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Pearls Before Swine

By Stephan Pastis
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Oct 26, 2013
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Pig:  So then I-  Darn. Call got dropped. I better...
Goat:  ...Call Pig back. But what if...
Pig:  ...He tries to call me? Then he'll just go...
Goat:  ...To voicemail. I'll wait for him to...
Pig:  ...Call me. But what if he's waiting also? Then I'll...
Goat:  ...Look rude. I better...
Pig:  Call him.
Goat:  Call him.
Pig:  Hi. I'm not available right now. So please-
Goat:  Hi. I'm not available right now. So please-
Pig:  AUGGGGHHH.
Goat:  AUGGGGHHH.
Pig:  There should be a name for that phenomenon.
Oct 28, 2013
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    Sherlock Watson  about 4 years ago

    How about the SFFC (“Stephan’s fishing for comments”) phenomenon?

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    Rod Gonzalez  about 4 years ago

    At least Rat’s not in this one.

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    hariseldon59  about 4 years ago

    It’s funny because it’s true!

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    jukeofurl  about 4 years ago

    Try enraged frustration

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    Bilan  about 4 years ago

    The really odd thing about this is that Pig is thinking just like Goat.

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    hariseldon59  about 4 years ago

    I’m surprised to see Pig using big words like “phenomenon”.

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    Lunatic  about 4 years ago

    We already have words. Try “monopoly” or “regulatory capture”.

    It’s a US-only problem. In the rest of the world, only the caller is billed. In the US, everyone gets billed.

    It would be trivial for the providers to detect and connect you, but they make more not to (at least a minute for each call to voice mail), so why would they? Plus they charge airtime to later call in and delete the voice mails.

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    Arianne  about 4 years ago

    I call it “Doing the Mobile Mambo.”

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    Sisyphos  about 4 years ago

    I can just laugh at it all, not having a cell phone to worry over….

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    Destiny23  about 4 years ago

    I don’t get it. If Pig is in his house, why is he talking on a cell phone?! Truly a Pig of little brain…

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    Number Six  about 4 years ago

    I experienced a strange coincidence recently.I walked into the pub nearest my place of work and was greeted by the same barmaid who served in the pub nearest my place of work over 10 years ago.The first pub burned down and the two locations are 5 miles apart. Fate?

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    swerdna12069  about 4 years ago

    Dyssynchronicity?

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    WCLamb  about 4 years ago

    I thought all cell phones had “call waiting” as one of the features. Whomever calls back should be able to get through — if the other party knows how to pick up the call when it comes in. No need to leave a voice-mail message.

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    pschearer GC Insider about 4 years ago

    Good one, MS. (I miss Paddy!)

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    jackdohany  about 4 years ago

    Comic strip artists don’t make enough money to be able to afford cell phones, so they don’t know much about them.

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    155088  about 4 years ago

    Yea. it’s bring back the CROCS you idiot!

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    Hectoruno  about 4 years ago

    I am surprised that Goat does not think a little faster than pig. I would think that goat would reach the conclusion that both are waiting on the other sooner.

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    ame_baby  about 4 years ago

    It’s call LIFE.

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    A_NY_Outlaw  about 4 years ago

    Better yet be like Rat…just hang up.

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    mike92127  about 4 years ago

    Simple: phOnomenon.

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    Bandera_Ken  about 4 years ago

    I always call right back and all my friends know that except one. He always, ALWAYS, leaves a message on my voicemail which is interrupted by the beep of my calling back.

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    jbmlaw01  about 4 years ago

    People still use the telephone for talking?

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    mackenzie0158  about 4 years ago

    @Sisyphos, Destiny23: Cell phones are indispensable now and a necessary tool, except for those living in caves. Try finding a pay phone in an emergency, even in the city. Even some businesses won’t let you use their phones. Many people use them exclusively rather than landlines because they’re a better value. Maybe pig’s small brain is larger than yours.

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    IgnatiaOrr  about 4 years ago

    They are so CUTE!

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    Logical Duck  about 4 years ago

    In networking the phenomenon is called connection collision.

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    Number Three (Free Afficionado)  about 4 years ago

    I’ve that happen before but with texting.

    It’s quite irritating but sometimes it’s funny.

    xxx

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    knight1192a  about 4 years ago

    Very much a part of today’s society. How many f us can’t say this has happened to them? You have a phone conversation an someone goes into a dead zone and you try saying “should I call them back or wait and see if they call me back?” What’s really fun is to say “Hello? You still there?” when you first get that silence of a lost call cause you’re not sure if you just lost the call or if the other person has just gone silent for some reason.

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    alviebird  about 4 years ago

    I don’t use my phone much. So, combine that fact with my spare high capacity battery/charger, and the fact that I can make calls and text from my laptop, and I’d be good for days (maybe even weeks) in the event of a power outage.

    (The “charger” is itself a battery that is capable of charging other batteries, even two at a time.)

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    route66paul  about 4 years ago

    When both get billed, you have protection from telemarketers. If it cost you money, they can’t call you. It is sad that they are trying to change that.

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    paullp GC Insider about 4 years ago

    Long before there were cell phones and ‘dropped calls,’ people would talk on their landlines and get ‘disconnected.’ I was taught a long time ago that the standard courtesy was for the caller to call back.

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    frankbj  about 4 years ago

    @thrush: I learned that as a kid! My mother used to be a phone operator. Taught it to my kids later on!

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    js  about 4 years ago

    This is close:mamihlapinatapai means “a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start.”

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    biebermo  about 4 years ago

    Our family & friend rule is, if the call is dropped, the person who initiated the call is the one who calls again.

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    Logical Duck  about 4 years ago

    I think everyone “got that”. It was mentioned enough in the earlier comments. Whom was your remark addressed to, anyway?

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