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PostPosted: June 1st, 2010 10:25:33 am 
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I really want to see how many of the references in Request Comics #151 people can get. In this thread, post ones you've figured out. Whoever gets the most by the end of June wins! Only the first person to identify a particular reference will get credit for it. Bonus points will be given for especially difficult references and references I didn't even realize I was making. There are no special references in this post; it's all about the comic. For the duration of the contest, I will give no hints other than verifying when a reference has been correctly gotten. When the contest ends, I will still not give hints on the remaining references. Yes, there will be remaining references. People hoping to get full explanations this month, or ever, will not find satisfaction.

I may revise these rules later, when I'm not extremely tired from just having made my most complicated strip yet.


Standings so far:

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cyber95:
flip it turnways

g0m:
Head is a Dinosaur
Dune/Settlers of Catan
Tiny Napoleon
Pixel
Topato
eggplant heels

MH:
Fits
Queen album cover
Cake is a lie

Drachefly:
Cornersheep
Dwarf runes
Higgs boson
Skin Horse
camera obscura

Projectyl:
Paint the Line (x2 difficulty bonus)

Spider:
Tolon and Tucker

Cormorant:
ridiculous Herodotus story

Blynn:
House of Leaves
Borgel
Old English poem my dad told me when I was a kid (x2 difficulty bonus)
5000 Fingers of Dr. T
Carnegordevoggling
My Little Pony
Lost Room
Boston and Shaun
Flash Gordon

ertchin:
King Horse

chenjesu:
Killer Robots From Space

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PostPosted: June 1st, 2010 12:00:00 pm 
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I unfortunately only caught flipping it turnways. Because seriously, how HIGH do you have to be?


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Head is Del Heaton is a reference to Head is a dinosaur from SUPER MEGA COMICS, the t-shirt in panel 2 is a reference to Dune and Settlers of Catan, tiny napoleon in the last panel is from Powerup comics and I think the microscope is a reference to Pixel comic? Oh, and the topato t-shirt. And this could be the Spanish eggplant's stuff.That's... probably all I know.


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PostPosted: June 1st, 2010 13:01:06 pm 
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The 'fit' notation is a reference to Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark", which is in itself a reference to the name of the requester Lewis Powell (works better in non-rhotic accents); I think the eggplant thing is a callback to RC #52 (which involved an eggplant wearing high heels); the Welcomer to the Obscura has a T-shirt that references the cover of the album Queen II; the last line is a reference to the philosopher Hippocleides for reasons which should be obvious to even the most casual observer; is there a M:TG reference in the penultimate panel?; I would assume the "cake = lies" in the second panel is part of a Portal ref., but I doubt it.

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Would have caught the Hunting of the Snark, but it was of course found quickly...

Fit 1:
The Cornersheep.
What's really weird is that I was JUST going through the Triangle and Robert archive and annotating what happens when.

Fit 2:
Topato. He's made of poison.

Fit 4:
The code is the dwarvish code from KoL

Higins boson would of course be higgs boson. Flipping the sandal could refer to spin

Skin horse is by Shaenon Garrity, who is better known for the semi-legendary Narbonic

"Approached by a Small Dog" reads like generic RPG beginning of encounter text.

Fit 5:
A chamber _ _ obscura -> camera obscura = a pinhole camera.


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PostPosted: June 1st, 2010 19:12:12 pm 
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Edit: Removed post because now I'm not sure how kosher Googling is. I did find quite a few that way, but it feels kind of like cheating. Ruling?


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The only two I recognize without searching:

"Approached by a small dog" is from Kris Straub's "Paint the Line" theme.

"This proves that science is in fact true after all" is a quote from Doctor Chemicaltron of Pixel.

(Recognized Head is a Dinosaur too, but not sure I actually fully get it. "Del"?)

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PostPosted: June 2nd, 2010 02:55:31 am 
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Blynn wrote:
Edit: Removed post because now I'm not sure how kosher Googling is. I did find quite a few that way, but it feels kind of like cheating. Ruling?


I see Googling as pretty much inevitable. A bunch of the references were chosen to be proof against it ("Approached by a small dog," for example), but I don't mind there being a fair amount of low-hanging fruit in there as well. And if you're able to get any of the really hard ones with search engine skills alone, that itself will impress me.

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Aside: of course whoever wins could always make the required request "Make a comic where you explain all the references from the Reference Contest"...

