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Cueball is looking at a mushroom, and Megan tells him that genetically, mushrooms are closer to animals than to plants - both animals and fungi are part of the Opisthokont group, while plants are in Archaeplastida with the algae. Megan then walks away, and Cueball, after a while, stops looking at the mushroom and walks away too. When Cueball has his back turned, the mushroom growls, and Cueball turns his head back to look at the mushroom. This is a bit of absurdist humor; while mushrooms are technically more animal-like than plant-like (eukaryotic organisms that resperate and don't photosynthesize) fungi are still so far removed from animals they wouldn't have any of the body parts needed to growl. Cueball's shock and astonishment is quite justified.
The title text takes this further, by stating that mushrooms are technically a type of ghost. Arguably, since they arise from decaying remains. The title text may refer to 1475: Technically.
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- [Cueball is squatting in front of a group of mushrooms, putting his hand to a larger mushroom. Megan is standing behind him.]
- Cueball: Mushrooms are so weird.
- Megan: You know, evolutionarily, they're closer to being animals than to plants.
- [Megan starts walking away.]
- Cueball: ...Really?
- Megan: Yup!
- [Cueball is still squatting, alone, in a borderless panel.]
- [Cueball stands up]
- [Cueball starts walking away.]
- Mushroom: Grrrr
- [Cueball snaps his head around to look at the mushroom again.]
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