Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Pig of Knowledge Has Arrived!

So I've finally decided to start a blog. As they say, the challenge will be keeping up with the damn thing. Since I'm hard at work on a book about pigs, I figure that'll be the main theme, with occasional detours for other topics, natch. To kick things off, here's my blog's namesake, the famous "learned pig," which was trained to pick up cards with its mouth to spell out the answers to a whole host of questions. The most famous trainer and exhibitor of a "learned pig" was William Frederick Pinchbeck, who explained how to prepare your own "pig of knowledge" in his 1805 book Expositor. More about that later...


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