889: Turtles

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You're a turtle!
Title text: You're a turtle!

[edit] Explanation

This comic is about the frivolousness of many modern problems. While an offscreen character is panicking over deleting a file, the turtle is content with just being a turtle. The text saying "turtles have it figured out, man" indicates that Randall appreciates this simpler mode of thought. The idea that computer problems are pointless when compared with the whole of life is similar to the sentiment expressed in the title text of 1173: Steroids.

[edit] Alternative Explanation and Correction

The "turtle" shown in the comic clearly has small legs instead of the flipper-ish limbs of turtles. this actually makes it a tortoise! Also, the lifespan of a tortoise is approximately twice (100-150 years) as long as that of a turtle(~80 years) . So,the organism which would look somewhat similar after 50 years must be a tortoise. An alternative explanation could be that the satisfaction of knowledge that the creature has poses an obstruction to his venturing out and finding its true identity. It was told that it's a turtle, thus, it continues to believe, even though it's wrong. The minor panicking of humans actually is a driving force of our sentience.

The title text is possibly a reference to 231: Cat Proximity.

The text at the bottom 'Turtles have it figured out, man' could be a reference to the turtle in Finding Nemo, who speaks in a similar manner.

[edit] Transcript

[There is a turtle.]
Off-panel: Oh, crap, I deleted the file!
[There is a turtle.]
Turtle (thinking): I am a turtle.
[There is a turtle.]
Off-panel: No, wait, there it is.
[There is a turtle.]
Turtle (thinking): I am a turtle.
[There is a turtle.]
50 Years Later:
Turtle (thinking): I am a turtle.
Turtles have it figured out, man.

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I don't think turtles possess that level of sentience, but whatever. Seems legit. Davidy²²[talk] 10:10, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

 :) - St.nerol (talk) 23:50, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Plot twist...off screen character is a turtle... (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I always interpreted it as the human spends their short life worrying about the smallest of things, yet eve a long time after the events of this the turtle is perfectly fine being such - and has all the time in the world to do so. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

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