The Song Of The Unsuccessful Aquatic Mammal

UPDATE 9/19/09: Thanks to @Alyssa_Milano for sharing this comic with her Tweeps. If you dig the comic and would like to follow me on Twitter, please do.

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… or “The Fail Whale at Tanagra!”

[reddit-me]Ironically, Eli and Denise died in a murder/suicide pact moments before Twitter came back online.

So I guess Twitter got attacked by killbots or something yesterday morning. I was asleep until 10am (having stayed up working until 4am the previous night), so I didn’t notice. [Follow me on Twitter, if you want]

Read up on Darmok and the Tamaraians if panel one is confusing at all.

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49 Comments

  1. Twitter, Facebook, Livejournal, they all tanked. I'm betting it was some sort of conspiracy, probably propagated by the older generation, to try to get "the kids" off the damn intertubes and back into real life.

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    • more like the old bones are all signing the fuck on–you can't even write nobody no more cause they always like, "Dude! -Come on! My mom's on here!"

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  2. Twitter was down? :/ I totally missed that.

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  3. Aww, Eli is such a supportive boyfriend to let Denise tweet "at his face".

    This is also another sort of funny if you follow them on the twitters and notice that a good number of their tweets seem to be about their cat watching TV or knocking shit over.

    I do call shenanigans on that one tweet being well over 140 characters. Sammichtweet.

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    • I tweet at my girlfriends face sometimes but she doesn't like it when I get twitter all over her.

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    • Its EXACTLY 140. I checked.

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      • lol, i should have just looked in the comments before spending 5 minutes counting the characters in the note.

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        • I guess I used too many spaces. It is quite exact.

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  4. Oh sweet jesus with a boner on the cross! … You had me at frame one. (though how a phaser fires from a torpedo-tube, I'll never know)

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  5. Captain Picard, drawing a smiley face in the cloud of gas. :)

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    • The River Termerc, in winter! XD

      ….Darmok on the ocean. ;_;

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      • Darmok and Jalad… on the ocean.

        *curses work for making her not be at home where the Star Trek is*

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    • Captain Picard with Dr. Crusher. His balls blue.

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      • I'm not sure if I've just passed beyond laughing or if I just died a little inside… either way, too awesome. :)

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  6. Remember that simpsons episode, where Marge makes Itchy and Scratchy suck, and all the kids go outside and play instead?

    It was like that, only bigger.

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    • Also, Eli and Denise… their phones dead, their voices silenced! The fail whale, his belly fat!

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  7. I can't stop giggling at Denise's first line! The whole comic is excellent, but the TNG reference is my favourite part. I'd send this to my mum because she raised us on Star Trek (I blame/thank her for my love of sci fi, and am still beaming that she's gotten into Doctor Who [next stop, Firefly, I hope]), but I don't know if she'd get the Twitter part of the joke.

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    • Give your mum a hug next time you see her. Raising kids on star trek is the right thing to do.

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    • Yeah, they say its "shaka" but half the internet seems to think "chaka." Ill change it if theres a consensus.

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    • long story short, is "shaka" an expletive? I'm a little rusty on my ST:TNG trivia & too lazy to look it up myself

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  8. Yeah, it was a DNS. Hit Twitter and I think Facebook.

    I'm surprised this sort of thing hasn't happened before. Usually when something on the Internet becomes popular, it becomes a big-ass target, and Twitter is so hot it's on fire these days.

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    • Thought it was DDoS and Facebook's inline AJAX stuff just ground to a halt.

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  9. First off, love the TNG reference.

    This whole failfest is news to me, as I must have been the only one with said accounts who was too busy WORKING to miss out on this temporary moratorium on this colossal waste of time. Uh, if you will.

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  10. I think Denise's first line is the only litmus test you'll ever need to discern somebody's Geek Level. I chuckled uncomfortably when I immediately recognized the reference.

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  11. Goddammit, this made me laugh/made me sad mostly because of that post it twitter about meatball subs… Eli and I constantly have to work together like Darmok and Jalad against Kurby's hunger for cheese.

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    • Kurby truly is "the beast at Tanagra."

      Eli his cheese on the floor.

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  12. What do the numbers in brackets mean? The (61) and the (0) on the post-its.

    TV Tropes has been having DDoS problems for a while now, and we figured we were a warm-up for whoever's doing this stuff. (Other sites bar Twitter were affected, I heard.) Guess we were right.

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    • Those are remaining characters out of 140

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    • weird,I haven't had any trouble with tv tropes and I go there all the time.

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      • We were going down a few hours a day a little while ago. We are still getting 15,000 junk searches a second by DDos-Bots.

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    • number of characters left in a 140-char tweet.

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      • Huh. That must be some sort of fad I missed.

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  13. Those would be the number of characters left of your 140 allotment I suspect. ( Or not-alot-ment )

    Isn't there some sort of off-line client for Twitter so you can just pile them up and dump them when the beast awakens?

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    • hey, that would be a good idea! like "failwhale protection" because you have a tought, you tweet it, and when you reached the image of the failwhale you already forgot what you wroe.

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    • There is an iPhone app that foes that. Can't remember the name though. There is a whole industry built around Twitters downtime.

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  14. Twitter was attacked by Libs who were growing increasingly concerned over Conservative Grass-roots movements.

    Surprised you guys didn't know that.

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  15. Congratulations Joel! I think Glen Beck has taken notice of your little web site.

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    • He's always emailing me about he wants to gay marry me. It's kind of creepy

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  16. I didn't get that reference :( I'm just starting TNG. I loved the comic. I was in class for most of the morning and I thought my phone was the problem but then I got home and the fraking website didn't work! it was horrible.I felt so disconnected. Yes, I am horribly addicted to twitter.
    there's twitddict.com or something like that for when twitter is down. I usually go to friendfeed or tumblr.

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  17. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
    An excellent comic, sir. Just excellent!

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  18. But where is Alameda? Star trek movie looking 4 whales in Alameda??Now THAT wud b hilarious!;)

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