Today I learned about war pigs against the siege of Megara in 266BC. Pigs were set on fire with resin, and sent towards the army's war elephants. The squealing pigs terrorized the elephants, causing them panic and trample anyone close by, ending the siege due to the high number of elephant-caused casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Guinea pigs "were originally domesticated as... a source of meat" and are important in traditional cooking of Peru --where they're called cuy. (Cuy asado is broiled Guinea pig.) A cathedral in Peru has a painting that "shows Christ and the 12 disciples dining on guinea pig" at The Last Supper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Not only is it illegal to keep guinea pigs alone in Switzerland – it’s also illegal to force a chicken to wear glasses. swissinfo.ch/eng/loo-flus…
Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine devised a system roughly analogous to a dialysis machine, called BrainEx, that restores circulation and oxygen flow to a dead brain. Using BrainEx, they restored restored cellular function in 32 pig brains that had been dead for over four hours. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
George Clooney's most faithful companion for almost 20 years was a 300lb Vietnamese pot-bellied pig named Max. Clooney first bought Max for Kelly Preston, but when she went on to marry John Travolta, she left the pig behind. Clooney often jokes that Max is the longest relationship he's ever had independent.co.uk/news/wo…
There is a Peruvian dish called Cuy which consists of cooked Guinea Pig. thedailymeal.com/travel/w…
90% Of The Herpes Simplex Virus Has Been Removed In Mice Via Gene Editing, With Guinea Pig Trials Currently Taking Place And Human Trials To Take Place In 2022 And Beyond youtube.com/watch?v=Tk5EO…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
Domestic pigs will quickly adapt to living in the wild if set free. They become extremely aggressive, and their physiology will change and resemble that of feral swine (bristly hair, tusks, increased muscle mass) within a matter of months. mlive.com/flintjournal/ou…
The first known use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball was in 1899, when Hall of Fame pitcher Pud Galvin received an injection of crushed dog and guinea pig testicles vice.com/en_us/article/yp…
Pigs have rings in the side of their nostrils to keep them from rooting whitemountainslivestock.c…
In 1911, a "witchcat" appeared near Pottsville PA. It caused hens to crow like rooster and pigs to bark like dogs. Thomas Howell, the man who saw it, died along with eight cows and horses, the deaths attributed to a hex. The family crafted a golden bullet to shoot the cat and break the hex. schuylkillhavenhistory.co…
The reason why pigs are the enemy of birds in Angry Birds is because at the time the game was being designed, the swine flu epidemic was in the news. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
The square patch on backpacks like Jansport is called a lash tab or pig snout. Originally, it was designed for outdoor packs to pass string through it and fasten equipment. businessinsider.com/lash-…
A male pig's ejaculation lasts about 6 minutes on average and may last up to 30 minutes scielo.org.za/scielo.php?…
Prince Philip (husband of Queen Elizabeth) is revered as a deity in a Vanuatuan "cargocult". When his disciples sent him a traditional pig-killing club, he sent them back a photo of him posing with it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The Bay of Pigs in Cuba is called "BahΓ­a de Cochinos" in Spanish, cochino being a common fish in the area. Cochino can also be used as an insult in Cuban Spanish very similarly to how "pig" is used as an insult in English, leading to the mistranslation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
Today I learned of the pig-footed bandicoot, an Australian marsupial with hooved feet that went extinct in the 1950s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Scientists partially revived disembodied brains of pigs four hours after they were killed. The experiments did not restore consciousness, but raised questions about the nature of death itself. β€œFor most of human history, death was very simple” but ”Now, we have to question what is irreversible.” nature.com/articles/d4158…
Hitler was getting pig parts, cocaine and morphine injections sometimes several times a day getpocket.com/explore/ite…
There was a war fought over the shooting of a pig, called the Pig War, between the US and Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of Dexter (of Dexter's Laboratory), Gosalyn (Darkwing Duck), Chuckie (Rugrats) and Babe (the pig) died in her home of "undisclosed causes" and was cremated at the age of 51. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
There's a species of wild pigs with tusks that grow up and inwards, curving directly towards their forehead. If the male's tusks aren't worn down by regular use, they will grow until they pierce the skull, killing the boar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Boar Taint is a foul odor/taste in Pork products that affects 1 in 5 male pigs. Most people can sense it when present and it puts some eaters off Pork forever. It derives from uncastrated male pigs hitting puberty. Smelly pig. kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge…
