699: Trimester

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Trimester
Also, it's not like anyone actually calls up the Nobel committee to double-check things.
Title text: Also, it's not like anyone actually calls up the Nobel committee to double-check things.

[edit] Explanation

Some pregnancies are different than others, but a universal truth except in cases of Cesarean section is that a baby will always exit a woman's body through the vagina. Cueball is wearing a white lab coat and holding a clipboard, looking like a doctor, telling Megan that until the second trimester, the baby may decide instead to exit through the anus or mouth, which in reality can't happen. The use of the word "trimester" (both in comic title and in Cueball's speech) further reinforces the impression of the Cueball being a medical professional, as this word is rarely used outside of the medical field and many lay people tend to learn it only when they encounter pregnancy situation in the course of their lives. It is an example of the use of a technical jargon in order to sound more credible. The caption reveals the truth, that Cueball simply bought the lab coat, he is not a doctor, and is either pranking Megan, or is impersonating a physician for some other reason.

The expectation that a person in a white coat is a medical expert, or at least a scientist, can be seen in the studies of the placebo effect: people who receive a "sugar pill" from a person who has the authority implied by wearing a lab coat will experience a greater placebo effect than those who receive identical pills from a person in mufti. So doctors wear a white coat in clinic, and the expectation is reinforced. In some medical schools students receive a white coat as part of their graduation and qualification ceremony.

The title text implies also that in addition to faking being a doctor, he has also faked being a Nobel laureate, on the logic that people will not choose to verify this claim.

[edit] Transcript

Cueball: Well, until the second trimester, the baby hasn't decided which opening it will exit through.
Megan: What?
Cueball: We'll hope for one of the lower ones, so it won't be fighting gravity.
Did you know you can just BUY lab coats?


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Discussion

You don't need to call up the Nobel committee, just check Wikipedia. Also, how did Cueball manage to infiltrate the hospital? Benjaminikuta (talk) 18:29, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Checking Wikipedia would be just that, checking. Going straight to the source (the Nobel committee) would be double checking... Mumiemonstret (talk) 11:10, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
If he were simply pranking Megan as a doctor, he would be checking her patellar reflexes, or looking into her eyes with an ophthalmoscope, or having her say Ahhhh while he looked into her throat with a tongue depressor. The fact that he has chosen to pretend to be an Obstetrician/Gynecologist suggests some ulterior motives. 108.162.219.171 04:27, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
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