Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for February 06, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  8 months ago

    But what kind of books? Are they revised history by Bill O’Reilly? Then you’re just making them dumber.

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    BasilBruce  8 months ago

    How long will it take them to eat all those books?

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 8 months ago

    I hope Rat has also put “Maus” inside the box.

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    Alexander the Good Enough  8 months ago

    I know plenty of people who are plenty “book smart” but are still as dumb as a Republican. In fact, some of them ARE Republicans…

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    Robin Harwood  8 months ago

    They can read?

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    Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano)  8 months ago

    what doesn’t look smart is no air holes in The Magic Box o’ Smartness

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    macky87  8 months ago

    There’s a group of people in Tennessee who would burn that box of books. They have no use for “Smartness.”

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    Gent  8 months ago

    Rats. It a disguised book club. How to open book? Do it your-shelves, fellers.

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    tudza Premium Member 8 months ago

    Reminds me of the movie Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto by Hiroshi Inagaki. Weird.

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    Gent  8 months ago

    “Aaaargh! Help! Help! There’s lotsa silverfish in this musty old box full of books. Lemme outta here!”

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    Bilan  8 months ago

    There’s also an entire building downtown that will make you even smarter.

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    electricshadow Premium Member 8 months ago

    I found two more who should go in the box:

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    Geophyzz  8 months ago

    The Magic Box O’ Smartness reminds me of school.

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    whahoppened  8 months ago

    Boy, they ARE dumb. Ya gotta set up a password and check the “I agree” box before the book will open. Then, second page will be “Subscribe”.

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    me_the_polish_gull  8 months ago

    If only…

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    Procat Premium Member 8 months ago

    Shouldn’t it be The Magic Box of QAnon Smartness

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    James Wolfenstein  8 months ago

    There’s another way. Once they’re inside, ship the box overseas. On average, we’ll be smarter over here :D

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    Olddog04  8 months ago

    Chris Rock had a routine about where to hide your money. It was very funny.

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    juicebruce  8 months ago

    Never trust a Rat ! Larry Croc your wife is calling ;-)

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    wilhemenacooker  8 months ago

    i guess Pastis doesn’t think much of today’s kiddietwinks

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 8 months ago

    No beer? How very unratlike

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    Ellis97  8 months ago

    I think that Box O’Smartness could use a little tune up.

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    Willywise52 Premium Member 8 months ago

    I click on my books.

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    jimchronister2016  8 months ago

    Good morning Steph, thank you for setting a great example for all people.

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    Liam Astle Premium Member 8 months ago

    1) How can they read in the dark? 2) Are there air holes in that box?

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    Zebrastripes  8 months ago

    With teachers leaving their profession “en mass”, who will teach the children?


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    Steverino Premium Member 8 months ago

    Drinking beer makes you smart. After all, it made Bud wiser.

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    Goat from PBS  8 months ago

    I don’t think “education” is the right word. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I have heard schools are replacing analog clocks with digital clocks because students don’t know how to read analogs. Apparently teaching kids how to read analog clocks is too difficult, smh.

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    SusieB  8 months ago

    Toss in all the banned books

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    Wichita1.0  8 months ago

    And the many postage stamps ton the top are part of the education. You’ll love Guma…er…Guam.

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    Tentoes  8 months ago

    I don’t have much trouble OPENING the book as turning the pages. I ALWAYS lost at “Bible Races.”

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    ronaldspence  8 months ago

    A new Pearl record. Taking a sweeping social commentary and making it partisan in the very first comment. Until we get past us and them we can’t be “We The People”. Box of smartness should start with a lesson on civility!

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    raybarb44  8 months ago

    I guess you could call it natural selection…..

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    stamps  8 months ago

    How do they read books in the dark?

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    Clare Kelm Premium Member 8 months ago

    Yay, Stephan! Let’s celebrate books!

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    Mark DeMist Premium Member 8 months ago

    “Hey, all these words are upside down. Don’t you have some left-handed books or something?”

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  8 months ago

    The Box of Stupid People, 2022 edition.

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    Blaidd Drwg Premium Member 8 months ago

    Pathetic Murphy & Aint Beetle Bailey are in the box….You’re going to need a BIGGER box!

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    Flatlander, purveyor of fine covfefe  8 months ago

    Not what Schrödinger had in mind

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    kauri44  8 months ago

    Wait a minute. Wasn’t Rat the one who ridiculed book groups as a complete waste of time? I got the impression he’d do anything before cracking a book.

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    tripwire45  8 months ago

    Whoopie Goldberg could use this and a few books about the Holocaust.

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    Wlly Blly  8 months ago

    Tech support for reading.

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    jonesbeltone  8 months ago

    Last panel-so sad, so true.

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    GumbyDammit223  8 months ago

    Hey, where’s the power switch on these things?

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    wumpus Premium Member 8 months ago

    …inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read!

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    zeexenon  8 months ago

    They have no idea about the toxic glue, carbon dioxide buildup, and no light will put them swiftly into a near death experience. We will chant “go to the light” for a half hour.

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    PaintTheDust  8 months ago

    Desperate measures make for desperate times…

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    Eric S   8 months ago

    hehe thinning the herd.

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    sisterea  8 months ago

    The way it is going in some states, kids are not going to have any books left to read

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    knight1192a  8 months ago

    Bit of a reminder I’m gonna have to dig out a book or six for something I’m working on. Sure I can look it up online, but in this case I’d trust a few books for what I need.

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    Is there some light in there as well?

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    Arghhgarrr Premium Member 8 months ago

    Don’t you just press the power on button?

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    AndrewSharpe  8 months ago

    To be enlightened, they might need a light.

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    Kip Williams  8 months ago

    “Outside of a box, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a box, it’s too dark to read.”

    —Groucho Marx, more or less

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    freshmeet2030  8 months ago

    “How do you open a book?”- there’s an app for that …

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    Sisyphos  8 months ago

    Reading is good. But isn’t it a bit dark for reading when sealed in the “Magic Box O’ Smartness”? Should we then bring our own flashlights, Rat, like when we read under the covers in bed when we were young?

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    Toss in GONE WITH THE WIND and DR.ZHIVAGO,then nail the lid shut.

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