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Stolen Car Contained 300-pound Pig

A Nissan Cube was stolen in Youngstown, Ohio. The car, wrecked and abandoned, was recovered by police with Penelope the 300-pound pot-bellied pig still in the backseat. Crews towed the vehicle with Penelope inside. They left her in the vehicle until her owner could be reached. “I opened the door and when I looked in the back [...]

Pig Genome Project Could Lead to Tastier Bacon

The Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium has completed the task of sequencing the DNA of a pig and placing all of that data available online for free. Is it now possible to improve bacon through genetic engineering? The study’s authors think so: Tastier pork could certainly be an outcome of this research, too, Schook and Dekkers say. What [...]

Diving Pig Bacon

Have you heard that certain meats taste much better when their respective animals live stress free lives? I am sure you have. But what about when their respective animals live diving lives? A farmer in China’s Hunan province is claiming that his bacon tastes better because of his diving pigs. Huang Demin built a 3 meter tall [...]

Test-Tube-to-Table: 11 Up-and-Coming Genetically Engineered Animals

© Najlah Feanny/CORBIS SABA It’s been almost 16 years since Dolly the cloned sheep was born. As she fades from our cultural memory, here’s a look at 11 up-and-coming (and often controversial) genetically engineered animals that might start appearing in backyards and on dinner tables near you. 1. Remote Control Rats Photo: CC bclinesmith By attaching wires to rats’ [...]

Honduran White Bats

Take a cotton ball and add little yellow pig ears and snout. It might resemble a Honduran White Bat, but still still wouldn’t be as cute! These bats are about two inches long and snuggle up in groups under large leaves in the forest. See more photographs at Baby Animal Zoo. Link -via Metafilter

Vermont Prisoner Pwned State Police

Image: Tony Talbot/AP Look closely. See it? The "pig" in the cow logo was added by a Vermont prison inmate who makes the decals for the state police cruisers: According to the Burlington Free [...]

22-Pound Marzipan Dead Pig Is a Gift for Two Young Children

A far better choice than Barbie dolls, don’t you think? Jonas Laberg had to come up with a gift for two girls, aged five and seven. So, as you might expect, he made the form of a creepy dead pig out of twenty-two pounds of marzipan. Link -via Geekosystem

Pig with two snouts born in China

Hot on the tail of the human-faced pig story comes the tale of another pig – this one with two snouts. Born on a farm in China’s Jilin province, ‘Babe…

The Expression "Sweating Like a Pig" Has Nothing to Do with Pigs

Pigs don’t sweat much, so they wallow in the mud to cool off their bodies. So how did the English language expression “sweating like a pig” develop? It’s actually a reference to pig iron, which is form of iron smelting: When pig iron is originally created from iron ore, the smelter needs to heat the ore [...]

Suicide Pig by Mori Chack

Photo: Japanese artist Mori Chack (famous for the Gloomy Bear character) made this morbidly cute (cutely morbid?) vinyl sculpture of a pig who committed suicide. Can someone tell us what’s written in the note?