Comic 1738 - Back to the Copy

16th Mar 2022, 12:00 AM
Back to the Copy
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)

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Centcomm 16th Mar 2022, 6:03 AM edit delete
Just to let you all know.. im putting as much as i can toward the fund for the card. as long as something else stupid doesn't happen.. stupid bills. so if anyone donates ill put it in the pot. and try to figure out some way to reward you guys.

but im tired of once a week updates and letting you wonderful people down. good news is that next weeks page is already done and working on the next.

edit: 755.00 is now toward the card. YAY! thank you to a anonymous donor
and thanks to all the other folks who donated too!
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Ryu Santos 16th Mar 2022, 12:11 AM edit delete reply

Well someone's having some fun and going to be late for something.

The Aussies are experts when venomous invertebrates and reptiles are involved.
me 16th Mar 2022, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
And butterflies. Don't forget world's only poisonous butterfly. And the only poinous mamal on the planet too.
Tokyo Rose 16th Mar 2022, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

Sometimes I wonder if the plants in Australia might be safe, and then I remember that eucalyptus trees often EXPLODE if they catch fire.

Australia is just Nature playing on hardcore mode.
Fairportfan 16th Mar 2022, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

Heh. Here in the Americas we have a tree known as "manchineel" {or variations} that can leave you with blistered skin if you stand under it in a rainstorm - and every part of it is poisonous/toxic...

However, speaking of Australian trees:

The Bunya Pine — although not one of the most poisonous trees — can certainly be deadly. Historically, however, it has also given life to its surroundings. The bunya pine, or Araucaria bidwillii, has existed since dinosaurs roamed the earth and is now found almost exclusively in Queensland Australia.

Every few years, bunya pine trees are known to drop extremely large cones weighing up to 40 pounds each — a particular danger to unsuspecting passersby.

These super-sized cones can be fatal when falling. Still, these living fossils have offered native people an indispensable source of food for hundreds of years. Feasting on the nuts produced by the cones has inspired gatherings where tribes perform ceremonies, trade goods, settle disputes, and arrange marriages.

Wonder if it's the inspiration for drop bears.
jawbone 18th Mar 2022, 10:32 PM edit delete reply

[off topic?]
I watched the televised news coverage of the Alameda County (California) wildfire in the Oakland Hills as one Blue Gum Eucalyptus after another exploded and ignited its neighbors. They seem to be most prone to explosions if they're well irrigated.
knuut 16th Mar 2022, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
Several species of North American shrew are also poisonous too.
Ryu Santos 17th Mar 2022, 12:58 AM edit delete reply

Actually there are numerous poisonous butterflies around the world. But there are no venomous butterflies.
Easy way to remember the difference between poisonous and venomous is:
Venomous things bite or sting to inject the victim; while poisonous things tend to be eaten by the victim.
Tokyo Rose 17th Mar 2022, 2:21 AM edit delete reply

The way I've seen it summarized is thus: "If it bites you and you die, it's venomous. If you bite it and you die, it's poisonous."
megados 17th Mar 2022, 5:01 AM edit delete reply

Well put. I'll have to remember that one.
Gilrandir 17th Mar 2022, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
This makes me wonder if there are examples in nature of different species using chemically identical compounds in different ways? By which I mean is there a Species A that uses Specific_Toxin as a venom, while Species B is poisonous because it contains significant quantities of Specific_Toxin. Or does it work out, biochemically, that because of the differing operational characteristics, no single compound is well-suited to both roles?
megados 17th Mar 2022, 10:33 AM edit delete reply

Not a biologist; could be wrong.

Depending on which Specific_Toxin is the Specific_Toxin, there are those which are well tolerated by some species. That begs the further question: Are there species that tolerate Specific_Toxin in their diet, to the point of making them venomous?
Gilrandir 17th Mar 2022, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
Well, that's the question: Is there ANY chemical compound occuring in Nature for which Species A uses it as a venom, while Species B uses it as a poison?

It amuses me to imagine the following scene:

MEDICAL EXAMINER: "Cause of death was a lethal dose of Specific_Toxin."
DETECTIVE: "How was he poisoned?"
MEDICAL EXAMINER: "We don't know if it was a poison, or a venom. You'll have to find out how he was murdered first. If it was injected, it's a venom. If it was consumed, it's a poison."
MEDICAL EXAMINER: "I don't make the rules." shrugs
megados 17th Mar 2022, 3:24 PM edit delete reply

. . . DETECTIVE: "Well, couldn't you perform an autopsy or something?"
MEDICAL EXAMINER: *rubs chin* "You know, That's so crazy, it just might work!"
Gilrandir 17th Mar 2022, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
The autopsy doesn't necessarily tell you how the toxin was introduced. Maybe you do find a puncture mark, or maybe you don't. If you do, do you know that the toxin was introduced through it, or is it just a mosquito bite?

