Lighter Side: Make way for the swimming pigs of…
By this point, swimming pigs are nothing new for our Lighter Side fans. You’ve heard of the swimming pigs of the Bahamas and were amazed by the surfing swine of Hawaii. Now there’s a new addition to the world of adventurous porcine – a small herd living on an island in the delta near Stockton, Calif. Theories quickly spread through the local community left wondering how the curious creatures ended up on the island. These theories ranged from the main dish at a canceled summer luau to pigs making a break from their farm home for the island. A Facebook group was... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Rancher selling feral pork
Where there is a will (and a market), there is a way. Or as one Florida rancher puts it, when life hands you feral hogs, you make pork chops. According to the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times, Charlotte County rancher Keith Mann recently decided to capitalize on Florida’s feral hog problem, a problem roughly 1 million head strong. Now Mann is working with trappers, USDA inspectors and the local restaurant community to redefine “naturally-raised” and “free-range,” among other hot food trends. Mann launched his feral hog program earlier this year and calls it a win-win for homeowners, trappers and restaurant... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Foodies duped in McDonald’s ‘organic’ prank
McDonald’s gets a bad rep for its iconic, high-caloric fast food menu, and now two Dutch pranksters have fooled food experts and consumers alike by presenting classic menu items at an annual food convention. Some of the comments from the foodies include: - “The structure is good, yes. Not too sticky.” - “Rolls around the tongue nicely, if it were wine I’d say it’s fine.” - “It’s a bit softer but also more moist.” - “It’s nice and firm, has a good bite.” Click... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: World's tallest cow found in Illinois
Illinois is the home of the world's tallest cow. Blosom, owned by Patty Hanson, is six foot four inches tall and weighs between 2,000 and 2,500 pounds. Guinness World Records named Blosom the world's tallest bovine in August using an official measurement from a veterinarian with the Orangeville Animal Health Service. The veterinarian said large-framed Holsteins are usually around five feet tall at the shoulders and weigh between 1,200 and 1,400 pounds. Blosom will turn 13 next year. Hanson decided to keep her on her father's farm as a pet, Travelers Today reported. Read more from Travelers Today here. "Honestly, if we had measured... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: KFC becomes the ultimate 'comfort food'
Is the heartache from a recent breakup getting you down? Just do what 26-year-old Tan Shen from Chengdu, China, did. Shen spent a week chowing down on Kentucky Fried Chicken after a breakup. She said she hadn’t planned on staying at the train station’s KFC, according to an article on Huffington Post’s website. Once she was there, however, she decided she needed time to think, and time to think she had. She ordered chicken wings, and decided to stay for a week. "I didn’t want to go back to my apartment because it was full of memories of him. So I stayed,"... View Blog Post »
'Fat Chicken' game allows players to raise, slaughter livestock
In the reverse tower defense style game, "Fat Chicken," players can fatten up livestock, slaughter them and earn money. Players set up towers that feed the animals and give them hormones and antibiotics, all while protecting the animals from UFO's and protestors. Cattle, hogs and chickens are all taken care of by hired hands, heroes and towers, Tatiana Morris reported for GameZone. Currently the game is only in Early Access. Read more here. View Blog Post »
Kansas City Royals named after livestock show, not royalty
Although it isn't immediately obvious due to the crown logo, the Kansas City Royals aren't named after monarchs at all. Instead, the baseball team is named after a livestock show that is held in the area called the American Royal. When the baseball team was created, a contest was held to decide a name for the city's new baseball team. Sanford Porte, a bridge engineer from Overland Park, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City, won the contest with his idea to name the team after the livestock show, Chris Chase reported for USA Today. The American Royal livestock show is still held... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Cream cheese jumps on bacon bandwagon
Ready for bacon-flavored cream cheese? Kraft sure hopes you are! The move for Kraft Foods Group to fuse its Philadelphia brand of cream cheese with its Oscar Mayer band of bacon may seem like a no-brainer; however, affording to Crain’s Chicago Business, it’s not as easy as it sounds. "Bacon is a hard flavor to get just right," said Chris Hjorth, senior director for Philadelphia, noting that the brand wanted to ensure the "bacon notes" came through "loud and clear," but that they were also balanced with the cream cheese. It took 18 months of development before the product tasted just right. Click here... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Up, up and oops
A low-flying hot air balloon literally scared a UK pig herd to death, and now the balloon’s company’s insurers have to pay up. In April 2012, something scared Dan Gilbank’s 250 pigs at his farm near York, England, so much it set off a stampede that ended with disastrous – and costly – consequences, according to the Daily Mail. One-hundred and forty sows miscarried 70 percent of their litters in the melee, resulting in a loss of nearly 800 piglets. In addition, three sows died from heart attacks, and a boar died the next day from injuries sustained in the mayhem. Gilbank explained... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Two ranchers join HSUS ‘ag council’ in Okla.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) may have attempted to claim some credibility by launching a state “agriculture council” in Oklahoma, but the results leave much to be desired. According to Humane Watch, just two ranchers are on the council, which consists of only four members. Other members include a lawyer and a businessman. Click here to learn more from Humane Watch. Despite the grou's efforts, the council may not be enough to sway the state’s leery residents. Earlier this spring, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a consumer warning against HSUS, warning Oklahomans of the group’s... View Blog Post »
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