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Old 06-20-2011, 06:44 AM
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Xkcd 914

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What is the stuff in the bathtub?
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:49 AM
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It's a reference to the stolen kidneys urban legend. What's in the tub is ice covered in blood.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:50 AM
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What is the stuff in the bathtub?
I thought it was a mixture of ice and blood.

The premise being a twist on one of those 'you wake up in a bathtub full of ice and one of your kidneys has been stolen' stories, where the kicker is that he brought the ice himself.

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Old 06-20-2011, 06:54 AM
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It's a reference to the stolen kidneys urban legend.
I agree with this...
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What's in the tub is ice covered in blood.
But not this.

What's in the tub is kidneys. Instead of waking up in a tub of ice with his kidneys stolen, he woke up in a tub of kidneys with his ice stolen.

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Old 06-20-2011, 06:54 AM
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Yeah, even the hover text (aka tooltip) is a joke about perverting urban legends.

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Old 06-20-2011, 06:57 AM
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Yup. Instead of the guy being lured in for his kidney and waking up in a tub of ice, he's lured in for his ice and wakes up in a tub of kidneys.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:58 AM
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It's a reference to the stolen kidneys urban legend. What's in the tub is ice covered in blood.
I think you'll find what's in the tub is kidneys. Lots and lots of kidneys, and she's stolen his ice.

DAMN YOU ALL

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Old 06-20-2011, 08:48 AM
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Imagine when he has to tell his SO that he spent the night with a strange lady and now has...AAA.

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Old 06-20-2011, 09:04 AM
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Not just kidneys, but stick-figure kidneys -- which is why none of us could recognize them.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:24 AM
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I think panel 1 was unnecessary and confusing.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:44 AM
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So what does the part about "Welcome to the AAA Club!" mean?

BTW, my mom used to mix up AAA and AA. There are probably people in Tennessee who still think I am an alcoholic because my mom would tell them I'm an AA member.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:56 AM
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So what does the part about "Welcome to the AAA Club!" mean?
It's another urban legend reference to a woman who has sex with strangers and leaves "Welcome to the AIDS club!" written in lipstick on a mirror, i.e. she's deliberately spreading the disease.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:39 AM
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Not just kidneys, but stick-figure kidneys -- which is why none of us could recognize them.
Thank you. I was feeling bad about missing that.

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So what does the part about "Welcome to the AAA Club!" mean? . . .
And up until you read that, you might think that the person waking up in the tub was yelling AAAAA!, when it's really something written on the mirror behind him.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:02 PM
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http://video.adultswim.com/the-ventu...ng-kidney.html
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:07 PM
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And up until you read that, you might think that the person waking up in the tub was yelling AAAAA!, when it's really something written on the mirror behind him.
Uh, he was yelling "AAAAAAA!" There are only three As in "AAA", several more in AAAAAAAA!. Plus, there's the clear "this person is saying this" line going from the AAAAAAAA! to the guy in the tub.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:18 PM
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This thread is going to get really confusing once another 27 strips have been posted.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:22 PM
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Not just kidneys, but stick-figure kidneys -- which is why none of us could recognize them.
Yeah, I'll go with the majority on what the intent of the comic was, but that's not a concept that leaps easily to the eye from the xkcd format.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:23 PM
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This thread is going to get really confusing once another 27 strips have been posted.
Why? The link in the OP goes directly to the strip (914), not to the "today's strip" (constantly changing).
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:37 PM
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I'm a pretty big fan of the strip, but this is a bad one on a lot of levels.

a) Disjointed. Connecting the ice to the kidneys is a reach
b) Who has a tub full of kidneys? Why does she have a tub full of kidneys?
c) What does AAA have to do with this? That he's screaming AAAAAAAh!? Or just a bad play on AIDS?
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:08 PM
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I'm a pretty big fan of the strip, but this is a bad one on a lot of levels.

a) Disjointed. Connecting the ice to the kidneys is a reach
b) Who has a tub full of kidneys? Why does she have a tub full of kidneys?
c) What does AAA have to do with this? That he's screaming AAAAAAAh!? Or just a bad play on AIDS?
I disagree with all of that.

a) No - subverting "waking up in a tub full of ice after they stole your kidneys" into "waking up in a tub full of kidneys after they stole your ice" is pretty straight-forward word play.

b) Seriously? It's a joke. It's just as possible as an MC Escher painting, which I'm sure has happened in an XKCD strip as well.

c) As has been explained twice in the thread, it's a simple substitution from "welcome to the AIDS Club!" to "welcome to the AAA Club!". Again - extremely straight-forward.

