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Edd: Ahh, nothing like an electric fan on a hot day.
Friend: Err, Edd, I don't think we should be using this much electricity.
Edd: What do you mean?
Friend: Well, if we keep using this much electricity then the power plants that provide it will have to work overtime and that will result in the excretion of excessive amounts of greenhouse gases that will travel to the polar ice caps and boil and melt them and cause the sea levels to rise which will ultimately result in extreme weather changes, no doubt causing the Earth to both overheat and flood simultaneously.
Edd: Don't be silly! Like our electricity usage alone could cause that!
Friend: Yeah, I guess you're right. Hey, can I have one of those?
Engineer 1: Somebody somewhere is sure using a lot of electricity.
Engineer 2: And your point is?
Engineer 1: Huh, I just like to narrate.
Friend 2: What's that sound?
Friend: Holy hot dog in a toaster – it's a giant wave!
Friend 3: Hey, Edd.
Edd: It's not THAT big, I've seen bigger. (He turns.) Err, that's slightly bigger!
Friend: Quick, Edd, turn everything off before it's too late.
Edd: How on Earth will that do anything now?
Friend: Turn everything off now! Oh man, oh man, it's getting closer! (Edd starts unplugging things.) Hello? Yeah it's me. Look, I might not be around much longer so I thought I'd better call. Yeah, that's right. With extra anchovies please. Ahhh, it's right in front of me! (He takes off his 3D glasses.) Oh, that's mildly better. Ninety-seven, ninety-eight, ninety-nine, one hundred. Ready or not, here I gooooo … (Edd pulls out the last plug.)
Edd: Well, that's just silly.
Friend 2: You know what, guys? I’ve learned something today.
Friend: That's right, we do need to seriously consider cutting back on our electricity usage, even if it's just something small like turning stuff off completely before we go to bed, because if we don't we are all going to die.
Man: Well, that was the lamest thing I've ever seen, and that rainbow thing was so ... wait, is that a giant wave?
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