415: Restraining Order

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Restraining Order
On Mondays I go running, so you'll have to get up early and follow along a parallel street. What fun!
Title text: On Mondays I go running, so you'll have to get up early and follow along a parallel street. What fun!


A restraining order is a legal injunction requiring a party to do, or refrain from doing, certain acts, under penalty of fines or imprisonment. The kind of restraining order referred to in this comic is one that forbids someone from getting within a certain distance of the other person, and is designed to safeguard the complainant's life.

But the joke in this comic is that Ponytail has gotten a restraining order against Cueball that requires him to stay between 500 yards (457 m) and 600 yards (549 m) of her at all times, which needless to say will cause a major disruption to his life.

The title text says he'll have to get up early on Mondays and follow her jogging course along a parallel street. Of course, such a restraining order could not exist in reality.

A yard is a unit of length used in the UK and the United States, 1 yard = 0.91 metre.


[Cueball and Ponytail stand facing one another. Both hold sheets of paper.]
Not content with normal restraining orders, my ex got creative.
Cueball: Wait... I can't get closer than 500 yards of you... or more than 600 yards away?
Ponytail: You'll have to move somewhere within this ring.

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Looks like something Danish would do, not Ponytail.Classhole 00:31, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Therein lies the problem with presuming "Ponytail" is a singular, consistent character, which she isn't, and never has been. It's kind of ridiculous to say something is out of character for Ponytails, Megans, or Cueballs (and probably White Hat), since they're rarely the same person.Pennpenn (talk) 02:02, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Is "iconic" meant to be "ironic"? It is also not ironic, unless if the restraining order forces Cueball to be within 1 yard of Ponytail at all times which defeats the general purpose of a restraining order. flewk (talk) 12:08, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

Is this even legally possible? Prongs95 (talk) 15:10, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

This is certainly not possible, just think of how much trouble it would cause.Dontknow (talk) 00:28, 8 March 2017 (UTC)

It's not *that* bad if Cueball is massive enough. But stuff gets really weird if Cueball's de Broglie wavelength is on the order of 100 yards... -- 16:20, 26 April 2017 (UTC)