Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for January 16, 2019


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 11 months ago

    Too bad you can’t do that with a flatscreen.

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    alaskajohn1  11 months ago

    Change the batteries in the remote; that should work.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  11 months ago

    oh, don’t you miss the days of TVs with channel-changing dials on the main unit?

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    Bilan  11 months ago

    That’s a tube TV. The proper step is to replace it with a model from this century.

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    Z51 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Worked for Onslow! (Keeping up Appearances)

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    Robin Harwood  11 months ago

    Comprehensible technical advice.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member 11 months ago

    In my circles, that’s known as percussive maintenance.

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    kaffekup   11 months ago

    What manual? They’re all online now. Works great for your new computer: “To read the manual, just go on line.”

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    sirbadger  11 months ago

    I remember when some stores had tube testers. Maybe we need motherboard and graphics card testers.

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    erik.vanthienen  11 months ago

    And if that doesn’t give you the desired result, open up the back, identify the biggest capacitor, and wiggle it about … ;-)

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    Kind&Kinder  11 months ago

    Plug it in!

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    EcurbYkspohs  11 months ago

    Manual written by one Larry Croc …………. Croc Power !

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    gorbag  11 months ago

    When our robot overlords take over, the’ll remember this spot of human history and treat us the same way…

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    dukedoug  11 months ago

    Whacking a misbehaving old TV which used valves (or tubes) was a potentially useful strategy because the valves / tubes could either get loose in their sockets or their pins could get dirty. A fairly decent whack had the potential to reseat loose or dirty valves / tubes. Not a nice way to treat a TV, though.

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    Adiraiju  11 months ago

    Sounds like a friend of mine’s advice: “Do the thing to the thing with the thing and the other thing! You know?”

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 11 months ago

    “Spit in the back and whomp it once!”

    (5 bonus points for anyone who remembers the reference)

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    The Old Wolf  11 months ago

    “Tinkers and tinkerers and a few wizards who happened by tried to start the clocks with tools or magic words, or by shaking them and cursing, but nothing whirred or ticked.”

    It’s a venerable technique.

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    SkyFisher  11 months ago

    Oddly, a little “percussive maintenance” usually works!

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    rmercer Premium Member 11 months ago

    The proper spelling is $#!+

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    nosirrom  11 months ago

    It doesn’t work unless you name your TV “Mole”.

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    Eristic  11 months ago

    The Arthur Fonzarelli school of repair, now in session.

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    bbbmorrell  11 months ago

    A manual for real people!

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    garcoa  11 months ago

    And after you try those 2 obviously ineffectual techniques, you take it to the shop who will tell you it will cost more to fix than to replace.

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    Rev Phnk Ey  11 months ago

    I yell “$#@#” all the time. Just not sure if I’m pronouncing it right.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 11 months ago

    That tv looks beyond dated. No wonder it’s not working

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    hew888  11 months ago

    When something is out of whack, give it one.

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    willie_mctell  11 months ago

    Bad point to point wiring and tubes in poorly fitting sockets make whacking a legit problem solver.

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    Al Nala  11 months ago

    Say, “Oooooh, babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.”

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    15803  11 months ago

    So, true.

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    ChessPirate  11 months ago

    Back in the early days, when I worked as a Computer Specialist, the standard hard drive format was “MFM”. One of the many things that could go wrong with them was the mechanism that started the platters spinning would “lock up”. A jolt (with the PC turned off), would allow it to start up when it then got turned back on. When I told one user to do this, his boss got upset with me “telling his employee to hit his computer”. I responded by telling him it was that or buy him a new hard drive, which shut him up…

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    tim71pos  11 months ago

    But why do Rat and Pig not have a flat screen? Even I have a flat screen, and I was a late adopter….got it about 5 years ago.

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    chris_weaver  11 months ago

    The right tool for the right job!

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    B UTTONS  11 months ago

    Rat! You’re mistakenly reading Nancy Pelosi’s “Guide to Bully Government”

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    KEA  11 months ago

    I have a new TV that’s very difficult to turn on or off without the remote. I don’t consider that user-friendly.

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    BubbleTape Premium Member 11 months ago

    what’s with the periods in the “T.V.”? television is one word. This comic is ruined. Ruined!

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    codedaddy  11 months ago

    You’re lucky it’s in English

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    Kali  11 months ago

    Actually, that’s what you do with a computer. TV’s don’t work the same way. And believe me, I’ve tried. :-)

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    Sisyphos  11 months ago

    Sounds like a Practical Man’s Manual to me!

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    Swirls Before Pine  11 months ago

    Stop pointing the remote at your face, Rat.

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    scratchmaker500  10 months ago

    Oh My God!!!!! Did Pig Just swear?!?!?!

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