478: The Staple Madness

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(It actually reads God, look at the official transscript)
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:Megan: ...Have you been abusing my staple gun?
:Megan: ...Have you been abusing my staple gun?
:Beret Guy: No.
:Beret Guy: No.
:Cueball: [outside of scene, as voice from above] YES!
:God: [outside of scene, as voice from above] YES!
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Revision as of 11:34, 5 June 2013

The Staple Madness
Staple guns: because duct tape can't make that 'kaCHUNK' noise.
Title text: Staple guns: because duct tape can't make that 'kaCHUNK' noise.


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No apparent literary or scientific references, just a comic sketch.

Optimistic Beret can never take life seriously. He loves to play with everything, and nothing is more exciting than a tool that sticks things together with an impressive "kaChunk!" when you pull the trigger.

Unfortunately, Beret optimist gets addicted to the staple gun and attempts to use his new toy on everything in sight, even things that shouldn't be stapled. In the course of Beret's staple rampage, Cueball evidently gets stapled to the ceiling.

Beret hides the staple gun behind his back and lies about it when Megan returns, because he doesn't want her to confiscate it.

Oddly, Randall has missed the chance to make reference to the engineering truism: "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."


Beret Guy: I found Megan's staple gun!
[He holds up a staple gun.]
Cueball: [holding forehead] Oh no.
Cueball: [outside of the panel] OH GOD WHAT ARE YOU--
Beret Guy: [kneeling at laptop, stapling DVD to laptop] INSTALLING DEBIAN! KA CHUNK
Beret Guy: [running with staple gun] MUST AFFIX EVERYTHING TO EVERYTHING!
[Megan enters holding tote bag]
Megan: ...Have you been abusing my staple gun?
Beret Guy: No.
God: [outside of scene, as voice from above] YES!

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Is it possible that Beret Guy stapled Cueball to the ceiling? 19:30, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

No, it's not that easy to staple a man to the ceiling. And the original transcript is clear:
  • Man with Beret: NO.
  • God: [[outside of scene, as voice from above]] YES!
God tells Megan the truth, not Cueball.--Dgbrt (talk) 19:38, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
The power of staples is greater than what your mortal mind can comprehend. RedHatGuy68 (talk) 03:34, 14 April 2016 (UTC)
I think it's pretty obvious that Cueball is stapled to the ceiling, since he was in the first few frames, and then was no longer there at the end, and it seems like all of the frames occur in the same building. I doubt cueball would have just left, so I'm guessing it's probably him... Ceiling Cueball. 16:30, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

The comment from god is rather like dinosaur comics. 20:38, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

The whole "staple-crazy $HAT Guy" thing isn't as original as you'd think: [1]. Also, some of this is pertinent. Yep, Beret Guy is clearly Beriah (punny, eh?) as much as Black Hat is Aram. -- 09:32, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

my reading is that the "yes" comes from someone stapled to the ceiling . . . 20:31, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
Since he can do the ridiculous such as stapling an OS into a computer... Weatherlawyer (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

...there's no way that voice is actually God, I don't care what the transcript says. Having that be God would be non-sequitur and not all that funny, while if it was Cueball it would make sense and be quite funny. Just some random derp 23:58, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

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