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April 30, 2008

#417: The Man Who Fell Sideways

The Man Who Fell Sideways

[[A man standing, with a dotted line perpendicular to him and a 30 degree angle going downwards]]

Narrator: From a young age, gravity pulled him wrong.

[[The same man bouncing around his house]]

Narrator: Sometimes east, sometimes west. When he was restrained, it grew erratic.

[[Man bouncing

rolling on the ground]]

Narrator: So he fell.

Man: AAAA

[[Man bouncing

rolling on the ground in a desert]]

Narrator: Constantly

Man: AAAAAAAAA

[[Man bouncing

rolling off a rock on the ground in a desert]]

Narrator: Over land…

Man: AAAAA--A

[[Man bouncing

rolling on the ground in the desert]]

Man: AAAAAAAAA

[[Man bouncing

rolling on the ground in the desert]]

Man: A--AAAAAA

[[Man bouncing

rolling on the ground in the desert]]

Man: AA--AAAAA

[[Man under the surface of a body of water]]

Narrator: And sea.

Man: AAAAAAAAAAAA

[[Man still under the surface of a body of water]]

Man: AAAAAAAA

[[Man temporarily standing on the surface of the body of water]]

Man: AAAAAA

[[Man under the surface of the body of water]]

Man: AAAAAAAA

[[Tree in the savanna, with the man off the panel]]

Narrator: He found, where he could, food-

Man: AAAAAAAAAAAA

[[Tree in the savanna, with the man still off the panel, but zoomed out so that part of the man’s bounce

roll path is visible]]

Man: AAAAAAAAA

[[Man upside-down, still bouncing

rolling in the savannah, with a gazelle galloping away from him]]

Man: AAAAAAAAA

[[Savanna with a tree in it]]

Man: AAAAAAAAAAA

[[Woman standing, with the man off screen]]

Narrator: And love.

Man: AAAA--AAAA

[[Woman standing, with the man off screen]]

Man: ACK

[[Man crashing into woman]]

Woman: Hiwhat’syourname-

[[Woman on the ground, with the man off screen]]

Man: AAAAAAA--AAA

[[Woman speaking to another man]]

Woman: I met this guy. He knocked me over and tumbled into the distance.

[[Woman speaking to the same man from the previous panel, with the man’s hand to his mouth]]

Woman: We only shared a few seconds, but in his panicked scream I heard something beautiful.

[[Woman speaking to the same man from the previous panel]]

Woman: I think… I think I’m…

[[Woman speaking to the same man from the previous panel]]

Man: Falling for him?

Woman: I wasn’t going to say it.

[[Woman at hospital with doctor, giving birth]]

Narrator: She never saw him again. But nine months later…

Doctor: Okay, push!

[[Woman at hospital with doctor and new baby, who is bouncing

rolling away]]

Doctor: It’s a gir-

Woman: !!

Doctor: Whoops!

Baby: Ga! Ga!

[[Baby bouncing

rolling out of hospital]]

Baby: WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE

[[Baby bouncing

rolling in front of a sunset]]

Baby: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Narrator: The End