July 2, 2010
We Fed Coal to Pigs
I have done some research since it was something Grandmother and them thought was good for pigs.
Most of what I read suggests that Pigs eat coal just because they like it. Kinda' like rabbits eating carrots; Cats liking milk or goats eating paper and tin cans.
This is from Time Magizine:
coal. Many a mid-western porker sees the black lumps of bituminous coal constantly before him supplied by his indulgent master. If munching effectively and with gusto is a mark of enjoyment, then the pigs actually enjoy this unusual foodstuff, apparently considerably more than the average American enjoys his daily slabs of charred bread at breakfast. I wish to point out, however, that enjoyment and digestion are not synonymous. In the case of the hog the coal passes through well pulverized, but it is doubtful if he digests it, for probably no noteworthy chemical changes take place in the process. He is given coal to "tone him up" and aid his alimentary wellbeing. The exact function of this carbonaceous material is not known. It probably has the same effect as charcoal which is put into prepared dog foods— whatever that may be.
Speaking of Pork
I stopped by the Toyota Dealership yesterday for a look at the new Tacoma . Just for fun, I took it out for a test drive. I wanted to sense that new "feel" before they become extinct...
The salesman (wearing an Obama "change" lapel pin) sat in the passenger seat describing the truck and all its "wonderful" options.
The seats were of particular interest. He explained that the seats directed warm air to your butt in the winter and directed cool air to your butt in the summer heat.
Feeling like messing with his mind, I mentioned that this must be a Republican truck.
Looking a bit angry, he asked why I thought it was a Republican truck. I explained that if it were a Democrat truck, the seats would blow smoke up your a$$ year-round.
I had to walk back to the dealership........damn guy had no sense of humor.