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| titletext = An eternity later, the universe having turned out to have positive curvature and lots of mass, the boomerang hits him in the back of the head.
 
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This comic is a sequel of sorts to [[445: I Am Not Good with Boomerangs]], as it deals with the same subject manner with the same panel layout.
 
This comic is a sequel of sorts to [[445: I Am Not Good with Boomerangs]], as it deals with the same subject manner with the same panel layout.
  
The first strip has a man throwing a boomerang, which doesn't come back. (It's implied to have come back to either him or another man 464 comics later in [[939: Arrow]].)
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The first strip shows [[Cueball]] throwing a boomerang, which doesn't come back. In [[939: Arrow]], a boomerang returns to Cueball, which can either be the same Cueball from this comic or another person.  
  
The second strip has the man throwing another boomerang, which somehow hurts the {{w|ozone layer}} (as indicated by an offscreen voice).
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In the second strip he throws another boomerang, which somehow manage to hurt the {{w|ozone layer}} (as indicated by an off-screen voice). This is of course not possible with a boomerang,{{Citation needed}} as it is a layer of ozone molecules very high up in the atmosphere.
  
The third strip has the man throwing what ''appears'' to be a boomerang, but then [[Megan]] appears and reveals that it was their last banana. "You're such an asshole," she notes.
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The third strip shows Cueball throwing something that ''appears'' to be a boomerang, but then [[Megan]] enters and reveals that it was their last banana - which she probably had expected to eat since she calls him an asshole.
  
The final strip has the man throwing one last boomerang, which busts through the panel and flies out of some spaceship-looking thing.
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The final strip shows Cueball throwing one last boomerang, which breaks the frame of the comic, already after two out of the four frames used in each of the first three strips. Then panning down we find the last panel, much larger and suddenly mainly black instead of white. It shows that this time he was actually inside a spacecraft (which resembles an {{w|Apollo Lunar Module}} in a very bad manner), and the boomerang has just broken out through the hull. We see the boomerang and Cueball tumbling out into space with the escaping air. To certain death{{Citation needed}}...
  
The title text notes that the boomerang would return and hit him in the back of the head thanks to the universe's {{w|curvature}} and {{w|mass}}.
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The title text notes that, assuming a theory, that is {{w|Accelerating universe|no longer generally accepted}}, where the universe has a positive (closed) {{w|curvature}} and lots of mass, the boomerang would, after a (very) long time hit Cueball in the back of his head. This would happen because under those conditions the entire universe would eventually fall back on itself in the {{w|Big Crunch}}. Before this happens, everything would again get pressed close together, and it is during this process that the boomerang would finally returns to his frozen (but quite possibly preserved) head. (So at least one "success" in four attempts.)
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Boomerangs also became a main theme in the interactive comic [[1350: Lorenz]]. The same format of multiple bad endings to the same starting set-up is used in [[1515: Basketball Earth]].
  
 
==Transcript==
 
==Transcript==
[The man throws a boomerang, which doesn't come back.]
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:[Cueball is throwing boomerang.]
 
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:[Holding his hands up.]
[The man throws another boomerang.]
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:[Cueball waits for return; continual waiting.]
 
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:[Cueball is dejected, head hangs low.]
Offscreen voice: Oh god
 
  
Offscreen voice: The ozone layer!
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:[Cueball throws boomerang.]
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:[Cueball waits for boomerang.]
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:Outside: Oh God
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:Outside: The ozone layer!
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:[Cueball is surprised.]
  
[The man seems shocked.]
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:[Cueball throws boomerang banana.]
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:[Cueball waits.]
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:[Megan walks in.]
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:Megan: That was our last banana.
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:Megan: You're such an asshole.
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:[Cueball throws boomerang.]
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:[Boomerang breaks out of the panel box.]
  
[The man throws what appears to be a boomerang, but then Megan arrives.]
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:[Boomerang breaks out of a spacecraft, followed by Cueball.]
 
