452: Mission

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Don't you know? The chances of a random object being a scone are about one in six.
Title text: Don't you know? The chances of a random object being a scone are about one in six.


Cueball and Beret Guy are on a mission, intending to destroy whatever machine they are in. Except that Beret Guy tends to be a bit surreal and brought a bag for holding pastries instead of explosive charges.

This is apparently not the first time he's done something like this, mistaking a mission for a trip to a bakery.


[Beret Guy and Cueball are rappelling down separate ropes into the interior workings of a large machine]
Cueball: Okay, we're in the belly of the machine. You got the charges?
Beret Guy (with beret): The what?
[The two are standing next to some large pieces of machinery]
Cueball [gesturing]: The explosive charges!
Beret Guy [pulling out a bag]: I just brought this bag for pastries.
Cueball: The hell? We're on a mission here!
Beret Guy [looking around]: This isn't a bakery?
Cueball [head in hand]: Oh, Christ, not this shit again.
Beret Guy [crouching by some lug nuts lying on a piece of machinery]: What about these scones?
Cueball: Those are lug nuts.
Beret Guy [stuffing them in his mouth]: ...Maybe SOME of them aren't. crunch Ow! crunch

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maybe it got something to do with the saying, "oh this (heist/mission) will be a piece of cake. one could easily misunderstand that

so "highly likely" means "1 time out of 6" for some people :D 12:27, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Nope, highly likely means (about) two out of three for these people. 11:10, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

The title text could also potentially count as a sort of NetHack reference. 00:11, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Reminds me of the "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" improv game "Improbable Mission". 01:38, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

"a hypothesis easily disprovable by looking around any room which isn't a bakery", actually it's not that easy to disprove. Maybe the earth is just in a local irregularity inside a universe full of scones. Except the bakeries of course, centers of universal equilibrium. 16:20, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

The idea of eating lugnuts may have come from this comic: http://www.buttercupfestival.com/111vol3.htm. 04:54, 29 July 2017 (UTC)