No One Was Hurt
This comic was originally uploaded normally on the xkcd website as number 2642, before being taken down and replaced by 2642: Meta-Alternating Current. This was most likely done in response to the wave of shootings across the country during the 2022 US Independence Day celebrations, including a deadly mass shooting at the parade in Highland Park, Illinois which was recorded on video where people were injured and killed. So, a comic about 4th of July (Independence Day) celebrations where someone could have been hurt can be seen as in bad taste.
Ponytail is about to show Cueball and Megan a video of a dramatic accident from a 4th of July celebration, likely with fireworks, in which nobody ended up harmed. Randall suggests that being told nobody got hurt implies such a video will be particularly interesting or exciting. This is because if the disclaimer is needed, it implies that there was a certain degree of peril created by the events in the video, and this would typically create excitement for the viewer. Here is an example video in which probably no one was hurt.
The title text describes a particularly dramatic fireworks show interrupted by a tornado and thunderstorm, the joke being that the speaker seems more appreciative that it was recorded in slow-motion video than that nobody was harmed.
The Wikipedia article "Mass shootings in the United States" lists mass shootings in the USA, "List of mass shootings in the United States in 2022" more thoroughly lists those that happened in 2022, "Highland Park parade shooting" details the specific shooting in Illinois, and "Mass shootings in the United States" discusses US mass shootings instead of just listing them. The Gun Violence Archive website tracks mass shootings in the USA.
- [Ponytail is showing her phone to Cueball and Megan.]
- Ponytail: Okay, first of all, no one was hurt...
- [Caption below the panel]:
- How you know you're about to see a really good 4th of July video
add a comment! ⋅ add a topic (use sparingly)! ⋅ refresh comments!