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Super Bowl
My hobby: Pretending to miss the sarcasm when people show off their lack of interest in football by talking about 'sportsball' and acting excited to find someone else who's interested, then acting confused when they try to clarify.
Title text: My hobby: Pretending to miss the sarcasm when people show off their lack of interest in football by talking about 'sportsball' and acting excited to find someone else who's interested, then acting confused when they try to clarify.


In this comic, Cueball explains that even though he does not care about sports and is tempted to be scornful about others' obsession with it, he understands that people feel vulnerable about stuff they care about. Since other people tolerate his interest in odd things like meteorology and the Philae lander (see 1324: Weather and 1446: Landing), he recognizes that he should show the same consideration to them - implicitly an invocation of Immanuel Kant's categorical imperative, which, although it makes no reference to the Superbowl, specifies the general maxim Cueball is following here.

In the last frame, he suggests that the value of friendship trumps the discomfort of watching human activities that seem uninteresting to him - and that the snacks also help ameliorate his discomfort.

The title text continues the 'my hobby' trope: here, Cueball creates discomfort for people who scornfully refer to football as 'sportball' by calling their bluff and pretending to be interested in this imaginary sport. A person who does not even know that sportball is imaginary is clearly even more uninterested in sport than someone who just scorns football. Feigning interest in this imaginary sport exposes their snobbishness. This hobby does not embody a commitment to Kant's categorical imperative, since the pleasure Cueball takes in it presumably arrives from the discomfort caused by his feigned confusion.

In a distant past, Cueball spent his time differently during the 60: Super Bowl.


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[standing Cueball]
Cueball: I don't know much about sports, which can be culturally isolating, so it's tempting to get vocal and defensive about not following them.
Cueball: Caring about something makes people vulnerable, so not caring gives you power.
[picture of weather map and Philae spacecraft in the background]
But i know things I'm into don't always sound interesting to 100% of the people around me, and it means a lot when they sometimes try to listen anyway - and maybe even find themselves sharing some of my excitement!
[standing Cueball]
Cueball: So while everyone is going on about the super bowl on sunday, let me tell you what I'll be doing:
[standing Cueball]
Cueball: Listening!
Cueball: Hooray for friendship!
Cueball: Also, eating snacks.
Cueball: Hooray for snacks!

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