506: Theft of the Magi
|Theft of the Magi|
Title text: Every Roomba needs a dueling harness.
This comic is a satirical play on O Henry's short story The Gift of the Magi. In O Henry's story, a couple with very little money go to great lengths to show purchase gifts for one another. The wife sells her prized possession, her hair, to purchase a fancy chain for her husband's prize possession, a watch; while the husband sells his watch to purchase some fancy hair accessories (clips/combs) for his wife. The story is about selflessness, as each party sold their prize possession to purchase something to enhance the other's prize possession.
In this comic however, the opposite occurs: Black Hat sold Danish's Roomba (an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner) to buy a new game for his Xbox, while Danish sold Black Hat's Xbox to buy a "dueling harness" for her Roomba, highlighting their possibly mutually destructive selfishness.
- [Black Hat is holding up a video game. Danish is holding up a harness.]
- Black Hat: Hey. I sold your Roomba on Craigslist so I could buy myself Left 4 Dead.
- Danish: But I eBayed your XBox so I could get this dueling harness for my Roomba!
- Black Hat: Aww.
- Danish: Aww.