Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for February 09, 2016

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    BE THIS GUY  over 6 years ago

    My, Rat has big feet.

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    Sherlock Watson  over 6 years ago

    Paris, put on a pair of rat-stabbers and kick him.

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    cdgar  over 6 years ago

    Rat’s always willing to spoil what others are doing.

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    treblemaker  over 6 years ago

    Rat just can’t bear it.

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    knight1192a  over 6 years ago

    Should have been a fourth and fifth panels where the tardigrade proved it not only adapts to Rat’s shoe but beats the crud out of Rat for doing that.

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    Rj_tapled  over 6 years ago

    Stick legs and feet. Where did the shoe come from?

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    Bilan  over 6 years ago

    This coming from a species that constantly gets fooled by a piece of cheese on a spring trap.

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    Ginrummy33  over 6 years ago

    Rat never said that it was HIS shoe. Probably stolen from Stephan.

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    OldNewbie  over 6 years ago

    Tardigrade doesn’t look hurt. Rat’s shoe is too soft to exert “extremely high pressure”. Rat had best be hoping that tardigrades are advanced and peaceable beings.

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    blunebottle  over 6 years ago

    Since tardigrades can survive 6,000 times atmospheric pressure, good luck with that, Rat.

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    juicebruce  over 6 years ago

    And another one bites the dust !

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    Claire Jordan  over 6 years ago

    I very much doubt that rat’s action could hurt a tardigrade, unless both the sole of the shoe and the surface of the table were perfectly hard and smooth. It would be like trying to crush a single grain of sand, only even more difficult because a tardigrade is smaller. It would just become wedged in some literally microscopic cranny in the shoe.

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    tsandl  over 6 years ago

    Near absolute zero, goat, and only for a limited time.

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    Kaputnik  over 6 years ago

    I just checked out Wikipedia, and there’s nothing about a Tardigrade’s resistance to shoe squishing. Must not be a common environmental hazard.

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    Joken'  over 6 years ago

    Where did Goat get a tardigrade, Tardigrade are US?

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    AtariDragon  over 6 years ago

    @F6F5Hellcat — We think alike on this one.

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    hariseldon59  over 6 years ago

    This reminds me of an old Bloom County cartoon where a cockroach is boasting to Opus of how indestructible he and his kind are, only to have Opus step on him.

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    sarah413 Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Many years ago, there was one like this in Bloom County, Milo, Binkley and, Opus went to a college to participate in a nuclear energy protest (and pick up college women). Opus is on the ivy covered walls, when he’s approached by a cockroach (not milquetoast). The cockroach preceded to brag about its survival skills, when Opus simply put his foot down and uttered “survive this!”

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Neither Paris nor Rat realize that the tardigrade escaped, and she will soon be back with millions of reinforcements!

    Well, it WOULD make a great cartoon!

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    MeGoNow Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Big talk from a wire-chewing plague reservoir.

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    angelfiredragon  over 6 years ago

    Oh just you wait rat, evolution or a mutation will cause one to grow to the size of a horse, then you’ll be in trouble.

    They would look like scary monsters for sure

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    marilynnbyerly  over 6 years ago

    Congratulations to Stephan for the sale of his fifth TIMMY FAILURE book!

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    cupertino jay  over 6 years ago

    nobody else noticed today’s exceptionally TALL and SKINNY opening dialog balloon??

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    Nicole™ (vaxxed & boosted)  Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Oh I noticed, Cupertino Jay.

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    Dancin_fish  over 6 years ago

    I have new found respect for Rat after seeing his shoe size.

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    dre7861  over 6 years ago

    Shame, tardigrades are kind of cute. Say Cartoon Boy, you should introduce Tommy Tardigrade as the revenge seeking microscopic animal.

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    Sisyphos  over 6 years ago

    I, too, struggle to figure out the shoe, Rat! Where the heck did it come from, since you don’t wear such shoes? Don’t tell me Cartoon-Boy just conveniently whipped one up out of clean air and ink!Tardigrades, on the other hand, may be everywhere, all the time. That’s icky….

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    Number Three  over 6 years ago

    Goat’s face in the 2nd panel.


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    kaviski  over 6 years ago

    Further proof that Stephan understands our universe better than the Pope AND Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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    DarkHorseSki  over 6 years ago

    That has got to be one helluva magnifying glass held by Goat!

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    celeconecca Premium Member over 6 years ago

    I love tardigrades!

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    Shimmery Mermaid  over 6 years ago

    … I thought a tardigrade was something you received for being late to class? :P

    @Rat … just because tardigrades are slow steppers, doesn’t mean they haven’t figured out the shoe … it’s deliberate spitefulness they’ll never completely wrap their brains and hearts around.

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    rgcviper  over 6 years ago

    I hate to say it, Goat, but you set yourself up for that one.

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    Future Reuben Recipient  over 2 years ago

    Tardigrades (or water bear) can’t be seen through a magnifying glass, can’t be seen as a dot on the comics page, and you’ll survive a whack from a shoe. Other than that, it’s perfectly accurate.

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    Sooploosh  6 months ago

    Tardigrade can survive the weight of 45,000 tons.

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    SuperCharged5-  3 months ago

    they survive in space too

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