Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –
Keeping my paws on the nuts of the world
Hallelujah! Can you believe they make a holiday for this little oinker we have here at the Hotel Thompson called Bacon? It’s not enough that he’s a spoiled little tyke, now he has holidays. It’s certainly a great reason to celebrate with Bacon – we’ll take that anyday.
Yellow Pig Day is today, July 17th. This is not to be confused with National Pig Day celebrated on March 1st every year. Are you wondering what the difference is between the two pig day holidays? Let me explain it to you 🙂
National Pig Day on March 1st, recognizes and appreciates domesticated pigs, like Bacon. Pot-bellied pigs are often found in petting zoos and sometimes they can be found in regular every day homes like at the Hotel Thompson as members of the family. (I would say as pets but we all know that Bacon has gone beyond that category and is now a ‘member’ of the family. Some would say a child.) I’m sure you already know due to Bacon’s blog here that pigs are highly clever and intelligent animals. They will focus in on one thing until they accomplish whatever they are trying to do. Pigs like Bacon can learn how to open doors, gates, fetch like dogs, roll over and other amazing tricks. Ellen Stanley, an art teacher in Texas, created National Pig Day in 1972. Her intent was to to recognize and be thankful for pigs as intelligent domestic animals. And I have to admit, this holiday is HUGE at the Hotel Thompson.
Yellow Pig Day on July 17th is a mathematician’s holiday celebrating yellow pigs and the number 17. Have you ever seen a yellow pig in real life? Probably not, but wouldn’t it be fun to have them yellow? Why not celebrate yellow pigs anyway! This holiday has been celebrated yearly since the early 1960’s, primarily by mathematicians on college campuses but hey it’s a holiday – let’s celebrate! I wonder if Bacon’s Aunt Tina knows about this date? Did you know that she is in fact a mathematician and a college professor? See smartness runs in the Thompson family 🙂
The Yellow Pig was created by mathematicians Michael Spivak and David C. Kelly in the early 1960’s. Spivak and Kelly were students at Princeton University, studying of course mathematics. History was made as they were listing interesting properties of the number 17. During this thought wave, the yellow pig was born. The yellow pig and the number 17 have been linked ever since.
So, spend some time today thinking and working in multiples of 17 and thinking about little yellow pigs.
07/17/2013 at 2:03 am
We suspect that some LSD might have been involved in this mathematical research!
07/17/2013 at 6:56 am
Snorts! XOXO – Bacon
07/17/2013 at 10:29 am
well THAT’S a first! Happy Yellow Pig Day my furiend!
07/17/2013 at 12:58 pm
Thank you so much! I’m enjoying this date – especially counting to 17 on my hooves – snorts. It’s a blast. XOXO – Bacon
07/17/2013 at 12:07 pm
My mom wasn’t good in this math stuff, her teacher called her a “big white bird we use for pillows”.
But I like the number 17 – it’s a cool number like the 13 and its a lucky or (un)lucky number in some cultures…. oh.. and its a fermat thingy or something like this :o) Happy yellow pig day Bacon!
07/17/2013 at 12:59 pm
Snorts – mom is the numbers gal. I don’t do much counting. I have watched Sesame Street a couple of times to help me with math but it’s not paying off – snorts. We should all celebrate this date and have fun – XOXO – Bacon
07/18/2013 at 12:43 pm
I agree bacon – maybe my mom isn’t good with that stuff because the count count was always so scary in Sesame Street?
07/18/2013 at 1:36 pm
That’s what I’m thinking. He’s just not a piggy person to me. He scares me a little 😦 XOXO – Bacon
Swine and Vines
07/17/2013 at 12:43 pm
I’m a tan pig with black spots…tan is close to yellow…Can I be a yellow pig today?? Maybe if I tell my mom that it’s Yellow Pig Day she’ll give me a special treat. What cha think? ~Hitchens
07/17/2013 at 1:00 pm
Hey sure – why not? I’m a black pig but I’m saying I’m yellow today 🙂 Celebrate and have fun. XOXO – Bacon
Miss Harper Lee
07/17/2013 at 5:42 pm
17 is my human daddy’s favorite number. I’m not really sure what that has to do with Yellow Pig Day, but I thought I’d just share! Happy Yellow Pig Day, Bacon. 🙂
07/17/2013 at 6:25 pm
Thanks for sharing – that’s awesome! Mom says that my dad acts like 17 a lot. Does that count? Snorts. XOXO- Bacon
Miss Harper Lee
07/17/2013 at 9:29 pm
07/18/2013 at 11:05 am
Happy Belated Happy Yellow Pig Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and, yes, I think there are 17 exclamation points! Make it 18– to grow on…)
07/18/2013 at 11:07 am
Snorts – You are so much fun! Thanks my friend. XOXO – Bacon
07/18/2013 at 12:29 pm
wow how cool happy yellow pig day Bacon,xx Speedy
07/18/2013 at 1:35 pm
It was a fun day. I hope you are feeling better my friend. I’ve been thinking of you so much! XOXO – Bacon