Talk:1615: Red Car

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Penises: They're about this red. Now can we please, as a culture, move on? 08:40, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

Is this the first time, color is used in the comics? --Robert (talk) 09:43, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

No, there are a lot more comics with color Forrest (talk)09:56, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

I think the joke is that red has a longer wavelength than cyan (nanometers of difference). Not anything to do with colour theory. 10:06, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

I'll have you know that a few nanometres make all the difference, for some people. Click here for the miracle pill you must have!
(Seriously, as stated elsewhere, it's opposites. Big car, small equipment; RGB(100%,0%,0%) car, RGB(0%,100%,100%) equipment; pH>7 car, pH<7 equipment. Perhaps an annotated colour-wheel picture in the explanation, as a visual guide?) 12:10, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
It seems to me it could also be a reference Anaglyph 3D red-cyan glasses. Bigger color difference makes things look closer to the viewer and thus larger. Wikipedia

The mouse over text makes it fairly clear that it's a joke about opposites. If anything could be added to the explanation as it stands, I might clarify that red and cyan are specifically colors of light. When shone on a single area (and therefor mixed) these two colors will create white light. When these colors of light are represented on a color wheel, they are placed opposite each other. So cyan and red in this sense fit as opposites, like big and small, alkaline and acidic.

For some reason, this made me laugh extremely hard. I've been up all night and maybe it's sleep deprivation, as it makes me do weird things, like bingewatch on several ISS videos simultaneously. International Space Station (talk) 10:56, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

There is also a common stereotype that a car's color reveals something about its owner's psychology (e.g. here). So, I think Megan is not only generalizing one stereotype but rather mixing two stereotypes, as in other comics. Zetfr 11:41, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

Is this the shortest complete explanation on this site?

3: Island (sketch) and 28: Elefino are shorter. 12:53, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

Litmus anyone? -- 13:40, 11 December 2015 (UTC)