July 15th, 2018

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Phil's airy comments about how some things never change should be made a nonsense of when he reacts poorly to the discovery that inflation doesn't just affect the price of things he regularly uses but the failed attempt to set this in the present day only serve to make him look like an idiot who never knew what things cost.

(Strip Number 5154, Original Publication Date, 18 July 1989)

Panel 1: As he and the kids arrive at the fair, Phil tells them to check things out because some things don't change.

Panel 2: He tells them that this is a scene out of his childhood.

Panel 3: He then talks like a Canadian of British heritage by commenting on toffee apples (caramel apples to you), candy floss (cotton candy), balloons, games, hot dogs on a stick (corn dogs) and other wonders.

Panel 4: When he actually has to pay for things, he's astonished because he has to be three dollars for a thirty second ride.

Summary: I guess this means that we're no longer pretending that this is happening in the present day. If we were, the standard "Phil gets sticker shock" punchline would have been accompanied by a more shocking price.