On 17 July 1408, a sow was hanged in the French town of Pont de l'Arche having been convicted 'for the crime of having murdered and killed a young child'.
In 2001, a pig race in Arklow, Co Wicklow, had to be cancelled because of foot-and-mouth disease, so local councillors took the place of the pigs instead
Piggy banks get their name from a clay called pygg. Money was saved in pygg jars, which were then made in the shape of pigs and called piggy banks.
Fluorescent green pigs were first bred by Chinese scientists in 2006 by injecting fluorescent green protein into pig embryos. "The mouth, trotters and tongue of the pigs are green under ultraviolet light," a researcher explained.
A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
Pigs may oink in English, but in French they go "groin, groin", in Polish they go "chrum, chrum", and in Mandarin Chinese, they go "Hu-lu, hu-lu".
At the beginning of 2006, there were four aardvarks in the UK.
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The launch of the Euro in 2002 provoked varied reactions in different countries:
In Poland, two... MORE
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The world's most expensive ham went on sale in Selfridges in London in January 2010.
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The word 'money' comes from Moneta, one of the names of the goddess Juno.
The Roman... MORE
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Valentino's first job when he came to the United States in 1913 was as a... MORE
WINNIE THE POOH
Winnie-the-Pooh first appeared in print on Christmas Eve 1925 in the London Evening News. The... MORE