 
Megan: That was our last banana.
 
 
 
Megan: You're such an asshole.
 
 
 
[The man throws the final boomerang, which smashes through the panel and into space somehow.]
 
  
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* Part of this comic and [[939: Arrow]] is the picture for the [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BrickJoke Brick Joke] page on TV Tropes.
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*Part of this comic and [[939: Arrow]] is the picture for the [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BrickJoke Brick Joke] page on TV Tropes.
  
{{comic discussion}}  
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{{comic discussion}}
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
 
 
[[Category:Boomerangs]]
 
[[Category:Boomerangs]]
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[[Category:Physics]]

Revision as of 00:14, 25 October 2017

Further Boomerang Difficulties
An eternity later, the universe having turned out to have positive curvature and lots of mass, the boomerang hits him in the back of the head.
Title text: An eternity later, the universe having turned out to have positive curvature and lots of mass, the boomerang hits him in the back of the head.

Explanation

This comic is a sequel of sorts to 445: I Am Not Good with Boomerangs, as it deals with the same subject manner with the same panel layout.

The first strip shows Cueball throwing a boomerang, which doesn't come back. In 939: Arrow, a boomerang returns to Cueball, which can either be the same Cueball from this comic or another person.

In the second strip he throws another boomerang, which somehow manage to hurt the ozone layer (as indicated by an off-screen voice). This is of course not possible with a boomerang,[citation needed] as it is a layer of ozone molecules very high up in the atmosphere.

The third strip shows Cueball throwing something that appears to be a boomerang, but then Megan enters and reveals that it was their last banana - which she probably had expected to eat since she calls him an asshole.

The final strip shows Cueball throwing one last boomerang, which breaks the frame of the comic, already after two out of the four frames used in each of the first three strips. Then panning down we find the last panel, much larger and suddenly mainly black instead of white. It shows that this time he was actually inside a spacecraft (which resembles an Apollo Lunar Module in a very bad manner), and the boomerang has just broken out through the hull. We see the boomerang and Cueball tumbling out into space with the escaping air. To certain death[citation needed]...

The title text notes that, assuming a theory, that is no longer generally accepted, where the universe has a positive (closed) curvature and lots of mass, the boomerang would, after a (very) long time hit Cueball in the back of his head. This would happen because under those conditions the entire universe would eventually fall back on itself in the Big Crunch. Before this happens, everything would again get pressed close together, and it is during this process that the boomerang would finally returns to his frozen (but quite possibly preserved) head. (So at least one "success" in four attempts.)

Boomerangs also became a main theme in the interactive comic 1350: Lorenz. The same format of multiple bad endings to the same starting set-up is used in 1515: Basketball Earth.

Transcript

[Cueball is throwing boomerang.]
[Holding his hands up.]
[Cueball waits for return; continual waiting.]
[Cueball is dejected, head hangs low.]
[Cueball throws boomerang.]
[Cueball waits for boomerang.]
Outside: Oh God
Outside: The ozone layer!
[Cueball is surprised.]
[Cueball throws boomerang banana.]
[Cueball waits.]
[Megan walks in.]
Megan: That was our last banana.
Megan: You're such an asshole.
[Cueball throws boomerang.]
[Boomerang breaks out of the panel box.]
[Boomerang breaks out of a spacecraft, followed by Cueball.]

Trivia


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Discussion

OK, Dgbrt, you clearly know more about the universe's curvature than I do. Now, would you be so kind as to actually explain that rather than play tug-of-war with the incomplete tags? 199.27.128.65 23:41, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

I took a shot at it. Good enough to remove the incomplete tag? LogicalOxymoron (talk) 23:22, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Should it be noted that a normal boomerang (a weapon) is not supposed to return? Only a returning boomerang (a toy) returns. Tharkon (talk) 00:47, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

What do you call a boomerang that won't come back ? ... a stick. 141.101.99.217 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)