Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 26, 2013


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    Sherlock Watson  almost 8 years ago

    And if it was in a penitentiary…

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    Bilan  almost 8 years ago

    First, how does Penn University become Penn Ultimate?Second, How does Ultimate Frisbee become Ultimate Penn?

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    gocomics  almost 8 years ago

    “Ultimate” is a type of team Frisbee™ if that’s what you’re asking. Interesting, Pastis used Frisbee without a™, which may draw the attention of the Wham-o people.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  almost 8 years ago

    try saying “penultimate Penn ultimate ultimate Penn pen” five times fast

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    firedome  almost 8 years ago

    no, it doesn’t, rat, because if it did we wouldn’t have great strips like these!

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    AGED_ENGINEER Premium Member almost 8 years ago


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    Arianne  almost 8 years ago

    Come back, Shame! (Holy shades of Cliff Robertson, Batman!)

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    WoodEye  almost 8 years ago

    I’m with the rat!

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    lectricdude  almost 8 years ago

    …OUCH…must have been pennful putting that one together…

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    Sisyphos  almost 8 years ago

    Pastis, you wily rogue! This paronomasia is not really a punishable offense, so I’ll just pen a Yellow Card this time—your penultimate chance at showing some sense of shame. Dastardly Word Warrior!

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    orinoco womble  almost 8 years ago

    I have 3 or 4 pens that I never lend but I’d never make fun of them like that! LOL

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    Inkwell Files  almost 8 years ago

    Stephen appears to be pondering it. I think we all know the answer is “no”.

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    michaelyukyuk  almost 8 years ago

    Yes, I told you last night, the issue here is shame……as in Stephan has none. He deserves to be drawn and quoted.

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    Hillbillyman  almost 8 years ago

    Pastis sure can pin the puns.

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    Partyalldatyme  almost 8 years ago

    Minor point, maybe, but it’s Stephan, not Stephen. I’m a Stephen that hates to be called Stephan. I’m guessing Patsis feels the same way.

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    Oldbutnotstupid  almost 8 years ago

    Sean Penn is an Idiot, he should flush that stupid pin

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    Herb Thiel Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Who cares about his shoes?

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    puddlesplatt  almost 8 years ago

    Once I was in a Pen without a pen, and pensive.

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    Kathy Freeman  almost 8 years ago

    ack. =^..^=

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    Happy, happy, happy!!! Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Ok, so I had to read that a couple of times.Yea, wish I haven’t bothered…: D

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    hariseldon59  almost 8 years ago

    I had to google “team frisbee” and “ultimate” to get the connection there. That’s not something that everyone is familiar with.

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    Perkycat  almost 8 years ago

    LOVE this one! Stephan – don’t listen to the naysayers – (9ChickLuannbean). Keep ’em coming.

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    cahoskin  almost 8 years ago

    Painfully brilliant!

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    William Green Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    More like PUN-ultimate

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    ellisaana Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    But, can you right upside down with it?I have a pencil that can do that.

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    ChessPirate  almost 8 years ago

    It sure seems like Stephan is reacting to our comments, doesn’t it? But with lead times and all, just a coincidence?

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    rgcviper  almost 8 years ago

    ACK—this one resulted in a major [face-palm] … followed by a real laugh.

    Pastis, you are the pun king.

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    codedaddy  almost 8 years ago

    Yesterday michaelyukyuk attributed that “drawn and quoted” line to Bennet Cerf.

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    codedaddy  almost 8 years ago

    The last panel was a perfect opportunity to tell Stephan that he should be PENitent.

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Totally Pastis, primo-vera-ly!

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    neckback  almost 8 years ago

    Couldl you fit in the pie rates of Penn’s Aunts

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    Michelle Morris  almost 8 years ago

    Since when does Rat care about shame?

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    Michelle Morris  almost 8 years ago

    I’ve said it before,and I’ll say it again: When there’s a LOT of talking,you know there’s a pun comin’!

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    mkahn  almost 8 years ago

    Well… at least pig wasn’t in a pigpen in the state penitentiary, because then it would be Pig’s pen pigpen penultimate penn ultimate ultimate penn pen. (No, I don’t have any shame either).

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    evilstepqueen  almost 8 years ago

    That made my brain hurt…

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    knight1192a  almost 8 years ago

    I’m with Rat here, Pun’s like that typically are Pig’s and as bad as they can be then their much worse when Goat, Zebra, or Rat are the one’s to deliver them (how soon until Guard Duck is one of the ones to do so?)

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    A_NY_Outlaw  almost 8 years ago

    I think Pastis is officially on drugs.

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    greenlynn Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Team Frisbee was called Ultimate Frisbee, but because Frisbee is a trademarked name, it’s now just called Ultimate.

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    Tom Somyak Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Stephen pondering it? He’s pensive?

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    barister  almost 8 years ago

    obviously not, Goat.

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    Not the Smartest Man On the Planet -- Maybe Close Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Does the phrase “losing readers” mean anything to you? I dropped this once-clever strip months ago when it became nothing but a parade of stupid puns. I dropped in today to see if anything had changed, and…another stupid pun! I’m outta here.

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