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 🙂

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.


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16 responses to “National Yellow Pig Day

  1. easyweimaraner

    07/17/2016 at 3:23 am

    Happy yellow pig day!!!! I’m not sure if my mom can celebrate a math-holiday, but maybe we can accept her as the negative number? hahahahahaha

    • Piglove

      07/18/2016 at 10:19 am

      Snorts with piggy laughter. Now that is hilarious brother. XOXO – Bacon

  2. Fozziemum

    07/17/2016 at 8:33 am

    Math….noooooooo i hate math..but yellow that i can get on board with 🙂 Loves Fozziemum xx

    • Piglove

      07/18/2016 at 10:19 am

      Snorts! But math loves you! XOXO – Bacon

  3. evilsquirrel13

    07/17/2016 at 9:40 am

    Today is also National Ice Cream Day! Make mine two scoops…

    • Piglove

      07/18/2016 at 10:20 am

      Now that is something I can get into. Can I get 7 scoops? I am a piggy. XOXO – Bacon

  4. Tails Around the Ranch

    07/17/2016 at 12:53 pm

    Yellow, pink, blue or whatever…we celebrate our fur-iend…Bacon! Happy Day, buddy. 🐷

    • Piglove

      07/18/2016 at 10:20 am

      aaww piggy blushes. Thank you my sweet friend. XOXO – Bacon

  5. CarolMaeWY

    07/17/2016 at 1:28 pm

    Bacon! Enjoy the yellow pig holiday and number 17.

    • Piglove

      07/18/2016 at 10:20 am

      Thanks sweet friend! XOXO – Bacon

  6. The Canadian Cats

    07/17/2016 at 10:14 pm

    Good heaven’s, a yellow pig would show every bit of dirt. A colour not recommended for pigs. Now Bacon has the best coat of them all.


    • Piglove

      07/18/2016 at 10:21 am

      aaww piggy blushes. Thank you my sweet friend. XOXO – Bacon

  7. gentlestitches

    07/18/2016 at 4:59 pm

    17 piggie good wishes to Bacon!

    • Piglove

      07/19/2016 at 9:02 am

      aaww thanks Auntie Sharon. XOXO – Bacon

  8. Ladybuggz

    07/19/2016 at 2:23 am

    Happy Yellow Pig Day!! sorry a day late!! ((hugs)) from Ladybuggz & Buggz!!

    • Piglove

      07/19/2016 at 9:04 am

      You are never too late to send well wishes my sweet friends! Thanks! XOXO – Bacon


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