Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 10, 2019

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    Kaladin Stormblessed  about 2 years ago

    You’re not the only one.

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    DanielRyanMulligan  about 2 years ago

    just like me

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    BE THIS GUY  about 2 years ago

    Or you could be one those people, who when pinned under a car are asked by a paramedic how you’re doing, answer, “I’m good, thanks.”

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    Johnny Q Premium Member about 2 years ago

    In Russia, people answer “How are you?” with “Normal.” (Makes more sense to me.)

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    Bilan  about 2 years ago

    When Goat asked How Are You?, he really wasn’t asking how you are.

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    kaffekup   about 2 years ago

    Rat redeemed himself in the last frame.

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    WMORAN1  about 2 years ago

    F I N E = Fearful, Insecure, Neurotic, [and] Emotional!

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    Concretionist  about 2 years ago

    I’m using “OhhhhKay” these days. More like the truth. I’m neither fine nor “F.I.N.(&)E.” though closer to the former than the latter.

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    stillfickled Premium Member about 2 years ago

    I do not fear death but I don’t wish to die anytime soon.

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    Troglodyte  about 2 years ago

    Rat is such a joy to be around… not!

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    Algolei I  about 2 years ago

    I used to say, “I’m okay so far but the day is young.”

    Now I just say, “It’s too soon to tell,” because it’s shorter and I’m out of breath.

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    Breadboard  about 2 years ago

    Rat stop taking those pills ! … Croc Power !

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    blunebottle  about 2 years ago

    I’m not going to say “fine” when I’m not.

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    hariseldon59  about 2 years ago

    This strip sums up Rat in a nutshell.

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    Jeff0811  about 2 years ago

    I have used “Still kicking, but not so high”. I also like “Still pulling daisies rather than pushing them.” I don’t use it though because I never pulled a daisy in my life. Maybe I should start. Pull a daisy and chant, “Pull a daisy, pull a daisy not.”

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    Kaputnik  about 2 years ago

    I generally answer “could be worse”. I don’t mean it to be particularly humorous, but many seem to take it that way.

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    AJ2016  about 2 years ago

    Somehow my internal thoughts make into today’s strip, DING!

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    Purple People Eater  about 2 years ago

    I’m applying for disability and I went to the doctor’s office the other day for an examination. The doctor asked me “How’s your health”. I answered “Except for all the things that are wrong with me, I’m doing fine”.

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    Lance Andrewes Premium Member about 2 years ago

    “not bad” is a common answer in my work-world. I understand it to mean “put me out of my misery before I have to endure another day in this hellhole”. Rat would empathise.

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    jimchronister2016  about 2 years ago

    Me too! Smart rat and and smart cartoonist!

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    Ignatz Premium Member about 2 years ago

    I usually say something like “Magnificent.” It’s almost as off-putting as answering with a complaint.

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    silverking1953  about 2 years ago

    I use “nearly perfect”.

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    monya_43  about 2 years ago

    I usually say that “I’m blessed. How are you?” Most people answer, “I am too.”

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    Reader  about 2 years ago

    What do you mean Rat – you’re not running the world.

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    Bizzy  about 2 years ago

    Maybe Rat needs a support group:

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    Frank_Lecanto  about 2 years ago

    When people at work asked me how I was, my usual response was “I wish I were dead!”. Their reply was generally something like “Oh, that’s nice.” Nobody listens…

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    jonesbeltone  about 2 years ago

    Rat speaks for all of us.

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    aerotica69  about 2 years ago

    “I’m not unwell, thank you.” (and thank you, Mr. Carlin)

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    redback  about 2 years ago

    so basically rat is an emo. Oh the pain, I have everything and I am in no need but I still carry the weight of the world in my back, despite that the only thing I do is being a cynic, criticize everything, feel entitled and that the world owns me even if I have done nothing yet

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    LeeCox  about 2 years ago

    Join the club, Rat!

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    katzenbooks45  about 2 years ago

    Still this side of the dirt.

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    Ellis97  about 2 years ago

    That is one deadpan vermin.

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    Bucinka  about 2 years ago

    I’m with Rat, but I never tell anyone.

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    BiathlonNut  about 2 years ago

    “Do you want the short dishonest answer, or the long honest one?”

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    Old Guy  about 2 years ago

    When my stepfather got older, he would answer by saying, “I’m breathing.”

