Title text: New research shows over 60% of the financial collapse's toxic assets were created by power drills.
One common annoyance of renters is the inability to make simple changes to their dwelling, like drill a hole in a wall to hang a picture, without having to ask for permission or, if they fail to ask for permission, be charged to repair the hole. This is one reason that homeownership can be empowering, as it allows the owner to do anything they wish with their property. This can lead to mishaps however, as shown in the comic when Cueball drills holes in the house to prove his ownership, to the point of structural instability. Cueball's last statement expresses the fact that he was actually better off having someone who could dictate what could and could not be done with his residence.
The title text references the fact that 60% of the toxic assets involved in the United States housing bubble were houses, the construction of which typically involves the use of power drills (and other power tools) to construct the supports. This is an example of the misuse of statistics.
- [Cueball is in an empty room, on the phone with a friend.]
- Cueball: I've always rented, so this blows my mind—this house is mine? I own a building?
- Friend: Yup!
- Cueball: I could, like, decide to drill a hole in that wall there, and nobody could do anything about it?
- Friend: That's right!
- [Cueball, off the phone, stands in silence.]
- Ten hours later:
- [Cueball is standing next to a pile of rubble, on the phone with a friend.]
- Cueball: Can I come stay with you? My house has a... problem.
- Friend: Let me guess: you drilled holes in it until it collapsed?
- Cueball: I don't think I'm cut out for homeownership.