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Pearls Before Swine

By Stephan Pastis
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Jan 26, 2013
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Goat:  Good morning, Pig...what are you up to?
Pig:  I really love folk music, so I'm debating whether to join N.E.F.F.A.
Goat:  What's that?
Pig:  The New England Folk Festival Association.
Goat:  So why don't you?
Pig:  Because I really believe in women's rights, so I'd also like to join N.O.W., the National Organization for Women.
Goat:  So why not join both?
Pig:  Because I can't afford the dues for both.
Goat:  So it's one or the other?
Pig:  It's N.O.W. or N.E.F.F.A.
Goat:  Are there refunds for comic strips?
Stephan:  Nope.
Jan 28, 2013
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    Alms4Thorby  almost 5 years ago

    I could smell that one coming from a mile away, and I could smell it going from a mile away.

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    margueritem  almost 5 years ago

    I need a refund too, please. ;-)

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    legaleagle48  almost 5 years ago

    Wow — even Goat and Pig are protesting Stephan’s puns now!

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    el8  almost 5 years ago

    You have no sense of shame, Steffie.

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    Nabuquduriuzhur  almost 5 years ago

    I doubt that they would let Pig join NOW. Wrong species and wrong gender.

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    AGED_ENGINEER GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    Pastis has left the building.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  almost 5 years ago

    {groan}

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    noahproblem  almost 5 years ago

    Maybe Pig can join N.O.P.E. – Nationally Organized Pun Eliminators…

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    Alexander the Good Enough  almost 5 years ago

    Just for the record, NEFFA is a very real organization, well worth supporting. And the annual NEFFA dance and music festival, coming up this April near Boston, is really quite amazing and very well worth attending.

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    cdgar  almost 5 years ago

    We need a law guaranteeing prison time for repeated bad puns.

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    frogsandravens  almost 5 years ago

    Hey, it’s still better than the puns (or whatever they are) in Crankshaft.

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    firedome  almost 5 years ago

    thank you mr. pastis! i’m not worthy!

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    tabipapa  almost 5 years ago

    Nice!!

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    theaznviolinist  almost 5 years ago

    they are both real organizations xD

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    blunebottle  almost 5 years ago

    We need a class action suit……

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    LiveToSurf  almost 5 years ago

    I love the puns. Keep ’em coming!!!!!!!!

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    Sisyphos  almost 5 years ago

    I demand a refund, too! Cartoon-Pastis should be tarred and feathered! —That would be a funny sight; maybe Li’l (L’il; Lil’ ?) Guard Duck could be in charge….

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    vwdualnomand  almost 5 years ago

    now does good work

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    Hillbillyman  almost 5 years ago

    I could here Elvis singing “It’s now are never” in the background.

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    cdward  almost 5 years ago

    I don’t care what anyone else says, I chuckled.

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    tlmck  almost 5 years ago

    Where is Rat with his stick-o-pain?

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    Lakegal  almost 5 years ago

    TY Mr. P. I enjoy a good groan!

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    jdkingbear  almost 5 years ago

    n.e.f.f.a. have so many been so punned by so few, as n.o.w.

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    lisapaloma13  almost 5 years ago

    Hey, no cig! New Year’s resolution? Go for it!

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    annafrances  almost 5 years ago

    HAHAHHAHA I like that!

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    knight1192a  almost 5 years ago

    Ike aim. Ice saw. Ike on Kurd.

    Just got the latest treasury yesterday. This pun is almost as good as that one. That one’s good cause it’s Pig getting Goat and Rat to do the pun.

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    Tom Gaylord GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    Elvis Presley – it’s now or never on youtube

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    TooMuchSciFi  almost 5 years ago

    Oh man…(shakes head). And I laughed, so which is worse?

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    Slantrhyme  almost 5 years ago

    I’m pretty sure men can join N.O.W., since it’s an organization FOR women, not just OF women.

    I enjoy the puns. With the Sunday strips, I always read the first couple of panels trying to figure out if it will be a pun strip. This was pretty easy – some of them are a stretch, like Free At-lass. :)

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    Joan Taller  almost 5 years ago

    Thank you for the pun. But really, you can stop…that’s a N.E.F.F.A. N.O.W.

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    jmartin1955  almost 5 years ago

    The badder the better. laugh out loud, but if need be I’ll take a refund.

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    cork  almost 5 years ago

    Oh the humanity!!!!!

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    dingoboy  almost 5 years ago

    another day at the beach

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    jcomics52  almost 5 years ago

    All SP’s puns end with the characters complaining.

    I also want his new book.

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    funny_jack  almost 5 years ago

    Yep, It was a subtle as a Freight Train, on these types Steph has become more than a little predictable. But alas, I still like them all……..

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    jhandini  almost 5 years ago

    Better to be a pig than a ham

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    Vonne Anton  almost 5 years ago

    Has there ever been a PBS where the characters set up the pun but refused to say it…then went and asked Stephan for more money to actually do it?

