337: Post Office Showdown

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
(Redirected from 337)
Jump to: navigation, search
Post Office Showdown
That track ('Battle Without Honor or Humanity') -- like 'Ride of the Valkyries' -- improves *any* activity.
Title text: That track ('Battle Without Honor or Humanity') -- like 'Ride of the Valkyries' -- improves *any* activity.

[edit] Explanation

Action movies, such as "Kill Bill" by Quentin Tarantino, often feature elaborate fight scenes in mundane environments.

Cueball, here wearing earphones connected to his iPod, is often imagining himself in such a situation, for instance as in this comic, while at the post office. This makes the comic related to the My Hobby series.

First Cueball imagines the old man (an old version of White Hat with a cane) pulls out a crossbow and how he would react to that. But then continues to imagine that Hair Bun Girl has a katana samurai sword in the box. So this could be a long fight so he decides to be ready for it by setting his iPod to play the "Kill Bill" fight theme. In Kill Bill there is a long fight scene with samurai swords.

The title text refers to two songs: "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" from the soundtrack of "Kill Bill", and "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner, the latter being associated to fighting scenes because of a famous sequence in the movie "Apocalypse Now" by Francis Ford Coppola. He notes that these two songs will absolutely improve any activity. Not only fight scenes.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball is in a post office wearing earphones connected to his iPod. There are several other people, including an old version of White Hat at the counter with a cane and Hair Bun Girl with a long narrow box entering the office by the door. Behind the counter Ponytail stand together with a Cueball-like guy. Another person is obscured by the lowest of the three connected thought bubles emanating from Cueball to the left. A fourth thought buble is below Cueball to the right. Above all this is a caption:]
I spend a lot of time mentally choreographing elaborate fight scenes with strangers around me.
Cueball's thoughts: Okay - if that old man pulls a crossbow,
Cueball's thoughts: I'll throw the postal scale at him and dive backward behind the stamps machine.
Cueball's thoughts: But what if the lady by the door has a katana in that box?
Cueball's thoughts: Better set my iPod to the "Kill Bill" fight theme, just in case.


comment.png add a comment! ⋅ Icons-mini-action refresh blue.gif refresh comments!

Discussion

No comments yet.
Personal tools
Namespaces

Variants
Actions
Navigation
Tools

It seems you are using noscript, which is stopping our project wonderful ads from working. Explain xkcd uses ads to pay for bandwidth, and we manually approve all our advertisers, and our ads are restricted to unobtrusive images and slow animated GIFs. If you found this site helpful, please consider whitelisting us.

Want to advertise with us, or donate to us with Paypal?