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Fit 4:
the matrix of meanwhiles could be 'meanwhile, in the matrix'


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MH wrote:
Aside: of course whoever wins could always make the required request "Make a comic where you explain all the references from the Reference Contest"...

I like this. The harder people try to win, the less new information they'll get out of the prize.

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Tolon and Tucker are the names hidden in the Arthur books, and also occasionally in the wonderful TV series :)


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Hi, I've never posted on the forum before, but I'm a big fan of the comic.

"Hippocleides doesn't care" is from Herodotus. Cleisthenes, a rich and powerful man, invited all his daughter's suitors to spend a year at his house, competing with each other at sports, conversation, and having good parentage. At the end of the year, Cleisthenes would choose the best one to become his son-in-law. Hippocleides was close to winning the contest when he chose to publicly stand on his head on a table and dance by waving his legs in the air.

Cleisthenes told Hippocleides that his crazy dancing had ruined his chances, to which Hippocleides responded "Hippocleides doesn't care."


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It occurs to me that one of the particular works of Edvard Grieg in the corner sheep is probably the shepherd boy from the lyric suite.

Speaking of the toaster, what is toast? Crisped bread. So Toaster Glover -> Crispin Glover ? ?

Also, I know the definition of gromp (a glomp that involves a grope), but I don't really see how that's a reference. Similarly, 'Ban Oppressive Free Speech' seems to refer to way too many real things to be a specific reference.


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PostPosted: June 3rd, 2010 21:46:23 pm 
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ok then:

The blue script is Sanskrit for house, which is a reference to House of Leaves, but I can't translate the rest. "An elliptical bagel with poppy seeds" is what space is like, according to Borgel. I think the Grieg compositions might be kobolds?

"Weird is strongest" may be a reference to a line from an Old English poem usually translated as "The glories of Christ are great/Fate is strongest" where weird/fate are both valid translations of "wyrd." Silk and spinach is from "The 5000 fingers of Dr. T." Carnegordevoggling is from goats. The Grundle King is from My Little Pony, and the clock that sublimates brass is one of the objects in Room 10 of the Sunshine Motel.

"Why do you have to make a point?" is from Boston & Shaun, and it's Flash Gordon who has to find the bomb by noon to save the future.

I have some other theories but those are the ones I feel most confident about. Well, maybe not the "weird is strongest" guess but that was such a great find I threw it in anyway.


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I have no hope of knowing almost any of these, but I do feel the need to point out the one that was taken directly from my soul: the line "now I know that you're all skin horse" is a single-word change of the first line of the chorus of the Elvis Costello song "King Horse". It is also the exact earworm I would get when looking at the latest Skin Horse update, for months and months after it premiered.

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pilot knob = killer robots from space

tabb= truth and beauty bombs??

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I know I have heard "That's not quite the same. (It is, isn't it?)" before, but unfortunately it is impossible to google. I'm going to guess xkcd?

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it also doesn't help that it doesn't contain any sort of information that would help me remember where it's from.

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does tabb=cake come from .. I think it was squidds avatar that said "lex luthor stole forty cakes, and that's as many as four tens, and that's terrible."

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is ber-le-lur le lur le lur that guy from the muppets? that one looks like it's really hard to get re: phonetics

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The contest is over. Blynn is the winner!

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Blynn has seen through the dark, right through the references that sleep in Ben's heart.

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So I played Dominion for the first time ever yesterday (well, not quite, but I wasn't really paying attention the first time) which inspired me to look through the archives for that Ten Worst Dominion Cards strip, and I found this again.

Which means I can say that the penultimate panel is a Dominion ref - Secret Chamber allows you to place two cards from your hand on top of your deck if you're attacked.

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Close! That one's actually a combination reference to — wait, I think I said I wasn't going to give explanations even after the fact.

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Not even as a prize for me getting off my rear and finally actually buying and playing Dominion? (I'll probably get Intrigue too after exams.)

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All right, some hints about that panel, in the form of what I think are all the unresolved questions about it:

1) What's the deal with the caption?
2) What's the deal with the sign on the wall?
3) Why "Request Comics Obscura"? (Someone got half of this already.)
4) What caused me to need to put two cards on top of my deck? (This is a hard one. It has multiple answers, and they don't make sense on their own.)
5) What are those cards from?
6) Why those two cards specifically?

I don't remember the answers to all of these.

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PostPosted: May 27th, 2013 05:18:01 am 
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I'm kind of stretching the concept of a hint here.

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Was I at least partly right? :P

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