Porky’s Revenge?

_MG_8673We all sort of like revenge movies, don’t we?  You know what I’m talking about – the kind where there’s a horrible villain and he has hurt innocent people and done awful things, but then the good guy (or gal) who has taken an awful beating, bounces back and utterly obliterates the bad guy in a titanic battle. We love it when that happens!

Well, when I saw this “pig” dressed up in a waiter’s outfit, the thought struck me: “What if one of these days all the animals decide to seek revenge, and they somehow figure out how to band together to get it?” Picture it: instead of pork ribs or beef ribs, there would be “people” ribs, served hot and steaming on a platter by a pig dressed as a chef or waiter.

And, I can’t help but wonder about this, too: beef ribs and pork ribs taste different, right? Well, I wonder if blonde ribs and redhead ribs would taste different, or black haired or brown haired ribs? Perhaps the animals have been fooling us all along into thinking that they’re carnivores, just awaiting the moment to spring the “big surprise” on us all!

Now, I don’t want you to lose any sleep over this overnight, okay? But, if you wake up in the morning and open the door on  your way out to the office or school and there’s a cow standing there with a meat cleaver in its hoof, shut the door quickly, stay inside and call animal control!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1847, the first woman of a group of pioneers commonly known as the Donner Party died during the s journey through a Sierra Nevada mountain pass. The disastrous trip west ended up killing 42 people and turned many of the survivors into cannibals.

A total of 87 people joined up in South Pass, Wyoming, in October 1846 to make a trip through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to California. Most of the pioneers were farmers who had little experience with wilderness travel. Two large families, the Donners and the Reeds, were at the heart of the traveling group, with 7 adults and 16 children. George Donner was the group’s unofficial leader.

The pioneers left Wyoming on October 27, and were soon faced with the early onset of a harsh winter. They had only a book as a guide and this led them through a mountain pass south of modern-day Salt Lake City. Without any path to follow, it took the group 16 days to go only 36 miles. Eventually, they were forced to leave their wagons–loaded with hundreds of pounds of flour and bacon–and their cattle behind. Trapped by snow, they were forced to make camp for the winter near a small lake (now known as Donner Lake) northwest of Lake Tahoe.

With starvation setting in, a group of 15 adults (known as the Forlorn Hope) attempted to get to Sutter’s Fort near San Francisco–100 miles away–for help. About half of the group died in the harsh conditions and the others were forced to eat their fallen companions’ remains to survive. Finally, the seven remaining members of the expedition were able to reach a Native American village. News of their arrival spread quickly, and a rescue party was sent from Sutter’s Fort to reach the rest of the Donner Party, still stuck in the mountains. By the time the rescue was complete, nearly half of the Donner Party, including George Donner, was dead.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  The Iraqi desert is home to the dangerous saw-scale viper. Many scientists consider it the most dangerous snake in the world. The viper is known to strike without provocation and even chase its victims. Its bite often results in death.

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