Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for April 07, 2022

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    Bilan  8 months ago

    At least you’re better off than the crows.

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    ronaldspence  8 months ago

    No offense hippo, really, at least your name means “water-horse” that means something

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    Concretionist  8 months ago

    Who gets to decide on these group words?

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    Gent  8 months ago

    We bears is in no groups. We so solitary creature. But when we is, we is a bunch o sleuths. It’s elementary, my dear Boo Boo. The ones with the picanic baskets went that a way.

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    Gent  8 months ago

    And now, for Pig, Goat, and Rat….

    A group of Pig is called passel.

    A group of Goats is called a herd.

    And a group of Rats is called a plague.

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    Wilde Bill  8 months ago

    A group of hippos is a pod.

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    rshive  8 months ago

    Why hippos are solitary creatures.

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    hariseldon59  8 months ago

    I miss Zebra being a main character in the strip instead of the occasional appearances of the last few years.

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    erik.vanthienen  8 months ago

    Hence dazzle camouflage (the idea started with British zoologist John Graham Kerr).

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    iggyman  8 months ago

    Well Hippo you are kind of large!

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    MayCauseBurns  8 months ago

    Why all the fancy names for groups of animals?

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    kgs  8 months ago

    Elks/B.P.O.E. and Moose are Loyal Order of the Moose…

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    SNVBD  8 months ago

    It’s also known as a raft of hippos.

    Honestly, more than once I’ve thought that English is a made up language.

    English doesn’t “borrow” from other languages: it follows them down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets for loose grammar and valuable vocabulary.

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    Doug K  8 months ago

    It is dangerous to get too close to hippos (enter their territory). Hippos kill about 500 people per year in Africa. Males can become aggressive if they sense danger. Mothers may attack to protect their young.

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    Troglodyte  8 months ago

    Hey, that’s body shaming! (like a hippo would care) :D

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    Procat Premium Member 8 months ago

    Granny Clampett though a baby hippo that Mr. Drysdale had was a giant hog.

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    Zebrastripes  8 months ago


    Dazzle your friend Hippo and make him feel all better….YAY!

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    F-Flash  8 months ago

    Bloat is a condition, a group of Hippos is called a skinny.

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    Croc Holliday  8 months ago

    Hippos perhaps should be more concerned with their reputation as one of the deadliest animals on the planet.

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    jel354  8 months ago

    Zebra was always threatened by the bask of croc neighbors.

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    Kveldulf  8 months ago

    Does anyone remember when the word “pachyderm” referred to elephants, rhinoceroses, and hippopotamuses? That was because big game hunters grouped them all together as big, grey, and thick-skinned (pachy = thick, dermis = skin).

    In fact they are not related to each other. Hippopotamuses, to no-one’s surprise, are related to pigs. Rhinoceroses are related to horses. Elephants are related to ……… elephants.

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    Lee26 Premium Member 8 months ago

    I see a lot of any animal, I say “Look, there’s a bunch of -—————-”. These fancy group names are fairly useless to most people, outside of providing some laughs.

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    Kveldulf  8 months ago

    I added the explanation of ghughugh to yesterday’s post.

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    Fredricrex  8 months ago

    I sure like your blue heeler avatar!

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    Ellis97  8 months ago

    They’re also called, “crashes”, “pods” and “schools”.

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    Jefano Premium Member 8 months ago

    Flavio and Marita,making hippodom flashy, hip, and cool since 1993:

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    Goat from PBS  8 months ago

    Ask an owl next time, Zebra. They get a cool name.

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    raybarb44  8 months ago

    What they lack of in a name, they more than make up in their ferocity….

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    “I Want A Bloat For Christmas” just doesn’t sound right.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 8 months ago

    WHERE THE HECK ARE THE CROCS????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Godfreydaniel  8 months ago

    Please allow me to suggest “an incompetence of crocs.”

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    KEA  8 months ago

    I just found that out (Bloat that is) the other day. Made sense.

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    tlmatcsc  8 months ago

    If you try to gather together as many crows as possible is that attempted murder?

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    zeexenon  8 months ago

    I read they all have big chips on their shoulders.

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    knight1192a  8 months ago

    No wonder hippos are so vicious.

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    AZPhinFan  8 months ago

    Gotta love Pastis’ humor!!

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    Buoy  8 months ago

    Hippo has such dainty hands.

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    Grover St. Clair  8 months ago

    But they make great Christmas gifts…

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    AwelCruiz  8 months ago

    I can’t remember the last time Zebra appeared without the crocs.

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    eddi_tbh  8 months ago

    The legacy of a 15th-Century noblewoman lives on in the form of collective nouns used to describe groups of animals across the world. … The Book of St Albans, written by Juliana Berners, a 15th-Century Benedictine prioress from England, that they were recorded extensively. Also known by the title The Book of Hawking, Hunting and Blasing of Arms, Berners’ 1486 publication of this gentlemen’s catalogue of wildlife and hunting included 165 collective nouns for animal species, and is said to make her one of the earliest female authors writing in the English language. … New terms have since developed, too, still with the intent to illustrate a characteristic of the animal. Michael Nagel, head guide at the Gondwana Game Reserve in South Africa, explained “a zeal of zebra is a term from back in the day, but today we’re more likely to use ‘a dazzle of zebra’ in order to paint a picture of the group.”

    Other collective terms for hippos; herd, pod and school. The last two also used for whales.

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    Sisyphos  8 months ago

    Not everyone can be a winner in the Game of Life, nor in the Name Game.

    Some guys can’t even “win” a participation trophy….

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    Algolei I  8 months ago

    His nose is lookin’ at me funny.

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    Ωmega  8 months ago

    Did you know that a group of lemurs is called a conspiracy of lemurs? And owls are a parlamint of owls!

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