Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 02, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  7 months ago

    That was some fine logo making.

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    BasilBruce  7 months ago

    And what about the naked man on every pack of Camels?

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    SirKrunk  7 months ago

    I can’t seem to find the arrow…..

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    Cactus-Pete  7 months ago

    What about the arrow in the Amazon logo that goes from A to Z?

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    eolan59  7 months ago

    The bear in Toblerone

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    Concretionist  7 months ago

    I can unsee it. Every time I’m reminded, I look again and there it is. Then I forget it until the next time.

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    ronaldspence  7 months ago

    we get the point!

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    pearlsbs  7 months ago

    There is also an egg, a spoon and an upside down bowl.

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    Caldonia  7 months ago

    I see both at once, Rat. Big deal.

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    pschearer Premium Member 7 months ago

    Damn you, Pastis!!

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    Imagine  7 months ago

    When you look at Pearls Before Swine do you see some comic figures or just a bunch of squiggly lines?

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    MathProf2  7 months ago

    The curse of negative space.

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    TonysSon  7 months ago

    In before someone does the “FedEx + UPS = FedUps” old joke.

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    dadoctah  7 months ago

    Note that the arrow goes from left to right, aka “forwards” to denote progress. There’s also an arrow in the negative space of the Arabic version of the logo, which points from right to left, which is also forwards because Arabic is read that way.

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    ncrist  7 months ago

    capital E lower-case x Ex. you can even see it here, with a little imagination

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    A Common 'tator  7 months ago

    It’s like solitaire… Don’t ever let someone show you how to finish it… It will ruin the game for you forever…

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    colddonkey  7 months ago

    I will look at every FedEx truck today.

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    MayCauseBurns  7 months ago

    The IRS logo always looked to me like an octopus holding scales.

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    mdkrak  7 months ago

    I agree with pig at first but then he just gets all weird

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    theincrediblebulk  7 months ago

    Until this comic made me look for the fedex logo so i could see the arrow, I didn’t realise tht i had never seen the fedex logo before in my life time. Guess it’s because i don’t get parcels and live in Canada.

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    bookworm0812  7 months ago

    Wow! I never noticed it before. I had to look for it, but I saw it.

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    juicebruce  7 months ago

    Pig show it to Larry Croc …. Croc Power !

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    iggyman  7 months ago

    There IS an arrow! Well I’ll be!

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    iggyman  7 months ago

    Panel 2. Pig sure gets excited over a logo!

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    iggyman  7 months ago

    Thank you Stephan!

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 7 months ago

    I have a T-shirt that says “Schrödinger’s Cat Is ALIVE”, but if you look at the negative space between the letters in “ALIVE”, they’ve somewhat tortured the orthography to read “DEAD”. Here ya go:

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    wrd2255  7 months ago

    Lessee, we have ads plastered all over the page. Now how can we work them into the content?

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    wilhemenacooker  7 months ago

    when i see UPS i think brown

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    SusieB  7 months ago

    I never realized that until someone pointed it out to several years ago. Now I do always see it.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 7 months ago

    And when you look at the Amazon logo do you see a smiley face or a stylized erection? HA! Can’t un-see that one now either, can you?

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    Plumbob Wilson  7 months ago

    I imagine someone will note a sudden wave of searches for FedEx images, and we’ll get a flood of “recommended for you” junk ads centering on delivery services.

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    dnie  7 months ago

    Used “FedEx arrow” as an example of ‘subliminal embedding’ (marketing technique) when teaching Psychology of Adverti$ing.You can “see” arrow if you make FedEx the ‘background’, and arrow the ‘foreground’. Arrow = “moving ahead”/progress.

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    SALUDADOG  7 months ago

    FedEx may have an arrow, but Guard Duck has a rocket launcher.

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    Acworthless  7 months ago

    And every time I look at the girl’s collar on the Wendy’s logo, I see the word “MOM”.

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    Jeffin Premium Member 7 months ago

    I merged them with UPS in my mind. Now I’m FEDUP!

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    Otto Knowbetter  7 months ago

    I was always amused by the FedEx Express trucks. So they were Federal Express Express?

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    YippiKiAyMofo  7 months ago

    Sorry, I’m too busy trying to avoid the FedEx tandem trucks that seem hell-bent for leather on running everyone off the road.

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    SquidGamerGal  7 months ago

    Well, FedEx IS a shipping company.

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    Fontessa  7 months ago

    All I know is that my little dog hates the FedEx truck with white-hot fury. Every day she threatens to kill it (from inside the house).

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    Lotus  7 months ago

    Pastis is taking on sponsors now? Will tomorrow’s strip be brought to us by the two people in the Tostitos logo? Or Wendy’s Mom? Such flagrant misuse of the sacred page du comic. Still, it was pretty funny.

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    pontiac59  7 months ago

    No, I hadn’t noticed, what’s your point?

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    chris_o42  7 months ago

    I had to go do Google images. Yup, there’s the arrow. I’ll never un-see it.

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    mail2jbl  7 months ago

    I actually had to look at the FedEx logo to see for myself, and by golly, there’s the arrow!

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    Puck (BCN)  7 months ago

    What’s even crazier are the two people eating chips holding a bowl of salsa in the Tostitos logo.

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    wongo  7 months ago

    I didn’t even see the Indians!

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    timinwsac Premium Member 7 months ago

    OK be honest now….how many of you just Googled FedEx to see if it is true?

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    Ellis97  7 months ago

    If you darken the inside of the ‘E’ and the ‘X’, you’ll get an arrow.

