Talk:1503: Squirrel Plan

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Reminds me of the Ice Age squirrel Mikemk (talk) 06:02, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Also reminiscent of the star wars scene in Kingmen 06:16, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

I think the squirrels are just a vehicle for the joke, which is poking fun at "obvious" conclusions based on personal beliefs. 06:48, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Absolutely - the current first line of explanation fails, as squirrels being stupid is not a joke. 07:18, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

"...due to the expansion of the acorns inside." I love you guys. 07:57, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

We know 08:54, 25 March 2015 (UTC)BK201

This comic puts me in mind of the simplistic plot points and devices of a lot of modern scifi movies ... poking fun at them the same way as "Scorcher" from Tropic Thunder does ...-- 09:30, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

I'd say the squirrels are a stand-in for ancient humans. Their understanding of the world and what is obvious reflects their pre-scientific state of knowledge. Their interests as squirrels have affected their conclusions, just as humans have projected their interests on what they interpret the sun to be (source of acorns instead of a sun god). I'm pretty sure the "halfway to the sun" part refers to a point where they think they're halfway but probably aren't even close to leaving the atmosphere, drawing parallels again to ancient human assumptions (the sun and moon are small orbs that are just high in the sky).