Title text: Ok, plan B: Fly a kite into the blades, with a rock in a sling dangling below it, and create the world's largest trebuchet.
| This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: The title text is not clearly explained. How will it become a trebuchet by flying a kite into the wings? Where does the traction trebuchet come into the picture? The link to youtube seems to be wrong. It is a centrifuge not a trebuchet - although there are links to other videos about those from that youtube film?|
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In this comic, Megan is speaking to a wind turbine having an unrealistic ability to respond to her. (Megan is using a literary device known as apostrophe - ie. the personification of an inanimate object - and when this object actually responds it is called anthropomorphism - again a type of personification).
A wind turbine is a mechnanical device that generates power via the mechanical work produced from the turning of its blades by the wind, and converts it into electricity. A wind turbine is visually very similar to a fan, whose fan blades spin via electrical (or other) power in order to move air (i.e. create wind) to provide a cooling effect. In this way, a fan is essentially the opposite of a wind turbine.
The punchline of this comic is a pun which plays on a second meaning of the word "fan" as a colloquial short form for "fanatic" - someone who is a supporter of something (e.g. a football team, a band, an idea etc.).
Megan suggests that the wind turbine blow air at her so that she can use a kite to lift off the ground. When Megan asks what the turbine thinks of the idea, the turbine's response is both literal (it is a turbine, not a huge fan, and therefore can't blow air) and colloquial (the expression "I'm not a huge fan" is an example of understatement, commonly used to mean one actually does not like something).
Wind turbines have been used in earlier comics: In 556: Alternative Energy Revolution the wind turbines are also alive, but somewhat more dangerous than just being ironic. In 1119: Undoing, Cueball highlights the differences between a wind turbine and a fan.
The title text contains an alternative suggestion to build a makeshift trebuchet, a type of catapult. The setup described would not resemble the widely known counterweight trebuchet, as the energy rotating the arm and flinging the rock would not be from a raised counterweight. It would rather be more similar to a traction trebuchet.
- [Megan is talking to a giant wind turbine.]
- Megan: I'll hold up a big kite, and you blow air at me until I lift off!
- Megan: What do you think of that idea?
- Wind turbine: I'm not a huge fan.
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