475: Further Boomerang Difficulties

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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. It's implied to have come back to either him or another one like in 939: Arrow. Then he throws another boomerang, which somehow hurts the ozone layer (as indicated by an offscreen voice). The third strip shows Cueball throwing something what appears to be a boomerang, but then Megan appears and reveals that it was their last banana.

The final strip shows Cueball throwing one last boomerang, which breaks the frame of the comic. The last panel shows that he was actually inside a spacecraft (which resembles an Apollo Lunar Module), and the boomerang has broken out through the hull. We see him tumbling out into space with the escaping air.

The title text notes that the boomerang would return and hit him in the back of the head thanks to the universe's curvature and mass.

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 ~~~~)