Talk:2339: Pods vs Bubbles

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Jump to: navigation, search

What's a "pod"? Incoherent comic. 15:31, 29 July 2020 (UTC)

A pea pod? It's a protected family unit of peas. 01:07, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

According to this New York Times article, it has to do with families forming groups during quarantine. "One idea that some families are considering — and that infectious disease epidemiologists think might be a smart way to balance mental health needs with physical safety — is to create quarantine “pods” or “bubbles,” in which two or three families agree to socialize with one another but no one else. In a pod, families hang out together, often without regard to social distancing — but outside of the pod, they follow recommended social distancing rules." --Borgendorf (talk) 16:01, 29 July 2020 (UTC)

From context, especially the reference to Canada, I take it that Pod is the US term (more predominantly) for the situation that Canada may (and UK does) mostly call a Bubble. It may be a good sign that the person who wants to Bubble/Pod comes from the place where the situation is worse (US v Canada, at least). In the UK we used (and still do) the term Key Workers for what others may call Essential Workers (asked to continue to work, even in lock-down, and ideally take more care outside of work to prevent forcing them into deeper isolation), which was especially funny when applied to a locksmith on contract with the health service... 16:22, 29 July 2020 (UTC)

I don't think this is a US-Canada thing. I'm an American (Californian more specifically) and I've heard both terms commonly. 19:50, 29 July 2020 (UTC)

I think we should start a category of comics in which Randall/Cueball interacts with (or imagines interacting with) his past self or someone from the past -- some of them are literally time travel comics (e.g. 2280: 2010 and 2020 and 2220: Imagine Going Back in Time), but others are not, at least not directly (like this one, or 2302: 2020 Google Trends). Some ideas for the category name: "Retrospectives", "Comics featuring perspectives from the past", "Comics imagining what the past might think of the present"...I'm not wild about any of these; does anyone else have other suggestions? --NotaBene (talk) 18:15, 29 July 2020 (UTC)

I swear I thought this was about Tide Pods or such. I just figured that Canada products called them "bubbles". 05:20, 30 July 2020 (UTC) They're like a pod of peas: You're protected and secluded inside a pea or bean pod. 01:07, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

When the second wave hit Victoria (Australia), and a border closure with NSW was being considered/announced, there were jokes that (as a shibboleth) travellers will be asked to identify a food item and denied entry if they call it a "potato cake" (the food is called "potato scallop" or just "scallop" in most of NSW). Sabik (talk) 08:06, 30 July 2020 (UTC)

Here in France, there's a surge of cases in the département (county/district) of Mayenne. Typically French licence plates have an F on the extreme left, and the département logo/number on the extreme right. However there is no actual law that states that the number on the licence plate must be the same as the one the car is from, only that it is illegal to modify plates in any way (such as covering the département number with the BZH (Brittany) flag or other such regional things. It's a clever little ruse that a number of people living in Mayenne have changed their licence plates to pretty much anything that isn't 53, so when they drive around outside of the département, people aren't like "oh my god, plague!". Given this, and the sheer number of little winding back roads and farm tracks only suitable for tractors and 2CVs, it'll be interesting should they decide to lock down Mayenne. I live near the border (on the outside) so I'll go grab a face mask and a bag of popcorn... 15:18, 30 July 2020 (UTC)

I've also heard "cohort" or "cohorting" to be used as well. I wonder what Randall would think of that? 06:45, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

That feeling when "the opinion" is incoherent for me even now. 07:32, 31 July 2020 (UTC) Never - hitherto - encountered "pod" in this context...however, given that I'd already been commenting on how twatty "bubble" sounded, I'm going to start forcibly introducing it as aggressively as I can possibly manage. I've no real justification for this. 21:51, 3 August 2020 (UTC)