    I knew a lady years ago who would always answer with, “Adequate”.

    I answer in a variety of ways, but since retiring 2 years ago, they’ve become much more positive.

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    Itty-Bitty  about 2 years ago

    Rat just needs a different definition of F.I.N.E.(Fans of Louise Penny know what I mean)

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    Herb L 1954  about 2 years ago

    Vote the bums out, in 2020.Spineless Moscow Mitch,and dumb ass Donnie have done too much damage ;(

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    skipper1992  about 2 years ago

    My better half is fond of saying, “When someone asks you how you are, it’s not a real question, so they aren’t interested in the real answer.”

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    IshkaBibel1  about 2 years ago

    Remember, “How are you” is a greeting, not a question.

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    geekboy_x  about 2 years ago

    Come on, Rat … don’t be unfair. Dumpface Orange doesn’t run EVERYTHING.

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    Flossie Mud Duck  about 2 years ago

    This is why I never greeted my granny with “How are you?” She would spend 15 minutes telling me about all her aches and pains and wondering whether she had the Reader’s Digest malady of the month. Instead, I began asking “What have you been doing recently?”

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    TheodorFælgen  about 2 years ago

    I have always found the “how are you?” part of being greeted to be silly, asking a question but not wanting an actual reply is just not very nice when you think about it.Here, Denmark, if someone asks the question it means they are interested and maybe even concerned about someones well being.

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    Ermine Notyours  about 2 years ago

    Someone at work would always ask, “How are you?” and I would answer, “Terrible.” She would always reflexively answer, “That’s good.”

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    57BelAir  about 2 years ago

    So Goat didn’t really want to know how Rat was? Why bother asking?

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    Fontessa  about 2 years ago

    The correct answer is “I’m coping.”

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    Bookworm  about 2 years ago

    To people making the inquiry who are not friends or intimates, I usually answer the “How are you?” with a smile and reply “The usual manner, born of woman and destined to die.” I’m not sure which confuses them the most, the smile or the reply.

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    Linguist  about 2 years ago

    I’ve always preferred “¿Cómo te va?”( How’s it going?) or “¿Qué tal?” (What’s happening?) to the formal “¿Cómo está?” (How are you?) because you are likely to get a shorter reply.

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    zeexenon  about 2 years ago

    How about SSDD?

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    wmdraper2  about 2 years ago

    My new response.

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    fix-n-fly  about 2 years ago

    If you can’t take the real answer, don’t ask the question.

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    DebraHurd  about 2 years ago

    FINE f***ed up, insecure, neurotic and egotistical. Thanks to my favorite author, Louise Penny, for that little jewel.

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    JP Steve Premium Member about 2 years ago

    My usual is “I’m not getting better, I’m getting older…”

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    Snoots  about 2 years ago

    I often reply “Functional” or “Vertical”, or if I’m feeling talkative, “Functionally vertical”.

    When people ask how you are, they don’t really want to know. And our answer is irrelevant and usually a lie, especially if we reply “Oh, I’m fine. And you?”. A lie followed by a false-interest query. This is what we call “being social”. Otherwise we’d say something truthful like, “Oh hey, glad to see you’re still alive today!” “Yeah I am. Thanks man!”

    Or if we were answering truthfully, we’d wind up with, "My bowels are cramping and sinuses draining down my throat. Had a good breakfast but lunch was a bit of a loss and too expensive. I’m wondering whether Star Trek Piccard is going to be worth watching after the disaster of STD and at the same time feeling a bit stressed out about the direction Doctor Who has gone. And wow, I’ve suddenly got a huge itch in a place I can’t scratch right now….

    “So… how are you? today?”

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    Sisyphos  about 2 years ago

    I appreciate honesty, Rat, but you’re not going to get anywhere by such brutally honest replies. Not that you care….

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    parkerinthehouse  about 2 years ago

    When I lived in TX if you asked, “How’re ya doin’?” the answer was usually, “Great!” I moved to PA and the answer is usually “Not bad”. I don’t know why it troubles me.

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    Love2laugh  about 2 years ago

    Doesn’t he mean “ruining” everything?

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    asrialfeeple  about 2 years ago

    So same old, same old?

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    Swirls Before Pine  about 2 years ago

    One leads to the other.

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