By: Leanna Gubbels
“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals” – Sir Winston Churchill
Think you can “bring home the bacon” when it comes to trivia about pigs? Check out these fun facts to see how pigs made big contributions with the army while outrunning AND out-eating many people who rely on them. Enjoy!! J
- Soldier pigs have gone to war. On battlefields, they have used their sensitive snouts as mine sniffers.
- Scientists believe that pigs are one of the most intelligent animals, ranking close behind apes and dolphins and are easier to train than dogs or cats!
- China has the world’s largest population of domestic pigs
- An average pig eats five pounds of feed each day, or a ton of food every year
- A pig’s squeal can be as loud as 115 decibels, 3 decibels higher than the sound of a supersonic airliner
- An average American consumes 51 lbs of pork each year
- Pork is the world’s most widely-eaten meat
- In Denmark there are twice as many pigs as people
- There are approximately 840 million hogs on farms throughout the world
- On average, pigs live for about 15 years.
- The largest litter of piglets ever born included 37 piglets, out of which 36 were born alive and 33 survived.
- A pig can run a 7-minute mile!!
- The origin of the nickname Uncle Sam in the United States – During the War of 1812, a New York pork packer named Uncle Sam Wilson shipped a boatload of several hundred barrels of pork to U.S. troops. Each barrel was stamped “U.S.” on the docks. The “U.S.” stood for “Uncle Sam” whose shipment seemed large enough to feed the entire army. This is how “Uncle Sam” came to represent the U.S. Government.
- The saying “living high on the hog” started among enlisted men in the U.S. Army who received shoulder and leg cuts of pork while officers received the top loin cuts. “Living high on the hog” came to mean living well.
- Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t buy a pig in a poke?” In 17th century England, it was a common trick to try to give away a cat to an unsuspecting shopper buying a suckling (young) pig. When he opened the poke (sack), he “let the cat out of the bag,” and found he had been cheated.