1054: "The Bacon"

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1054: "The Bacon"

Postby glasnt » Fri May 11, 2012 4:01 am UTC

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ALT TEXT: Normally pronounced 'THEH-buh-kon', I assume..


I hope to many people are grizzling about the puns in this comic.

I prefer the 5-second films take on it.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri May 11, 2012 4:09 am UTC

It wouldn't surprise me a bit if it turned out Vicodin was made from bacon.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby CosmicLuck » Fri May 11, 2012 4:19 am UTC

Delicious and relaxing ? What can't bacon do ?

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby pyronius » Fri May 11, 2012 4:25 am UTC

I have the same problem with bath salts which oddly enough are in no way relaxing...

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby riddler » Fri May 11, 2012 4:31 am UTC

Once again, we learn a valuable lesson about proper kerning.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby jpk » Fri May 11, 2012 4:32 am UTC

CosmicLuck wrote:Delicious and relaxing ? What can't bacon do ?


What can't bacon do? For a start:

Tango with a dark-eyed stranger in the basement of an after-hours club in Paris
Write a four-volume parody of Gödel, Escher, Bach in blank verse
Play trumpet in a mariachi band, and really make it sound right
Brew a decent IPA
Prove Fermat's last theorem
Quit heroin

And, of course,
Your mom.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri May 11, 2012 4:33 am UTC

And if you can't bring home thebacon, then fucitol.
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby glasnt » Fri May 11, 2012 4:36 am UTC

jpk wrote:
CosmicLuck wrote:Delicious and relaxing ? What can't bacon do ?


What can't bacon do? For a start:

Tango with a dark-eyed stranger in the basement of an after-hours club in Paris
Write a four-volume parody of Gödel, Escher, Bach in blank verse
Play trumpet in a mariachi band, and really make it sound right
Brew a decent IPA
Prove Fermat's last theorem
Quit heroin

And, of course,
Your mom.


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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby abehrens » Fri May 11, 2012 4:42 am UTC

Not Dihydrocodeine enol acetate, but Dihydrocodeinone enol acetate.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby pyronius » Fri May 11, 2012 4:46 am UTC

jpk wrote:
CosmicLuck wrote:Delicious and relaxing ? What can't bacon do ?



Brew a decent IPA



if you're brewing an IPA you're a chump. If you can't brew an IPA you just cant brew.

instructions for brewing an IPA:

step 1- Find a decent pale ale recipe

step 2- quadruple the total IBUs

step 3- wait you want more?

step 4- no really, that's all there is.

step 5- ummm...

step 6- alright, i quit

Now if you had said a really well crafted English Brown or maybe a good Irish red then we'd be talking.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri May 11, 2012 5:06 am UTC

Now with added Barium, Cobalt, and Nitrogen!
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Lukeonia1 » Fri May 11, 2012 5:07 am UTC

I said "THEH-buh-kon" out loud. Then I read the title text. GOOMHR

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby toadpipe » Fri May 11, 2012 5:23 am UTC

Lukeonia1 wrote:I said "THEH-buh-kon" out loud. Then I read the title text. GOOMHR



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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby da Doctah » Fri May 11, 2012 5:38 am UTC

Today's xkcd is dedicated to Kyra Sedgwick.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby SuprXY » Fri May 11, 2012 5:46 am UTC

Thank you abehrens. Came to say the same thing.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Vir4030 » Fri May 11, 2012 9:07 am UTC

abehrens wrote:Not Dihydrocodeine enol acetate, but Dihydrocodeinone enol acetate.


Pardon my ignorance, but I feel like I'm missing the joke here. Why does this make a difference?

Edit: *FACEPALM*
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby SeySayux » Fri May 11, 2012 9:46 am UTC

I guess Randall must have been browsing Wikipedia, and found out there is a drug named "thebacon" and thought "Hey, that sounds just like \"the bacon\"! Let's make a joke about that!"

While I certainly don't agree with everything they say, you're making it quite easy for xkcdsucks here IMHO.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby jozwa » Fri May 11, 2012 9:46 am UTC

Vir4030 wrote:
abehrens wrote:Not Dihydrocodeine enol acetate, but Dihydrocodeinone enol acetate.


