Talk:1554: Spice Girls

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Is this a reference to "seven"[1]? -- (talk) 01:48, 22 July 2015 (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

(above is not me)I think that the final frame may also be a single element of different sets: Gender {properties of a noun/pronoun, such as case and number}, Baleen {types of whales} are relatively clear the others I can only guess (POG {#1 games of the '90s}?(pretty wild guess), story {if it were "plot" or "setting/scene" I'd guess "elements of a story", but I don't know what "story" could be an element of}, Sarah could either be of biblical significance (mothers of Abrahamic nations?) or popular name significance-- 06:14, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Is it just me, a coincidence, or did Randall use the "90's Theme" quite often, lately? 1546: Tamagotchi Hive, 1548: 90s Kid, 1552: Rulebook and this one are all about things more or less popular in the 90's Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 07:56, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Pretty sure he's made 90s references since the beginning since he is a 90s kid himself. Possibly that there's been a higher density of them because something came up that gave him a bunch of ideas. Sometimes I'll see him reference something in his What-If articles which he will then use for another comic shortly after. 19:15, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

I think this is a reference to J.L. Borges' Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, a supposed Chinese manuscript in which animals are divided into categories that seem to us to be completely crazy. Borges is trying to get us to imagine a culture that would find such categorization natural, and hence show how our own ways of organizing the world might seem crazy from the outside. If this is correct (and not just a massive overintellectualization!) Randall is showing us the madness of dividing women into ginger/scary/baby/sporty/posh, and hence the madness of pop culture. Whether this is the intent or not, reading Borges is Not Optional! Timband (talk) 10:41, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Someone should add a reference to the Spice Girl #1511 comic, aside from "not to be confused with..." 11:16, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Track Spice, Bristol Spice, Willow Spice, Piper Spice, and Trig Spice? Okofish (talk) 17:08, 22 July 2015 (UTC)