2153: Effects of High Altitude
|Effects of High Altitude|
Title text: If she'd lived in Flagstaff (elevation 6,903 feet), Cruella de Vil would only have needed 89 dalmatians for her coat.
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This comic starts out with a couple facts about high altitude:
- Water boils at 202 degrees F (94 degrees C), slightly lower than the baseline 212 degrees F (100 degrees C) it takes at sea level, due to the lower air pressure.
- Baseballs and golf balls fly slightly farther due to the lower air resistance and gravity.
- Sunburn develops faster due to the decreased atmosphere filtering out harmful rays.
It quickly degenerates into the comical and absurd applying this "slightly less" rule to everything
- Scrabble is a board game where each letter is assigned a point value based on their frequency of use in the edition's language. The comic claims all letters are worth 16% more (about 2 points more if applied to the shown "Q" tile) implying that the edition of scrabble used at higher altitude is designed for dialects where uncommon letters are used even less frequently. The normal values for the Scrabble tiles Q, X, and Y are 10, 8 and 4, respectively.
- A common adage states that breaking a mirror causes 7 years of bad luck. The comic claims that at higher altitudes, only 5 ½ years are caused. It is unclear whether this implies that people living at higher altitudes have more or less luck.
- Marketing campaigns will often state "X is the new Y" to draw the audience of X in toward the newer Y. When used with age, usually at 10 year intervals ("40 is the new 30" is the slogan referenced), it is an attempt to convince an older audience that they can share in an experience commonly associated with a younger audience. At higher elevations, the comic claims, people can use or do things designated for an even younger audience
- German band Nena's hit 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons in the English translation) is a song about a global nuclear war started by a large clump of balloons, taken to be an enemy aircraft. The comic affirms that, if launched from a higher altitude, it would only have taken 94 balloons to resemble an enemy aircraft.
- 4:20 is a code word for cannabis and has evolved in some circles to be the socially acceptable hour to consume cannabis. This has in turn evolved into a joke that when checking the time and finding it is exactly 4:20, people will add "blaze it" as a reference. The comic claims that, at higher altitudes, the socially acceptable time is 4:17.Marijuana jokes are made earlier. This joke is probably related to the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado.
- the 101 Dalmatians is a children's book and Disney franchise based on it, where the villain, Cruella de Vil, aims to capture and kill 99 dalmatian puppies to have the perfect spotted fur coat (the title comes from adding to them the two that try to save them). The comic claims that, at a higher altitude, she would only have needed 94, possibly implying that puppies at higher altitudes are bigger.
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