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.
Megan is speaking to a wind turbine which in real life would have no ability to respond to her, so this is an example of anthropomorphism — attributing the qualities of human beings to animals or objects.
A wind turbine is a mechanical 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 and create wind. 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 blows 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 because it's a turbine and not a huge fan, meaning actually that it doesn't like this idea.
The title text contains an alternative suggestion of building a makeshift trebuchet, a type of catapult. The idea is that when the kite's string gets tangled in the turbine's blades, the kite will be spun around and it will fling the attached rock. The setup seems similar to a traction trebuchet, rather than the more common counterweight trebuchet.
- [Megan is talking to a 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.
- 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.
- Trebuchets has been the subject of the comics 382: Trebuchet and 1160: Drop Those Pounds, and they were also part of the story in 1190: Time.
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