Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for August 23, 2020


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 7 months ago

    Get down before the arm holding the balloons gets tired.

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    BasilBruce  7 months ago

    Sing along with Basil: “Up, up and away…”

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    Friend  7 months ago

    Lawn chairs make the journey more comfortable. Just saying.

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    B UTTONS  7 months ago

    Rat, we’re supposed to stay 6 feet apart. l’ll have to confiscate that RED BALLOON.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  7 months ago

    either that’s pretty strong helium in their balloons, or Pig and Rat are lightweights

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    Concretionist  7 months ago

    Pastis seems to have fallen into the silly-swamp today. Not a wrong thing…

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    sirbadger  7 months ago

    That would work better with a foot loop, because the hand is bound to get tired after a while. Maybe attach the balloons to a swing seat.

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    Colorado  7 months ago

    Perhaps not in the scientific sense but anyone who has had a pet rat will tell you they have hands.

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    TwilightFaze  7 months ago

    The fact they can hold on to balloons while floating and STILL keep a right angle arm says a lot about how strong they secretly are.

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    MatthewHecht  7 months ago

    I am doing this right now. It is surprisingly comfortable

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 7 months ago

    Pig is getting roasted:

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    cdward  7 months ago

    It sounds like they live in an area where they have no access to a car. Where we are, we can hop in the car for a long ride. It helps. A bike ride helps, too.

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member 7 months ago

    This is happening in a cartoon world…. where belief is suspended, and cartoon physics applies.

    e.g. A few balloons can lift you, and your arms never get tired, in a cartoon world.


    And it’s not whether there are cars where they live…

    I know there are, in fact…

    but we have to believe they have no need of one, because they seem to get everywhere they need to go without one.


    However, there’s still one unbelievable element of fantasy, for me, in today’s strip…

    one startling thing, for which I’m having a hard time suspending my disbelief:


    Pig lies.

    Pure, innocent Piggy tells an out and out whopper.

    This I do not believe.

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    T.P.# Eight  7 months ago

    Balloon ride season is coming up in my area …. Croc Power !

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    backyardcowboy  7 months ago

    You’ll notice that neither one is wearing clothes, yet they still carry their cell phones with them. I DON’T want to know where! Stephan, give them some clothes with pockets, purses or SOMETHING!!!

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    Aladar30 Premium Member 7 months ago

    RAT! I’m surprised by you!

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    kartis  7 months ago

    Or a lawn chair. Guy had to be rescued at some ridiculous height.

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    Ralph Newbill  7 months ago

    It’s not a quarantine if you’re not sick; it’s a lockdown, house arrest.

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    Zebrastripes  7 months ago

    LOL! ….and never the lame shall meet….in midair….pop pop pop pop pop

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    diskus Premium Member 7 months ago

    Pig it was really lookin good there for a while wasnt it?

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    mjb515  7 months ago

    It is not height. It is the sudden stop at the end.

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    Lady loves a joke  7 months ago

    More affordable than a jet pack:-)

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    EllisAmirRogersArcher  7 months ago

    How are they gonna get down?

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    zeexenon  7 months ago

    My college meteorology classes say it’s quite difficult for unpowered lighter than air craft to join up. Also, I love yellow balloons and submarines.

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    jel354  7 months ago

    Rat doing something lighthearted and not being cynical is a pleasant development.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  7 months ago

    Wouldn’t be the strangest or even worst thing people are doing to deal with the pandemic.

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    Kurtass Premium Member 7 months ago

    Where does he keep the phone?

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    bob-droid12  7 months ago

    They stopped limiting the number of people who can come into the store I work a couple months ago; now sometimes they all swarm in like a zombie horde.

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    Sisyphos  7 months ago

    Where can I get me some of those Magical Balloons?

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    Another Take  7 months ago

    Ummm…where do they keep their phones? Never mind. I don’t wanna know (pee you!)

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    donwestonmysteries  7 months ago

    Comic strips are essential services. The balloons are proof when we need some brightness in our days.

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    helluvaniceguy Premium Member 7 months ago

    Jeeze Stephan, enough with the sappy “escape from the Covid world” strips. Seems like that’s all we get out of Pearls these days. Give us something funny to take our minds off of it!!

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    The Brooklyn Accent  7 months ago

    The phones could have wrist straps that are too thin to be visible in the strip. Will that ease folks’ minds?

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    marilynnbyerly  7 months ago

    Cartoon physics, it’s not just for cartoons. A newspaper article from the late 1890s told the story of a little girl who was given a bunch of balloons and started to float away. Some kind gentleman used his skeet gun to shoot the balloons until she landed gently on the ground and was brought back to her crying mother. The news was picked up nationally and internationally before some sane people pointed out that the story was impossible. Others mentioned that the source was a tall-tale column. Fake news, it’s not just for today.

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    BabyHuey42  7 months ago

    Yes, it does.

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    Sailor46 USN 65-95  7 months ago

    I guess Pigs can fly, sort of.

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    johndifool  7 months ago

    David Blaine, is that you?

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    cawingcrow  7 months ago

    Where does pig keep the cell phone?

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