Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for August 01, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  3 months ago

    Next week: Pastis will show us how Goofus and Gallant do things differently.

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    BasilBruce  3 months ago

    If any of them had any need for KY Jelly, they could have slipped in one more.

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    hariseldon59  3 months ago

    Spelling ill as IL for the sake of the joke was a bit of a stretch.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  3 months ago

    Hawaii, Alabama, Missouri, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Alaska, Maine, Idaho, Oregon, Maryland, Colorado, Delaware, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Vermont, Wyoming, Illinois, Georgia. Did I get them?

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    ImDaRealAni  3 months ago

    HI, AL, MO, MA, PA, LA, AK, ME, ID, OR, IN, OH, MD, CO, DE, OK, CT, VA, WY, IL, GA.

    Hawaii, Alabama, Missouri, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Alaska, Maine, Idaho, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Colorado, Delaware, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Virginia, Wyoming, Illinois, Georgia.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 77992e]  3 months ago

    not vermont-vt- but va, virginia. and oh yeah Ohio

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    Concretionist  3 months ago

    What did Delaware boys…

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member 3 months ago

    At the first panel I thought we were going to work up to a glorious pun, but by panel 7 I saw it was going no WA.

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    Wilde Bill  3 months ago

    And I was so sure we were being set up for a pun.

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    connieembury  3 months ago

    I was expecting another bad pun! I thought “wow I can’t wait to hear this one.”

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    [Unnamed Reader - 8bb645]  3 months ago

    Suddenly the old song “what did Delaware?” is running through my mind.

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    wheaters  3 months ago

    No. Apparently there’s 21.

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    Zykoic  3 months ago

    I was looking for the mother of all puns…..disappointed.

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    Cornelius Noodleman  3 months ago

    I live in MO!

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    iggyman  3 months ago

    I think it is a state of accomplishment Stephan!

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    Sanspareil  3 months ago

    WA the f@$%

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    TwilightFaze  3 months ago

    Impressive, but I know you coulda put all 50 in there somehow.

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    jonatha  3 months ago

    Darn. I was expecting a truly epic pun…

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    JoanHelen  3 months ago

    As we say here in South Africa, ja, well, no fine. I have no idea what all the state abbreviations are for the USA

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    A Common 'tator  3 months ago

    Do that with British Counties or French Departements and I’ll be impressed… I might even understand them…

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    emmapocl  3 months ago

    Hawaii, Alabama, Missouri, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Alaska, Maine, Idaho, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Colorado, Delaware, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Virginia, Wyoming, Illinois, Georgia.

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    The Old Wolf  3 months ago

    Where has Oregon, boys, where has Oregon? She’s gone to pay her Texas… etc.

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    rob mccallum Premium Member 3 months ago

    Not being American I figure I did well to recognize 16 of the state abbreviations. They just don’t seem to follow much rhyme or reason. Some are first two letters, some are first and last letters, Can’t Americans agree to do anything universally the same?

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    Orcatime  3 months ago

    Well played.

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    Athelind  3 months ago

    That was fun.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 3 months ago

    That’s actually harder then it looks…not only finding them, but actually writing a coherent scene utilizing that many state abbreviations. I remember the older Pearls Strip with all the names of the NFL football teams buried in the dialogue.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 3 months ago

    My state wasn’t included

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    Outcault Premium Member 3 months ago

    Unexpected fun for a Sunday morning, Mr. Pastis.

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    rmercer Premium Member 3 months ago

    Still working on “GO”….

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    uniquename  3 months ago

    He should have talked sports. He could have been an NE Patriots fan. Well, he had MI looking pretty hard, but I found them all.

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    Neil59  3 months ago

    Only US states? I saw “ON” and wondered if that was for Ontario.

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    Major Matt Mason Premium Member 3 months ago

    AR AR AR. :)

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    car2ner  3 months ago

    took me 5 panels to suspect it, but I didn’t read ahead wondering what bizarre pun I’d find.

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    kwardecke Premium Member 3 months ago

    21 states and one Canadian province ON

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    iggyman  3 months ago

    Sad “State” of affairs!

