Pearls Goes to Iraq

Challenging the Pearls Roadster for pure dedication, this Pearls fan in Erbil, Iraq has placed Rat and Pig on a sign overlooking a children’s soccer field.    And if my Arabic is correct, I believe those words below “Ainkawa Football Academy” translate roughly to, “Thank you, Stephan Pastis, for lending us your characters, which have helped bring peace and joy to our country.  Your keen sense of humor is invaluable to the formation of a stable Iraq.” IMG_0728

15 thoughts on “Pearls Goes to Iraq

  1. Your “Arabic translation” was one of the funniest things I have read in a long time!!

  2. Pastis,

    As always, your Arabic is superb….unfortunately, that is Kurdish, so you messed up big time.

    The actual translation of the text is:

    There is a Fatwah on Stephan Pastis, as he has debauched our society, and led all of our children into silly comic-book games of soccer. May Peace be upon him.

    That’s all from Erbil!

    Rick

  3. I didn’t know you read Arabic.

    I thought it said “Death to all stupid American pigs that use their hands to play football!”

    But I’m a little rusty.

  4. Steph, doesn’t that make you feel really good, knowing that our lovable characters are making a difference world wide? 🙂

  5. Your translation of the Arabic script was almost spot-on, but you mistranslated one word. It actually says, “#*@& you, Stephan Pastis, for lending us your characters, which have helped bring peace and joy to our country. Your keen sense of humor is invaluable to the formation of a stable Iraq.” Just a shade different.

  6. Wow, it is amazing how long of a reach a cartoon can have. I hope one day I can influence people like that with my cartoons. I think I’ll print this entry and do an extra credit presentasion on it for my AP Human Geography class.

  7. Wow, I had no idea that you could speak Arabic.
    Still, I think you forgot the part that says how Rat is such an inspiration and model of ethical behavior.

  8. I translated something about an infidel living in a dream world… but then my Arabic is a bit rusty.

  9. Rat should go to Iraq to find the terrorists so that he could beat them with a cucumber.

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