983: Privacy

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| titletext = Eventual headline: 'University Researchers Create Life in Lab! Darkness, Faulty Condoms Blamed.'
 
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==Transcript==
 
==Transcript==
 
:Dorm:
 
:Dorm:
:[A couple try to enter one person's dorm room.]
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:[An incredibly libidinous, extremely attractive couple try and enter one person's dorm room.]
 
:Locked.
 
:Locked.
  
 
:Other Dorm:
 
:Other Dorm:
:[The same couple in the other person's dorm room, where the roommate is sitting at a computer playing a game]
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:[The same couple in the other person's dorm room, where the roommate is sitting at a computer playing an MMO.]
:Roommate: I'll be done tuesday.
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:Roommate: I'll be done Tuesday.
 
:Roommate in raid
 
:Roommate in raid
  
 
:Library Rare Book Collection:
 
:Library Rare Book Collection:
:[Couple staring inside a room from outside. Nelson Mandela and other university workers inside the room, looking at various items]
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:[Libidinous couple staring inside the room from outside. Nelson Mandela and other university workers inside the room, looking at some extremely expensive items.]
 
:Occupied by tour for visiting Nelson Mandela
 
:Occupied by tour for visiting Nelson Mandela
  
 
:Accelerator Tunnel:
 
:Accelerator Tunnel:
:[Couple stares at a heavy, imposing door denying them entry]
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:[Couple stares at a heavy, imposing door denying them entry.]
 
:Sealed while beam is in operation.
 
:Sealed while beam is in operation.
  
 
:Beaver Lodge:
 
:Beaver Lodge:
:[Couple attempting to enter an occupied beaver lodge]
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:[Couple attempting to enter an occupied beaver lodge.]
 
:Frozen over for winter to keep out predators; only accessible via underwater entrance.
 
:Frozen over for winter to keep out predators; only accessible via underwater entrance.
  
 
:Hyperspace:
 
:Hyperspace:
:[Couple in front of a number of textbooks]
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:[Couple in front of a number of highly advanced physics textbooks.]
 
:Cueball: Are you ''sure?''
 
:Cueball: Are you ''sure?''
 
:Ruled out by current understanding of physics.
 
:Ruled out by current understanding of physics.

Revision as of 09:35, 18 October 2013

Privacy
Eventual headline: 'University Researchers Create Life in Lab! Darkness, Faulty Condoms Blamed.'
Title text: Eventual headline: 'University Researchers Create Life in Lab! Darkness, Faulty Condoms Blamed.'

Explanation

This comic is about Cueball and Megan attempting to find some privacy to "hook up", which is slang for engaging in sexual activity.

In the second frame, the female roommate of Megan's is currently in a raid, which is a phrase used in World of Warcraft and other Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games or MMORPGs. A Raid is a large gathering of players that work together to defeat a difficult enemy.

The Rare book collection in the library (frame 3) is usually deserted, so it would be perfect for sexual activity, but instead a tour is going through the area instead. It is unclear if the tour is visiting Nelson Mandela in the rare book section or Nelson Mandela is visiting the school and is getting a tour through the rare book section.

Next they try an accelerator tunnel that is in use, then a beaver lodge (the word "beaver" may reference the slang term for the vulva). With our current understanding of physics, there is neither the possibility of hyperspace existing, nor the possibility of getting there quickly.

In the title text, it indicates that the two found privacy for sex in the lab, but inadvertently got Megan pregnant. The title text is a pun on news titles about scientists who have created synthetic life in the lab. This eventual headline appears in a few 1037: Umwelt frames as "Scientists Create Life In Lab".

658: Orbitals is similar.

Transcript

Dorm:
[An incredibly libidinous, extremely attractive couple try and enter one person's dorm room.]
Locked.
Other Dorm:
[The same couple in the other person's dorm room, where the roommate is sitting at a computer playing an MMO.]
Roommate: I'll be done Tuesday.
Roommate in raid
Library Rare Book Collection:
[Libidinous couple staring inside the room from outside. Nelson Mandela and other university workers inside the room, looking at some extremely expensive items.]
Occupied by tour for visiting Nelson Mandela
Accelerator Tunnel:
[Couple stares at a heavy, imposing door denying them entry.]
Sealed while beam is in operation.
Beaver Lodge:
[Couple attempting to enter an occupied beaver lodge.]
Frozen over for winter to keep out predators; only accessible via underwater entrance.
Hyperspace:
[Couple in front of a number of highly advanced physics textbooks.]
Cueball: Are you sure?
Ruled out by current understanding of physics.
College Law #27:
The availability of private space is inversely proportional to the desirability of the hookup.
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Discussion

If your roommate's in a raid, he's not gonna turn around and notice you shacking up any time soon. World of Warcraft is serious business. Davidy22[talk] 06:55, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Is the transcript the original one? 108.162.216.45 21:51, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

No, the name Cueball is never mentioned by Randall. But in general it is close to the original one at all.--Dgbrt (talk) 22:23, 29 November 2013 (UTC)
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