875: 2009 Called
Title text: 2017 called, but I couldn't understand what they were saying over all the screams.
The comic deconstructs a snowclone or common idiom - "X called, they want their Y back." Usually, X is a year (like 2009 here), and Y is something very popular in that year that is seen as ridiculous in the present day.
Here, Megan notices a Three-Wolf Moon T-shirt that Cueball apparently owns. The Three-Wolf Moon is a shirt of three wolves howling at the moon that reached meme status when several people posted ironic reviews giving it supernatural powers on Amazon around late 2008.
Megan says the snowclone, but before she can finish, Cueball pretends to take it literally (that is, that the year 2009 actually called her) and admonishes her for not telling them about the February 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The comic was posted shortly after the latter, so it is reasonable to assume that it was created as a response to the disaster. Knowing Cueball, he's either preempting Megan's attempt to humiliate him and giving her a pretty good burn, or Cueball, being Cueball, actually thinks the past called.
The title text continues the snowclone by implying a terrible future awaits in 2017. Likewise, non-apocalyptic events, such as political protests, can generate "yelling and screaming". Given the public's general inclination to focus on the negative the prediction of a "bad future" may have worked with any date.
- [Cueball is at computer. Megan is standing behind him, looking at clothes on the floor.]
- Megan: Is this a three wolf moon shirt?
- Megan: Dude, 2009 called, and they-
- Cueball: OH MY GOD!
- Cueball: DID YOU WARN THEM?
- Cueball: ABOUT HAITI AND JAPAN?
- Megan: What? No, I-
- Cueball: You ASSHOLE!
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