Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 09, 2011


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    legaleagle48  almost 8 years ago

    Let’s hear it for unlimited plans and rollover minutes!

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    LLABDDO  almost 8 years ago

    He didn’t even have time to ask if he was in her will.

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    Green Pieces  almost 8 years ago

    Nobody has a land line anymore!

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    killacowinWA  almost 8 years ago

    I use a tracfone. Same problem.

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    Sisyphos  almost 8 years ago

    I have a landline and no cell phone. (I know; I am hopelessly old-fashioned and behind the times.) Who knew Rat actually had a mother? Or that she would still be on speaking terms with him?

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Ulan — you even have to pay for calling your own voicemail!

    (oops, sorry Eddie)

    Most companies now, though, allow free calls to other subscribers to the same carrier, which doesn’t help when half your friends are on a different one.

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    jeffus13  almost 8 years ago

    Thanks for explaining Ulan, that’s messed up, you should set congress on the cell phone companies

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    wicky  almost 8 years ago

    Rat must have a cell phone HMO plan.

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    nancyroy2  almost 8 years ago

    ….sometimes I’m like that with my mom on the phone… but it has nothing to do with cell minutes…

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    flagfly Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    What did his mother expect? She raised a rat.

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    rolleg  almost 8 years ago

    One even has to pay for receiving text messages. A lot come from the provider, advertising their services. Ah, Capitalism!

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    A_NY_Outlaw  almost 8 years ago

    minutes are minutes. Rat can save enough from not spending on overcharges and buy a truckload of flowers.

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    Number Three  almost 8 years ago


    Typical Rat!


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    dukeallen  almost 8 years ago

    It might have been funny. If I could see it.

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    1148559  almost 8 years ago

    I am so glad I do not have a cell phone. They are evil… EEEEVVVVIIIILLL I say!

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    k_aplin  almost 8 years ago

    Uh, Rat hates everybody so who did he talk to that took all his minutes?

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    lizardlover2  almost 8 years ago

    Yeah, but Americans don’t even know there IS a joke. How do the plans work in Europe. Or Canada even?

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    kaigun  almost 8 years ago

    I’m trying to picture from the font used what Rat’s voice is like when he talks to his mother. High and squeaky?

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    Sherlock Watson  almost 8 years ago

    I have a land line at home, and a cell phone that I only use when I’m not at home. I’ve never run out of minutes.

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    doc white  almost 8 years ago

    I have two daughters that could go over on an unlimited plan.

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    pocounohamster  almost 8 years ago

    I was shocked to see that Rat’s mother actually callls him…funny…as far as going over minutes, I have a relative that does that to me all the time, when she is the one who called me…

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    Ottodesu  almost 8 years ago

    Whoa! Thanks for pointing that out, I just figured out why I didn’t get this gag! Are you serious that in the USA you have to pay for RECEIVING a phone call?!Wow, what a scam, I am truly impressed. Let’s give a big cheer for free enterprise, US style!

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    natureboyfig4 Premium Member over 7 years ago

    A new low, even for a dirty rat!

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    BlinkySprite  over 7 years ago

    I live in India and we’ve had free incoming calls for about 12 years now. Seriously, what’s wrong with the United States??

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    NJ Lyon  over 7 years ago

    Rat’s aunt already died and left all her money to Rat in an earlier strip.

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    comicsnerd74  over 4 years ago

    In a later strip, Aunt Claire dies again. How does that make sense?

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