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Though there are a significant proportion of the population who seem to have returned being oblivious to the pandemic (or have stayed there, though it all) and eagerly socialise, often grossly breaking rules laid down to protect people, this gathering may have been mooted as a 'Covid-safe' gathering within the advice applicable to their locale (and time, as this is for "when it is all over"), and the narrowing space is perhaps even a surprise to most of them.
 
Though there are a significant proportion of the population who seem to have returned being oblivious to the pandemic (or have stayed there, though it all) and eagerly socialise, often grossly breaking rules laid down to protect people, this gathering may have been mooted as a 'Covid-safe' gathering within the advice applicable to their locale (and time, as this is for "when it is all over"), and the narrowing space is perhaps even a surprise to most of them.
  
The title text references a scene from ''{{w|Star Wars IV}}'' which also takes place in a trash compactor. Han Solo utters this quip shortly after they bail out of a fire fight and land in the trash. As in the comic, the characters are not enthused about being pushed ever closer together, and seek to push back on the walls before being crushed.
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The trash compactor scenario is a TV and film {{tvtrope|TheWallsAreClosingIn|trope}}. The title text references a high-profile instance of the trope from the original {{w|Star Wars (film)|''Star Wars'' film}} (later retitled ''Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope''). Han Solo utters this quip shortly after he and several other main characters bail out of a fire fight and land in a room full of trash. The walls then start closing in and, as in the comic, the characters are not enthused about being pushed ever closer together, and seek to push back on the walls before being crushed.
  
 
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Revision as of 03:44, 26 January 2021

Trash Compactor Party
What an incredible smell you've discovered.
Title text: What an incredible smell you've discovered.

Explanation

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This comic is another in a series of comics related to the 2020 pandemic of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

Randall has gotten tired of social distancing and wants to do the exact opposite when he can. The exact opposite of social distancing would be being crushed together by some sort of compactor.

Cueball and Megan are trying to push the walls of the trash compactor back in order to prevent it from pushing them closer to other people. The other attendees appear to be anxiously shying away from the inexorably increasing proximity of both of their neighbouring guests. This reflects the common current trend for many normal people to maintain exagerated personal space when meeting or passing other people out and about, compared with the pre-COVID era.

Though there are a significant proportion of the population who seem to have returned being oblivious to the pandemic (or have stayed there, though it all) and eagerly socialise, often grossly breaking rules laid down to protect people, this gathering may have been mooted as a 'Covid-safe' gathering within the advice applicable to their locale (and time, as this is for "when it is all over"), and the narrowing space is perhaps even a surprise to most of them.

The trash compactor scenario is a TV and film Template:tvtrope. The title text references a high-profile instance of the trope from the original Star Wars film (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope). Han Solo utters this quip shortly after he and several other main characters bail out of a fire fight and land in a room full of trash. The walls then start closing in and, as in the comic, the characters are not enthused about being pushed ever closer together, and seek to push back on the walls before being crushed.

Transcript

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[From left to right, Megan (sitting), Science Girl, White Hat, Ponytail, and Cueball are having a party. There are two machines on either side of the scene, moving the walls on the left and right ever-closer in. The machines have pistons which push the walls together, and their rods are more than long enough for the walls to meet in the middle and crush the group. Cueball and Megan are pressed up against the walls, trying to slow the advance. The other three characters appear anxious.]
[Caption below the panel:]
I'm planning a trash-compactor-themed party for when this is all over so we can get used to standing near each other again.


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Discussion

Who invited the dianoga? Oh, it's ok, it's gone now. 141.101.104.177 01:20, 26 January 2021 (UTC)

If the characters aren't supposed to die, then could someone please change the incomplete explanation template? Former was supposed to be a reference to no longer socially distancing and no longer alive, but I don't have any other ideas.162.158.187.79 02:00, 26 January 2021 (UTC)

I read this very differently. I read this as randall needing a trash compactor to force him to stop distancing

I agree with the unsigned comment above, I read it as forcing the party guests to physically get together and break social distancing habits. Doing some quick and dirty measurements, (read: putting my fingers up to my screen and moving them around) showed that the walls wouldn't be able to physically crush them, just force them incredibly close together.--108.162.215.60 02:55, 26 January 2021 (UTC)

I measured with a ruler, The pistons seem to have 2cm of movement each and the space between the walls is 7cm. So, only about half the space will be closed off. MAP (talk) 05:42, 26 January 2021 (UTC)

TV Tropes is referenced on Explain xkcd anew! 172.69.35.85 06:37, 26 January 2021 (UTC)

It's quite similar to 1187, isn't it? 162.158.203.25 17:24, 26 January 2021 (UTC)

To a degree. Most of the similarity arises from the mechanisms on the sides.108.162.245.164 18:24, 26 January 2021 (UTC)

The first thing I thought of was Fermat's Room the 2007 film. Bwisey (talk) 19:01, 26 January 2021 (UTC)

Does the fourth paragraph (beginning "Though a significant proportion of the population seem to have returned to being oblivious to the pandemic...") contribute anything of value to the explanation? It seems to me like blatant editorializing. MeZimm 108.162.216.172 00:10, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Aside from the grammatical to-and-fro that happened (fun to watch), I think it helps set up the "will attend party, but still allergic to nearness" nature of the guests. c.f. that prior comic where the television drama was being compulsively assessed in the light of being contemporary yet had no masks or social distancing, i.e. psychology and situation jar together. It has to be pointed out that these weren't 'Covidiots' more afraid of the rules than the virus, nor natural asocial agoraphobic hermits who'd never liked attending parties beforehand and wouldn't be there 'now' (with or without crusher-walls). I don't know if I could say that in fewer words than what are there, but it looks like I just did in many more... (Congrats to Randall, BTW, for expressing that sense of peoples' recoiling horror against the enforced nearness of others in a faceless stick figure pose. That's art, that is.) 141.101.77.102 01:37, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

only one of the five attendees will need to duck for them to safely occupy the same 2d space, except for the furniture. i wonder if ponytail is simply weighing up the possibility of an embarrasing situation. still, the furniture bothers me and i would like to see how randall proposes they can resolve that without overcomplicating the picture (remember when there was a debate over ambiguous depth and lines when two were seated on a sideways sofa). i like how megan is cursing the fourth wall. ocæon (talk) 14:55, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

The big rewrite to remove 'personal feelings' (?) could at least have made it a snappier explanation, not longer. And while it is a truth that this group remain reluctant to close up, even after 'it is all over', there are enough current examples of irresponsible behaviour that at least a few-word nod to these lot having obviously been/become used to being sensible/rule-following should have been made. But I don't feel like an edit-war on that matter, so fair enough. 141.101.105.92 15:47, 27 January 2021 (UTC)