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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for June 20, 2014

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    jnik23260  over 5 years ago

    Hey, I’m 64 and I get both references!

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    Phatts  over 5 years ago

    OK, for the folks under 50, “Richie Rich” is a comic about a “poor little rich boy” who has so much money it’s utterly ridiculous.Now, it’s your turn to explain the rest of it for us folks over 50, thanks.

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    rc5455  over 5 years ago

    google “99 problems”, i had to.

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    BRI-NO-MITE!! Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I’m (barely) over 50 and I got it.

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    knight1192a  over 5 years ago

    I remember watching Richie Rich cartoons as a kid and I don’t get that on.

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    Bilan  over 5 years ago

    And now for something completely different…Is Rat implicitly saying that other strips with puns were appealing?

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    Linda1259  over 5 years ago

    Good grief . . . I am almost 70 and I got it!!!! Jeezeeee!

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    artybee  over 5 years ago

    I neither get it nor care.

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    austin.j.milne  over 5 years ago

    i want to get it ! im 16 and know who richie rich is but can someone enlighten me on the rest . what a lame strip

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    jackhs  over 5 years ago

    Now I got “99 bottles of beer on the wall” going through my head. Thanks Pig.

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    alviebird  over 5 years ago

    I thought it referred to the memes I frequently see, which are a spoof of the song. Of which I was not aware…

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    slug_queen  over 5 years ago

    49 and no problem getting it. Contrary to my kids’ opinions, I have a few grey cells left!

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    Armitage72  over 5 years ago

    It’s not as though the character would be unknown to younger people.The comic was published until 1994 and there were animated cartoons in 1980-1984 and 1996.There was also the 1994 Macaulay Culkin movie and the 1998 David Gallagher direct-to-video sequel.

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    Reppr  over 5 years ago
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    doublepaw  over 5 years ago

    A waste of 20 seconds in my life.

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    Bubba_Boo Premium Member over 5 years ago

    When I googled 99 problems, I had to laugh….

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    Keith Mefferd Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Haha – I googled it, too and laughed. Dammit, goat was right. I’m 51.

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    car2ner  over 5 years ago

    glad I didn’t recognize 99 Problems

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    Sisyphos  over 5 years ago

    I’m well over 50. A tip on another comics site steered me to Jay Z (I probably need not say, NSFW). But Cartoon-Boy and his spokesrat alter ego need not fear. It’s another rich pun win!

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    comeonbanana  over 5 years ago

    a new level of lame even for you pastis

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    Solaricious Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Over 50 and now I’ll have Jay-Z stuck in my head all day long! At least it’s a good song to have on permanent replay :-)

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    artysurvey  over 5 years ago

    What a waste of time

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    timtribbett Premium Member over 5 years ago

    48 and got both references too

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    ekw555  over 5 years ago

    47 and I got it.

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    KEA  over 5 years ago

    Yeah, Pastis lost me on this one. (age withheld by request)

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    Jessy Wheeler Premium Member over 5 years ago

    31 and I understood both references. I love the pun strips, they’re so lame they go right back around to funny for me.

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    Alan Rees  over 5 years ago

    I’m 65 and understood Richie Rich. Googled 99 Problems, and don’t mind a bit that I wasn’t familiar with that.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I’m 26 years old and I know who Richie Rich, is. I use to watch the cartoons, all the time, but I didn’t know there was comic books about it

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    kd1sq  over 5 years ago

    C’mon Comic Boy – let’s see ya do something with Baby Huey and Little Audrey then – we dare ya!

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member over 5 years ago

    If Steph MUST have a reference to 99, shouldn’t it be to (A)Bottles of beer on the wall

    (B) Barbara Feldon

    © Both A and B

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    dingoboy  over 5 years ago

    I’ve read 99 funnier comics today…

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    puddlesplatt  over 5 years ago

    sorry I was in the powder room and doing ya know what, what was the joke.?

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    gmu328  over 5 years ago

    I googled 99 problems and only got " b**** " in the song, however, perhaps he was referring to " b****** b**** "?

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    aerilim  over 5 years ago

    If I were 21 I still wouldn’t be able to get it. I hate rap!

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    mnn2300  over 5 years ago

    I know who Richie Rich is but don’t get the rest.Perhaps Stephan should come up with an actual pun that more people would get.

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    ArfArf88  over 5 years ago

    Wonder how the richest kid in the world fared after the last few financial crises.

