Talk:2673: Cursed mRNA Cocktail

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"¼ tsp MSG or nutritional yeast," is like saying, "A monochrome d12 or the city of Washington, D.C." 20:55, 16 September 2022 (UTC)

I’ve never eaten the city of Washington, DC, but I am pretty sure I’ve had a 12-sided die in my mouth for some stupid reason or another. I don’t see how the colour would affect the flavour, and since I don’t specifically remember, I don’t know if it was a single colour or swirly. But had it been particularly umami tasting I think I would actually remember, as I would not have expected that. MSG and yeast/yeast extract both have a strong umami flavour (gluten extract, which you are not sensitive to unless you have coeliac disease, also has this taste, as do many broths). As a result, both would impart that flavour to the concoction. I am pretty sure dice and cities don’t impart this flavour, so I can’t see how this assertion could possibly make sense. 10:02, 17 September 2022 (UTC)
It's about relative complexity, and is probably intended generally as hyperbole. MSG is a single smallish molecule and nutritional yeast is an entire living organism. 05:36, 18 September 2022 (UTC)
To be super-pedantic, I suppose it's like saying "A Washington DC's volume of monochrome d12s or the city of Washington D.C." (that doesn't detract from your point, which I enjoyed and learnt from!) 192·168·0·1 (talk) 16:45, 20 September 2022 (UTC)

I wonder if this was inspired by "drug coctails", where a combination of different drugs is prescribed to treat a disease. Barmar (talk) 21:08, 16 September 2022 (UTC)

Spelled cocktails. I like it. The wikipedia disambiguation page for cocktail lists "A mixture of drugs, especially a mixture of Antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV sometimes called a "triple cocktail"" but there is no specific page for the term. 04:57, 17 September 2022 (UTC)

Given how little of the mayo and yeast are in the final drink, I would expect that this would taste like slightly sweetened water. Therefore I dispute the assertion in the explainer that "very few people would find such a mixture palatable". --Gamrix (talk) 03:30, 17 September 2022 (UTC)

Funny, "MSG" always makes me recall "Triangle and Robert"... 06:54, 17 September 2022 (UTC)

Taking (admittedly large) liberties with the recipe, this is almost watered down kewpie or Japanese mayo. One online recipe suggests that adding sugar, msg and rice wine vinegar to American mayo is sufficient to create an kewpie imitation. Considering the water, perhaps mRNA cocktail is best enjoyed as a glaze on sushi? 04:37, 18 September 2022 (UTC)

Serious question: is this comic funny? If so, someone please explain the joke to me. 02:28, 19 September 2022 (UTC)

Speaking personally, to me this is funny (in a smile, warm glow of nerdy joy kind of way) because of the concept that you might think making a large amount of vaccine like substance as a swanky cocktail is a good idea. The humour of XKCD often comes from a combination of being very clever and very naive at the same time - smart enough to be able to reproduce a vaccine (more or less) using household ingredients, silly enough to try. 192·168·0·1 (talk) 16:45, 20 September 2022 (UTC)
I find the (intended) humour is perhaps two-fold. 1) If this was remotely accurate, there WOULD be people wanting to take THESE shots against Covid (despite the warnings) and 2) injected medicine is not designed to be tasted, and would taste horrible (judging from the smell when my mom had an insulin spill). Why would anyone SEEK the taste of medicine voluntarily? That's why the "What? Ew!" quote from an expert. NiceGuy1 (talk) 03:19, 24 September 2022 (UTC)

Not all XKCDs are "funny". Some are more about answering odd question, like "what would a mRNA vaccine taste like?" RIIW - Ponder it (talk) 08:06, 19 September 2022 (UTC)

Many of them are educational. Coronavirus vaccines are made of things people eat routinely. Realizing that may help allay fears about safety. 18:34, 19 September 2022 (UTC)
Coronaviruses are made of things people have actually eaten. So not at all comforting. 19:29, 24 September 2022 (UTC)
What happens if you drink the Covid vaccine? 18:38, 19 September 2022 (UTC)

Randall speaks: 09:54, 19 September 2022 (UTC)