I took the sentient space craft joke to be a reference to the movie "Dark Star".
Harpoon is a brand of rum. Did a bottle make it into space? 18.104.22.168 12:55, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
- I tried to find who makes it but wasn't able to find a definitive source. I added http://www.harpoon-rum.eu/ for now but it would be nice to have the link to the canonical source. Any pointers? --Waldir (talk) 17:24, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Did this comic upload quite late in the day for anyone else? Is anyone else experiencing or did anyone else experience that "Latest Comic" is still going to 1401 as ix XKCD.com and XKCD.com/#
"This is obviously a joke, as sentient spacecraft cannot be created with current technology." Yeah, will need a citation on that... 22.214.171.124 13:23, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Definitely a joke. Appolo 12’s call sign was Yankee Clipper, and a clipper ship would not carry any harpoons.126.96.36.199 14:04, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
- I'd believe someone might have smuggled some Harpoon (or even any brand of) rum up there, then brought it back down with them, ingested or otherwise (thus the drop right after the mission). Alternately, "incident" could be something more along the lines of losing an empty bottle of rum during a spacewalk (farfetched as it may be) and it reentering the atmosphere(?) - probably no more than stories, though - nothing official probably exists about anything like that going up or down in any manner.
Moby Dick is, let's say, extremely far-fetched. It was not the ship that was hunting the whale and harpooning it by itself. --188.8.131.52 17:27, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Could the Apollo 12 bump possibly be a reference to Futurama? "We're whalers on the moon, we carry a harpoon" 184.108.40.206 15:51, 1 August 2014 (UTC)