National Yellow Pig Day

17 Jul

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 any day.

National 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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.


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24 responses to “National Yellow Pig Day

  1. Reilly and Denny

    07/17/2014 at 3:36 am

    Hmmmm still not sure how the number 17 and yellow pigs go together. We were thinking maybe the piggy fell into vat of custard, rolled in butter and got covered in sunflower flowers….and turned bright yellow πŸ™‚

    • PigLove

      07/17/2014 at 11:16 am

      Mmm now I’m hungry. Butter and sunflowers. Oh my! Snorts. It’s a weird math thing for sure. I need to text my Aunt Tina and see what she knows about it. XOXO – Bacon

  2. onespoiledcat

    07/17/2014 at 6:15 am

    Looks like someone fell in a big vat of mustard! I think piggies can be any color they wanna be…..lavender or blue would be nice…..!

    Hugs, Sammy

    • PigLove

      07/17/2014 at 11:20 am

      Squeal! Wouldn’t it be neat if we could change colors like chameleons?
      XOXO – Bacon

      • onespoiledcat

        07/17/2014 at 12:48 pm

        Oh wow – wouldn’t that be cool? I’d want to be “camo” colored……I could hide and nobody would see me! HAHAHAHA


      • PigLove

        07/17/2014 at 1:04 pm

        Hey – I like that my friend. Kind of like an invisible cloak. The possibilities are endless! XOXO – Bacon

  3. fozziemum

    07/17/2014 at 6:36 am

    Well I will be buttered on both sides and called a crumpet! that is some crazy info Rocky πŸ™‚ have a super day πŸ˜‰ hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

    • PigLove

      07/17/2014 at 11:22 am

      I thought Rocky was losing his mind when he told me about this. Totally rad though! XOXO – Bacon

      • fozziemum

        07/17/2014 at 9:27 pm

        I agree…hilarious πŸ™‚ hugs and loves Fozziemum xxx

  4. easyweimaraner

    07/17/2014 at 8:59 am

    Of course I will celebrate the yellow pigs day with you… butt we have to celebrate without my mom, she still ponders about 15% of 50…. think ill christmas she will solve that riddle…

    • PigLove

      07/17/2014 at 11:22 am

      Snorticles. Your mom sounds like my dad. He can’t count past 10 without taking his shows off. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

      • easyweimaraner

        07/17/2014 at 11:45 am

        bro she is a public danger when it comes to math, probably that’s the reason we never will get rich :o)

  5. katiebblogs

    07/17/2014 at 9:40 am

    Well this is just great. How did we not know about National Yellow Pig Day?! Thanks for educating us, Bacon!

    • PigLove

      07/17/2014 at 11:23 am

      You are so welcome my dear friends. Any time we can sneak in a holiday for us, you know I will! XOXO – Bacon

  6. Will and Eko

    07/17/2014 at 11:43 am

    I’m so confused, how did they get from 17 to yellow pigs!?

    • PigLove

      07/17/2014 at 12:39 pm

      Snorts. Hopefully my Aunt Tina will come along sometime this afternoon and set us straight on this. I’m all hooves on it – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

  7. katsrus

    07/17/2014 at 2:53 pm

    I did not know about this day either. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Sue B

    • PigLove

      07/17/2014 at 3:05 pm

      You are so welcome my friend!! XOXO – Bacon

  8. purrfectkitties

    07/17/2014 at 3:01 pm

    Huh, what? Yellow pigs and number 17???? We have no clue what those mathematicians are talking about!! But who cares! It’s a holiday! So let’s CELEBRATE!! πŸ˜€ xx Roxy & Tigerlino ❀

    • PigLove

      07/17/2014 at 3:07 pm

      Exactly! Let’s celebrate yellow pigs and 17… 17 is a good number. Sure it is. Daddy says he remembers when he was 17. And that had to be many, many, many, MANY moons ago – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

      • purrfectkitties

        07/17/2014 at 3:13 pm

        MOL πŸ˜† xx Roxy & Tigerlino ❀

  9. roadtocamelot

    07/17/2014 at 6:37 pm

    This is the first I’ve heard of this but I’ll definitely be starting a collection of yellow pigs for my office desk! Apparently, the yellow pig in question by the originators of Yellow Pig Day had a 17-eyelashed, 17 toed pig in mind. The pig may also have had other features in groups of 17. What a cool holiday. I’ll have to start thinking what type of mathematical holiday I could create!

    • PigLove

      07/17/2014 at 6:52 pm

      Oh squeal. Please do Auntie Tina! I mean what could be more exciting cause you know it involves a pig… Like me. Snorts. Thanks for visiting my blog today. ❀ you. XOXO – Bacon

  10. Nylabluesmum

    07/18/2014 at 9:58 pm

    Sunshiney yellow piggiez wuud bee kewl…
    Lub Nylablue n Mum too ❀ ❀ ❀


This piggy would love to snort with you :)

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