1054: The Bacon

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The Bacon
Normally pronounced 'THEH-buh-kon', I assume.
Title text: Normally pronounced 'THEH-buh-kon', I assume.

Explanation

This comic plays off a typical American colloquialism in which "bring home the bacon" means working hard and bringing money home to your family to put food on the table.

White Hat seems to actually be saying "thebacon", and is thus calm because his wife gives him drugs. Vicodin is a very common painkiller, that can become a drug of abuse.

According to Wikipedia:thebacon, Randall is mistaken in three (sky-high) places:

  • The proper name is dihydrocodeinone enol acetate.
  • It is a semisynthetic opioid.
  • The pronunciation is /ˈθiːbəkɒn/ (thee-buh-kon).

Transcript

White Hat: I'm out of work, but I'm not stressed about it because my wife is a pharmacist and she brings home thebacon.
Caption: Only later did I learn that "thebacon" is the common name for Dihydrocodeine Enol Acetate, a synthetic opioid similar to Vicodin.
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