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Move Fast and Break Things
I was almost fired from a job driving the hearse in funeral processions, but then the funeral home realized how much business I was creating for them.
Title text: I was almost fired from a job driving the hearse in funeral processions, but then the funeral home realized how much business I was creating for them.

Explanation

Move fast and break things is a saying common in science and engineering industries. In context, it means that making mistakes is a natural part of developing ground-breaking technologies and is nothing to worry about. In contrast, the jobs listed in the comic are all ones where safety is critically important and taking this saying literally would be a very bad idea.

The title text posits a morbid scenario where Cueball keeps running over funeral attendees, generating the need for more funerals.

Transcript

Ambox notice.png This transcript is incomplete. Please help editing it! Thanks.

[Cueball sits in a chair in a job interview with Ponytail]

Cueball: My motto is "Move fast and break things."

Jobs I've been fired from:

Fedex driver
Crane operator
Surgeon
Air Traffic Controller
Pharmacist
Museum Curator
Waiter
Dog Walker
Oil Tanker Captain
Violinist
Mars Rover Driver
Massage Therapist


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