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.


This comic plays off the American colloquialism "bring home the bacon", which generally means to work hard and bring 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, Randall seems to be mistaken in (gasp[citation needed]) three places:

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


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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A doc White Hat's wife will not have her job for long. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Suggest marking as incomplete. Source is Wikipedia? Is there someone who has more familiarity with opioids who can comment? And what's the purpose of the title text? Stating it's incorrect does very little to explain the joke (which I don't really get). Wikiiscool123 (talk) 12:30, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

It is just me or the title comic is showing as The窶叡acon for someone else? 20:23, 12 December 2019 (UTC)

The title is showing The bacon for me. Is the title showing different unicode characters to different people? [Gopher] 15 Dec 2019