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  3 months ago

    You could have had fun with PR. But, alas, they’re still just a territory.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 3 months ago

    Something in addition to my usual Jumble and Cryptoquote.

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    kaycstamper  3 months ago

    That was fun! Kind of like Bizarro.

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    Mr. Organization  3 months ago

    You got me, Pastis. I was reading the comic trying to spot the (so I thought) imminent pun.

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    jel354  3 months ago

    There are so MA-NY.

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    GuntherGrass  3 months ago

    And one Canadian province!

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    Zebrastripes  3 months ago

    Ha! Clever!

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    carlosrivers  3 months ago

    That’s just genius

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    SusieB  3 months ago

    Good one!

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    stuball80  3 months ago

    Ohio in the fourth panel

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    ajr58(1)  3 months ago
    Now, let’s hope for a Wiley Bears coloring strip
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    Grover St. Clair  3 months ago

    Now add the capitals…

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    rorie  3 months ago

    Strip gets more and more enjoyable all the time. Thank you.

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    LaurentVaillancourt  3 months ago

    And the rest of the world just wanders away in boredom…

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    diskus Premium Member 3 months ago

    I thought we were getting the longest setup in history for some goofy pun

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    dpatrickryan Premium Member 3 months ago

    He also slipped in one Canadian province (ON – Ontario).

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    Goat from PBS  3 months ago

    I figured it out part way through the strip. Clever, Pastis. Very clever.

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    Stocky One  3 months ago

    Are the they using Ne lights? And wouldn’t they have used KY jelly for the CT scan? The waitress is good – she should be in PR. I’m surprised the veteran didn’t mention his MS!

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    gmu328  3 months ago

    the waitress was Ms O’Neal

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    CaveCat87  3 months ago

    Look at the bright side, Rat, at least it wasn’t a pun.

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    aigdawg  3 months ago

    Not Vermont, Virginia

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    kd1sq  3 months ago

    Rat would have said “It’s al about me!”

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    shauna_hieber  3 months ago

    I got 24! … if you look at the start of words to find others.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  3 months ago

    Didn’t see that coming as his premise. I guess you have to be more inventive with Sunday strips these days.

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    Flossie Mud Duck  3 months ago

    Took me three tries, but I found them all.

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    Rosabell  3 months ago

    Excellent!! What fun!

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    paullp Premium Member 3 months ago

    Stephan, today you disappointed a lot us who love your puns and were counting on a good one! You owe us one!

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    WCraft Premium Member 3 months ago

    After reading this strip for a few years, I could tell Pastis was setting us up for another pun/word play. So I jumped to the last 2 panels.

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    Olddog04  3 months ago

    This one wasn’t funny.

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    Moonkey Premium Member 3 months ago

    He maybe didn’t cover all the US states, but he left commenters open to offer suggestions for many. I consider that a good job well done.

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    JohnTheFoole  3 months ago

    Wow! An edumacashunal Comeek!

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    AZPhinFan  3 months ago

    that was fun Stephan, thanks!

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    Ellis97  3 months ago

    So, what’s going on in today’s strip?

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    The One follower   3 months ago

    Chill it, Steph. NO actually that was genious!!

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    Eric S   3 months ago

    That’s not punny.

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    InuYugiHakusho  3 months ago

    A nice change of pace from the usual puns.

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    rpmurray  3 months ago

    I thought for sure this was going to end with AL LA MO DE.

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    GabryelFrost  3 months ago

    This is another level of trolling.

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    OBBWG  3 months ago

    No WI-fi?

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    The Orange Mailman  3 months ago

    Do it with varieties of apples next time. Please.

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    Rumball Premium Member 3 months ago

    Finally solved it! Meantime, the garage burned down, a meteor destroyed my car, my wife filed for divorce, and I missed church.

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku  3 months ago

    That compulsion wasted my morning.

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    mail2jbl  3 months ago

    This is the most creative PBS strip ever. Well done, Cartoon Boy, well done!

