478: The Staple Madness

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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.

Explanation

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."


Transcript

Man with Beret: I FOUND MEGAN'S STAPLE GUN! [holds up staple gun]
Man: [holding forehead] OH NO.
Man: [outside of the panel] OH GOD WHAT ARE YOU--
Man with Beret: [kneeling at laptop, stapling DVD to laptop] INSTALLING DEBIAN! <<KA CHUNK>>
Man with Beret: SANDWICHES! <<ka CHUNK ka CHUNK>>
Man with Beret: [running with staple gun] MUST AFFIX EVERYTHING TO EVERYTHING
<<ka CHUNK ka CHUNK ka CHUNK ka CHUNK ka CHUNK ka CHUNK>>
[Megan enters holding tote bag]
Megan: ...HAVE YOU BEEN ABUSING MY STAPLE GUN?
Man with Beret: NO.
God: [outside of scene, as voice from above] YES!
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Discussion

Is it possible that Beret Guy stapled Cueball to the ceiling? 71.135.43.118 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:
  • Megan: ...HAVE YOU BEEN ABUSING MY STAPLE GUN?
  • 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 comment from god is rather like dinosaur comics.78.144.232.6 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. --79.241.123.239 09:32, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

my reading is that the "yes" comes from someone stapled to the ceiling . . . 108.162.225.135 20:31, 22 April 2014 (UTC)


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