Pardon my ignorance, but I feel like I'm missing the joke here. Why does this make a difference?

Because the other one is WRONG?

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby The Moomin » Fri May 11, 2012 10:32 am UTC

SeySayux wrote:I guess Randall must have been browsing Wikipedia, and found out there is a drug named "thebacon" and thought "Hey, that sounds just like \"the bacon\"! Let's make a joke about that!"

While I certainly don't agree with everything they say, you're making it quite easy for xkcdsucks here IMHO.

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Seriously, I think we need to take a long hard look at what's going on in the internet nowadays. Standards are slipping.

People are obviously making a pig's ear out of humour.
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Widmerpool » Fri May 11, 2012 10:46 am UTC

pyronius wrote:
jpk wrote:
CosmicLuck wrote:Delicious and relaxing ? What can't bacon do ?
Brew a decent IPA
If you're brewing an IPA you're a chump. If you can't brew an IPA you just cant brew.
And bacon can't brew
Therefore bacon can't brew a decent IPA
So jpk was right.
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri May 11, 2012 11:04 am UTC

Almost there... but he should've omitted the lower text entirely. If you have to explain a joke, there is no joke.
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby J Thomas » Fri May 11, 2012 11:47 am UTC

Widmerpool wrote:
pyronius wrote:
jpk wrote:
CosmicLuck wrote:Delicious and relaxing ? What can't bacon do ?
Brew a decent IPA
If you're brewing an IPA you're a chump. If you can't brew an IPA you just cant brew.
And bacon can't brew
Therefore bacon can't brew a decent IPA
So jpk was right.


And there's a possibility that the bacon is not a chump?
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby radtea » Fri May 11, 2012 12:01 pm UTC

SeySayux wrote:I guess Randall must...


As a student of non-rational epistemologies, I'm curious as to the process by which you go from "I guess" (something entirely made up from the swirling little puddle between your ears) to "Randall must" (a claim of absolute necessity about a part of reality that is not you.)

On a scale of 1 to kumquats, I'd say your statement is up there with "All I know is it's called the Bill of Rights, not the Bill and Steve of Rights." But despite lacking any semblance of rationality, there is a definite pattern to statements such as yours, which suggests it may be possible to eventually understand them, and, in the fullness of time, cure you.
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby AvatarIII » Fri May 11, 2012 12:07 pm UTC

I thought I had avoided bad bacon puns by stopping reading Calamities of Nature, I guess not :roll:

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby RyanfaeScotland » Fri May 11, 2012 12:10 pm UTC

Reminds me of, http://xkcd.com/169/ but then most of xkcd does.

Also something that irks me, I read the passage under the comic as being the right hand guy's thoughts at a later date, like he is re-calling this event, but then the confusion wouldn't have been there as he would have heard thebacon said and not had to have read it himself. So that's where I think the ALT text comes in, again right hand guy's thoughts, which suggests that the speaker didn't pronounce it right but instead pronounced it as 'the bacon' in which case maybe he meant the bacon as you are meant to assume at the start. But then that means thebacon as a drug doesn't come into the situation at all. Hmmm...

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby jonadab » Fri May 11, 2012 12:20 pm UTC

If you have to explain a joke, there is no joke.


That's why I like to preemptively bring up the Hutterites in casual conversation, and explain the history behind the movement, who they are, and their general worldview and convictions. That way later people can "get it" when I tell my Jabba joke ("What do you call an obese pacifist Anabaptist gangster who lives on a commune in Montana and feeds people to a Rancor?")

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Smello » Fri May 11, 2012 12:45 pm UTC

Thanks, now I finally understand Reddit.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby RyanfaeScotland » Fri May 11, 2012 1:03 pm UTC

jonadab wrote:
If you have to explain a joke, there is no joke.


That's why I like to preemptively bring up the Hutterites in casual conversation, and explain the history behind the movement, who they are, and their general worldview and convictions. That way later people can "get it" when I tell my Jabba joke ("What do you call an obese pacifist Anabaptist gangster who lives on a commune in Montana and feeds people to a Rancor?")


