Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for January 12, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  5 months ago

    But what did the fishes do to sleep with a pig?

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    C  5 months ago

    Something fishy in how that turned out

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    BasilBruce  5 months ago

    The neighbors have heard him shout, “Oh cod, oh cod!”

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    carlsonbob  5 months ago

    Surf n Turf in bed.

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 5 months ago

    A criminal but with humanity and a sense of humor.

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    Olddog04  5 months ago

    Ham and fish. Hmm. I don’t think this will replace ham and eggs.

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    Bilan  5 months ago

    But it’s better than cement goulashes. No matter how you interpret that, it’s still bad.

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    tudza Premium Member 5 months ago

    Just wait, they snore.

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    B UTTONS  5 months ago

    When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.

    Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

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    Darsan54 Premium Member 5 months ago

    Sexy fishes. Is this a crude metaphor?

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    ronaldspence  5 months ago

    On a scale of 1 to 10, Pig scored 2!

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    Cornelius Noodleman  5 months ago

    Did spelled backwards is…never mind.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member 5 months ago

    I like the little fishie nightcaps.

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    Happy Tinkerbelle Premium Member 5 months ago

    Those sleeping caps!

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    _lounger_  5 months ago

    the fishes got ripped off too?

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    Bilan  5 months ago

    The problem with sleeping with fishes is that they keep getting up in the middle of the night for a bowl of water.

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    Sanspareil  5 months ago

    It might get uncomfortable if they are puffer fish!

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    Troglodyte  5 months ago

    They’re going to fin-ish you, Pig.

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    Imagine  5 months ago

    But you’ll never get rid of that smell.

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    colddonkey  5 months ago

    Went to one of those boat casinos in Mississippi, 20+ yrs ago played the slot machine, machine started ringing and blinking like crazy showing me I assume I won a decent about of cash. They told me the machine malfunctioned I argued they showed me the door. I haven’t stepped in one of those cesspools since.

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    iggyman  5 months ago

    I needed a good laugh today, thanks Stephan!

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    iggyman  5 months ago

    “Holy Mackerel”!

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    sheilag  5 months ago

    Yeah, but you don’t know what those fishes expect!

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    figuratively speaking  5 months ago

    How’s that supposed to work as a deterrent?

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    SALUDADOG  5 months ago

    Making him wear crocs would have been worse.

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    Stocky One  5 months ago

    “Careful, pal – you might get gilled…”

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    bmihura  5 months ago

    The mob boss there is pretty much my own dad.

    I am surprised I’m not fish food by now, because I mouthed off to him a few times before I was 10 years old. Then I learned.

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    Ellis97  5 months ago

    How did they rip you off? Did the slot machine not give you any jackpots? It’s a game of chance, Pig, not a game of actual.

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    Mentor397  5 months ago

    Wait ’till you hear them snore!

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    Kaputnik  5 months ago

    It’s hard to be completely original, so let’s call this a “homage” to Troy McClure in The Simpsons.

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    chris_o42  5 months ago

    So Pastis did this one just for the halibut?

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    artheaded1  5 months ago

    The fish don’t look too happy about having to “sleep with the pig”

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    potfarmer  5 months ago

    Surf & Turf

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    Goat from PBS  5 months ago

    Gambling is just legalized robbery. Change my mind.

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    Steverino Premium Member 5 months ago

    Thix comic is making me eel.

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    uniquename  5 months ago

    At least Pig didn’t get rubbed out again.

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    Bookworm  5 months ago

    Benjamin Franklin once wrote that both fish and company begin to smell after three days. Pig, he’s got you coming and going. 8>)

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 5 months ago

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” is playing the slots and losing. Told to The Count by a friend.

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    David_the_CAD  5 months ago

    Must be a waterbed.

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    Zebrastripes  5 months ago


    Better sleepin with the fishes than being fitted for cement shoes‼️

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    Kurtass Premium Member 5 months ago

    If that is a Vegas casino, the mobs body disposal site is drying up.

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    petermerck  5 months ago

    I’ve never lost money in a slot machine. I know exactly where it is.

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    Larry S  5 months ago

    That’s what Pig gets for carping.

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    Rotary12 Premium Member 5 months ago

    You’ll be sleepin’ whit the fishes in the sea, see?

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    bigcatbusiness  5 months ago

    Something’s fishy here, and yes, it’s the casino. Heck, all casinos are shady, greedy, trickster business. The few people who win are to give them the illusion they can win again, so they can return that money to them trying to get that ‘lucky’ streak again.

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    John Jorgensen  5 months ago

    Not as bad as what the euphemism usually implies, but I really don’t think I’d enjoy that.

    Also, how did the slot machine steal his money? The vast majority of money that goes into a slot machine does not come out again, and anyone with a brain knows that. If you were to rig your machine so that it’s even less likely to pay out, the casual customer would probably never notice. You’d have to do something like program the machine to take the money and then refuse to deal a hand. Which would not only be far more easily detected than rigging the probabilities of a winning hand, but would be no more profitable and, really, no harder to do.

    Unless of course Pig lost fair and square and is whining about it.

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    gregcomn  5 months ago

    Maybe a crossover with today’s Heathcliff, with a fishbowl on either side and one on his head?

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 5 months ago

    That’s a good one

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    rshive  5 months ago

    Apparently, they mean what they say.

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    Roy Lamberton  5 months ago

    The kinder, Gentler …

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    Rick Smith Premium Member 5 months ago

    The fish don’t seem to happy about it.

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    Not an Indian casino, no fishes in the dessert…

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    cosman  5 months ago

    Sleep sounder with flounder..

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    AndrewSihler  5 months ago

    I’m not sure Pig knows how slot machines work. They’re not like a vending machine, or not much like a vending machine.

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    The odds always favor the house.They don’t tell you the “house” is a 30-room mansion

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    Reppr Premium Member 5 months ago

    I recognise those fish! The Louisiana Perches. Walt Kelly had a small series about them in Pogo many years ago.

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    Eric S   5 months ago

    that is one heckuva copy Pastis.

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    Margherita Premium Member 5 months ago

    Stephan, this is adorable!

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    Another Take  5 months ago

    Sadly, even Pickles is funnier than Pearls now. Will somebody let me know when the Croc Neighbors return? In the meantime – I’m out.

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    Jesus  5 months ago

    Bless his heart

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    mindjob  5 months ago

    At least he’s not wearing concrete galoshes or cement overshoes

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    einarbt  5 months ago

    Fish: We like the traditional interpretation of this saying.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  5 months ago

    I don’t really like the idea of gambling. Think about the people going for that $1 billion plus jackpot. Couldn’t all that time and money be used elsewhere?

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    Buckaroobanzai  5 months ago

    shouldn’t that be “da fishes” and as poster #762 will anybody read this?

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    Sisyphos  5 months ago

    Hate to be the one to break it to you, Pig, but that isn’t exactly what Rocco meant….

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