Talk:2802: Fireflies

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I can't remember another XKCD which has gray-scale figures. -- Dtgriscom (talk) 01:46, 15 July 2023 (UTC)

I think 2386: Ten Years also had gray-scale figures, but just for one panel. --nixstyx (talk) 02:37, 15 July 2023 (UTC)
Yup: very sad. 02:20, 15 July 2023 (UTC)

another suggestion for “shadow flies”: in certain interpretations of quantum physics entities in other possible worlds are referred to as “shadow ___” (e.g. “shadow photons”). 04:23, 15 July 2023 (UTC)

I expect a visitor flood to [1]. ~ Megan she/her talk/contribs 07:24, 15 July 2023 (UTC)

When I saw this, especially the last panel which is reminiscent of the night sky scene in, I thought it was Randall and his wife.  So how and when do we know when we are seeing Cueball and Megan and not Randall and Mrs. Randall?  Or are Megan and Cueball their in-universe stand-ins? RAGBRAIvet (talk) 00:01, 16 July 2023 (UTC)

Wow. I can't remember the last time Randall shared a "romance" comic. Shamino (talk) 23:42, 16 July 2023 (UTC)

Maybe Earth 2 doesn't really have any darkness, in which case their shadowflies might be equally enchanting to them as fireflies are to us. 08:27, 17 July 2023 (UTC)


I’d love to understand what’s going on with the “starving” comment. Are fireflies starving themselves to get that enzyme to work? Ptdecker (talk) 08:04, 15 July 2023 (UTC)

I can't currently see "starving" anywhere. (Old edit?) Unless you misread "They're starting"..?

What's the "fatty acid enzyme trick" that Megan mentions? --NeatNit (talk) 11:46, 15 July 2023 (UTC)

Fireflies are disappearing on our planet. So one read I'm having of this comic is the ecological impact we, humans are having on the planet and other species.

~ dmathieu


In The Best of the Journal of Irreproducible Results (page 180) there's an article "Definition of a Darkbulb" by James L. DeLucas, which would be relevant to the idea that "shadowflies" might generate darkness in their surroundings beyond merely absorbing incident light. But I can't find a linkable copy of the article. BunsenH (talk) 15:55, 16 July 2023 (UTC)
ProphetZarquon (talk) 16:51, 16 July 2023 (UTC)
I did find that one. But it's a poor reproduction of the original, with ADDED CAPITALIZATIONS of words that aren't even emphasized in the original, and lacking the accompanying illustrations. And the ".asc" filetype isn't ideal either; in these decadent days, it's not recognized as an (ASCII) text file by my Windows box. BunsenH (talk) 02:13, 17 July 2023 (UTC)

wow this came out the Day I saw fireflies in a long while GetPunnedOn (talk) 22:57, 17 July 2023 (UTC)

Earth 2

I remember there was a TV series by the name Earth 2 ( ), not sure if this is of relevance here but I immediately thought of it when I read the title text. It's too long for me to remember if there where any shadowflies occurring, but perhaps somebody has better knowledge than I do


Ah, so Earth 2's infested by the Vashta Nerada? That would certainly constitute grounds for feeling sorry for them. Whoop whoop pull up (talk) 11:18, 10 November 2023 (UTC)