The week has flown by so quickly and I’m glad the weekend is near. Woke up this morning and saw a post of Kevin Bacon. Such a great start to my day. I used to associate Friday the 13th with Freddie Kruger but I much rather have the image of Mr. Bacon. 2012 has three Friday the 13ths. Every 400 years the cycle repeats. Thank goodness it’s Friday, TGIF!
Maxwell the pig has gotten enough fans that Geico has starred him in yet another commerical. This time he gets his thrills racing on a street luge. Could Maxwell be giving the Geico gecko a run for his money? Only time will tell. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
This Big Pig app is oh soooo addicting. A fun little physics game, the goal is to stack objects up to form a steady structure that can support a big pig that drops from the sky. If you don’t stack carefully, the big pig will tumble over! Remember to make the dreams of pigs come true and make them bigger!
These cute piglets snuggling on a mommy tiger have made the rounds on the internet. I know I’ve seen it on reddit before. I remember the caption for these pics, which described a tiger who lost her own cubs and became depressed, so zookeepers suggested dressing piglets in tiger costumes to keep the tiger company. The piglets snuggle with the tiger, mommy tiger yawns and smiles, and all is well. The result is a perfectly upbeat story to perk up a Monday morning.
Unfortunately, it turns out that the story was a hoax. The pictures are from a zoo in Thailand called Sriracha Tiger Zoo. This zoo has more than 400 tigers and other exotic animals. However, the zoo is unique in that adult and young animals of different species are kept in the same enclosure as visual entertainment for its visitors. The pictures appear pleasant and innocent, but since the purpose of the interaction is entertainment rather than companionship, questions about the safety of the young animals present themselves. Hopefully, the zookeepers are keeping the piglets and tigers safe.
It’s tax season. A guy was bold enough to want to use his pet pig as a tax deduction. He walked into Lupo & Associates and wanted to claim $7,000 in expenses for his pig’s medical bills and food. And if he were approved, he would deduce his taxes by $4,000. Imagine, you being able expense your pets? That would be a huge write off every year. It’s like having a child. Unfortunately, in the world we live in even though these pets are like family but you can’t claim them as a dependent.
This little pig was born with two snouts and one eye. He was the fifth of his litter and it’s a miracle that he survived. The image is startling but reminded me that we should appreciate what was given to us. I might not be the tallest, prettiest, or brightest lady but I’m healthy and fortunate, so remember: don’t sweat the small stuff.
Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. May you be filled with love and happiness. Enjoy this Hog Wild Valentine Dance!
Blogger Jennifer Baughman came across these sparkly pig purses in Honolulu. Given how flashy these pig purses look, I’m sure they would cost an arm and a leg. Jennifer and I have a commonality in that I too am not a purse girl. I wear the same silver bookbag purse every day and occasionally get teased by my fashion-forward friends. I prefer a bookbag purse over a single-strap purse because I believe in even distribution so that my shoulders won’t be lopsided and my back won’t be strained. I have to admit that I am a sucker for pig stuff and these pig purses are tempting to buy. Too bad I probably can’t afford them.
Dr. Tsai Ying-wen was Taiwan’s first female presidential candidate. She used pigs as a mascot for her campaign, encouraging her supporters to be “little pigs” to fight against the “big bad wolf,” referring to the incumbent government. She handed out little piggy banks to her supporters, which they filled with money to support her campaign. Ms. Tsai generated impressive support with this, raising £4.3 million ($6.8 million) with the piggy banks alone. Dr. Tsai’s intellect, pragmatism, and groundedness provided confidence to her supporters. The pigs symbolized the people’s support for her and that she is the underpig who will keep fighting the big bad wolf.
Yet another awesome commercial made by Geico. And the pig goes weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Zooey Deschanel is one of my favorite actresses. I love her show, New Girl. She plays this quirky lady who is irresistible and funny. My friends say that her mannerisms in the show remind them of me. I am pretty goofy, but I don’t know if I’m that goofy lol. I found a pic of Zooey on Instagram, a site where people share photos with their friends. She’s holding some soap shaped like a pig. It’s a little quirky but it makes her a little more awesome in my book.
What do you get when you combine office supplies and boredom? For one person, you get pig erasers! For some reason, the eraser got me thinking about the new year and the joys that it will bring. It’s a little reminder not to erase the hardships and mistakes we’ve made but to learn from them and move on. Happy happy new year everyone!
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.
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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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…
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!
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’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!