799: Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking
Guys? The Town is supposed to be good, and I thou--' 'PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING DECLARES NEW FILM BEST IN ALL SPACE AND TIME' 'No, I just heard that--' 'SHOULD SCIENCE PLAY A ROLE IN JUDGING BEN AFFLECK?' 'I don't think--' 'WHAT ABOUT MATT DAMON?'
Title text: Guys? The Town is supposed to be good, and I thou--' 'PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING DECLARES NEW FILM BEST IN ALL SPACE AND TIME' 'No, I just heard that--' 'SHOULD SCIENCE PLAY A ROLE IN JUDGING BEN AFFLECK?' 'I don't think--' 'WHAT ABOUT MATT DAMON?'

[edit] Explanation

Stephen Hawking is a renowned theoretical physicist, and quite possibly the world's smartest human being. He is almost completely paralyzed due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and communicates with a speech generation box, as shown in the first panel. In this comic, he asks Cueball and Megan if they want to go see a movie, but they take it as a scientific declaration that they should go see a movie and have it published in a newspaper. In the final panel, Hawking is shown hanging his head in sadness since all he wanted to do was see a movie with his friends.

The title text continues the joke, with innocuous comments by Hawking interpreted as important revelations.

[edit] Transcript

[Stephen Hawking is facing a pair of people. His voice appears in a square machine readable font.]
Stephen Hawking: I thought maybe later we should go see a movie.
[The two people are running.]
[The front page of a newspaper appears instead of a third panel.]
Name of the paper - The Times
Main headline. - Physicist Stephen Hawking Suggests We See More Films
[A picture of Stephen Hawking is in the center of the page.]
Picture's caption. - Smartest Man Alive
Secondary headline. - What Does He Know That We Don't?
Large quote in article body. - Is this a warning?
[Stephen Hawking is sitting alone, looking depressed.]
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