The Peppermint Pig has its roots in Victorian holiday tradition, for which pigs were symbolic of good health, happiness, and prosperity. Peppermint Pigs were made as a tasty treat to bring good luck for the new year. The tradition is to smash the pig, pass around the plate, eat a piece for good luck and share a story about a happy experience during the past year. Saratoga Sweets specializes in making Peppermint Pigs, which are sent with a nickel-plated hammer. Over 120,000 Peppermint Pigs were sold last year. They have been featured on the Food Network, the Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, CNN, CNBC, CBS News and countless magazines and newspapers across the country.
The Marzipan Pig is a custom to wish for a happy and prosperous new year that is celebrated in Germany, Norway, and Denmark. Marzipan is a mixture of almonds and sugar that can be sculpted into shapes like pigs. In Germany, Marzipan Pigs are given as gifts or stocking stuffers between Christmas and New Year’s Day to bestow happiness and good fortune to friends and family. In Norway and Denmark, one tradition involves sharing a rice pudding or porridge with a whole almond baked inside. The person who finds the almond in their dish receives a prize, usually a lucky Marzipan Pig. Edible pigs to celebrate the new year are also made from chocolate, peppermint, and cake as well.
I’m a huge fan of Stephan Pastis, the creator of the Pearls Before Swine comic strip. Here’s a strip of Pig using his blogger status as an icebreaker. Suave he is not, but that’s what makes the comic so clever. You’ll be seeing a lot more of his work on my site. If you guys find any particularly witty Pearls Before Swine strips (with Pig, of course), send them in so I can post them.
It’s winter time, and as I’m sitting at the computer right now I find that my room can get cold and drafty this time of year. Sure, I could be practical and put on a sweater or a jacket or a blanket or turn the heat up, but I saw a more cuddly solution online recently. These USB pig animal warmer cushions have carbon fiber in them and heat up as soon as you plug them in to the USB port. A huggable piggy cushion that keeps me warm and cozy while I’m blogging? Sounds like a great idea!
Miru Kim, a creative artist, is doing an art exhibit at Art Basel Miami called ‘I Like Pigs and Pigs Like Me’ as part of her series, ‘The Pig That Therefore I Am.’ Even though she’s a germaphobe, she undergoes this art performance where she spends over four days…104 consecutive hours to be exact…with pigs, bare naked. She was inspired to do this after reading French philosopher Michel Serres’s book Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies, which explores the characteristics of skin. Kim became intrigued by pigs from pig dissections as a pre-med at Columbia University. She noted that pig eyes are very similar to human eyes, more so than domestic pets like cats and dogs. Kim notes that eye contact with pigs feels both strange and familiar because of this similarity. Live performance in bare skin conveys a sense of touch and closeness that is difficult to express with pictures or film. She will be with the pigs from Wednesday to Saturday, day and night.
Fair warning: There is nudity in these photos. You will see tits and a**.
Nakh-Nakh the Pig is a symbol for a political movement against Vladimir Putin’s incumbent party in Russia. One of the founders of Nakh-Nakh is Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister and now co-leader of the People’s Freedom Party. The People’s Freedom Party was refused registration by Russia’s Justice Ministry earlier this year. As a response to this and other measures restricting opposing parties from representing themselves, the Nakh-Nakh movement was created. Nakh-Nakh, whose name means “Go away!” in Russian, sends his message through animated clips and on armbands and ribbons. Nakh-Nakh has become a symbol for liberty and the right to vote. He also gives hope to people disheartened by the current election process that you can stand up and fight for what you believe in.
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This pig power strip looks kind of creepy but the concept is pretty cool. I often have problems with regular power strips because big plugs and adapter plugs cover up multiple outlets on the strip. The design of the power pig makes it easy to use and charge lots of devices while conserving space. Unfortunately, this power pig is made for Russian electrical plugs but if they ever make one for US plugs I would totally get one.
A pig named Zhu Jianqiang or “Strong-Willed Pig” was praised for surviving the terrible Sichuan, China earthquake of May 2008. This earthquake was an 8.0-magnitude quake that left over 60,000 dead and caused over $50 billion in damage. Zhu was buried under the rubble of his sty for 36 days and was able to stay alive by drinking rainwater and chewing charcoal. The owner had thought that Zhu had died in the rubble, and when soldiers came to clean up the rubble around his home in June 2008, they pulled out a still-kicking Zhu from the rubble. He used to weigh 330 pounds, but lost two-thirds of his weight in the struggle. Since he was such a incredible pig, scientists worked to produce six piglets with his identical DNA even though Zhu was castrated before the quake. Surviving for 36 days on rainwater and charcoal while losing two-thirds of your weight? If that doesn’t define tough, I don’t know what does.
If you’re a huge Reddit fan like I am, you should check out this Android app called Baconreader. It’s easy to use, there’s faster loading time, and it has a more polished interface than “Reddit is Fun.” Baconreader is a great looking app and the design makes it easier to share links, change subreddits, and follow comment threads. Of course, the number one reason why I like this app is its name. Gotta love the bacon! Now, if only they could put an “aroma” button on the front page…
Today I decided to make pork tenderloins after having a conversation with my mom. I found a simple 30 minute recipe by Rachael Ray online. While the recipe is simple (there are only seven ingredients), the combination of garlic (which I love in my cooking) and balsamic vinegar complements the pork nicely. It’s a quick and easy recipe and it’ll be one of my go-to dishes in the future. Try it and tell me what you think.