Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for August 26, 2020

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    BE THIS GUY  almost 4 years ago

    My favorite click bait is: [Famous person’s] family cried when they found out his/her actual worth.

    Apparently these parasitic family members are having emotional breakdowns because they can’t freeload off their famous relative.

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member almost 4 years ago

    Yes , to click off .

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    B UTTONS  almost 4 years ago

    Rat’s front page headliner:

    Politician loses job.

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    BasilBruce  almost 4 years ago

    Background music: “Midnight Star” by Weird Al Yankovic.

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    kaffekup   almost 4 years ago

    “Remember So-and-So? Try not to let your jaw drop when you see them now!”

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    sirbadger  almost 4 years ago

    If you live in Florida, what insect is not coming to your town?

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member almost 4 years ago

    80% of Americans are not getting enough of this…

    How to tell if your spouse is cheating…

    Add this vegetable to your diet and lose 30 pounds…

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    Concretionist  almost 4 years ago

    I do get sucked into a clickbait site every so often. But never EVER by phrases like that. The ones that catch my attention offer me something new to think about.

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    blunebottle  almost 4 years ago

    How come Rat is making sense again?

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    Breadboard  almost 4 years ago

    Rat is just trying to make GoComics some money ! … Croc Power !

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    Caldonia  almost 4 years ago

    I would definitely read “This actor is an insect who’s coming to your town in a deadly car.”

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    Gent  almost 4 years ago

    I knew I smell a Rat whenever I saw such headlines.

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    dadoctah  almost 4 years ago

    This is a relative pronoun.

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    mjb515  almost 4 years ago

    This makes me want to block the site.

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    gr8fuldean  almost 4 years ago

    You can avoid clickbait with this one simple trick!

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    Ignatz Premium Member almost 4 years ago

    It hasn’t worked on me in a long, long time.

    I think they may have killed their own Golden Goose by pushing it too far. When it’s constant, you stop seeing it. And when you realize it’s a slide show that expects you to click 57 times, you never do it again.

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    Ellis97  almost 4 years ago

    Those pop up ads drive me nuts.

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    Steverino Premium Member almost 4 years ago

    Rat’s a master at this.

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    diskus Premium Member almost 4 years ago

    They are so easy to see coming im not sure how they get clicks anymore. Now comics might work on me.

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    Sisyphos  almost 4 years ago

    Ah, the Fine Art of clickbait! Of course, the best ones then lure you into a fifty-item slideshow. The sad thing is that most young aspiring webnews writers will see nothing wrong in Rat’s work….

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    Lou  almost 4 years ago

    Use this one weird trick to end clickbait forever.

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    grocks  almost 4 years ago

    Excellent tutorial

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    zeexenon  almost 4 years ago

    It’s way worse than the old bait and switch. And I’ve watched the Youtube clickbait video a couple of times and still don’t understand how these tricksters make a buck from the click counts.

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    steverinoCT  almost 4 years ago

    I like (well, I admire) the ones that say, Don’t Eat This Food! or, Avoid This Exercise! while showing a standard fruit/veggie or exercise. You THINK you’re doing the right thing, but beware! Of course, the standard food/exercise shown in the come-on thumbnail has nothing to do with the ad content.

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    Goat  almost 4 years ago

    This is reminding of a Pearls storyline from around 2006-08 where Rat was working as a tabloid journalist.

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    Major Matt Mason Premium Member almost 4 years ago

    Those headlines really click. Sorry, I meant suck.

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    Nuliajuk  almost 4 years ago

    The ten secret ways that websites get you to click on their links!

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    Sir Uncle Rat69 Premium Member almost 4 years ago

    Rat really has the pulse of the world to inform his writing. A Pulitzer prize is coming for you soon Rat. Keep up the good work Rat!

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    dadlivonia  almost 4 years ago

    click bait

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    mpolo11 Premium Member almost 4 years ago

    People in [your city, your state] are furious about this new law!

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    Shargad  almost 4 years ago

    Exactly like the headlines I get in my Fox “News“ feed.

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    redback  almost 4 years ago

    yeah, I wanted to see not why he is in trouble but why Hollywood has not contracted him again, plus I also wanted to know singles in my area, so not interested, but thanks for asking

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    NWdryad  almost 4 years ago

    And this is why our nation is in trouble.

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    donwestonmysteries  almost 4 years ago

    Don’t forget 25 ways to . . .

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    Andrew Sleeth  almost 4 years ago

    Credulity is strained by the suggestion that any reputable news outlet would hire Rat as a copy editor.

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    DCBakerEsq  almost 4 years ago

    Top Ten Places to Retire if you’re Obsessed with Seeing How this Actress Has Aged and Want to Invest in the Next Big Thing

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    hoffquotes2  almost 4 years ago

    So true

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    Troglodyte  almost 4 years ago

    When Rat clicks, it makes me sick.

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    Obi-Haiv  almost 4 years ago

    This is the way.

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    gigagrouch  almost 4 years ago

    “You’d never believe that this comic could be so hilarious!”

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    willie_mctell  almost 4 years ago

    Don’t read this comic before you see this.

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    Display  almost 4 years ago

    Lose 30 pounds ($39.58 as of today). Pay me to tell you there are subreddits that list a lot of clickbait answers.

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    whelan_jj  almost 4 years ago

    Even better, put “Why is ..” in the front of all of them. And don’t forget the ever popular “You won’t believe number 7”.

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    Swirls Before Pine  almost 4 years ago

    “The Best President In History Is Being Smeared! Find Out Who Is Doing It!”

    Link goes to article claiming Abraham Lincoln once told Mary Todd Lincoln that she might change her hair style once in a while.

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