Talk:748: Worst-Case Scenario

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Done! Herobrine (talk)

"frothy mix" is a reference to Rick Santorum. 03:17, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

The comic was published on June 2, 2010. I strongly doubt it was a reference to Santorum. 17:36, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

The original "frothy mix" incident occurred in 2003 and came back into the news during Rick Santorum's Presidential primary campaign in 2013. So frothy mix could still be a reference to that incident. Dawfedora (talk) 21:40, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

But probably isn't, given that fluids being agitated forms a froth. So it's just the correct word for the situation. -Pennpenn 03:31, 10 December 2015 (UTC)

Isn't this tantamount to blackmail: "In 2010 Savage said he would take the site down if Santorum donated US$5 million plus interest to Freedom to Marry"? -- Weatherlawyer (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

No, blackmail is the practice of withholding information that may be damaging to a person's reputation in return for money. Putting that "information" up on a freely accessible website is pretty much the opposite of withholding it. Maybe it's coercion, but it's a "threat" to leave something up that is already there. I'm not sure if there is a word for it, but "blackmail" isn't it. -Pennpenn 05:45, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
The word is "extortion". -- The Cat Lady (talk) 16:30, 19 August 2021 (UTC)

The link to Jeff Masters's blog is down, apparently due to some restructuring of the website. The only current blog written by him I could find on that website is Category 6 (co-authored by Bob Henson): 19:37, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

Good catch. Found the relevant article to the comic ("What would a hurricane do to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?") in the WunderBlog archives and changed the link to that; but the pictures are still broken, so also added a Wayback Machine link to the original from when the comic was published. – Yfmcpxpj (talk) 14:34, 4 February 2021 (UTC)