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Update Your Address
This is my four-digit PIN. It was passed down to me by my father, and someday I will pass it on to you. Unless we figure out how to update it, but that sounds complicated.
Title text: This is my four-digit PIN. It was passed down to me by my father, and someday I will pass it on to you. Unless we figure out how to update it, but that sounds complicated.

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In this comic, Cueball is facing several instances where entities asking or confirming his address find that the address they possess isn't actually hit - instead its older, or of another person or entirely non-existent. In the last panel, it is revealed that this due to the fact that nobody in his family or ancestors update addresses on time.

Austria-Hungary was a European empire that existed between 1867 and 1918, dissolving during World War I. It is possible that Cueball's ancestors hail from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, though it would be even more absurd for that to be used as an address, given that the polity has not existed for almost a century.

Transcript

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[Cueball is standing, holding a phone.]
Voice: Do you still live at 342 River St?
Cueball: No, I moved last year.
[Cueball is standing behind a counter with Hairy, whose hands are on a keyboard.]
Hairy: Is 21 Ash Tree Lane still a good address?
Cueball: What? That's my childhood home. How is that even in your system?
[Cueball is holding a phone again.]
Voice: The address we have is 205 Second St #2.
Cueball: I... think that's where my parents lived before I was born!?
[Cueball stands behind another counter with Ponytail and a tablet.]
Ponytail: Are you still living in... "The Austro-Hungarian Empire?"
Cueball: You know what, sure.
Ponytail: Austria-Hungary dissolved in 1918.
Cueball: Well, I come from a long line of people who hate updating stuff.


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