@EVR_99 has the correct idea. These are Sugar Babies, the candy:
Hey, remember that in the strip three days ago there was a panel in which Gene’s color scheme switched to Arlo’s? There was some debate as some people thought that it may have been intentional.
Well, it turns out it was a blunder after all. The strip has been corrected and now Gene’s colors are consistent throughout the panels:
Hey! They fixed the blunder! Now Gene’s colors are the same throughout the panels!
Dear TRM: Let me quote Mr. Painted Wolf literally (emphasis mine):
To show just how ignorant some of the more extreme ‘Christian’ religious nuts are, (…)
It was you who decided to assume that he was saying that all Christians are woefully ignorant, and that therefore you and your educated Christian friends were being included.
You may be highly educated, but I’m afraid that reading comprehension is not your strong point.
@Nabu and @Dadoctah: Yes, but in all those cases when you read the “contraction” you actually read the whole word: Sacramento, usted, hermanos, señor (Sr.), señora (Sra.), doctor (Dr.), etc. The case of “a + el = al” and of “de + el = del” is totally different as the contraction is also in the spoken text.
By the way, I’m a native Spanish speaker and I was surprised by @Templo S.U.D.‘s comment. I thought _"I’m sure there’s more contractions than those two in Spanish"._ Hours later, I can’t still think of one or find one online. (That is, other than the type mentioned above where you don’t actually contract the words in the spoken language.)
@Andrew Goetsch is right. The colorist made a huge blunder and thought that Gene was Arlo in the third panel, and colored him in the standard Arlo scheme: blond hair, red shirt, blue pants. (No, I don’t buy the story that it’s a customer.)
I don’t agree with Cow in the third panel. If what she says was the case, what would be the point of writing a letter to Santa specifying what you would like to get?
Technically the Yukon is directly adjacent to the United States. (Alaska.)
Hmmm… Even though yesterday’s strip was labeled 10-23 and today’s as 10-24, it is clear that today’s strip was meant to appear before yesterday’s but they got mixed up before publishing.
Ooooh, I just remembered that the version of the joke that I learned as a kid was even better:
A sadist and a masochist are walking down the street. The masochist says to the sadist, “punch me.”
The sadist nods and says, “Tomorrow.”