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    harleyvic  3 months ago

    Way to go Pastis, great strip…

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    BobTaylor1  3 months ago

    We got TWENTY-SEVEN with no duplicates: HI, NE, AL, MO, MA, PA, LA, OH, WI, AK, ME, ID, OR, CA, IN, WA, MD, CO, DE, OK, CT, SC, VA, WY, AR, IL, GA! Got an underlined cartoon for proof!

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    pamela welch Premium Member 3 months ago

    Good job Stephan! LOLOL

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    Ammosexual Premium Member 3 months ago

    Figures I liked Alaska best, would have worked with Arkansas too…AR-15

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    dwkiser28603  3 months ago

    well, at least it wasn’t yet another lame attempt at a pun

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    eddi_tbh  3 months ago

    That was fun. Thanks.

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    bookworm0812  3 months ago

    Got ‘em all. And withouth looking at Templo’s post.

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    PuppyPapa  3 months ago

    Have you no shame, sir? Have you no SHAME?

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    soaringblocks  3 months ago

    Hahahaha! this is a really GOOD ONE! Thanks!

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    soaringblocks  3 months ago

    Gold Medal Award!

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    childrenspoems Premium Member 3 months ago

    I only got 15 so must try it again. And again! It’s a cute idea and a lot of fun!

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    Sisyphos  3 months ago

    Once on the lookout for them, they are not too hard to find. Has Cartoon-Boy run out of puns?

    (Fat chance!)

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    vics_machine Premium Member 3 months ago

    I saw “ON” for Ontario.

    21 + 1?

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    Timothy Young Premium Member 3 months ago

    Ah, missed Maine and Ohio. Tricky.

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    russef  3 months ago

    Gotta give you a AAA+ for this one Stephan. Bloggles the mind!

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    dgibson5959  3 months ago

    I was hoping this was going to turn into a pun.

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    Jutta Tolbert Premium Member 3 months ago

    HI, AL, MO, MA, PA, LA, AK, ME, ID, OR, IN, OH, MD, CO, DE, OK, CT, VA, WY, IL, GA

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    murphydh  3 months ago

    Just once I’d like to see one of these build-ups to a pun that doesn’t lead anywhere, and everyone sitting quietly in the last panel.

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    cymusiker  3 months ago

    Genius. Will Shortz should hire you.

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    CynthiaLeveque Premium Member 3 months ago

    Here I was waiting for the mother of all puns!!! I like a good quiz, however. :)

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    Ceeg22 Premium Member 3 months ago

    MIssing the best one

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    mikevanv  3 months ago

    Spoiler; list below seeking validation on #20…

    Spoiler; list below seeking validation on #20…

    Spoiler; list below seeking validation on #20…

    Spoiler; list below seeking validation on #20…

    This gump is stumped, and still smiling an laughing from this and other Pearls comics…

    The list of 19 that I can see… cannot find 20… then GA = 20 or 21…Help!!! :)

    1. HI / Hawaii2. AL / Alabama3. MO / Missouri4. MA / Massachusetts5. PA / Pennsylvania6. LA / Louisiana7. AK / Alaska8. ME / Maine9. ID / Idaho10. OR / Oregon11. IN / Indiana12. MD / Maryland13. CO / Colorado14. DE / Deleware15. OK / Oklahoma16. CT / Connecticut17. VA / Virginia18. WY / Wyoming19. IL / Illinois20. >>> Cannot find # 20 <<<21. GA / Georgia

    Every other two-letter combination, in order of appearance…

    MY, GO, TO, GO, AN, ON, TO, IM, AN, IM BY, IM, TO, AT

    … of which only ON looks close, and Ontario is a) a town in California not a state, and b) a province, in Canada, not a state in the US of A

    Who can help and share?


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    mikevanv  about 2 months ago

    Thanks to emmapocl , #12 is OH / Ohio… and all the others increase by 1. Thank you, also, Mr. Pastis!

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    Totally Not a Killer Dolphin  about 2 months ago

    I love how Rat realizes nothing until Pig uses only one L. Two flippers—I mean, thumbs, of course, obviously I don’t have flippers, haha—up!

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