Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 10, 2013


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    jeff_elbel  over 7 years ago

    Fortunately, I listened to enough 1970’s rock and roll records that I didn’t have to move in order to read today’s strip.

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    Montaholic  over 7 years ago

    No need to get a mirror! Don’t move anywhere!

    Rat: Do you think it’s possible to move people with a comic strip:

    Pastis: You mean affect them emotionally?

    Rate: No, I mean get them to move. Like, to look at something in the mirror.

    Pastis: Please don’t tell me you reversed my comic strip.

    Rat: Hey… you’re finally moving people.

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    AGED_ENGINEER Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Gee, I thought if you played the strip backwards, it would say, “Satan is good” or “Send Rat lots of money” or some other devious message.

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    jukeofurl  over 7 years ago

    Leonardo Da Vinci just disowned me. . ..

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    WoodEye  over 7 years ago

    Waste of time… I’m starting to lose faith….

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    cutiepie29  over 7 years ago

    I read it just fine without a mirror or other interpretation. However, I feel the need to say that rat is so annoying to me.

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    firedome  over 7 years ago

    it says “quit your job and go on welfare”

    thank you, Duck’s Breath…

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    tfreim912  over 7 years ago

    What do you need a mirror for? I just read it fine!!ANOTHER useless talent I have!

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member over 7 years ago

    ….ti htiw rettam eht gnihtyna ees t’nod I ?tahW

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    alviebird  over 7 years ago

    I had no problem reading it.

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    AndyCanfield  over 7 years ago

    Linux / Gimp / Image/ Flip Horizontally. I didn’t think of a mirror until could read the strip. Does that mean I’m a geek?

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    jbpink46  over 7 years ago

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    Bimps1002  over 7 years ago

    REASON: people would probably bring it up to a mirror in real life because it’s in a newspaper. not on the computer xD

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    hitmouse  over 7 years ago

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    !oga sraey 52 ydaerla siht did ytnuoC moolB

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    willkepley  over 7 years ago

    Berke Breathed did this “drawkaB” strip also…still cool.

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    Thomas Scott Roberts creator over 7 years ago

    I didn’t need a mirror. I’ve been able to handle both upside down and backwards for years.

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    the burser  over 7 years ago

    I didn’t need the translation…I’v always been good at this.

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    pc368dude  over 7 years ago

    My keen powers of observation and acumen combined to note that the wall’s baseboard was not reversed.

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    fixer1967  over 7 years ago

    I work in a small engine shop and learned a long time ago have to read model numbers off engines with a mirror because they always but them in a place you can not see them. I also learned to read upside down back in school so I could read the answers in the teachers book when she had it open on her desk. She good mad at me when she found out that I could read upside down. This was child’s play for me.

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    James Wolfenstein  over 7 years ago

    I didn’t move, I can read backwards. You have to develop skills to be lazy :oD

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    Sportymonk  over 7 years ago

    Only had trouble with “mean” for some reason. Maybe I just needed some coffee.

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    doublepaw  over 7 years ago

    I would say “WOW” and that is written backwards………..

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    PearlsFan88 Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Ouch, that hurts..

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    codejammer  over 7 years ago

    Paul McCartney is dead?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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    duffer37  over 7 years ago

    and here’s another strip I just quit reading….

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    jackdohany  over 7 years ago

    Me too. Alas, poor Pastis. Time to start looking for a real job.

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    milhouse.vh  over 7 years ago

    Nah, didn’t work. I didn’t move an inch. You’ll have to do a lot better than that to get me to move, Rat.

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    I Go Pogo   over 7 years ago

    I beleive it says “I buried Paul”

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    Kathy Freeman  over 7 years ago

    Thanks! Exercise! Had to go get the mirror. =^..^=

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    McGehee  over 7 years ago

    !OOT 3M

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    finale  over 7 years ago

    If this is a true backwards strip it should have run yesterday!

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    rolleg  over 7 years ago

    I got tired of this after the first panel.

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    RACerri32  over 7 years ago

    rats, now i gotta re-aim my rearview mirrors!congrats, Steph, made Go Comics front page!

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    legaleagle48  over 7 years ago

    Y’all realize that with your backwards writing, you’re driving people whose native language isn’t English right around the bend, don’t you?

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    KEA  over 7 years ago

    I just opened the strip in Preview and flipped it horizontally – what’s the big deal?

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    Andrea14  over 7 years ago

    Hat tip to Outland… Berkley did this a couple of times..

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    Andrea14  over 7 years ago

    er.. Bloom County.. it was still Bloom County then

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    foxsinger Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Well I think some of these comments mirror Rat’s cynicism.And I loved that it made me get off my butt to pick up a mirror!

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    rockngolfer  over 7 years ago

    I was in the sign business, so I can read backwards and upside down.

