February 24, 1979

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1979, $42,500 was paid for a pig, a duroc boar named Glacier, and would last as a record for eighteen years. The purchasers, William and Myron Meinhart of Iowa were interviewed four years after their purchase. When the interviewer visited the Meinhart’s farm and saw the pig, he’d noticed that Glacier’s left rear leg had been replaced with a prosthetic. When asked why, the Meinhart’s explained how just days after Glacier had been brought to the farm, one of the farm hands had been trapped under a tractor and Glacier had raced to the Meinharts and brought them to the tractor, thereby saving the farmhand’s life. The interviewer asked was that when Glacier lost his leg and the Meinharts said no, but a couple of weeks after the tractor incident, the Meinhart’s farmhouse had caught on fire and Glacier broke into the house and roused everyone up and saved them from the fire. The interviewer told them that was amazing and asked if that was how Glacier lost his leg. The Meinharts said no and the interviewer, a little perplexed asked point-blank, “How did the pig lose his leg?” And the Meinhart’s replied, “A pig that good, you don’t eat all at once.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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3 Responses to February 24, 1979

  1. Joke Restoration and Reclamation Department says:

    Once again, you have our heart-felt thanks for your ongoing old joke recycling efforts.

    Would that we had more people like you, digging out old, tired and unfunny jokes and polishing them up, so they can be used again. It’s people like you who are our one, and only, chance to avert the looming joke disposal crisis, as our nation’s joke landfills continue to fill up at an alarming pace.

    So, God bless you, Mr. Byers. God bless you indeed!

  2. Joel Byers says:

    TO: Sigmund Fredrickson, Director of the Joke Restoration and Reclamation Department:

    RE: Old Joke Usage

    Dear Mr. Fredrickson, as per EJPA (Enviromental Joke Protection Agency) regulation 8-4-142(a)(1) any joke found outside a designated landfill, while in a usable form, may be used, altered, enhanced or claimed as the finder’s own joke to be used as he/she/it desires. Muppets, puppets, and clowns are allowed to dig through said joke landfill and resurrect any shaggy dog of their choosing.

    I hope this missive finds you and explains my usage of the shaggy dog in the story above. It was not in the joke landfill, but wandering around outside its perimeters, lost and alone.


    Joel Byers

  3. I think we’re all losing site of the important point here, which is just how remarkable this pig is.

    I mean, seriously, that is some pig.

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