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==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
This references how laid back turtles are. While an offscreen character is panicking over deleting a file, the turtle sits content with just being a turtle.  
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This references how laid back turtles are. While an offscreen character is panicking over deleting a file, the turtle sits content with just being a turtle. Fifty years later it is still content with being a turtle. The title text is perhaps exhorting us all to be like turtles and just be content with our lot in life.
  
 
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==Transcript==
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[There is a turtle.]
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Off-panel: Oh, crap, I deleted the file!
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[There is a turtle.]
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Turtle (thinking): I am a turtle.
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[There is a turtle.]
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Off-panel: No, wait, there it is.
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[There is a turtle.]
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Turtle (thinking): I am a turtle.
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[There is a turtle.]
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50 Years Later:
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Turtle (thinking): I am a turtle.
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Turtles have it figured out, man.
  
 
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Revision as of 18:21, 27 October 2012

Turtles
You're a turtle!
Title text: You're a turtle!

Explanation

This references how laid back turtles are. While an offscreen character is panicking over deleting a file, the turtle sits content with just being a turtle. Fifty years later it is still content with being a turtle. The title text is perhaps exhorting us all to be like turtles and just be content with our lot in life.

Transcript

[There is a turtle.]

Off-panel: Oh, crap, I deleted the file!

[There is a turtle.]

Turtle (thinking): I am a turtle.

[There is a turtle.]

Off-panel: No, wait, there it is.

[There is a turtle.]

Turtle (thinking): I am a turtle.

[There is a turtle.]

50 Years Later:

Turtle (thinking): I am a turtle.

Turtles have it figured out, man.


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Discussion

I don't think turtles possess that level of sentience, but whatever. Seems legit. Davidy²²[talk] 10:10, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

 :) - St.nerol (talk) 23:50, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Plot twist...off screen character is a turtle... 199.27.129.17 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I always interpreted it as the human spends their short life worrying about the smallest of things, yet eve a long time after the events of this the turtle is perfectly fine being such - and has all the time in the world to do so. 108.162.216.89 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I just realized that the official transcript describing the scene says simply There is a turtle. which perfectly compliments the comic and is high caliber humor on Randall's part --Lackadaisical (talk) 12:33, 12 July 2017 (UTC)