260: The Glass Necklace

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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The Glass Necklace
Well, for some value of 'actually work'.
Title text: Well, for some value of 'actually work'.


The heat from a lightning strike can fuse sand into glass. When this occurs in nature hollow tubes called fulgurites are formed. Cueball uses this knowledge and a spark of handiness and ingenuity to create an entirely home made glass necklace for Megan. Here is some inspiration to do it yourself.


[Cueball draws a diagram of a cylinder with electrical terminals on either end.]
[Cueball is shown at a workbench making the device in a workshop.]
[Cueball kneels down on a beach and scoops up sand.]
[Cueball pours the sand into the cylinder.]
[Cueball ties a spool of string to one end of the cylinder, and ties a deflated weather balloon to the other end.]
[The weather balloon is inflated, and raised up into the clouds as thunder rumbles.]
[The end of the string is tied to a stake in the ground, and lightning is flashing in the background.]
[Lightning hits the balloon, travels through the cylinder, and fuses it's contents.]
[Cueball follows the string to find the cylinder.]
[Cueball detaches it, opens it, removes a solidified piece, and admires the piece.]
[Cueball takes the stone to a jeweller.]
[White Hat examines, grinds, and sets the now-shining stone in a necklace.]
[Cueball approves of the final result.]
[Cueball gives it to Megan.]

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All I gave my girl was a pearl necklace... 04:37, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

I believe the supposed "number 7565" may actually be a sound effect with poor kerning: "TSSS", the crackling of the electricity traveling down the line. Worth considering, I think. -- 04:12, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

It is "TSSS". Why a bolt of lightning would make the sound ”7565" is beyond me. But I've added a trivia section. Herobrine (talk) 12:26, 5 March 2018 (UTC)