789: Showdown

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Showdown
The tumbleweed then tried to roll off into the sunset, but due to the Old West's placement north of the subtropical ridge, the prevailing winds were in the wrong direction.
Title text: The tumbleweed then tried to roll off into the sunset, but due to the Old West's placement north of the subtropical ridge, the prevailing winds were in the wrong direction.

[edit] Explanation

Shootouts were common in many old Western films, most famous on spaghetti Westerns. Commonly, to accentuate the silence and dreariness of the scene before the fight, a tumbleweed would roll past the fighters. In this comic, the two gunmen, as per the cliche, stand quietly. The tumbleweed then rolls past, and pulls a pair of revolvers. It then shoots both of the gunfighters, winning the duel unexpectedly.

The title text refers to a common trope in Westerns to have the tumbleweed roll into the sunset at the conclusion of the film. However, given that prevailing winds go from West to East, that means that the tumbleweed would be unable to tumble into the sunset, thus meaning it cannot reenact this trope no matter how hard it tries.

[edit] Transcript

[Two cowboys face off silently in the desert, the blazing sun beating down.]
[They exchange steely glares, hands poised to reach their guns, as a tumbleweed rolls into frame.]
TUMBLE
[Close-up on the tumbleweed. It draws two guns.]
CLICK CLICK
[The tumbleweed shoots both cowboys simultaneously, and they fall backwards.]
BLAM BLAM


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Discussion

That's some killer weed, man! 8)_50.29.196.15 12:58, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

haha, hilarious! --Jeff (talk) 15:56, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Someone should explain the title text... but not me, as I don't fully get it myself. 115.70.105.180 11:16, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

The subtropical ridge is also the Horse Latitudes where Spanish sailors would often go to ditch horses. I think they washed up on the beaches at Cowifornia; hence the need for survivors of old west shoot-outs to head there. There has been a lot of bad feeling between the Spanish speaking original inhabitants, especially in Cowifornia because they speak Spanish and are not confined to Mexico or open prisons in USA.

A significant part of old fashioned shoot-outs is their timing, which was often based on the Tumbleweed Metric. These days (with digital watches and radio signals) noon is not so important. Neither is sunset.

Oddly mornings never take place in westerns, they are a little like herding cows, getting covered in flies or/and watering and feeding horses in that respect. In fact tying horses to rails set up outside bars-rooms may account for the practice of ditching them later in the Horse Latitudes.

I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 16:37, 26 January 2015 (UTC)


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