare pokemon / legendary raids) - with the difference that bunnies are extremely common. Also, is it significant that he specifically uses the word "buns" instead of "bunnies"? There may be a connection with the observation that they are just like little hopping loaves of bread.141.101.98.208 14:45, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

I mean, that's pretty much what twitter is for.162.158.134.190 15:11, 2 August 2017 (UTC)
Cf. memes such as "anatomy of the bun". 108.162.238.35 19:37, 2 August 2017 (UTC)
Agree with the idea that it may be reference to people overreacting to trivial things and using technology to alert others about it e.g. Starbucks unicorn locations, PokemonGo, etc. No idea about the title text though, he is basically saying people may be alerted at night? Maybe some recent trend that focuses on night gatherings? 172.68.47.72 20:58, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

I think this may just be an extended example of dadaism. If he carries on with the theme I think it is as likely to make less sense as it is to make more sense. 162.158.58.189 15:12, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

+1 Dada hypothesis. 162.158.178.147 06:33, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

Beret Guy's comment about investors and building the alert system could be a reference to 1493: Meeting. Is the "loaves of bread that hop" line just a pun on the word "bun"? Is "Night Buns" a reference to something? --172.68.46.41 20:13, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

WARNING: your captchas aren't working well at all. In firefox your captcha gets crushed somehow underneath the formatting tools bar where you can do text entry when editing. I was only able to pass the captcha and get this comment posted by viewing the html source of the webpage and tracking what link the captcha was supposed to go to. I suggest you try setting up some sort of formatting on the webpage to place the captcha elsewhere on the page one sees after editing a comment-box/wiki-like page. Thanks162.158.154.91 23:25, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

They also disappear entirely if you try to log in with HTTPS (and Firefox rightfully shows a warning when you use regular HTTP). Honnza (talk) 02:40, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Just checked out that captcha problem since I never noticed it at work where I cant log in and now here at home the captcha is showing fine nothing hidden or combined with the format bar or the comment box this on Firefox 54.0.1 (64-Bit) current window size 1279x929 108.162.219.28 01:20, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

I believe with each new comic I am getting lazier and lazier with editing (any editing, old or new comics). Thank God for Dgbrt and the rest of you. --Lackadaisical (talk) 13:12, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for removing this NOT FUNNY ANYMORE Citation needed templates. And please do not thank God for my few edits, I don't belief in those creatures. My first edit on this comic was more than 24 hours after release and my focus is more about standards. E.g. there is no need to add categories like Comics from 2017... and the trivia is below the transcript.--Dgbrt (talk) 18:30, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
Maybe the more sporadic customary userbase of this site is a bit less jaded than the top editors. 172.68.25.28 20:22, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
I adore the Citation needed joke, where appropriate, it must refer to a blatantly obvious phenomenon which does not need a citation. Such as, "The sky is blue" or "squirrels way less than a moose," and that statement should flow naturally and not be obviously put in there just to set up the joke. The joke comes from What If? and this seems to be how Randal uses it. --Lackadaisical (talk) 22:08, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
I must concur, I love the silly "Citation needed" jokes, they're one of my favourite parts of reading this site! :) Sorry, it's permanently funny. NiceGuy1 (talk) 03:37, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
My problem with the "joke" is that it always links to the protest comic. In the What-ifs, Randall links to something that looks or sounds vaguely like "citation". 108.162.212.227 11:55, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
Actually I hadn't realized they led somewhere really, I figured the link would be to a page explaining what "citation needed" means. I never follow it because I have no citation to give! LOL! NiceGuy1 (talk) 05:31, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
I just realized i spelt "weigh" as "way"--Lackadaisical (talk) 12:15, 4 August 2017 (UTC)


It's a common colloquialism where I'm from, said without religious intentions. I was more commenting on your work on the site rather than this particular comic, though I can see why that may have been confusing. Next time I will reserve praise for your talk page. --Lackadaisical (talk) 19:55, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
I was raised without religion, only going to churches and whatnot for weddings and such. I firmly consider myself as not having a religion. I feel we'd all be better off without religion (though I recognize people have a right to their religion). But even I have been known to say "thank god". It has become a saying, and it doesn't really have a non-religious equivalent ("thankfully" isn't used the same way, "thankfully for" is grammatically incorrect, "I'm thankful for" feels more wordy and formal). Ignore the religious aspect. :) NiceGuy1 (talk) 03:37, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

Massachusetts has an informal "French Toast Alert" system for grading winter storms. I wonder if the allusion to alerts about "loaves of bread that hop" could be related to that. Gmcgath (talk) 00:07, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

Other people know better than I where Randall lives, but I don't think it's Massachusetts, and this French Toast Alert System (why french toast?) sounds like one of those things only locals know. I think it's just conflating their silly use of "bun" with the normal use of the word. NiceGuy1 (talk) 03:41, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

Is it possible that the line about investors is a dig at startups focused entirely on creating a single app that nobody even needs? 141.101.105.210 12:57, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

A little grammar Nazi thing I picked up, in the first panel Ponytail says, "to who" instead of "to whom." ChromoTec (talk) 15:24, 4 August 2017 (UTC)ChromoTec

Please enter new comments at the bottom. And as a German I don't like the phrase grammar Nazi because Nazi means fascism, I'm sure that's not your intention. But you're right, and even not a pedant, because "to whom" sounds much better. Maybe the picture will be updated in the future. --Dgbrt (talk) 20:42, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
I think that "to who" is pretty much standard, especially in spoken English - e.g. see the "usage" section here [1]. I can't imagine anyone saying "to whom" in normal speech unless they were making a joke, being overly formal. 162.158.92.172 16:09, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, I didn't know that (oxforddictionaries): "The normal practice in modern English is to use who instead of whom...". And the English I've learned in Germany was called Oxford English. LOL... --Dgbrt (talk) 17:13, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
Please don't take offense at the phrase "Grammar Nazi". As I'm sure Urban Dictionary will confirm, it has become the standard term for someone who the speaker feels is too strict about language rules, at least here in North America. And there is no other term for this as far as I know. But actually yes, it essentially must have come from wanting to label someone as being a "fascist", at least about language. "Who" vs. "whom" is exactly the kind of topic which inspires someone to use the phrase, people who are not vigilant about language (which is most people) usually feel that "who" can be used in all cases, and that insisting on using "whom" is being too strict.NiceGuy1 (talk) 04:44, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
I know that phrase for a long time and I know it's widely used in the described manner, but it downplays the meaning behind the word Nazi. Just sayin' --Dgbrt (talk) 18:52, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

Am I the only dirty old man that thinks that this has to to do with taking pictures of people's behinds - as in "buns of steel" kind of buns? and on alerting friends on social media regarding some particularly picturesque, ahem, tight, small, buns?173.245.50.216 02:40, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

You are surely not the only dirty old man but gladly Randall is a little bit younger. --Dgbrt (talk) 20:53, 5 August 2017 (UTC)
I totally missed the bread thing until I read the explanation here. Figured the cartoon was supposed to be some play on callipygian. [Thanks Frazz for adding that word to my vocabulary.] 172.68.141.100 06:24, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
I love that my iPad can define words for me on the fly. That's a good word, LOL! NiceGuy1 (talk) 04:44, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
I probably would have had that thought (and might be old enough, 44 in a couple of weeks), if I didn't remember the previous comic. :) NiceGuy1 (talk) 04:44, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
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