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  1. The rodent is simply complaining that the tables have been turned, and now the anthropomorphic cheese is chasing after them.

  2. This cartoon makes more sense if you’ve seen the cartoon “Rick and Morty.”

    “Rick and Morty” is an animated cartoon show (for adults only) about a mad scientist (Rick) and his grandson (Morty) who go on adventures by travelling across timelines and dimensions. It’s not unusual to find themselves in a word with unusual inhabitants, such as a world where people are telephones, and they eat humans as if they’re pizzas, or a world where the inhabitants are chairs, and they eat telephones at restaurants.

    As for cheese that eats mice? Nothing strange about that, once you’ve seen enough “Rick and Morty.”

    That being said, I think it would be clearer to replace “…stumbled into the wrong timeline” with “…stumbled into the wrong dimension” or “…stumbled into the wrong reality.”

  3. Parallel universes have become popular ways to hold alternate paths when a timeline splits. In many older stories (movies and TV), there was only one universe with a timeline that gets changed by time travelers. These stories often ended with time travelers from the future ceasing to exist; bang, end of story. So nowadays, alternate timelines can exist in parallel. The CW network has a set of shows (mostly DC comic super heroes) where characters from different universes hop to different timelines and different times. (There were like, a hundred universes until a recent clash caused the end of most of them.) If you tune in unaware, you may see something like 2 identical Flashes, or a replacement Flash who’s visiting a universe where its Flash has died. Viewers are expected to keep track of who’s from where and when.

  4. It was also a factor on “Community”! And I think they did use “timeline” as the preferred term.

  5. This was an LOL for me, not a CIDU.

    You don’t particularly have to have watched “Rick and Morty” (or CW superhero shows) to enjoy this. There are lots of media where alternate timelines come up.

  6. What everyone else said.

    I think 30 years ago this cartoon would have had the dialog bubble maybe say “Have you ever felt there’s something fundamentally wrong with the world”.

    I think it is interesting that in internet meme seepage and sci-fi tv becoming mainstream that (well, to me and others but not to Bill apparently) that “stumbling into a timeline” seems like a reasonable phrase.

    ..

    In a way, this reminds of this new yorker cartoon from 25 years or so ago.

    Logically it makes very little sense but as phrases people just *hear* again and again in the media media it *sounds* like it makes sense and it’s only when you think of it, it doesn’t.

  7. As a longtime DC Comics fan, I would prefer ‘alternate universe’.
    ‘Timeline’ suggests that going back in time and altering the past could bring about a ‘cheese chasing mice’ scenario.

  8. In sf lit idiom, the moment when two alternate universes split off is generally known as a “JonBar Point” (after a character in Jack Williamson’s THE LEGION OF TIME). But in cheese-related alternate, it would presumably be a JarlsBerg Point.

  9. @Shrug wrote, “In sf lit idiom, the moment when two alternate universes split off is generally known as a “JonBar Point” (after a character in Jack Williamson’s THE LEGION OF TIME)”

    I’ve been reading SF for over 50 years. I run SF conventions. I have given talks and been on panels at SF cons. I was once interviewed for the SFWA Bulletin. Yet I have never run into that expression. Hmm ….

  10. Wondermark covered this two weeks ago:

    Added text: Sometimes it takes other people to see your potential in you, before you truly believe in it yourself.

  11. “@Woozy: that cartoon makes sense to me: it’s a Jurassic Park reference.”

    Well, yes. But it’s still non-sensical. He’s got plenty of DNA in his body so why does he care about the mosquito and so what if the mosquito is killed or not if the blood in preserved. And why does he want to be cloned anyway.

    My point is tropes and memes take hold in our conscience so that we hear them they seem normal and its the act of the dawning that we are accepting them that is funny. I think that is true of my posted cartoon and the mice in the maze cartoon.

  12. In Rip Haywire, the timeline was rebooted via the “Catpocalypse”. Of course a cat was involved. That leads to fun in the comments pointing out possible discrepancies.

  13. Carl Fink, you’ve never run into that expression because you are on the OTHER timeline.

  14. ““JonBar Point” (after a character in Jack Williamson’s THE LEGION OF TIME)”

    I’ve been reading SF for over 50 years. I run SF conventions. I have given talks and been on panels at SF cons. I was once interviewed for the SFWA Bulletin. Yet I have never run into that expression. Hmm ….”

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    Wow, really?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonbar_hinge

    I’ve been reading sf for over 60 years, have worked on many sf conventions and been on panels etc., and have published a couple of “Curiosities” columns in THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. (Your turn…)

    But, to be fair, I only vaguely recall ever seeing the “Jonbar Hinge” variety. (As preferred above.)

  15. @Woozy: I was interpreting it differently: ‘it’s carrying my DNA’=it’s a part of me; kill it=kill me. But I understand what you mean.

  16. @Shrug, you “coming” to Worldcon this year?
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    Afraid not. Aside from lack of interest in an all-internet experience (and I did actually visit New Zealand already in the flesh back in 1975 with a bunch of other sf fans, on our way back from the Australian worldcon), I’ve not been going to conventions outside the Twin Cities for many years now (and this year not even that, as Minicon was cancelled until 2021).

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