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    Max Starman Jones  over 5 years ago

    I guess even “Pearls” should be allowed to lay a bad egg occasionally. Nobody’s perfect.

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    leons1701  over 5 years ago

    I get it. I despise Richie Rich, but I’d still rather read Richie than listen to 99 problems.

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    bbraden  over 5 years ago

    I don’t get it

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    Kit Miller  over 5 years ago

    I’m old, 59, and I meme, I get it! Not dead yet.

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    I Go Pogo   over 5 years ago

    Sad that a reference about a 10 year old song is considered possibly too hip for the room.

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    Totalloser Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I used to collect Richie Rich comics when I was a kid, sold them all on ebay for about what I paid

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    docredbird  over 5 years ago

    I’m under 50, know Richie Rich, but was unfamiliar with the song “99 problems”

    But I actually thought the comic was pretty funny.

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    boogshine  over 5 years ago

    At 35, I fall into the range where I read but was unimpressed with Richie Rich as a child, then heard but was unimpressed with Jay-Z as an adult.

    Oh, I get it. It’s very clever. How’s that working out for you, being clever?

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    jnetm Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Hey! I’m 50! so I’m the small group to get both references!! (having teenagers helps)

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    RACerri32  over 5 years ago

    Goat was right, but sorry Mr. P, Rap sucks & the sooner it joins disco, the better! ( Thanx everybody, I will not waste my time finding out what the 99 reference was, but will think of Barbara Feldon all day long now ),

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    eddygurge  over 5 years ago

    Yep, Stephan has aimed at the smallest demo ever. The 50 year olds, of which I am one. Great strip.

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    singlefemalelaywer  over 5 years ago

    Got both references. LOL. The best comment is by Rat.

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    SFpagan  over 5 years ago

    Rat is right

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    musicnut1986  over 5 years ago

    Over 50. Got the Richie Rich part. Not impressed. Had no clue about the 99 reference. Never listened to rap. The only rap songs I know are Rapture and Funky Cole Madina (sp?). Again, not impressed.

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    Alturtle  over 5 years ago

    From the rap song “All Me” by Drake :“I got 99 problems, getting rich ain’t one.”

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    rjackson moderator over 5 years ago

    @boogshine I’m also 35, and I heard Jay-Z as a teenager and liked Richie Rich as a kid. How’s it working for you, being a sourpuss who hates fun?

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    rjackson moderator over 5 years ago

    Also, like it or not, if you can’t accept that rap is the defining American music of the past few decades, you’re living in an echo chamber of your own delusion.

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    Aslan Balaur  over 5 years ago

    I’m 49 and I don’t get it. I know who Richie Rich is, but I just don’t get the punchline.

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    hjsd76  over 5 years ago

    50 Cent (50¢?) says Jay Z is overrated —www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/50-cent-calls-jay-z-overrated-talks-kim-beyonce-article-1.1836524

    but I’m only 12 years old and I thought that “Ri¢hie Ri¢h” is another famous rapper — Richard Serrell. What’s this about comic books?
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    rjackson moderator over 5 years ago

    @masterkrain Yes, you’re right, rap has nothing to do with music, and rock has nothing to do with music, and Beethoven is degenerate noise and Mozart has too many notes and all the retrograde arguments that the close-minded have employed for centuries. It’s fine if you don’t like something, dude, but you should accept it as a thing worthy of being liked.

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    lukaluka  over 5 years ago

    part of one of drake’s songs

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    russellc64  over 5 years ago

    I did google ‘99 problems’ and now feel dumber for having read the lyrics.

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    gorbasche2  over 5 years ago

    HOLY CR@P!!!! Don’t ANY of you guys get the “1 percenters” reference??? It has nothing to do with Jay Z or whoever. The 99 percenters who are poor, and the RICH 1%ers who have 40% of ALL the money.

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    lkinsley  over 5 years ago

    googled it, it made me laugh out loud at work. maybe i’m in a strange mood…

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    deangup  over 5 years ago

    Unlike.

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    d_mock  over 5 years ago

    I’m 53. http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-got-99-problems-but-a-bitch-aint-one

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    anister  over 5 years ago

    A lot of words for what is possibly the unfunniest Pearls strip ever.

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    SkyFisher  over 5 years ago

    The joke isn’t in the pun this time, it’s in Rat’s comment.

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    Danabug  over 5 years ago

    Yep – I’m 50 & I get it :)

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    slypuma  over 5 years ago

    Well done!

