1834: Lunch Order
Title text: GO FOR LUNCH, REPEAT, GO FOR LUNCH.
Autocorrect is a feature in many software text-entry applications (such as smartphone "keyboards") that will make changes to entered text that it identifies as misspelled in order to quickly increase legibility of the final text. While this process typically makes text entry quicker and easier for users, sometimes the automatically corrected text will not match what the user intended to send, which can lead to miscommunication.
In most circumstances, military units charged with the maintenance of active nuclear weapons will receive their orders to employ those weapons based on direct communication from a commanding authority, these forces in the United States are commanded by the United States Strategic Command. The majority of modern nuclear weapons are prepared to be deployed by rocket launch.
The joke involves anachronisms. To our knowledge, the last time the United States were at readiness to launch nuclear missiles at a hostile power was June 1980, while the function we know today as Autocorrect would not enter development until the 1990's. That said, the comic might be playing off recent fears involving hostilities between the United States and North Korea; if any l(a)unch preparations have been taken in 2017, they were not declassified by the time this comic was published.
The comic plays on the similarity of the words "launch" and "lunch." By receiving an order to "Lunch" instead of "Launch," nuclear conflict was avoided.
The title text plays on the similarity between two phrases: "GO FOR LAUNCH" is the standard way to express the Launch status check for a rocket (and means that all checks have passed and launch can proceed), whereas "GO FOR LUNCH" expresses the more mundane act of simply beginning one's lunch break. Despite the repetition (which is intended to reduce the chance of a miscommunication), the autocorrect still managed to distort the message a further two times.
[A control panel is showed, three Hairy's are in there, the rightmost one is controlling the panel, the two others are talking.]
Hairy 1: Sir-Strategic command has sent us a lunch order.
Hairy 2: Don't they have anything better to do?
[Below the panel is a caption.]
Caption: Everyone complains about autocorrect, but we forget about the time it prevented a nuclear war.
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