Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 09, 2014

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    Sherlock Watson  over 8 years ago

    Sometimes you have to be Crayola to be kind.

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    wiselad  over 8 years ago

    the built in sharpener are very cheap……… and most plastic types when you squeeze it with your hand as you are holding it, they expand, thus making them less tight, and less efficient, is better to go and buy metal or wooden crayon sharpeners

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    AGED_ENGINEER Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Who sharpens?

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    bluskies  over 8 years ago

    Easier to peel back the paper and bite the end. AND you could prove to the teacher you really weren’t chewing gum!

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    Bilan  over 8 years ago

    Since when did the crayons even last long enough to be sharpened? They’re usually broken in a matter of days.

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    Nebulous Premium Member over 8 years ago

    But the crayon sharpeners were never about sharpening the crayon.They were about playing with the crayon SHAVINGS. That was the fun part.

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    JohnoTeacher  over 8 years ago

    I never saw the point of colouring in in the first place. Seemed to be a waste of time. :)

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Turns out to have been a metaphor for all forms of help to be obtained from official sources that haunts many people for the rest of their lives.

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    dadoctah  over 8 years ago

    And why was it necessary to include both “red-orange” and “orange-red” in the giant box?

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    Observer fo Irony  over 8 years ago

    Now I am going to have to buy a box of crayons to find out what they were complaining about. It has been a long time since I had melted by last set.

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    me  over 8 years ago

    Ooooh! I never got that fancy a box!

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    puddlesplatt  over 8 years ago

    we used colored chalk, and used our fingers to mush it around.

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    McGehee  over 8 years ago

    The built-in sharpener always worked just fine for me. I must’ve been doing it wrong.

    [walks away with head hung low]

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    Sisyphos  over 8 years ago

    Probably dating myself, but no box of crayons I ever had came with a built-in sharpener. For that matter, the very notion of sharpening a crayon seems alien.,,,

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    SwimsWithSharks  over 8 years ago

    The real trauma? Crayons never tasted as good as they looked, even when fresh.

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    felinefan55 Premium Member over 8 years ago

    That’s what those were called!? I remember my mom having some when I was a kid. No clue why though. I just remember liking to pull the string.

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member over 8 years ago

    I have always loved the “gnashing teeth” look SP draws on his characters when they’re venting.

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    Saddenedby Premium Member over 8 years ago

    we were SO poor -how poor were you?we were SO poor we didn’t even know that crayons came in any other size than 8 to a boxand we sharpened them in a pencil sharpener which always made my parents happy as it gummed up the sharpener and usually broke off the tip of the crayon inside the sharpening cone.

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    sleeepy2  over 8 years ago

    What are they talking about? I have a Crayola 64 box on my kitchen table right now, and I marvel at how well the sharpener works! It puts a “factory new” tip on the crayon, complete with the offset collar! This thing is a modern marvel!

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    Kip W  over 8 years ago

    I looked forward to using the sharpener when I was given that big box (not sure if 128s were an option yet) of crayons, and the first time I put one in the hole, the sharpener broke right off and fell inside. I don’t know if I ever had one that worked.

    But I held my head up, and carried on, and today I’m a grownup who goes to a comic strip’s comments to complain about the crayon sharpener I had in 1962.

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    Packratjohn Premium Member over 8 years ago

    For your trivial pleasure, the Crayola box of 64 crayons with the built in sharpener was introduced in 1958.For you Boomers, check us out at

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    bookworm0812  over 8 years ago

    I never had a problem with it. True it never made them as nice and sharp as they were when they were new, but it helped. And actually, at 41, I’m still using crayons. I have that box of 120 colors that comes with that cute sharpener that looks like a crayon with arms and legs.

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    Number Three  over 8 years ago

    Yes there is nothing more irritating than a pencil sharpener which doesn’t work.

    Get over it, Rat. Things can be replaced.


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    Mike Parsons Premium Member over 8 years ago

    We had to chew on our crayons to sharpen them… my favorite flavors were flesh, green or orange

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    LuvThemPluggers  over 8 years ago

    I spent my life looking for the “hazel” crayon so I could verify the color everyone said my eyes were!

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    claire de la lune.  over 8 years ago

    The worst is an eraser that just smudges everything.

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    LuvThemPluggers  over 8 years ago

    I had a sudden flashback to being 10 yrs old and opening a brand new box of crayolas. Inhale the scent of multicolored wax and you had a natural high hard to match in later years.

    That and a pencil box and new underwear could only thing, The start of a new school year! Yippee!

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    Stream of conscience  over 8 years ago

    And green blue and blue green? I remember yellow green but not green yellow for some reason.

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    benjamineyal  over 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness, it’s true

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    ImDaRealAni  about 2 years ago

    School manual pencil sharpeners are broken.

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