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    moridin82  over 5 years ago

    Hey I’m 32 and I know who RR is…

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    Sheriff Mordecai Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Richie Rich ought to meet up with Sedgwick Nuttingham in Monty. They might be able to purchase an NFL team. Like my Bills.

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    Sherlock Watson  over 5 years ago

    I got the joke, but only because I’ve heard of the lyric. I’m proud to say that I’ve never actually heard any of Jay Z’s stuff; my radio is set to stations that play music.

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    WaltWenger Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I love strips that appeal to no one. They’re so… so… so metaphysical!

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    Iwa Iniki Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Never heard of it until now.

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    Number Three  over 5 years ago

    Poor Stephan can’t do right for doing wrong!I would rescue my very old Andy Capp books. Some of the pages are falling out but they’re still valuable.xxx

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    whtnymllr  over 5 years ago

    I’m 23 and I get both!

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    BugsyQ  over 5 years ago

    I had to google 99 problems. I’m under 50 and didn’t get it. Sorry Steph, that wasn’t funny to me. I guess you’re allowed a dud every couple of years. DON’T MAKE ME NOT LAUGH EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!

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    Petemejia77  over 5 years ago

    I had the hots for the robot maid,Irona!

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    fabiencornu  over 5 years ago

    Well I sure didn’t get it.

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    jnnydnti  over 5 years ago

    Shouldn’t the Comic Strip Censor be lurking about?

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    volboy1967  over 5 years ago

    LOVE IT!!!

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    dailystrip  over 5 years ago

    I’m under 50 and got both references, hooray for me….or not

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    dailystrip  over 5 years ago

    wait, what happened to slothman!

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    hypernova  over 5 years ago

    No wonder I didn’t get it. It’s a C-rap.

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    sfer  over 5 years ago

    I’m with rat on this one.

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    Yontrop  over 5 years ago

    … but the last panel was funny anyway.

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    20watt  over 5 years ago

    Jay-Z: “I’ve got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one”Pig: “I’ve got 99 problems but Richie Rich ain’t one”

    Me: “… meh”

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    Rudynatacha  over 5 years ago

    Yup. Not worth Binging it. (I don’t google.)

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    karenmarie514  over 5 years ago

    I am 56 and I got it. I like the 99 problems song myself!

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    vldazzle  over 5 years ago

    I think Stephan got what he wanted – lots of comments; and I got it.

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    AwelCruiz  over 5 years ago

    I’m 33, and I got it.

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    Snoopy_Fan  over 5 years ago

    Great… It appeals to ONLY those who are exactly 50 years old! :-)

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    claire de la lune.  over 5 years ago

    I don’t get this.Oh well.I also don’t get a pun strip awhile back (2012? 2013?) where Pig had a toothache and could only say one word at a time.

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    claire de la lune.  over 5 years ago

    I just googled it, and now I get it.

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    Widmerpool  over 5 years ago

    I’m 57 and I got it.

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    Rebecca Walker-Sands Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Good company! I am 59 and got it. . . .

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    Katsuro Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I’m 25, and I’ve heard that song and read classic Richie Rich comic books.

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    dsscheibe  over 5 years ago

    I’m 50, I’ve read Riche Rich, but don’t get it.

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    jdenova  over 5 years ago

    I got it! I’m 49 1/2 and I’m finally back in a demographic sweet spot!

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    locake  over 5 years ago

    There are 4 people in my family. The 2 over 50 know Richie Rich, but not the rap song. The 2 under 30 know the rap song but never heard of RR. Mr. Pastis was correct.

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    eyebuzz Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I didn’t understand the strip at all because I don’t know how to read. (I can write good though…I’m mean well).

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    CloseNicole  over 5 years ago

    I’m under 20 and I got the Richie Rich part, but not the 99 problems part

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    Angela Sherman  over 5 years ago

    I thought it was punny almost 25, and hey we had a Richie Rich movie in the 90’s. Maybe this was supposed to be a 90’s kid joke. And seriously how did that movie get 20 years old!

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    dolf37  over 2 years ago

    Drake: “I swear to God I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t oneI got 99 problems, getting rich ain’t one”Or like someone else pointed out, it’s a reference to 1% of the demographic owning about half of everything.

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    AyeshaVikram  over 1 year ago

    I’m 16 and I got both the references. I know that richie rich was this cartoon about a boy who had lots of money, I even used to watch it.

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