The case of the evil clock
The case of the evil clock

It was evil.

News: Posted March 28th, 2018 by Alina

^ 32 Comments to “The case of the evil clock”

  1. Orzahn Says:

    At first I thought maybe Autism? But now I’m starting to think Schizofrenia.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 2:18 am
  2. Sable Says:

    The clock is not broken, DOUG you piece of human garbage. It has been disassembled.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 2:48 am
  3. Karmic Dragon Says:

    Perfectly valid reason

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 3:04 am
  4. The Duck Knight Says:

    All clocks are evil. They tell you when you have to go to work. Thats evil, right?

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 4:32 am
  5. Suspicious Says:

    Steven is probably noise sensitive. That clock’s tick-tick-tick probably got on his nerves more than other noises.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 4:35 am
  6. KSClaw Says:

    Dude, if the ticking noise was bothering you, you could have told Doug instead of splitting the clock into atoms :I

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 4:50 am
  7. Girly_Gurl Says:

    Don’t try to make “Wayne returns” happen – it’s no gonna happen!

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 5:00 am
  8. Daniel S. Mountain Says:

    The infernal ticking of the damned…

    Very neat dismantling, though. Could probably put it back together and have it work.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 5:14 am
  9. Weatherheight Says:

    Why do I have the feeling it was humming in a distracting range that only he can hear?
    I used to be able to hear LEDs blinking. It was annoying.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 5:16 am
  10. werefrog Says:

    Autism would probably have resulted in Steven speaking less, not more than normal.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 7:28 am
  11. Lacynth40 Says:

    Carefully disassembled. The parts are laid out very nicely, and nothing is broken. Can be reassembled in two minutes. It’s fine. Just let him know that he’s not allowed to disassemble anything that’s being used for common usage without gaining permission from 2/3 of the other housemates. Easy.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 9:01 am
  12. Steve Says:

    It’s all fun and games until the smoke detectors turn out to be evil, too.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 9:25 am
  13. Tom Says:

    I don’t care how evil it is. You don’t destroy or even disassemble things in a shared environment that isn’t yours.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 9:49 am
  14. mudfoot Says:

    Was probably running at .998 per second. Needs a new chip.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 10:06 am
  15. D Says:

    Steven is hot!

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 11:17 am
  16. Keegan Says:

    Aaaand now Stephen’s crossed a line. You don’t just start taking apart other people’s stuff just because it “is evil”. Seriously, I’d be livid if someone I’d invited into my living space did that.

    If it’s making too much noise, put in in a cupboard or something. Wrap it in towels so you don’t have to hear it. But you don’t take a freakin’ screwdriver to it.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 12:19 pm
  17. Suzi Says:

    Well, better an disassembled clock as taking Wayne back. =)

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 12:53 pm
  18. mostly harmless Says:

    interesting. I just pull the batteries, but that’s me. But if it was the noise keeping him awake, that’s suprising because he’s down in the basement. Perhaps that is what raised the clocks level of hostility, its insidious ticking slinked down the stairs, through the doors and into Stevens bedroom, Steven rolled a critical hit on the clock, but very neatly…
    Ticking clocks are evil, probably my favorite line from wonder woman: “You let this little thing tell you what to do?”

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 1:47 pm
  19. mostly harmless Says:

    and likely its more of a hyper meticulous mentality, ocd-ish. If it was running slow or erratic, that may be what compelled him to disassemble it, to se if its insanity could be cured.
    Looks more like he was in the middle of repairing it and needed a new part for it, than hostile destruction.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 1:51 pm
  20. Necrisha Says:

    I think Steven went a little overboard in responding to the ticking noise those cheap clocks make. He seems naturally anxious and insomnia, noise hypersensitivity can go hand in hand with anxiety disorders.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 2:44 pm
  21. TCS Says:

    In Steven’s defense, ticking clocks are SUPER evil.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 5:38 pm
  22. Jenny Islander Says:

    @Werefrog: It’s more complicated than that. I tested on the edge of gifted verbally as a kid, I can talk your ear off, and I’m autistic.

    But my social intelligence was about on the level of Steven’s.

    (I wonder whether he needs all clocks to be the same and this cheapo supermarket model won’t keep time.)

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 8:06 pm
  23. AutobotDen Says:

    Actually, not all people who are Autistic are nonverbal. I’m sure as fuck not. and the clock’s ticking might have been enough to make Steven feel anxious and uncomfortable. His response wasn’t appropriate, but considering I’ve been tempted to smash fluorescent lights because the buzzing sound they make drives me up the wall? I could see “disassemble the source of the bad sound so it can’t come back” being a reasonable line of thought if Steven is Autistic.

    Posted March 29th, 2018 at 9:13 pm
  24. Andy Says:

    Why has no one suggested that he’s just super sleep-deprived as a reason for destroying the clock? Weird things happen to your thought processes when you stay up too long, which I’d rather expect everyone reading this comic to know from personal experience.

    Posted March 30th, 2018 at 12:43 am
  25. q'Tzal Says:

    I just wear earplugs.
    No, really. I’ve got the autistic sensory over-sensitivity and PTSD: its important to block out noises that my unconscious mind will turn in to enemies invading through the walls or whatever.

    All I know for sure is that my hearing is supernaturally acute when I need to go to sleep.

    Posted March 30th, 2018 at 1:47 am
  26. Jessica Says:

    Pfft. Dustin plays a Paladin.

    He should know the proper response to “it was EVIL” is “had to be done, then. Carry on.”

    Posted March 30th, 2018 at 11:50 am
  27. Coldfyre Says:

    Anyone else consider the fact that, in a semi awake state (since they appear to not give a crap they’d just woken him up), he was being whimsical in a way that us geeks tend be?

    Also, note the spool of wire. He’s probably repairing it and realised it was late, so has left it there for when he wakes back up again.

    Posted March 30th, 2018 at 12:38 pm
  28. Sable Says:

    Y’all are very keen to diagnose this guy with something… he could be joking, or just a bit of an oddball!

    Posted March 31st, 2018 at 4:30 am
  29. Scar Man!!! Says:

    @D He is unexpectedly toned. I guess climbing through vents does that to you.

    Posted March 31st, 2018 at 5:45 pm
  30. Hielario Says:

    That reminds me of that time when I had slept so little, I thought my ringing alarm clock was a bomb and disconnected it.

    Posted March 31st, 2018 at 7:34 pm
  31. Snail Says:

    Speaking as an autistic person, the constant talking is *absolutely* an autistic thing. Different people work different ways on the autism spectrum, just like there are lots of different kinds of NTs. Some people are nonverbal all or most of the time, but plenty of people aren’t. Steven is extremely infodumpy and has difficulty reading social cues. (Note that sometimes even someone who *does* read social cues well has trouble stopping in the middle of an infodump. Sometimes your mouth just keeps going.) He also sometimes overexplains, a thing that happens because frankly NTs have a very specific and kind of arbitrary range for “enough explanation” and overshooting is safer than undershooting. (Also, what seems obvious to us is often not obvious to you, and vice versa; overexplaining covers everything, even the obvious things, just in case.)

    Posted April 4th, 2018 at 1:09 am
  32. Reluctant Ichthyophage Says:

    A) Damn, Steven is fine~

    B) Yeah, I haven’t read the next page yet, but seeing how Steven’s character is being subtly developed so far, I don’t think “because it was evil” is something to take at face value. Hopefully, his roommates will gently pry out a more reasonable explanation and communicate to him that he didn’t act appropriately in this case.

    Posted April 5th, 2018 at 11:44 pm