Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 19, 2024

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    BE THIS GUY  2 months ago

    Do you leave a tip in this situation?

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    BasilBruce  2 months ago

    It’s hard not to overestimate Pig’s intelligence.

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    Bilan  2 months ago

    That’s why they keep the chefs away from the diners.

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    The dude from FL (not bragging) Premium Member 2 months ago

    Best one EVER!

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    DanielRyanMulligan1  2 months ago

    Boy, am I glad when the author of this comic strip, Stephen pasties, decides NOT to “bury” some horrible “pun” relating to some old pop culture reference from some old song, but, INSTEAD, uses this time to bring out an old, and STILL somehow relevant, film-related pop culture reference, with the NOD to the SINGLE GREATEST THING j.j. Abrams ever did, his first screenplay for the motion picture, starring Harrison ford and Annette bening called REGARDING HENRY!!!! (To quote the MASTER himself, the same aforementioned author: (“boy, am I old for having seen this flick in theaters in the ancient year of 1991 AD, from the last century!!!!” I’m sorta paraphrasing at this point, everyone…) Dan aka…

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    Jml58  2 months ago

    Pig might not want pepper in his salad.

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    Cactus-Pete  2 months ago

    The chef? Often it’s the server that makes the salad. And nearly always, it’s the server that offers freshly-ground pepper.

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    GreasyOldTam  2 months ago

    Scene #1:Server: “I have some ground pepper for your salad. Just say when.”Me: “When”.Server: " I haven’t started yet."Me: “I know. I hate pepper on salad.”

    Scene #2:Server: “Would you like some fresh ground pepper?”Me: “I’d prefer old, stale pepper.”Server leaves in confusion.

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    Cornelius Noodleman  2 months ago

    Reminded me of Abbot and Costello.

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    Jeff0811  2 months ago

    Personally I don’t like pepper, but I do like jalepeno and banana peppers. The cook (not going to call him chef) should have taken Pig at his word at the first “When”. Of course it would have then been a two panel strip at most, and not nearly as entertaining.

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    Trilobyte Premium Member 2 months ago

    Once I decided to see what would happen if I did not say “when.” After a period of time the waitress started to grind the pepper onto my leg rather than onto the salad. I don’t remember if she quit on her own, or if I finally submitted and said when. It was years ago, and I still like lots of pepper on my salads and such. I do remember we both were entertained by our interaction…

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    iggyman  2 months ago

    These comments are often peppered with different opinions!

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    ShadowBeast Premium Member 2 months ago

    Pig had that coming.

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    TheSkulker  2 months ago

    Shades of Abbot and Costello. I can’t stop laughing.

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    pokeystick  2 months ago

    Omigod.. this is another one of Stephen’s rare strips that are DIRECTLY funny, and not funny because they’re so not funny! Well, not exactly ’ not funny’ but.. corny? Umm…I dunno. Never mind. I still love PBS. In spite of their loss of there long-ago ‘radical’ edge.

    Omigod.. this is another one of Stephen’s rare strips that are DIRECTLY funny, and not funny because they’re so not funny! Well, not exactly ’ not funny’ but.. corny? Umm…I dunno. Never mind. I still love PBS. In spite of their loss of there long-ago ‘radical’ edge.Oops.

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    WaitingMan  2 months ago

    You know you are at a fancy restaurant when there are no condiments on the table. “I am the chef. You will eat what I serve and you will like it!”

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    Ellis97  2 months ago

    You could’ve just said, “Tell me when you want me to stop.”

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    Gent  2 months ago

    Just waits till he dreenks from the fingerbowl thinkeeng it complimentary lemonade.

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    Gent  2 months ago

    This must be one of em vegetarian restaurants. Pig and Goat ain’t no cannibals me theenks. But it ain’t no classy restaurant for they sure no cares if there is rat infestation in there.

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    Just_Karl  2 months ago

    Tell him “I like about six ounces of pepper on a salad this size” and see if he tries converting ounces to cranks of the grinder.

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    Kaputnik  2 months ago

    I’ll grind pepper on my salad at home, but find it vaguely annoying when a server wants to grind it on to your salad for you. Just leave the grinder on the table, I ask, or at least hand it to me. But they never do.

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    Slowly, he turned...  2 months ago

    Pig got cracked with the cracked peppers?

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 2 months ago

    Who’s on first?

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    aerotica69  about 2 months ago

    As I would never put pepper on my salad, Pig’s first answer was correct.