July 17 is National Yellow Pig Day, which is a celebration of the number 17, but also involves a yellow pig with 17 eyelashes, toes, teeth, etc. daysoftheyear.com/days/ye…
A 238-lb (108-kg) pot-bellied pig named Ludwig apparently saved his owners from being burgled. The pig can growl in a low rumble that sounds like a large Rottweiler, and his owners believe this scared the burglars away. catersnews.com/stories/an…
The Bull Arab originates from Australia and is commonly called the Australian Pig Dog since they were originally developed to hunt and hold pigs pinned to the ground by the ear. Currently, its breed status is not recognized as a breed by any major kennel club. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Today I learned of "Swino", a pig who raided a campsite in Australia. Campers heard crunching in the night & found Swino drinking several cans of beer they'd left out. Other campers reported seeing the pig eat trash, mess with a cow, swim in a river, pass out under a tree. He was later found dead, hit by a car. outdoorrevival.com/featur…
Cannibals call humans β€œlong pig” due to the sweet, pork-like flavor that they say is characteristic of human flesh. businessinsider.com/10-th…
In 1131 the co-king of France, Philip, died when the horse he was riding tripped over a pig. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
A pigs orgasm can last anywhere from 30-90 minutes. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
A university maths professor helped a pig farmer prove in court that a hot air balloon startled his pigs causing them to fall into a ditch and die by using trigonometry and a photograph telegraph.co.uk/news/eart…
The most severe profanities in Italian are related to blasphemy. A very common one is "Porco Dio" (Pig Godβ€”i.e. God is a Pig). In one region people say "pota de Cristo" (Christ's cunt). On the Italian version of Big Brother, use of blasphemous profanity was grounds for immediate expulsion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
Pigs can't look up at the sky from a standing position ripleys.com/weird-news/pi…
Pigs are smarter than any other domestic animal and they are considered by animal experts to be more trainable than dogs or cats. pbs.org/wnet/nature/the-j…
Pipelines are internally maintained via "PIGS" (Pipeline Inspection Gauges), which perform cleaning, inspection and other maintenance operations. The PIG is inserted via a "pig launcher" and removed via a "pig catcher." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Feral Pigs in Canada are burrowing and building β€˜pigloosβ€˜ to survive the winter ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/wild-…
When Danes living under Prussian rule was banned from flying the Danish flag, they bred a special red pig, with white stripes resembling Dannebrog, as a protest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In 1386 a pig was convicted of murder for β€œhad indulged in the evil propensity of eating infants on the street” and was was sentenced to be maimed in the head and forelegs prior to hanging. daily.jstor.org/when-soci…
Pig udders stuffed with salted sea urchins were a coveted appetizer at the banquets of aristocratic ancient Romans, who were also known to fatten snails with milk before frying them. Boiled flamingo with dates was another elite delicacy. thespec.com/life/food-win…
The Chinese equivalent of "when pigs fly" is "when the sun rises in the West." Other variants include "when the crayfish whistles" (Russian), "when the crow turns white" (Tagalog), "when the fish climbs the poplar" (Turkish), and "when it snows red snowflakes" (Hungarian). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
George Miller, creator of the Mad Max movie franchise, also directed the family friendly films Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
A football is a prolate spheroid, and it’s shaped that way because that’s also the shape of an inflated pig’s bladder, which is what the first footballs were made of ideas.time.com/2013/12/30…
Today I learned of Kenneth E. Stager, an ornithologist who personally shot and killed all 58 feral pigs on Clipperton Island to save the booby population latimes.com/nation/la-me-…
In addition to "pig latin" there is an actual phrase called "dog latin", which is effectively the creation of fake phrases made to sound like Latin, the most common example of which is probably "Biggus Dickus." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
In 1642, Connecticut settler George Spencer was suspected of bestiality when a local pig birthed a piglet that resembled Spencer. He confessed, and they hanged both George and the pig. Another settler was later convicted of the same crime, named Thomas Hogg. archive.randi.org/site/in…
Today I learned of eccentric English aristocrat Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners [1883-1950]. A talented composer, writer and artist, Lord Berners had a clavichord in his Rolls-Royce, paper flowers in his garden, had tea with a horse and would drive around his estate in a pig mask to scare the locals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
The average age of a pig sent to be processed as pork is six months old goneoutdoors.com/how-old-…
George Miller the director and co-creator of the Mad Max series has personally only won 1 Oscar award. Miller won the award for best animated feature for directing Happy Feet. He also directed the sequel to Babe, Babe: Pig in the City. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The paint colour Suffolk Pink was first created by adding berries to white wash and also using pig's blood to thicken the paint. fennwright.co.uk/about-us…
