Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for July 16, 2020

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    BE THIS GUY  over 1 year ago

    That’s even worse than a broken home.

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    Sherlock Watson  over 1 year ago

    What a crappy story.

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Have a home is something , for a pig . At least is not a pigpen .

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    mwksix  over 1 year ago

    Really more of a broken sty…

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    Leojim  over 1 year ago

    Pig heaven!

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    Bilan  over 1 year ago

    Reminds me of the line from Trading Places:

    “You’re from a broken home of course?”

    “Yeah, it was broke. So what?”

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    Wilde Bill  over 1 year ago

    And that about as far as Pig ever gets talking about his childhood.

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    Concretionist  over 1 year ago

    I lived for awhile where there wasn’t even a toilet at all. And the shower was outside. Lot of fun, actually, but not entirely conducive to getting a lot of work done: Chores eat quite a bit of time.

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    danketaz Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Happens with outhouses.

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    Gary Fabian  over 1 year ago

    So he grew up in a pigsty, big deal.

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    dadoctah  over 1 year ago

    Never would have happened in my family. Dad was a plumber.

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    blunebottle  over 1 year ago

    Goat, you spoke too soon.

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    iggyman  over 1 year ago

    Outhouses, “The Unflushables”!

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    Walter Kocker Premium Member over 1 year ago

    ’Reminds ME of the late great Carrie Fisher – describing HER broken home:

    And as Kurt Vonnegut is wont to say:

    Hi Ho

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    Gent  over 1 year ago

    I thought Pig was raised in a barn.

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    Troglodyte  over 1 year ago

    I’m sure “pipe down” had a completely different meaning for Pig in his childhood.

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    Breadboard  over 1 year ago

    Goat your turn to spill the beans . Were you a good little goat ? ;-) … Croc Power !

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    wrd2255  over 1 year ago

    He was like a pig in $h1t.

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    Aladar30 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Pig’s backstory is so sad…

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    Pig needs help! Everything is literal to him.

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    Markov Da Robot  over 1 year ago

    It looks like, of the two of them, only Pig has coffee. If you look closely, you can see the tip of the teabag on Goat’s mug.

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    Whatcouldgowrong  over 1 year ago

    Down here in eastern North Carolina, 9,000,000 pigs live indoors, their waste flushed through slats into open pits called lagoons. If you want to lose your appetite for all pig products, come by for a visit on a hot summer day. Or come by after a hurricane, when the lagoons have flooded. Or when it gets sprayed onto pastures as fertilizer. Industrial farming is unimaginably different from a family farm.

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    Reader  over 1 year ago

    Pig’s dad did not want to have his plumbing fixed.

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    Ellis97  over 1 year ago

    A total nightmare.

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    garcoa  over 1 year ago

    Be careful when drinking coffee and talking about a broken home when standing a few inches away from the edge of a cliff.

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    skipper1992  over 1 year ago

    Stephan occasionally likes to invoke the song “Cats In the Cradle” in his work, so I thought it appropriate to take a moment to remember the man who wrote and performed the song, Harry Chapin. He was killed in a car accident 39 years ago today, at the age of 38. In addition to being a singer, he was an anti-hunger activist – in fact, the people behind “We Are the World” have cited him as an influence on that project. Perhaps if you are moved to do so, you might pay tribute to him by making a donation to the anti-hunger foundation he founded in 1975, still active today, at

    The epitaph on his headstone, from one of his songs:

    “If a man tried / To take his time on Earth / And prove before he died / What one man’s life could be worth / Well, I wonder what would happen to this world.”

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    petermerck  over 1 year ago

    I swear there are more cliff edges in comics than in real life.

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    sirbadger  over 1 year ago

    Did the toilet have a fingerprint reader that doesn’t work with goat fingerprints?

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    pchemcat  over 1 year ago

    We lived with no indoor plumbing for several months. Not fun. We didn’t even have an outhouse. Thankfully it was during late Spring and Summer so the bushes could hide you. Just watch out for the poison ivy. Yeah, that hellhole our parents moved us to scarred all 5 of us for life.

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    COL Crash  over 1 year ago

    Pig isn’t that wrong. That’s a pretty good example of a dysfunctional Family to me.

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    The Brooklyn Accent  over 1 year ago

    So Pig was housebroken?

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    Mentor397  over 1 year ago

    I was in a nursing home like that for a while.

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Pig never talks about his childhood because he quit high school, whereas his four older brothers went to Notre Dame, Harvard, Clemson, & Grambling State. Unfortunately they went as footballs!

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    wjbillthompson  over 1 year ago

    Sounds broken to me.

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    DCBakerEsq  over 1 year ago

    I’m housebroken.

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    Another Take  over 1 year ago

    Of course. He lived in a pig sty

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  over 1 year ago

    Tolstoy I believe said that all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way. Pig’s unhappy childhood was unhappy in its own weird, literalist way. He has his reasons for not discussing it.

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    Sisyphos  over 1 year ago

    Sounds broken to me, Goat. You are too caught up in idiom.

    Sad story, Pig. Hope your family found a plumber….

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    Ceeg22 Premium Member about 1 year ago

    We had to turn on the hose to fill the tank after flushing the toilet. It was a very old house

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