389: Keeping Time

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Keeping Time
You can identify them ahead-of-time -- they lead with their left foot when the music starts.
Title text: You can identify them ahead-of-time -- they lead with their left foot when the music starts.

Explanation

Listen to the music.

A member of a marching band, after spending seasons marching in time to their music for their shows, ends up naturally walking with the rhythm of any music they hear around them, like at a shopping mall. Pausing the music for a split second would throw off the rhythm, causing them to fall. The line of music in the comic is a piano reduction of the beginning of Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley, a reference to the internet phenomenon of Rickrolling, a form of bait-and-switch in which a link that appears to point to something else instead links to Rick Astley's song.

The title text refers to the fact that almost all marching bands start marching with the left foot, so marching band members tend to naturally start with the left foot.

Transcript

My Hobby:
Pausing in-store music for a split second and watching the ex-marching band kids stumble.
[On a balcony overlooking a supermarket, Cueball presses a button on a pedestal. The in-store music, the first four bars of "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley, pauses briefly after the third bar, and one of the store's patrons falls on her face.]
FWOMP
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Discussion

Also, as a note or fun fact: most militaries and their associated groups (like cadets in Canada) also do the same. Ribbit it's Toad! (talk) 05:38, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
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