While pigs can't fly, most breeds are actually good swimmers. api.nationalgeographic.co…
Researchers at Yale managed to restore some function to disembodied pig brains. wired.co.uk/article/pig-b…
The oldest condoms ever found were made from animal and fish intestines. One particular example found in Sweden was crafted from pig intestine, and is thought to have been made around 1640 AD. condomdepot.com/condom-in…
50% of the world's pigs live in China statista.com/statistics/2…
Today I learned of Iron Age pigs, a cross between wild boar and domestic pig, first developed for a BBC documentary to mirror the type of pig represented by prehistoric art works of the Iron Age in ancient Europe. They are now raised for their meat with a distinctive gamey pork flavour. pocketfarm.co.uk/iron-age…
During the Norman rule of England, the French language influenced English tremendously. Most of it were related to posh topics, notably cuisine. The words 'cow', 'pig', and 'sheep' are of Saxon origin, but the words 'beef', 'pork', and 'mutton' are of French origin. thedailymeal.com/eat/why-…
While we don't consider pig milk to be a viable product for humans, the most expensive cheese ever sold was from a swine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
There is a rare breed of pig called sheep-pig, which is capable of producing wool, just like sheep. There are many variations of these animals, the Mangalica is one of the most common breeds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Pigs are the fourth most intelligent animal (smarter than dogs) aghires.com/pigs-4th-inte…
Domestic pigs ejaculate for 6 minutes on average, with one particular specimen reaching 31 minutes. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Today I learned of the Youth International Party, a US political party in the 1960’s who’s nomination for president was a pig named Pigasus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
In 2013, a wild pig at a Port Hedland, Australia campsite made the news after drinking 18 cans of a camper's beer, getting into a fight with a cow, and eventually passing out under a tree. countryrebel.com/pig-stea…
If you are a driver in the United Kingdom you are required by the law to stop and report to the police if you run over a dog, a horse, a cattle, a pig, a goat, a sheep, a donkey and a mule, but not if you run over a deer, a cat, a badger or a fox. lutontoday.co.uk/cars/car…
From ancient China to modern day pockets of rural India, people would use pigs to get rid of their BMs. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
Today I learned about Khanzir, the only pig in Afghanistan mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Scientists use TGEV pig virus as a surrogate for Coronovirus for experiments. It has no human infection risk but share the same physical structures (enveloped, positive-stranded RNA type viruses) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The creators of Spam sued Jim Henson Productions for using the name "Spa'am" for one of Muppet Treasure Island's pig characters. The judge dismissed the suit after trial for failure to prove damages, noting, "one might think Hormel would welcome the association with a genuine source of pork." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mup…
War pigs were used by the romans because their squeals scared the war elephants into fleeing and trampling their own armies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
A football is commonly referred to as a "Pigskin" because historically they contained an inflated pigs bladder. biggameusa.com/blog/about…
Because of a deal to buy the rights to Peppa the Pig, toymaker Hasbro now owns Death Row Records. nypost.com/2019/08/25/has…
Sundae is a type of blood sausage in Korean cuisine. It is a popular street food in both North and South Korea, generally made by steaming cow or pig's intestines stuffed with various ingredients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
There's a genus of sea cucumbers called sea pigs that live on the bottom floor of every ocean and extract nutrients from the mud. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
A very short black-and-white cartoon blooper was made in 1938 where porky pig says the word BITCH youtube.com/watch?v=EK4j8…
If a female pig orgasms during insemination she will produce piglets up to 6% more than normal insemination. Also orgasm in female pigs can last up to 30 minutes. ted.com/talks/mary_roach_…
There is an island in the Bahamas known as 'Pig Beach' which is populated entirely by swimming pigs. bahamas.com/official-home…
Today I learned the Wallace and Gromit music was composed by the same man who did the Peppa Pig music en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Today I learned of the durian, an Asian fruit. Depending on their genetics, people perceive the fruit as either sweet and delicious, while others find is nauseating. One writer described it as smelling like "pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dur…
Tommy James and the Shondells declined an invitation to perform at the Woodstock festival, because James' secretary put it to him as "Yeah, listen, there's this pig farmer in upstate New York that wants you to play in his field." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
