Monday, June 20, 2005

You can lead a hog to water, but you can't make him not stink

Scientists at Purdue University are busily attempting to make pigs smell less awful.

Yeah, like that's important.

In case no one had noticed this before, pigs reek. Rank odor simply goes hand in cloven hoof with swinehood. Even Disney cartoons (The Lion King) joke about this fact of nature. Setting out to make pigs less odiferous is akin to making hippopotamuses svelte, or baboons attractive by human standards. It's not happening. You might as well expend your efforts trying to accomplish something that (a) is remotely possible, and (b) might actually benefit humankind.

Apparently the impetus behind this porcine deodorizing campaign is the complaints of hog farmers, and people who live near them. Look, if you decide to pursue pig-raising as an occupation, or to reside in an area where pig-raising is widely practiced, you just have to accept that some serious funk goes with the territory.

It's like those morons who buy houses near the airport, then gripe about the noise. Hello? It's an airport, dummy.

Some wise person once said, "Never attempt to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig." I suspect the same could be said of attempting to train porkers to smell like petunias.

2 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Janet offered these pearls of wisdom...

Have them roll around in a field of roses instead. There. Problem solved.:)

7:21 PM  
Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

Have pig-raising all banned to France. I don't think they'll notice the smell. (I've been there. And yes, the stories are true and they bathe very little compared to Americans. Ack!)

8:05 AM  

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