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September 11, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

A measure of pigs

Pig on a horse. 1905 (L.Leslie Brooke/, artist life/

You can poke a pig or be a cowpoke.(USPD/

“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.” (George Bernard Shaw)

Nothing like a few pig-headed ideas to start the week.

You know the most popular unit of measure in Texas, the land of “Friday Night Lights”?

Not inches, meters or miles, things are measured by football fields.

 It’s “about the size of a two of football fields”.

Just normal in keeping with the state’s pigskin obsession.

Yep, keeping things real. Simple.

It was really simple for feral hogs to see lifestyle adjustments were necessary after the hurricane.

One smarter than the average wild hog bunch is already out there reinventing their lifestyle and being flexible – open to new ideas and ways to bring home the bacon.

Perhaps THE experts in the nursery rhymes, they seem to be auditioning for preschool assistants. Not deterred by a sloppy playground. Who better to teach piggy toes’ “This little piggy went to market. This little piggy went home…”, or “To market, to market…”?

The homeowner might not have considered hiring childcare help quite yet, but with two boys and brand new set of hurricane twins, she might just be willing to give them a try. (Peek in on the hogs rehearsing for their playground interview!)

Vintage illustration. Two little girls playing This Little Pig. Wentworth; Eugene/Ginn and co.( date, 1912, artist life,/

When NOAA says they are “high on the hog” it’s not a joke.

Want top know why Miss Piggy flies with NOAA’s hurricane hunters?

Well, you knew about Pigs in Space, so now get a grin how Miss Piggy became Queen of the Sky.

When pigs fly, indeed. We couldn’t manage without you, Miss Piggy.

Miss Piggy logo on hurricane plane ( gov agency/

Miss Piggy flies in style (USPD/

One thing that isn’t up in the air as expected is hunting wild hogs from hot air balloons.

The oddest pork-chopper bill became law Sept 1, but for some reason the new hunting style isn’t soaring. (Oh, bill sponsors will blame the hurricane. It’s blamed for just about everything right now, right?)

Some balloon insurance agencies aren’t ready to soar with it. And there are some logistic issues. Not to mention guns with balloons (And you though just clowns on the ground were scary…)

 A fledgling recreation opportunity not ready to leave the nest?

“New law allows hunting hogs from hot air balloons, but few balloonist offering it”

So that’s the thick and thin of it.

Pigs out. (Mind the swine!)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

(Winston Churchill)

Pig in living room by fireplace. 1905.L.Leslie Brooke/, artist life/

Pig in a space at home. (USPD/


  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 11 2017 7:02 am

    Mr. Shaw was a very wise man…. I don’t think that it is clever to hunt pigs via hot air ballon…it can end with going out of the basket and landing in the bucket…;o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2017 8:53 am

      Pigs probably talk about this big bang theory….
      Maybe they should just put a bunch of really loud barking dogs in the balloon baskets and let them move the hogs along? Would be a lot more fun for all- and more safe.
      Thanks for climbing on board with a comment


      • easyweimaraner / Sep 11 2017 9:54 am

        maybe then the big bang theory become the PIG bang theory? :O))))


  2. shoreacres / Sep 11 2017 7:35 am

    I’ve never noticed the artwork on those NOAA planes. It’s a fun detail and an interesting history. Those dudes need all the light-heartedness they can muster. A good nap might be in order once this is over, too.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2017 8:56 am

      I first noticed that there was something hanging by the windshield by a pilot in one of the news/weather reports. Found and enlarged the image to find out it was Kermit the Frog wearing a cape. And things flew from there.
      I think everyone’s due for a nice nap. Thanks for netting a comment to leave


  3. Kate Crimmins / Sep 11 2017 7:38 am

    Guns in a hot air balloon is risky. Supposing a shot ricochets? Hits the balloon? Reminds of the nursery rhyme that ends with “and they all fall down.”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2017 8:58 am

      Many of us are still scratching our heads over that one ( along with “They have time for this and not equalizing school funding?” Proof some elected officials are much too insulated from real life and the rest of us) Thanks for pulling on the reins for that idea

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Carrie Rubin / Sep 11 2017 7:49 am

    Shooting anything from hot air balloons does not sound like a good idea. Yikes!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 11 2017 9:00 am

      How did that elected official say with at straight face “It will start up a new industry”? Gads. Thanks for dropping a comment in this direction

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Sep 11 2017 8:25 am

    [Adds “hunting hogs from hot air balloon to bucket list.]

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Littlesundog / Sep 11 2017 10:29 am

    OMG! This is a SIGN for sure! I was just looking through some photos I took last week of the damage wild hogs had done in the orchard. Some limbs laden with pecans broke and fell a couple of weeks ago, and apparently hogs will eat the unripe nuts. I was just about to formulate a post when I read your post.

    Hogs are night operators… not sure the hot air balloon idea would work at all. 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 21 2017 10:19 am

      Is there anything feral hogs won’t eat? So destructive. I know a place for everything and everything in it’s place, but those darn hogs are pigging all the places! (Running so behind with blogging this week, but will trot over to see who’s inhabiting your posts shortly


  7. Amy / Sep 11 2017 10:56 am

    I have a hard time measuring distance, but somehow, I relate to the football field length and have often used it as a term of measurement. (I’m from western PA, where high school football is big.)


  8. Mary Brearley / Sep 11 2017 11:18 am

    I like the idea of measuring things in fields. 🙂


  9. The Hook / Sep 11 2017 1:09 pm

    Shaw was a genius.
    The world needs his like again.
    But at least we have you.


  10. sustainabilitea / Sep 11 2017 1:26 pm

    Those quotes had me smiling. Just don’t forget, sometimes you get a pig in a poke and I’m not telling porkies!



  11. colonialist / Sep 11 2017 2:53 pm

    Eating habits these days are such that I can well imagine piglets being admonished not to eat like humans.


  12. Frank Hubeny / Sep 11 2017 4:07 pm

    Nice quotes by Shaw and Churchill.


  13. Robin / Sep 12 2017 1:19 pm

    Hunting from hot air balloons? Sounds risky to the balloon, and like an idea that’s full of hot air. Love the quotes. 🙂


  14. cat9984 / Sep 13 2017 10:45 am

    Could they make a football out of a hog skin?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 13 2017 11:12 am

      They could probably even make shoes of fancy fashion…if they could catch them ( and soften the hides – tough hoofie guys) Thanks for herding a comment this way

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  15. LordBeariOfBow / Sep 13 2017 10:42 pm

    Methinks Winston Spencer got it right; then he usually did!
    But don’t you Yankees start taking credit for that, just ‘cos his mummy was a Yank!


  16. Curt Mekemson / Sep 14 2017 2:16 pm

    Ah, leave it to the sportsmen to do everything they can to eliminate the sport part of hunting.
    A veritable feast of piggy things, Hog Heaven, if you will. The Walrus and the Carpenter would be pleased. –Curt


  17. The Coastal Crone / Sep 22 2017 3:03 pm

    There have been no hot air balloons filled with hog hunters around here either. What a folly!


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