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Title text: Do I just leave money in my mailbox? How much? How much money do they need, anyway? I guess it probably depends how the economy is doing. If stocks go up, should I leave more money in my mailbox or less?
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This is another comic poking fun at adults who have trouble dealing with grown up issues.
The comic starts with Cueball wondering what "personal data" is, saying he doesn't understand what it is, and it is an abstract concept.
Ponytail then says she agrees with him, and then points out she doesn't understand what the "the economy" is, and saying that it is related to "stocks", but she also does not understand what they are.
White hat then says that he doesn't understand what taxes are, which would be very alarming. Not knowing how to pay taxes would be extremely bad, as not paying taxes is a serious crime. Cueball and Ponytail are obviously surprised by this, telling him sarcastically that he needs to figure that one out soon, ideally in the next few weeks, as the US tax season is in April.
The title text continues to poke fun at White hat, with him thinking that paying taxes is directly related to stocks, and believing that he can pay taxes by putting money in his mailbox, and waiting for someone to collect it.
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Panel 1: Cueball talking to Ponytail and White Hat. Both of them are looking at Cueball.
Cueball: Everyone keeps talking about "personal data." To be honest, I don't really know what it is.
Cueball: I mean, I understand the idea and know it's a thing I should protect. But it's so ... abstract.
Panel 2: Closeup on Ponytail
Ponytail: It's like "The Economy." I don't really know what the economy is, if we're getting specific. I know stocks going up is good. For people who own stocks, at least.
Ponytail: Whatever "stocks" are.
Panel 3: White Hat responds. Both Ponytail and Cueball are looking at him.
White Hat: Yeah, or taxes. Everyone talks about taxes. What ARE' they? Do I have to pay them? And to who? [sic]
Cueball: Ok, wait, you definitely need to learn about that one.
Ponytail: Yeah, Ideally sometime in the next few weeks. [tr note: in the US, the last day to file taxes (or request an extension?) is April 15th. The comic was released 23 March.]
Title Text: [Presumably a continuation of White Hat's conversation] Do I just leave money in my mailbox? How much? How much money do they need, anyway? I guess it probably depends [on] how the economy is doing. If stocks go up, should I leave more money in my mailbox or less?
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