Talk:1794: Fire

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This is probably the first time I have ZERO idea what the comic is supposed to mean... -- 17:02, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Seems to be a reference to the way fire departments measure fire intensity: 17:12, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

The joke being that because its an alarm factory its 50,000 alarms, the amount of physical alarms on site, as opposed to the alarm rating given by the fire commander 17:14, 3 February 2017 (UTC) MrMX

The exaggeration of the alarm rate can be a reference on how current media in US are driven to report on harmless events in a much more drastic way. It's maybe a reference to the "alternative facts" that we get told where the press spokesman exaggerates the number of people attending a presidential inauguration or the other spokeswoman to talk about a massacre that never happened. 17:35, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Not sure the alarms have to be functioning or "set off" to be relevant, they could just be alarms, in whatever state, that are on fire. 17:24, 3 February 2017 (UTC)Fred -- Could even be burglar alarms, or medical alarms... Though 50.000 fire alarms that actually somehow simultaneously catch fire is funny. 19:25, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

"We didn't start the fire" :-) Keybounce (talk) 18:44, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Billy Joel also sings "An Innocent Man" in which he reiterates through the chorus "I am an innocent man". "We Didn't Start the Fire" is clearly the most relevant, but this is a nice extra little tid-bit. 20:42, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

I hadn't noticed the "sound-waves" in the newspaper photo. That's very amusing. Jkshapiro (talk) 01:35, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

The people on Candid really seem to like this one. :) --JayRulesXKCD what's up? 17:27, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

I added a mention of (which, notwithstanding the URL, was ultimately a ten-alarm blaze). 19:56, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

Disagree with the latest edit, regarding the "sound-waves" in the newspaper photograph: "aside from the fact that this is a cartoon and that's how cartoons work". Even in the cartoon world, photographs don't typically include an audio component. Jkshapiro (talk) 23:42, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

It's reminiscent of a Steve Wright joke about the candle factory that burned down. Everyone stood and sang "happy birthday" (referring to the tradition of candles on the cake, one for each year of the victim's age). Or the more obscure joke a 1 "L" lama, that's a priest a 2 "L" llama, that's a beast a 3 "L" lama, that's a really big fire! (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)