I'm not saying don't do the autopsy, but autopsies are not always conclusive.
megados 17th Mar 2022, 6:15 PM edit delete reply

No, an autopsy isn't always conclusive, but you're on the right track, I think. Also, an examination of the gastrointestinal system might shed light on whether the toxin was ingested. That could also prove inconclusive, though. I am not a medical examiner either, so there again, I could be wrong.
Lurker314 18th Mar 2022, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
Lethal toxins tend to leave highly remarkable effects in the tissue as they enter the body. A mosquito bite vs a brown recluse, for instance.
Mark_L_A 18th Mar 2022, 1:37 AM edit delete reply

There is a specific Tree Frog in South America that eats poisonous beetles to the point it itself is poisonous. And native tribes used it's excretions to coat their arrows and blow gun darts for use when hunting.
Lurker314 16th Mar 2022, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
It's all good. Just put the blokes in the swimming pool with the glowing things, and she'll be alright!
mjkj 16th Mar 2022, 12:56 AM edit delete reply

Quite the facts there...

...and thank you Rose and Cent *hugs*
megados 16th Mar 2022, 5:18 AM edit delete reply

The Epiphytes are the planets' salvation it seems. (If humans don't just go and louse it up again)

Looks like someone has difficulty saying no! XD
Synergy 16th Mar 2022, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
Because humans would never mess up something critical for life TWICE right?
KarToon12 16th Mar 2022, 3:18 PM edit delete reply

If Captain Kirk and company could go back in time to save some whales, then surely someone in this future has a way of slingshotting themselves around the sun and travelling back in time to save some blue ringed octopi and bring them back to the future. :)
knuut 16th Mar 2022, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
@Centcom: No rewards needed. TANSTAAFL
SamB 16th Mar 2022, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure the reward people are hoping for is "more comics".
knuut 16th Mar 2022, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Paying for services rendered isn't about reward. It's a moral obligation.
Ictuan 17th Mar 2022, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
I just chipped in extra above my normal Patreon subscription. My vote is for a new TWC voting incentive featuring the same RPG character currently being featured.
Centcomm 17th Mar 2022, 6:47 PM edit delete reply

who? Galatea? or Chrys and Bolt?
Deanatay 18th Mar 2022, 4:25 AM edit delete reply
Why not the Unseen Duo doing fun things to each other at the bottom of the page?
Centcomm 19th Mar 2022, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

OH! wait for the next page!
Ictuan 19th Mar 2022, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Be careful asking to see what the unseen duo are doing. Remember, what has been seen can not be unseen.
Rashala 16th Mar 2022, 11:15 PM edit delete reply

Silly aussies squids are for kids!
Rocket Fueled 18th Mar 2022, 8:13 AM edit delete reply

I really enjoyed the transition from the "news" cast to the trip over and through the city to hovering over the folks having fun. Nice work!
Centcomm 18th Mar 2022, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

thankys! i was hoping that came accross :D
Rocket Fueled 18th Mar 2022, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

I'm a sucker for cityscapes anyway... 😁
Centcomm 19th Mar 2022, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

thank you.. you got that series of frames exactly as i imageined them :D
Rocket Fueled 18th Mar 2022, 12:29 PM edit delete reply

One thing I'm missing though, who are the "crians" that the 'caster mentions? At first, I thought maybe she was referring to the Epiphytes but now I'm just confused. I'm sure there's something I'm just not remembering from the before pages.
Centcomm 19th Mar 2022, 12:01 AM edit delete reply

The Crians are another alien race that mankind knows of and that frequently comes to earth. there will be more details as time goes on
Naldru 19th Mar 2022, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
I must confess that when I first saw this strip, I thought that they were talking about Virtual Reality Sickness ( ), which is a real problem and I therefore found the content confusing. I then learned that it was a reference to a fictional disease from the movie Johnny Mnemonic. I had heard of the film, but after seeing people on the internet discussing it, I feel that this one was too weird for even me.
Guest 20th Mar 2022, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
Actually disease mentioned is a reference to the virtual reality disease or disorder but it is also a nod to Johnny Mnemonic
Centcomm 20th Mar 2022, 9:08 AM edit delete reply

the guest comment is mine.. :D
megados 20th Mar 2022, 6:50 AM edit delete reply

Re: A/N Edit,
Awesome news, @Centcomm! I'm very glad for you!
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