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    Tenner  about 2 months ago

    never understood why the word “when” meant stop

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    SALUDADOG  about 2 months ago

    Today’s special: Fresh Pork Chops!

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    uniquename  about 2 months ago

    This is me when I get my hair cut.

    “Should I use the machine or scissors?”

    “I don’t know, you’re the professional.”

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    royq27  about 2 months ago

    Who’s on first?

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    JamieLee Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Stephan, this is one of the funniest strips ever!

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    VICTOR PROULX  about 2 months ago

    Well done, a good laugh.

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    [Unnamed Reader - bddb15]  about 2 months ago

    “Who’s on first …”

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    Goat from PBS  about 2 months ago

    When will this end? When Pig says, “When.”

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    strick9  about 2 months ago

    When, can we eat?

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    „You’re the chef!“ Pig is totally right here and neither stupid nor malicious.

    A good chef may be quite stupid. It won’t change the way he’s preparing the food. But if a chef is worth his salt he should know how much pepper is right for the dish.

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    Ermine Notyours  about 2 months ago

    “Just say when.”



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    Flatlander, purveyor of fine covfefe  about 2 months ago

    My friends, the one’s with too much disposable income, have a set of motorizef salt and pepper grinders with a USB-C charging port. (Not an Apple authorized design)

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  about 2 months ago

    Sometimes Pig not being very bright can be funny. Just not here.

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    Tetonbil Premium Member about 2 months ago

    This reminds me of an old Alphonse and Gaston Routine.I like his updated version.

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    FestoNrwlk  about 2 months ago

    You’ve made my morning worth getting up for. Well beyond nature calls and breakfast.

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    rhbrandon2  about 2 months ago

    You’re a 5w6, aren’t you?

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    [Unnamed Reader - 5acf8d] Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Love it!!!

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    cfkelley  about 2 months ago

    Who’s on first.

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    markkahler52  about 2 months ago

    Should grind it right up his SNOUT!!

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    Hammurabi.Wolfe  about 2 months ago

    Pastis, you blew the joke. Pig is supposed to sa “i wasn’t expecting the Spanish Inquisition!” Then hilarity would ensue with the arrival of the Spanish Inquisition.” All pay heed! Now enters his holiness Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition!Torquemada; do not employ him for compassionTorquemada; do not beg him for forgivenessTorquemada; do not ask him for mercyLet’s face it, you can’t Torquemada anything!

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    Cerabooge  about 2 months ago

    That last panel… when did Goat see When Harry Met Sally?

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    the lost wizard  about 2 months ago

    Had enough? :)

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    Need coffee  about 2 months ago

    Never occurred to the chef that maybe Pig just doesn’t want pepper?

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    BillyJoBob69  about 2 months ago

    Never Forget — Pastis went to Law School to be able to do this

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    joshbra Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Never understood why anyone puts pepper or salt on a salad. That is what oil and vinegar, or whatever your favorite salad dressing is for. So for me, that when is in the right place in the first panel.

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    scollins256  about 2 months ago

    We need 1 more panel in this one for rat to be saying something bad to pastis

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    Radish the wordsmith  about 2 months ago

    Is there a Doctor Pepper in the house?

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    Darque Hellmutt  about 2 months ago

    Here’s a tip – don’t ask for pepper.

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    cdgar  about 2 months ago

    Absolutely no tip.

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    minty_Joe  about 2 months ago

    I guess the song “Quando, Quando, Quando” would be appropriate?

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    Buoy  about 2 months ago

    Normally I like a pork-quiz, but this is too much.

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    pamela welch Premium Member about 2 months ago

    OMG, this was so funny; a pop quiz?? — LOLOL

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    willie_mctell  about 2 months ago

    When I was little the phrase “say when” confused me a lot.

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    wildlandwaters  about 2 months ago

    Funny…I have a hard time picturing them going to a fancy restaurant to begin with!

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    Ninette  about 2 months ago

    “Just answer the *&$#$ question” The chef didn’t ask a question.

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    soaringblocks  about 2 months ago

    Funniest comic today!! I laughed so hard, the tears fell!

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    wordsmeet  about 2 months ago

    One of the many examples of ambiguity in American English. Do our British cousins use “Say when” in a similar situation?

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    Katje  about 2 months ago

    No ham for me today. I feel more like having chevon for dinner. :D

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    gmu328  about 2 months ago
    … and who’s on first
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    missyhyattfan  about 2 months ago

    This was hilarious!

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