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Worst Thing That Could Happen
Before I install any patch, I always open the patch notes and Ctrl-F for 'supervolcano', 'seagull', and 'garbage disposal', just to be safe.
Title text: Before I install any patch, I always open the patch notes and Ctrl-F for 'supervolcano', 'seagull', and 'garbage disposal', just to be safe.

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Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Created by THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN. Should discuss said worst things. Do NOT delete this tag too soon.

Ponytail and company are considering upgrading (some part or program of) their computers. As part of the decision-making process, Ponytail asks her colleagues "what's the worst that could happen?" Unfortunately, they answer with their ideas for the worst things that could happen ever, not "...as a result of the upgrade", as Ponytail meant (shown by her facepalming in the last panel).

Alternatively, she could be facepalming at the fact that the worst thing which could happen, according to her team, is that they are put on a ridiculously gameshow in which, if they answer an incorrect question, they are chucked in garbage disposal. This may be bad, but it is nowhere near as bad as a supervolcano or nuclear war. However, Cueball has shown anxiety and difficulties in social situations, such as the less-than-helpful advice in "1917: How to Make Friends", so he may consider that his odds are worse on the game show than in nuclear war (and likewise Harry and Megan).

The title text talks about searching for a few of the things listed above, but one of them is 'garbage disposal', which could be confused with garbage collection (a programming term).

Transcript

[Ponytail is standing in front of a desk with a computer. Cueball, Harry, and Megan are standing behind her.

Ponytail: We should upgrade. What's the worst that could happen?
Cueball: Supervolcano.
Harry: Robot uprising.
Megan: Everyone falls down a well at once.

[Focus on Cueball, Harry, and Megan.]

Cueball: Instead of hitting the tallest thing around, lightning starts hitting the nicest.
Megan: Seagulls all get handguns.
Harry: A really slow nuclear war.

[All back in focus. Ponytail is facepalming, and Cueball is gesturing with his hands at chest-height and held close together.]

Cueball: We all have to go on a game show where they show you photos of people you've met once and ask you their names, and if you get one wrong a trapdoor opens and you fall into a garbage disposal.
Harry: Ooh, that's a good one.
Megan: Yeah, let's put off the upgrade.



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