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    TTL  over 7 years ago

    Bring back the zebra on the island!

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    knight1192a  over 7 years ago

    Ok, I admit it. I copied this one and moved it to Paint so I could flip it horizontaly in order to read it.

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    sbeavin  over 7 years ago

    not wasting my time on this one.

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    Potrzebie  over 7 years ago

    This is like reading Asian comics.

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    Rush Strong Premium Member over 7 years ago

    You needn’t be ambidextrous. I’m right handed, but when I was a kid I found that I could mirror-write better with my left hand.

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    BeniHanna6 Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Can you say, Stupid joke?

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    MrsB521  over 7 years ago

    Nice work Stephan!

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    tlie00  over 7 years ago

    ¡ǝןdoǝd ’ǝɯıʇ ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ ʇǝb – ʎɹnʇuǝɔ ʇsɐן os sı buıʇıɹʍ pǝɹoɹɹıɯ

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    Number Three  over 7 years ago

    Excellent strip!


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    TileComics  over 7 years ago

    Opening the file in photoshop and doing a transform-flip horizontal doesn’t require you to move from your seat either even if the strip is legible otherwise :)

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    Sherlock Watson  over 7 years ago

    Maybe some people need a moment to reflect on this…

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    ChukLitl Premium Member over 7 years ago

    80 comments by mid-day. It’s got people talking, if not moving.

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    ajComix  over 7 years ago

    Next he’ll be doing the strip in anagrams. Oops! did I say that out loud?

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    bmonk  over 7 years ago

    I knew an elderly gent who used to make large purchases in stores, and have exact change out for the clerk—reading upside down and adding the list of numbers before the clerk could do it right side up.

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    OldTimer62  over 7 years ago

    …or I could copy the strip, open Microsoft Word, paste the strip as an image, then flip the image horizontally. Took less time than studying the panels and reading them (although it took more time than scrolling down to the “answer” in the comments). :-)

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    Carl Maniscalco  over 7 years ago

    Every once in a while, being dyslexic comes in handy…

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    DGWillie  over 7 years ago

    During the cold war era, I volunteered in an Air Force center, where I had to write on the “back” of a huge clear window, to plot the courses of aircraft. This also required printing letters, numbers and words backwards. Still can read it. Why did these brain cells live while more critical ones die of old age, or just end it all by jumping to their deaths out of my ear?

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    Tandembuzz  over 7 years ago

    !elur scixelsyD

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    ratjones Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Well, I didn’t go find a mirror…. just opened the strip in Photoshop and flipped it horizontally!!! :-)

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    Popeyesforearm  over 7 years ago

    How about I reverse that beer can up yur nose Rat-boy

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    Glorycat316  over 7 years ago

    I liked this strip! It was fun reading backwards.

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    marshalljpeters Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Just noticed that the writing between the panels is flipped, also. I would say he drew the strip like normal, then flipped it in Photoshop.

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    pam Miner  over 7 years ago

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    phil  over 7 years ago

    I copied and pasted into Photoshop and flipped it — barely moving a muscle — ha ha!

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    chromosome Premium Member over 7 years ago

    I’m dyslexic, so I read very slowly. However, I can read upside down, backwards, or both just about as fast as I can read the usual way. I’m guessing that is because I have to concentrate on the letters as I go.

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    water_moon  over 7 years ago

    I used to hold my books upside down in reading class so I wouldn’t go too fast and get too borded with how slow everyone else was. Teacher tried to give me trouble, until I read the next paragraph with fewer flaws (and better inflection) than the classmate just before me….

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    timreilly53  over 7 years ago

    This was annoying first thing in the morning.

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    Spade Jr. Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Irfanview. Three clicks.

    Print Screen.Paste.Vertical flip.

    Didn’t even have to lift my butt from the chair.

    Life is good.

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    Linda1259  over 7 years ago

    Every old fashioned . . . or just plain old . . . teacher can read upside down and backwards. Today’s script just brought back the memories . . . lol.

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    A.Ficionada  over 7 years ago

    To Rat: Z3Y

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    highrollerhydra87  over 7 years ago

    I’m pretty good at reading backwards.

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    kamb8  over 7 years ago

    Can people really not read mirror writing? I’m not trying to be rude, I’m just curious.

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    Elaphe Gutatta  over 5 years ago

    Go into Microsoft Paint (or whatever drawing program) and flip it horizontally.

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    Endersteve1027  about 4 years ago

    I can read backwards, upside down, or both with no difficulty…

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    highrollerhydra87  over 3 years ago

    It took me TWO minutes to read all that.

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    Purple People Eater  almost 2 years ago

    Wouldn’t it be a bit difficult to take the monitor to a mirror? If you can’t read backwards writing, take a screen shot and flip it in an image manipulation program.

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