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    gary38  7 months ago

    Whoa, I see it!

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    Croc Holliday  7 months ago

    Saw a movie not long ago and there was a delivery truck that had “Federal Express” written on the side, and did a little double take. I had forgotten that’s what FedEx was originally known as.

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    txmystic  7 months ago

    See if you can find the two people fighting over a chip above a bowl of salsa in the Tostitos logo…

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    Snolep  7 months ago

    Who remembers Hirschfield’s Ninas?

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    Zebrastripes  7 months ago

    Clever artistry

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    Goat from PBS  7 months ago

    I’ve known about this for a long time, now. Anyone else?

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    Comicfan (C)  7 months ago

    I already knew that from the start. Partially because of the “hidden messages in logos” videos

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    leigh.leclair Premium Member 7 months ago

    all these years – never noticed it before.. thanks a lot Stephan…

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    curtlyon19  7 months ago

    omg, once you see it,,darn

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    Comicfan (C)  7 months ago

    It’s not just that, Hyundai hides a business man shaking a costumer’s hand in their logo, Tour de France hides a bicyclist in their logo (look at the OUR) Amazon has an arrow pointing on A and Z, Coca-Cola has a hidden Danish flag, Goodwill hides a face in their logo, Toyota’s logo hides the name TOYOTA and the face of a Cowboy, Pinterest hides a Board Pin in their logo, Beats hides a headphone in their logo, Baskin Robins hides the number 31 in their logo to reference their 31 flavors of ice cream, Formula 1’s logo hides F1, NBC hides a Peacock in their logo (although this one is noticeable as it’s their mascot), Uniliver hides many living thing in their logo, Cisco hides the Golden Gate Bridge, making them audio waves, Museum of London’s logo has the history of the city’s borders in their logo, Sony VAIO – Analog and Digital, and so on.

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    stamps  7 months ago

    It’s the arrow of time. Time flies. So do FEDEX’s jets. Are you having fun yet?

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    writerofstories  7 months ago

    I can see it!

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    OMG Pearls

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    T Smith  7 months ago

    I recall hearing that pre-literate children are more likely than adults to see the arrow because the letters are meaningless to them, while adults will generally see the words first and never notice the arrow.

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    Babs Maloney Premium Member 7 months ago

    I had to google it and didn’t see it at first. I stared at it for a bit and all of a sudden saw it! No, like Pig, I can never unsee it!

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    smartty cat Premium Member 7 months ago

    is this the kind of pondering that goes on in a cartoonist’s noggin? I think the law firm got rid of Stephan first rather than vice versa. Of course I would rather myself read his brilliant toons than a legal defense of Trump’s cheating on taxes so the rest of us have to belly up to keep America running.

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    willie_mctell  7 months ago

    I can’t remember what it looks like. I know what the letters are. I’m a text person.

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    Coocalici  7 months ago

    Everyone knows about the arrow. I think it might have been done on purpose.

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku  7 months ago

    G00gle must have been stormed with search requests for ‘FedEx Logo images’ requests. Look what you have done, Steven, and be proud.

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    Charlie Tuba  7 months ago

    It’s like the 31 hidden in the BR in the Baskin-Robbins logo.

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    Bobbin Dobbins  7 months ago

    OK, now I see the arrow. But I don’t have any trouble unseeing it.

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    bob-droid12  7 months ago

    Holy ….. O.O

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    Donald Heller  7 months ago

    What about the eagle in the BofA logo?

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member 7 months ago

    It was always there. You’re just now noticing?

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    MitchellTimin  7 months ago

    I needed help to see that arrow!

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    SimonMaguire  7 months ago

    Not as good as the Toblerone bear. Toblerone is from Bern, Switzerland, the city of bears.

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    splinterexpert  7 months ago

    OMG I feel dumb

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    tudza Premium Member 7 months ago

    It’s like kerning

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    wiatr  7 months ago

    Just like I can’t stop saying “Oops” every time I see a UPS truck. The first time I saw one was at school and one made a delivery. Somebody in our classroom saw it going up the drive and said that out loud. Even the teacher laughed.

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    youarentjackson  7 months ago

    Look at the old Hartford Whalers logo…

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    AwelCruiz  7 months ago

    When you look at the Resident Evil 6 logo, do you see the number 6 or somebody going down on a giraffe?

    Seriously, look it up!

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    gary812abc  7 months ago

    There’s also a spoon in the bottom of the e in Fed.

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    Sisyphos  7 months ago

    I never saw the arrow until someone pointed (ahem) it out in a comment over on that social networking site that shall not be named! And, once seen, it is so obvious!

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    DaBump Premium Member 7 months ago

    You want your mind blown? Look up Hoag’s Object, the Barrel Eye Fish, the Peacock Mantis Shrimp, the Tully Monster, the Moebius Strip and the Mandelbrot Set. Just off the top of my head.

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    einarbt  7 months ago

    Google will be wondering about all the out of character (as per Google data) searches for Fedex.

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    AndreasMartin  7 months ago

    I didn’t see it. And now I see it everywhere. Curse you, Stephan Pastis.

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    jpwuzhere13  7 months ago

    What arrow?

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    It seems to have calmed down for now,but has anybody found “The Sign Of Satan” in Proctor and Gamble products?

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    Laurie Stoker Premium Member 7 months ago

    Oh my god, I never noticed that; I actually had to Google the logo. I have always thought that I was Pig in this strip and darned if I’m not right!!!

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    Swirls Before Pine  7 months ago

    Not only do I see the arrow, I see the egg and the spoon.

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