During the Operations Crossroads Nuclear Test, much of the ships surrounding the blasts were populated with test animals, many died, except for Pig #311, which was found swimming in the lagoon after the blast, and went on to live at the National Zoo in D.C. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Within the animal kingdom, only higher primates (including humans) and guinea pigs are unable to synthesize Vitamin C in their own bodies, thus putting them at risk of scurvy nature.com/articles/18055…
In 1976 a woman sued Disney for $150,000 in damages, claiming one of the Three Little Pigs fondled her at "It's a Small World" and that she gained 50 lbs (23 kg) as a result. The case was dropped when the costume was found to have "inoperable stub arms," making said fondling impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Many countries have their own version of β€œwhen pigs fly.” In South Africa it’s β€œWhen horses grow horns.” In Russia: β€œWhen the crawfish whistles on the mountain.” In Albania: β€œOn August 36.” In Greece: β€œRight on the Day of St. Dick’s” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Europe has a long history of putting animals - from dogs to grasshoppers - on trial and even executing them for crimes, including a pig famously hanged in 14th century France for eating a child's face independent.co.uk/voices/…
When shooting the cover for Pink Floyd's "Animals", the giant inflatable pig that was used for it broke loose from its moorings. It flew over Heathrow, and pilots spotted it flying 30,000 feet in the air, resulting in cancelled flights. It eventually landed at a farm in Kent, scaring some cows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Due to a ban on feeding food scraps directly to pigs some areas of China give their food waste to billions of cockroaches which are then processed into pig feed. reuters.com/article/us-ch…
In the midst of the messy divorce, Charles Dickens referred to his wife as β€œdearest darling, Pig” and attempted to have her committed to an insane asylum so he could live with his 18 year old mistress. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In the 1800’s thousands of pigs roamed the streets of NYC, providing the only source of sanitation-eating trash/waste. Children were attacked, pigs held up traffic,carriages fell over. Pigs eventually outnumbered humans-leading to disease and political unrest between upper/lower classes. collectorsweekly.com/arti…
When Danes living under Prussian rule were prohibited from raising the Danish flag, the bred a pig to look like the flag instead, called the Danish Protest Pig. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Dodo birds didn't die of extinction on Mauritius because the Portuguese ate them. The Dutch arrived later and brought pigs to the island which ate the Dodo eggs out of their nests. Dodo birds kept their nests on the ground because there weren't any predators before. bagheera.com/inthewild/ex…
Tom Cruise himself actually created the character (and the dance) for Les Grossman, suggesting "What about some greedy pig studio executive who really represents the gross part of Hollywood?” because of how much he enjoyed the script of Tropic Thunder and wanted to be in the movie. grantland.com/features/th…
Around half the world’s pigs live in China. In 2014 there were 723 million pigs in China. modernfarmer.com/2014/03/…
Contrary to popular belief, domesticated pigs are not only smarter than cats and dogs, but also cleaner. nbcnews.com/id/24628983/n…
A Peppa Pig episode was banned in Australia because it tells kids that β€œspiders can’t hurt you” news.com.au/lifestyle/par…
That, after the Norman Conquest of England, nobles referred to the meat they ate in French, but the peasants who raised animals for meat referred to them in Anglo-Saxon. This is why modern English has words such as beef and pork for meat, but cow and pig for the animals it comes from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
Today I learned about Robert Pickton the Pig Farmer Killer who confessed to murdering 49 women 83-2002. There’s even speculation that he ground his victims up with pork and sold it to the public. He said he was disappointed that he didn’t get to 50 women and was caught because he was β€œsloppy”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The earliest footballs were made from either a sheep or pig’s bladder, then inflated orally before being knotted at the end. A leather casing was then fitted around the bladder to make it durable. It wasn’t until 1862 that a round ball was made, with a pump to inflate it. theguardian.com/football/…
Tensions between the US and UK nearly escalated to war over the killing of a pig in 1859. An American farmer on a disputed island found the pig eating potatoes in his garden and shot it, and after the British threatened arrest, the settlers called for help. Both sides sent major forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Roasted crocodiles exist in the Philippines. Instead of the traditional roasted pig (β€œlechon” in the vernacular), Filipino families may opt to have roasted crocodile, sans the apple in its mouth, as the main course for their traditional dinner on Christmas Eve this year. coralfarms.com.ph/index.p…
Pigs have been shown to possess β€˜astonishingly' good memories and highly developed learning skills irishnews.com/magazine/sc…

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