Talk:1899: Ears

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The explanation for this comic may wish to reference this NYT article on Earbud Cartilage Deficiency Syndrome (E.C.D.S.) [1]. I suffer from ECDS myself and hope this comic will bring much needed recognition to the condition. --

I added the description. Feel free to edit it. --JayRulesXKCD what's up? 12:45, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

I modified the explanation. It is speculation that Cueball is listening to music through earbuds, as I can see nor read anything that made it a "fact" that he is doing so. Please feel free to revert my modification if anyone can present evidence to support that theory. These Are Not The Comments You Are Looking For (talk) 00:37, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

Re. "Megan responds by making fun of Cueball and the stuff that goes on in his head" - I'm not sure it's clear that that's what she's referring to. It could be read as she doesn't know what's going on in normal people's ears. In fact, my first reading of it was that it was a deliberate double meaning - she's making it sound to Cueball as if she's agreeing that there must be something weird about the ears, but privately she's referring to the weird thoughts in his head. 13:08, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

If Cueball is listening to music, perhaps so does Megan and she doesn't actually hear him ... -- Hkmaly (talk) 23:57, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

The title isn't explicitly a reference to Animorphs/Yeerks, so I don't think we can claim that for sure (even though Randall has referenced it multiple times in the past). Hawthorn (talk) 14:33, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

Agree, and replaced "is a reference" with "may be a reference". Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 07:46, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

Alternative theory: the brain slugs don't like ear buds so they push them out 01:50, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

Would it be worth mentioning the Doctor Who episode Age of Steel, whose plot was about earbuds being used to mind control society? At the very least, it's a rather similar concept to that described by the mouseover text.

The thing is, earbuds totally don't stay in. Not here, at least. They fall out constantly. Are my ears shaped wrong?-- 02:32, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

I have pointed ears and have yet to find a good (read: compatible) pair of over-the-ear headphones or behind-the-ear buds. 21:05, 31 July 2018 (UTC)