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Pearls Before Swine
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Pearls Before Swine
by Stephan Pastis

Copyright © 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 by Stephan Pastis

20062/18

Rat:
It’s a self-help book. I call it, “Rat’s Guide to Being Happy.”

Pig:
What have you written so far?

Rat:
“To achieve happiness, spend $29.95 on this book.”

Pig:
How does that make other people happy?

Rat:
Who said anything about other people?

Topic:

Books (particular)

20074/2

Pig:
What are you doing, Rat?

Rat:
I’m poring over physics books in an attempt to unify general relativity and quantum mechanics into one unified theory that governs our entire existence.

Pig:
What have you got so far?

Rat:
This.

Beer is good.

Pig:
I didn’t know it was that simple.

Topics:

Science

Drink

12/23

Rat:
I have developed a theory that explains the entire human condition. It’s called ‘Airplaneseatreclineology.’

Goat:
What is it?

Rat:
Two people, each in cramped conditions on a plane. Person ‘A’ can lessen his discomfort by reclining his seat... but there’s a catch.

Goat:
What’s that?

Rat:
His increased comfort can only come at the expense of person ‘B,’ who is further cramped by the reclined seat in front of him.

Goat:
So why would person ‘A’ do it?

Rat:
Because the airline says he can. And that’s ‘Airplaneseatreclineology’... People will do what they can, regardless of its effect on others. And that’s why the world is in the state it’s in.

Goat:
So why don’t you do something to try and change it?

Rat:
Because I’d slam my fellow passenger’s head in a retractable tray table if they let me.

Goat:
Wonderful.

Rat:
Hey... philosophers love wisdom, not mankind.

Topics:

Philosophy

Air travel

20088/13

Pig:
My goal in life is to leave every place I visit a little better than when I arrived.

Rat:
I think you do that.

Pig:
You do??

Rat:
Yeah, every time you leave a room, I say to myself, ‘Hey, the room’s a little better.’

Pig:
Ohh, thank you!! Thank you!!

Rat (to Goat):
The best insults are the ones that look like compliments.

Topic:

Insults

20096/19

Rat:
My ethical conduct has begun to sink below even my standards. I think it’s time for me to change.

Goat:
I’m surprised to hear you say that, Rat. What are you going to do?

Rat:
Lower my ethical standards.

Goat:
Some people might change their conduct.

Rat:
Why take the hard road?

Topic:

Ethics

12/19

Rat:
I’m thinking about making it my spiritual journey to love others.

Goat:
Then why don’t you?

Rat:
Because I fear the morons will disappoint me.

Goat:
Maybe you should start your spiritual journey by not thinking of others as ‘morons.’

Rat:
I see the task is insurmountable.

Topic:

Spirituality

20102/18

Rat:
‘Being fat on the couch’ is not an Olympic event.

Pig:
You’ve killed a dream.

Topic:

The Olympics

7/26

Goat:
I like this politician. He seems like a normal guy.

Rat:
There is no such thing as a normal guy. See Rat Maxim No. 9.

Goat:
Rat Maxim No. 9?

Rat:
“There are only two kinds of people: abnormal people, and people you don’t yet know well enough.”

Topic:

Two kinds

11/25

Zebra:
What are you doing, Rat?

Rat:
Making the sign for my new therapy practice.

PSYCHIATRIC
THERAPY!
BECAUSE... Sometimes you
feel like a NUT
Sometimes you DON’T

Zebra:
Are you a therapist or a ‘Mounds’ bar?

Rat:
Hey... We all make you feel good.

Topic:

Psychiatry

12/13

Pig:
Hey, Rat... I’d like you to meet my pal, Father Gus... He’s a real authority on religion.

Rat:
An authority, huh? Then let me ask you this... Is there really a just God who in the end rights every wrong and evens the scales of justice?

Father Gus:
Oh, definitely.

Rat:
Nuts.

Father Gus:
He’s disappointed?

Pig:
A little.

Rat:
A whole life’s plan... ruined.

Topic:

Justice

20112/22

Pig:
I heard you got a job writing the bulletin for a local church.

Rat:
Yeah. But apparently you can’t discuss the pastor’s sermons.

Pig:
Why not?

Rat:
Who knows? I did an article on last Sunday’s sermon and the guy went nuts. Here, look what I wrote.

BORING BORING BORING
Pastor’s Dull Sermons
Make Hell Seem Like
Appealing Alternative

Pig:
He must really be sensitive.

Rat:
Yeah. Now I’m glad I gave him ‘two big thumbs-down.’

Topic:

Clergy

20126/21

Rat:
Hell is a small windowless room filled with nothing but the sound of polka music.

Pig:
I will repent right now!

Rat:
Remember... only Satan could have invented the accordion.

Topic:

Hell

10/25

Goat:
Hey, Pig. Where were you this morning?

Pig:
Visiting my friend, Bob. He’s in the doghouse.

Goat:
What’d he do wrong?

Pig:
Nothing.

Goat:
Then why’s he in the doghouse?

Pig:
He’s a dog.

Goat:
Anthropomorphic animal strips are so confusing.

Topic:

Anthropomorphism

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