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Bun Trend
Our experts have characterized the ecological impact of this trend as "adorable."
Title text: Our experts have characterized the ecological impact of this trend as "adorable."

Explanation

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In this comic, Beret Guy takes his bun shenanigans to the state government, reporting to the governor that the number of buns around the capitol has shown a rapid increase. The governor is confused, then finally comes to grasp that Beret Guy is talking about rabbits, lots of which can be seen if he would just go outside (by the way, there is a small one RIGHT NOW!).

Elections in the United States often have a blank spot on the ballot for the voter to write the name of a write-in candidate. Beret Guy thinks he works for the governor because he wrote his name in on the ballot. This does not mean that he actually works for the governor. This is typical of his naive understanding of the world.

The governor finally takes appropriate action by calling security, and Beret Guy confronts his fate with poise and honor. Indeed, the readiness with which he accepts his removal almost seems to suggest that he doesn't belong, which would be an unusual level of awareness for his character. Alternatively, Beret Guy might have misinterpreted the governor's request for security as a question for whether he works in security. This also may be an ironic reference to the rapid turnover in the current President's staff.

"Buns" have been mentioned previously in 1682: Bun and 1871: Bun Alert.

Beret Guy's uncertain position in the government is very similar to the way he treats and operates his business.

In the title text, experts characterize the ecological impact of the large amount of bunnies as "adorable" instead of giving information on how the rabbits are affecting the environment.

Transcript

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[Beret Guy holds a stick and points at a board next to him. The board contains a picture of a rabbit, a data point graph and other notes.]
Beret Guy: Good morning, Governor. Our tracking systems show a rapid increase in the number of buns around the Capitol.
[Hairy is sitting at an office desk and facing Beret Guy in a frameless panel.]
Hairy: Buns?
Beret Guy: Yes; there's been a long-term upward trend, but it has accelerated recently.
Hairy: The trend in... rabbits.
Beret Guy: Yes.
[Beret Guy takes out his phone.]
Hairy: So... so what?
Beret Guy: So if you want to see some buns, there are lots of them outside!
beep!
Beret Guy: Ooh!
Beret Guy: There's a small one right now!
[Zoom-in on Beret Guy.]
Hairy (offscreen): Do you... actually work for me?
Beret Guy: Almost certainly. We had an election, right? I wrote my name in on the thing.
Hairy (offscreen): Security?
Beret Guy: It's been an honor to serve.


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