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Plus, time's all weird in there, so most of it probably broke down and decomposed hundreds of years ago. Which reminds me, I've been meaning to get in touch with Yucca Mountain to see if they're interested in a partnership.
Title text: Plus, time's all weird in there, so most of it probably broke down and decomposed hundreds of years ago. Which reminds me, I've been meaning to get in touch with Yucca Mountain to see if they're interested in a partnership.

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Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Does it need more on the title text regarding nuclear waste.

Black Hat is, once again, thoroughly confusing Cueball, (like for instance in 908: The Cloud and others). This time, when inquired about a chute extruding from his wardrobe, Black Hat explains that it is a garbage chute into another dimension. Apparently these kind of portals appear on about half of all the furniture that Black Hat buys, and he is kinda annoyed about it. (This sounds more like something Beret Guy would encounter, although he would for sure have reacted very differently than Black Hat). It would be interesting to know whether all the portals leads into the same alternative world/dimension, but it seems Black Hat is not interested in visiting these worlds, but is just annoyed about his broken furniture.

Cueball assumes that this is a reference to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. In the books the characters use different portals to get into Narnia, and in the first book the children find the portal inside an old wardrobe, and they use it at least three times to travel into Narnia. Narnia is a children's book and is a magical world so Cueball is appalled to learn that Black Hat dumps his trash in Narnia.

Black Hat confirms that it is Narnia, and explains how this is a great time-saver for him, as he can easily get rid of his trash. But as it seems he never enters this portal himself, it could be a portal into any of the many different worlds in different dimensions that are mentioned in the Narnia books. Only three of them are ever visited though, but in the book The Magician's Nephew (a prequel to the first book), it is revealed that there is a way station in between all these different worlds, a forest with many lakes where each lake leads into a different world. This forest was referenced in 1352: Cosmologist on a Tire Swing.

If it is Narnia, then the huge cat he refers to is Aslan, a Magical lion that represents God in Narnia. In his Lion form he sometimes walks around in Narnia and he watches over Narnia, but not all the time. It is revealed in the last book that he is also the guardian of the other worlds, where he has different names and take on different appearances, so he is actually a representation of God, but always a benevolent God.

Aslan, or any other large cat or inhabitants of such a different world, would probably be really pissed that someone is throwing their trash there. He would probably try to stop this by any means necessary, even if that means coming up through a trash chute into another dimension. But, because lions are a type of cat (feline), apparently he can be repelled with an ordinary spray bottle, usually used on small house cats. It would be unlikely to work on a lion, especially if the lion was a representation of God, the same God as in Black Hat's world.

If one cares about the rules of the Narnia continuity, this comic would have to be set during the books, because in the last book Narnia ceases to exist. The wardrobe in the first book only worked sometimes, and after the first book it could never be used again. Had this been such a wardrobe then it would just fill with trash, so this could not be that wardrobe. If this comic is set in the present, then this could be explained by letting the portal be into any of the other worlds mentioned in Narnia (a world with either Aslan, or another big cat). But even if it was always open, then it doesn't actually suck anything in so it's not clear the trash would get over to the other side; it could if Black Hat pushed down on it and pressed some of it over the border to the other portal. And that would solve this problem as mentioned in the title text.

In the title text the fact that time passes much faster in Narnia than on Earth is mentioned. (Time does not pass at a constant rate compared to Earth time.) This could also be the case even if Black Hat's world would be a different one than Narnia. So everything that is actually pushed to the other side of the portal would be disposed of very efficiently as within just a few Earth minutes, the trash could completely decompose. This would then explain how Black Hat can keep pushing more stuff into the other world. Anything getting over the border will vanish before he comes with his next trash bag.

In the title text Yucca Mountain is mentioned. This is a reference to Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, a proposed nuclear waste repository that has been abandoned at present time. Black Hat wants to contact those that wish to make such a repository and let them dispose of their radioactive waste through his "magical" portal, likely to make a profit for himself. If throwing trash into Narnia is terrible, what then about radioactive waste... Of course in Earth time it would then soon have decayed to back ground levels... This is thus another jab at all the worlds environmental problems, in relation to all the comics about climate change! This comic could be a take on humans dumping waste in the "endless" oceans, more specifically Ocean disposal of radioactive waste, which is a huge problem today.

The portal to Narnia was previously featured in 665: Prudence and 969: Delta-P, and the different passage of time was mentioned in 821: Five-Minute Comics: Part 3).

Transcript

[Cueball looking at garbage chute attached to wardrobe. A Black Hat answers him from off panel.]
Cueball: What's this thing on your wardrobe?
Black Hat (off-panel): Garbage chute.
[In a frame-less panel Cueball has turned away from the wardrobe (now off-panel) and he walks towards Black Hat.]
Cueball: Into a wardrobe?
Black hat: There's some sort of portal to a magical land in there. Half the furniture I get has them-it's kinda a pain.
[Cueball stops walking closer to Black Hat.]
Cueball: You dump your trash in Narnia?
Black Hat: Yeah, it's a real time-saver.
Black Hat: There's a huge cat in there, but I have a spray bottle I use when he tries to come up through the chute.


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