1858: 4th of July
|4th of July|
Title text: Strangely, they still celebrate by eating hot dogs. Since they don't have mouths, they just kinda toss them in the air and let them fall back down into their propeller blades. It's pretty messy.
In the United States, the 4th of July is celebrated as Independence Day. This comic claims to show the timeline of different activities that are used to celebrate the holiday. One common activity is to watch fireworks displays. With the rise of personal drones there have been several videos of fireworks from drones, including flying the drones through the middle of the display. The comic then purports that starting in the year it was published (2017), fireworks and drones will be at some sort of war with each other, starting with drone pilots leading their drones into the path of the rising fireworks before they explode, leading to fireworks technicians intentionally trying to strike down drones. In 2019, Randall posits that the drones will be weaponized with fireworks and competitions will be held to shoot down your opponents' drone. This wanton destruction of drones leads them to turn against their pilots and humanity in 2020 (after gaining sentience, presumably by their AI evolving through the competition), and then in 2021, they will be celebrating their Independence Day from the humans. As of 2021, drones are not going to overthrow humans.
Despite the many unfortunate events that happened in 2020, sentient firework-armed drones overthrowing humans was not one of them.
The title text refers to another popular 4th of July activity in the United States: Barbecues with fare such as hot dogs and hamburgers. But since the drones don't have mouths or a digestive tract, they simply make a mess by using their rotors as a blender.
- [One single panel is shown. The header reads:]
- 4th of July activities
- 2014 - Watching fireworks
- 2015 - Watching fireworks from drones
- 2016 - Flying drones through fireworks
- 2017 - Intercepting fireworks with drones
- 2018 - Competitions to hit drones with fireworks
- 2019 - Teams compete to shoot down each other's firework-armed drones
- 2020 - Sentient firework-armed drones overthrow humans
- 2021 - Drones celebrate independence day
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