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February 18, 2014

11 Facts About National Pig Day (Mar. 1)


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11 FACTS ABOUT NATIONAL PIG DAY (Mar. 1)

National Pig Day is set apart to recognize and to thank domesticated pigs, which are clever and intelligent animals which can be pets and be taught tricks. For some unknown reason, big, pot-bellied pigs are often the symbol of the day. It was created in 1972 by a Lubbock, Texas art teacher. This is not a true National day, because it doesn’t meet the National criteria: an act of Congress.

QUESTIONS

  1. What is the color of National Pig Day?
  2. How many toes do pigs have on each hoof?
  3. Why do pigs roll in the dirt?
  4. How long does it take a pig to run a mile?
  5. What do you call a female pig which hasn’t had piglets? What do you call a castrated male pig?
  6. What is the only continent without pigs? How many toes do pigs walk on?
  7. Pigs rank what number in animal intelligence?
  8. How many teeth does a mature pig have?
  9.  The scream of a frightened pig can reach how many decibels?
  10.  Why did the ancient Chinese want to be buried with their (entire herds) of pigs?

BONUS QUESTION

Who brought the first pig to North America? When did it happen? What was the highest know price paid for a hog?

Click on MORE to find the answers.

ANSWERS

  1. Pink*
  2. Four. they walk on their two middle toes, which gives them the appearance of tiptoeing (through the tulips).***
  3. They don’t sweat, and the mud acts as a cooling mechanism.** Their coat of mud protects them from sunburn, flies, parasites, and insect bites.****
  4. 7 minutes****
  5. A gilt (if she has had piglets she’s called a sow). A barrow.****
  6.  Antarctica***
  7. They rank #4, after chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants.****
  8. 44****
  9. 115 decibels (a jet engine taking off measures 113 decibels)***
  10. They were reluctant to be separated from fresh pork.****

BONUS QUESTION

Hernando de Soto, the famous Spanish explorer, brought the first pig to North America in 1539. $56,000 was paid for a cross-bred hog named Bud on March 5, 1985.****

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ADDITIONAL READING:

SOURCES

*  http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/pigday.htm

** http://voices.yahoo.com/march-1st-national-pigs-day-facts-pigs-209478.html?cat=16

***   http://chiapetrescue.com/wordpress/tag/pig-fun-facts/

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2 Comments »

  1. Ok then what college has a pig for their mascot ?

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    Comment by Fred Wells — February 18, 2014 @ 8:21 pm | Reply


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