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    Kev_a_Swing_Dancer GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    Having been to N.E.F.F.A., I was so distracted by hopes of dance talk that the punchline was extra good for me. Laughing when your hopes are dashed, that’s my marker for good comedy. Thanks Stephan!

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    Packratjohn GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    …and to think I voted against pun control…..

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    Packratjohn GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    Vidi, Vici, Visa….I came, I saw, I purchased

    No reason puns should be limited to English.

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    Ooten Aboot  almost 5 years ago

    All those who can do better than Pastis, please stop wasting your time commenting here. Make your submission to the syndicate and get your superior strip published.

    Anybody?

    Anybody?

    Thought not.

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    finale  almost 5 years ago

    Thought a pun about Clog Dancing was coming.

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    celecca GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    puns, puns of this wonderful sort / the more we read, the more we snort / the more we snort the better we choke / when groaning but grinning at this well crafted joke.

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    BigBadVidia  almost 5 years ago

    Please don’t tell me his prom date wasn’t his mom!

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    Moishe3rd  almost 5 years ago

    Dolphins eat Pastis.

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    Packratjohn GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    ….And does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy

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    A_NY_Outlaw  almost 5 years ago

    I saw this one coming in the second panel. it’s pretty bad when even Goat is annoyed.

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    rshive  almost 5 years ago

    Generally speaking, any pun is worth the effort to set it up. This one pushes the envelope though.

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    Packratjohn GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    “A puns is the lowest form of humor – unless you think of it first” – Someone Famous, but I don’t recall who.

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    skigypsy  almost 5 years ago

    That is awesome!

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    Packratjohn GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    WAY too heavy… Having lived in GT county, it did catch my eye, but you have to understand, readers of PBS tend to suspend any semblance of reality during the reading and subsequent discourse.I know I do!

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    Nonny  almost 5 years ago

    Remember, people: A pun at maturity is fully groan!

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    rrstein  almost 5 years ago

    Absolutely GREAT

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    Packratjohn GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    Maybe that’s from the -Veni, Vidi, Vidalia

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    Packratjohn GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    Or, as we say around here -Veni, Vidi, Vicunaor in Spanish, Vi una llama(Now that’s a load of Guanaco!)The Alpaca-lypse is near….

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    Packratjohn GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    Oddly, no one pointed out that my previous icon was not of a packrat. Now it is..The previous photo was of our Ratemus, long gone the way of all mortal things. .Hmm, the word “mortal” contains both “mort” and “rat”. Coincidence? I think not.

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    Packratjohn GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    A “Hire” power is telling me to stop now…. I have to leave for workIt’s been realand it’s been fun,but it ain’t been real fun.

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    1504jarvis  almost 5 years ago

    Gee Whiz . . . kind of sounds like gender based discrimination to me.

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    Vonne Anton  almost 5 years ago

    MOST COMMENTERS: Your puns are KILLERS today! Thanks!

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    rgcviper  almost 5 years ago

    I knew a pun was coming, although I didn’t see the exact one coming.

    Stephan, you are THE pun master. Whether that’s good or bad, I’m not sure.

    Nah—I love reading. Keep it up.

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    james53jr GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    I love the pun strips. (I know, I know, I’m just encouraging him . . .)

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    SMSM  almost 5 years ago

    For any Man to support any feminist organization like NOW, means he has to join the male equilivant which is:

    National Organization of Self Loathing Males who want to be discriminated against, subjected to violence and abuse and treated like second-class citizens by female chauvinistic Feminists, they gladly spend money on, and thank them for doing it at the same time, and think they are superior to other men as they treat women as equals

    Either that, or marry one of the non-Lesbian Feminists

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    Yammo GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    Or, as El Rushbo calls them, the National Association of Gals. NAGs for short… ;-)

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    boldyuma  almost 5 years ago

    I appreciate a good pun..that wasn’t it..

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    Logical Duck  almost 5 years ago

    There’s nothing like a good pun.And that was nothing like a good pun.

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    sandigilbo  almost 5 years ago

    I love Pastis’ puns! It wouldn’t be PBS without them at least once a week. And, we all have favorite characters – there are plenty to choose frrom.

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    Rickapolis  almost 5 years ago

    Join now.

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    jerry6665  almost 5 years ago

    hahahaha… i gotta turn in my mensa card! i didn’t see that one coming AND i laughed out loud!

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    Carl Rennhack GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    “It’s Now or Never”?? Today’s travesty should be marked “Return to Sender”!!

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    marshalljpeters  almost 5 years ago

    I like the occasional pun, as long as he doesn’t do it too often. You can have too much of a good thing.

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    pam Miner GC Insider almost 5 years ago

    Is N.E.F.F.S. a real thing? or is it a handy acronym?

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    lindz.coop  almost 5 years ago

    Yes, men can join NOW. My husband went with me to a very interesting NOW meeting today and was far from the only man there and welcomed by all he talked to.

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    big man   almost 5 years ago

    I love his puns

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    Coolio Say What  almost 5 years ago

    Refunds are in order here!

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