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Old 06-20-2011, 01:27 PM
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This may be the most obscure XKCD comic strips I ever had to deal with. The previous winner was the one where I had to watch the movie Primer to figure out the punchline. Most of the obscure ones can usually figured out with a Google query.
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:29 PM
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Had you ever heard the urban legend the strip is referring to? I thought it was hilarious. I didn't get the AAA Club joke until BigT linked to the AIDS Club reference, but the kidney joke I recognized immediately.
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:44 PM
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This may be the most obscure XKCD comic strips I ever had to deal with. The previous winner was the one where I had to watch the movie Primer to figure out the punchline. Most of the obscure ones can usually figured out with a Google query.
Google for:
kidney ice bath

lipstick mirror welcome

I think those are pretty obvious search terms. In both cases, the first hit was a Snopes link to the urban legend in question. Granted, for the first one, you have to figure out that the little blobs are kidneys, but they look pretty kidney-like to me. (Of course, I've had a City of Villains character called "Kidney Thief" for years, so it wasn't much of a leap for me.)

Googling the words "wake", "ice", and "bath" together also gets you the Snopes link, though it's a few hits down the page, below some YouTube links, so at least there's a way past the stick-figure kidneys.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:01 PM
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Why? The link in the OP goes directly to the strip (914), not to the "today's strip" (constantly changing).
Because the thread title is 941.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:09 PM
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Because the thread title is 941.
Fixed that.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:47 PM
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Mod swoops in...

Fixed that.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:55 PM
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Because the thread title is 941.
Sorry or maybe I should say Srory.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:03 PM
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What's in the tub is kidneys. Instead of waking up in a tub of ice with his kidneys stolen, he woke up in a tub of kidneys with his ice stolen.
Exactly!
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:16 PM
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I wonder if Monroe is prepared for the Strip 1k problem.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:31 PM
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Google for:
kidney ice bath

lipstick mirror welcome

I think those are pretty obvious search terms. In both cases, the first hit was a Snopes link to the urban legend in question. Granted, for the first one, you have to figure out that the little blobs are kidneys, but they look pretty kidney-like to me. (Of course, I've had a City of Villains character called "Kidney Thief" for years, so it wasn't much of a leap for me.)

Googling the words "wake", "ice", and "bath" together also gets you the Snopes link, though it's a few hits down the page, below some YouTube links, so at least there's a way past the stick-figure kidneys.
It looks to me like we have an excellent opportunity for a discussion of which XKCD strip is the most obscure.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:55 PM
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The problem with Xkcd is that you suspect that you are a smart enough fellow, the artist is just not too clear about his jokes, but you can't say anything in case everybody else did get it and it turns out that you are too dumb.

In my opinion, the character realizing that his ice had been stolen should have been the last panel punchline.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:10 PM
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It looks to me like we have an excellent opportunity for a discussion of which XKCD strip is the most obscure.
I think the most obscure is going to be something much more limited in audience. I have no idea what PERL is, so I don't fully get the strip that chrisk linked to. But I can appreciate that it's some programming joke, and understand it on that level without bothering to learn what "regular expressions" or what "escape a space" mean.

The stolen kidney urban legend is popular and been around long enough that my mom has probably heard of it. I don't think it'd ever be in the running.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:17 PM
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In my opinion, the character realizing that his ice had been stolen should have been the last panel punchline.
Do you mean, cut out the bathtub full of kidneys altogether, or just swap the last two panels, so we see him in the bathtub asleep, and then he wakes up and realizes his ice has been stolen?
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:37 PM
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Do you mean, cut out the bathtub full of kidneys altogether, or just swap the last two panels, so we see him in the bathtub asleep, and then he wakes up and realizes his ice has been stolen?
The latter.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:16 PM
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I have to admit that I really loved this one because, for once, I got the obscure joke, since it wasn't pop culture related.

You see, the reason I even found this site was because I visited snopes religiously, ran out of urban legends from hitting the random button, and so headed into their forums, where one urban legend was debunked by a Straight Dope article.

And all of this is because I used to think Mr. Ed was really a zebra....
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