1503: Squirrel Plan

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Squirrel Plan
[Halfway to the Sun ...] Heyyyy ... what if this BALLOON is full of acorns?!
Title text: [Halfway to the Sun ...] Heyyyy ... what if this BALLOON is full of acorns?!

Explanation

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Transcript

There are three squirrels. One is suspended from a balloon. The other two are standing on the ground, looking up at it.

Squirrel on right: Once you've chewed a hole in the sun, shoot the balloon to fall back to earth, then pull the parachute ripcord to land.

Squirrel holding balloon: Are you sure it's full of acorns?

Squirrel on right: Look how bright and magnificent it is! What else could be in there?

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Discussion

Reminds me of the Ice Age squirrel Mikemk (talk) 06:02, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Also reminiscent of the star wars scene in Kingmen 108.162.249.162 06:16, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Um ya, like why didn't those balloons have a pressure release valve instead of blowing up? A relatively cheap device could have aided that character immensely.Jarod997 (talk) 12:47, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Clunky prototype? (And/or they want the maximum amount of elevation. Any presseure release valve would give a safe(r) ceiling of operation lower than the "just before the pop" one they theoretically have, as is. It's still a design-flaw, though, if there's no effective warning of balloon failure, and you're now left swinging on the other, on-the-edge-of-failing, one. And now with only half the lift. Yeah, clunky. Yeah, I've thought about this a little, already.) 141.101.98.192 13:06, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Though as soon as the first balloon popped you'd start loosing altitude - due to half of your lift disappearing. So the question comes up - how did the second balloon pop? ;) And as a side note - if you catch the pan around the control room right after our hero dispatches the nerd villain, you'll see a corpse with a head. Jarod997 (talk) 13:27, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Obviously there was a squirrel... ;) 141.101.98.192 21:40, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

I think the squirrels are just a vehicle for the joke, which is poking fun at "obvious" conclusions based on personal beliefs. 108.162.249.162 06:48, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Absolutely - the current first line of explanation fails, as squirrels being stupid is not a joke. 141.101.99.49 07:18, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

"...due to the expansion of the acorns inside." I love you guys. 141.101.104.89 07:57, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

We know 108.162.216.39 08:54, 25 March 2015 (UTC)BK201

This comic puts me in mind of the simplistic plot points and devices of a lot of modern scifi movies ... poking fun at them the same way as "Scorcher" from Tropic Thunder does ...--198.41.239.38 09:30, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

I'd say the squirrels are a stand-in for ancient humans. Their understanding of the world and what is obvious reflects their pre-scientific state of knowledge. Their interests as squirrels have affected their conclusions, just as humans have projected their interests on what they interpret the sun to be (source of acorns instead of a sun god). I'm pretty sure the "halfway to the sun" part refers to a point where they think they're halfway but probably aren't even close to leaving the atmosphere, drawing parallels again to ancient human assumptions (the sun and moon are small orbs that are just high in the sky). 108.162.225.80 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Alternatively, it might be referring to people assuming the sun is golden in some literal fashion. What else could the sun be made of, if it's so gloriously radiant and stuff? 108.162.216.109 13:02, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Agreed. Or possibly replace "ancient" with "superstitious" - or even nothing at all for that matter to apply to humans in general - and I'll agree with you even more. 141.101.80.70 09:47, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

I think it's also worth mentioning that the real sun is "full of" hydrogen and helium. The same is true for real squirrel lifting balloons. 108.162.230.161 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It's possible that the comic is a commentary on the human condition, constantly reaching out for some grand goal, that is both unreachable, and even if reached is shown to be far less grand then previously thought. 108.162.210.237 15:26, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

I don't think the squirrel in the picture is actually halfway to the sun. I think the title text is a hypothetical future event, and that the description is overthinking things. 108.162.216.106 16:50, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Is it a possibility that the squirrels represent the government or similar entity? -- Mikemk (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Not quite sure i like the explanation about acorns obviously not being able to contribute to flying. Not because i think they can, but because the exact same argument could be used for a jet engine on a plane as those are also heavy. 141.101.75.53 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

maybe the acorns are pushing on the quantum vacuum virtual plasma? 108.162.241.18 23:34, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

I seriously suspect this has something to do with 1356: Orbital Mechanics 173.245.56.185 10:06, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

I think that the balloon of the title text is a reference to earth herself : the analogy must be natural to a squirrel believing the sun is an accorn field... 108.162.229.250 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I am fairly sure this comic is to mock humanity's tendency to assume what they first think of to be fact. This could also be about religion but I probably shouldn't mention that. Too many fights. The Goyim speaks (talk) 14:18, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

I think Randall's squirrels are cute. A Montrealer 173.245.52.191 00:35, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Dropping squirrel research I haven't found. Dropping cats I found here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RtWbpyjJqrU And freefalling astronauts, too! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VJcno_XL4RU NoniMausa (talk) 12:12, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

What scene in Kingsman: TSS is this similar to? I've seen the movie but durned if I can recall anything remotely like this comic happening in it. 108.162.216.192

Read the very first cascade of comments at the top of this page to jog your memory, perhaps? It may have been a technical sideline to the main action, at that point, but it wasn't Blink And You'd Miss It, either.... (For the record, I don't think it's an intended reference. Because all the meme really shares is the balloon bit. But I won't say it definitely isn't, either.) 141.101.98.131 18:52, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Alternate Explanation: The two landed squirrels are trying to get rid of the squirrel attached to the balloon. 162.158.74.105 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)