I don't know what do you call an obese pacifist Anabaptist gangster who lives on a commune in Montana and feeds people to a Rancor?

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Oracle » Fri May 11, 2012 1:16 pm UTC

abehrens wrote:Not Dihydrocodeine enol acetate, but Dihydrocodeinone enol acetate.
So will Mr. Munroe correct the spelling in the comic panel to dihydrodeinone enol acetate?
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Oracle » Fri May 11, 2012 1:23 pm UTC

Envelope Generator wrote:Almost there... but he should've omitted the lower text entirely. If you have to explain a joke, there is no joke.


The lower text is not an explanation, it is the punch line. The text in the panel is "the setup". The lower text is the punch line.

If the first text was sufficient in itself, it would be a double entendre.
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby cellocgw » Fri May 11, 2012 1:24 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:And if you can't bring home thebacon, then fucitol.


Yeah and chemistry.about also says "Fucose kinase is abbreviated as fuc-K"

Is there a Beavis&Butthead corollary to Godwin's law? (or maybe it's Rule 34.bb)
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby SpringLoaded12 » Fri May 11, 2012 2:11 pm UTC

Opioids? I always assumed actual bacon being brought home was enough to relieve stress.
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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby jpers36 » Fri May 11, 2012 2:12 pm UTC

RyanfaeScotland wrote:Also something that irks me, I read the passage under the comic as being the right hand guy's thoughts at a later date, like he is re-calling this event, but then the confusion wouldn't have been there as he would have heard thebacon said and not had to have read it himself. So that's where I think the ALT text comes in, again right hand guy's thoughts, which suggests that the speaker didn't pronounce it right but instead pronounced it as 'the bacon' in which case maybe he meant the bacon as you are meant to assume at the start. But then that means thebacon as a drug doesn't come into the situation at all. Hmmm...


Ever since http://xkcd.com/953/ I just assume that xkcd's stick figures communicate by reading each other's speech bubbles.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby AvatarIII » Fri May 11, 2012 2:13 pm UTC

Oracle wrote:
Envelope Generator wrote:Almost there... but he should've omitted the lower text entirely. If you have to explain a joke, there is no joke.


The lower text is not an explanation, it is the punch line. The text in the panel is "the setup". The lower text is the punch line.

If the first text was sufficient in itself, it would be a double entendre.


That's how I saw it too, but I kind of feel the alt text, whilst normally a secondary punch line or gag, feels like an explanation.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby dp2 » Fri May 11, 2012 2:14 pm UTC

Oracle wrote:
Envelope Generator wrote:Almost there... but he should've omitted the lower text entirely. If you have to explain a joke, there is no joke.


The lower text is not an explanation, it is the punch line. The text in the panel is "the setup". The lower text is the punch line.

If the first text was sufficient in itself, it would be a double entendre.

The panel is a double entendre on "thebacon". But no one knows what that is, so he has to explain it with the caption text. This is a case where the joke shouldn't have left the notebook.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby dp2 » Fri May 11, 2012 2:16 pm UTC

Viagra is now available in its generic form -- Mycoxaphalin

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Jorbun » Fri May 11, 2012 2:35 pm UTC

http://xkcd.com/1015/

Why would you do this to us?

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby forbiddenSpell » Fri May 11, 2012 3:58 pm UTC

I was expecting his wife to literally bring home bacon.

And now I'm hungry.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby justalurkr » Fri May 11, 2012 4:25 pm UTC

So, first reaction: if the bacon is a drug, there's less stress if you don't bring it home, but sell it somewhere and bring the dough home.

Second reaction: oh, opioid = no stress. Plus, if duly prescribed by doctor, not illegal, which would eventually contribute to stress.

Third reaction: for f#ck's sake, just fry some actual bacon.

Then I realized I was taking my inability to bond with this pun out on an otherwise harmless strip and fetched some chocolate.

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Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

Postby Cervisiae Amatorem » Fri May 11, 2012 4:30 pm UTC

Love it! Three stellar comics in one week. Randall is on his shit this week.


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