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Mail
I'm on the USPS no fly list
Title text: I'm on the USPS no fly list

[edit] Explanation

We see Cueball on a phone with someone who sends various strange things through postal mail. The third panel is a pun on the usage of the phrase 'a lot of time.' Normally, this means that something will take a while to finish; in this case, however, it means it is literally a large quantity of time that is being sent.

Quantizing time ("discrete packets of time") is a theory that time is not continuous like as particles in the quantum mechanics. It could be one of the big mistakes in modern science, but feels as if there's more to it, in the world of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

The title text states that due to his habit of mailing strange things, he has been barred from sending mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS).

A no fly list is a list of people that are not allowed to use commercial airlines for travel in the United States. It is maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center. Here the person sending strange objects through mail is on the USPS no-fly-list for people. The joke here is that USPS does not have such list for people. There is a list of items banned from being shipped by USPS, which includes most consumer electronics with lithium batteries.

[edit] Transcript

Phone: Do you think I could mail a running chainsaw to someone?
Cueball: I doubt it.
Phone: What about a baby's first word?
Cueball: Look, your obsession with sending strange things through the mail is getting out of hand.
Phone: Can you mail a blank stare?
Phone: A dizzying height?
Phone: Pi?
Cueball: ...
Phone: Well, did you at least get that package of time I sent you?
Cueball: I ... you ... no, I didn't.
Phone: Well, there was a lot of it, so it will probably take a while.
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Discussion

How about a bobcat?108.162.219.202 05:57, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

No, but live scorpions are: http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c5_007.htm --173.245.52.205 15:36, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

I think it's black hat guy on the other end of the phone line. 108.162.221.45 20:47, 20 January 2014 (UTC)
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