Here’s the Beav, celebrating National Pig Day. And here are a few ways to celebrate:
1. Eat great tasting pig products, like bratwurst, BLTs, or pork chops with sauerkraut.
2. Refuse to eat great tasting pig products.
3. Watch the movie, Babe.
4. Watch Green Acres reruns, featuring Arnold the pig.
5. Watch one of the Muppet Movies, featuring the sexy bombshell, Miss Piggy (Kermit’s girlfriend).
6. Watch the movie, Charlotte’s Web, featuring Wilbur the pig — or read the book.
7. Engage in a “Snorting Contest,” to see who can make the loudest/most realistic snort.
8. Research some surprising pig facts like:
a. “To sweat like a pig” is not so bad, since pigs don’t have sweat glands and don’t sweat. (Rather, pigs roll in the mud to cool off.)
b. Pork is the most consumed meat in the world, even though there are religious dietary restrictions, notably Jewish and Islamic, which prohibit eating pork.
c. Pig heart valves have been used to replace human heart valves.
d. Pigs do not poop where they eat/sleep and piglets are usually potty-trained within a few hours of birth (earlier than humans and beavers).
e. Pigs exhibit greater intelligence than dogs and most 3 year old children.
f. In the Chinese zodiac, the pig represents fortune, honesty, happiness and virility.
g. A mother pig sings to her piglet during nursing.
h. Guinea Pigs are not pigs and they don’t come from Guinea.
i. Harley Davidson motorcycles are often called hogs.
j. “Living High on the Hog,” or living well, is derived from the Army where the enlisted folks ate shoulder and leg cuts, while the officers ate top loin cuts.
k. “Don’t buy a pig in a poke,” refers to the unethical practice of putting a cat in a sack rather than the pig that was bargained for. When the gullible shopper opened the sack (the poke), he “let the cat out of the bag.”
“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals”
– Sir Winston Churchill
“No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs.”
– President Harry Truman