Heroic Pig

Written by Lillian Tram on December 7th, 2011


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.


Baconreader: Reddit Reader for Pig Lovers!

Written by Lillian Tram on December 3rd, 2011


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…



Tonton the Pig

Written by Lillian Tram on November 28th, 2011



I love watching anime, and one of my favorite anime characters is Tonton from Naruto, who just happens to be a pig. She doesn’t speak but has no trouble getting her point across. Tonton is super strong and fun to watch. She also has a keen sense of smell just like me!


The Muppets featuring Miss Piggy

Written by Lillian Tram on November 24th, 2011



Posing with The Muppets poster take 1…a little stiff.


Posing with The Muppets poster take 2…having fun and looking like the characters from the poster. Success!


I was fortunate enough to see the premiere showing of The Muppets at the AMC theater on Tuesday at midnight. They were giving out posters to the first 50 customers. To my surprise, there was a pretty long line and I had to wait, anxiously, to get my poster. The movie was charming, humorous, clever, and heartwarming. I would see it again in a heartbeat. It appears that the critics like the movie, as on Rotten Tomatoes, The Muppets got a whopping 97% rating.


I found a editorial on Gizmodo that recommended that the Muppets should host the Oscars. The author contacted the Muppets and they actually replied and sent him a pic of Miss Piggy.


Weeeeeeeeeee! Piggy GEICO Commercial.

Written by Lillian Tram on November 14th, 2011

I’m usually not one to watch commercials ever since I bought my TiVo but this commercial gets me every time. Next time you’re in the backseat of a car, give it a try, it’s fun. And if you’re ever driving along the side of the road and hear that sound, it’s probably me!

Voting Registration for Blossom the Pig

Written by Lillian Tram on November 9th, 2011


Today at the voting polls, Georgians are voting on Sunday alcohol sales and sales tax.  I was reminded of an article I came across about a pig receiving an invitation to register to vote.  I thought it would be a fun story to post.


Pigs are clever animals but are they clever enough to vote?  Apparently, at least one council thinks a pig named Blossom can, and given our current economic woes, we could use all the help we can get.


Click here to read more about Blossom the pig.

5 Reasons Why Pigs Are More Awesome Than You

Written by Lillian Tram on November 2nd, 2011

I’ve always known pigs were special. Here are 5 reasons why. You have to admit they are quite impressive, although I could totally run a 7-minute mile (yeah right). Click on the image below to find out how awesome pigs really are.


Monkey Riding a Pig

Written by Lillian Tram on October 26th, 2011


This picture and video made me smile and I wanted to share them with you.  The baby monkey and pig are so adorable!  Hopefully the video makes you smile too.  Careful though, if you watch the video too many times the lyrics will get stuck in your head…


Here’s a youtube clip of baby monkey riding on a pig song.