Title text: And from that day on, I wore this little 'F' pendant everywhere I went.
SkiFree is a free to play video game. In it, you're a downhill skier trying to go as far as you can down the hill without crashing. At some point, a monster similar to one in the comic will begin to chase you and will inevitably try to hunt you down. Since it's much faster than you normally, you'll get caught.
One of the lesser known commands in SkiFree is the 'F' key, which speeds you up, even faster than the monster.
The joke here is that Megan has thought long and hard about the concept of the monster, relating it to the inevitability of death, and is nonplussed by the revelation that there is a simple mechanism that may allow her to escape it.
The title text refers to pendants or talismen that are worn to protect us from harm or to remind us of important truths. Here, it's implied that even though we currently accept that we cannot avoid death, maybe we just haven't found our 'F' command yet, and we should not give up all hope.
- [A screenshot of SkiFree, with the abominable snowman running towards the player.]
- [Megan is sitting at her computer.]
- Megan: I've always thought of the SkiFree monster as a metaphor for the inevitability of death.
- [Cueball comes up behind her.]
- Cueball: SkiFree, huh? You know, you can press "F" to go faster than the monster and escape.
- [The screenshot again. The player is zooming away from the monster.]
- [Megan sits at her computer in silence.]