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28 April 2006 @ 06:34 pm
In my travels this fine spring day, I drove through the small town of Florida, NY. As I traversed the main street, I noticed a car on the opposite side of the street come to an abrupt halt. Why, you may ask? Whistle pig. Yes, an apparently confused whistle pig had darted in front of the car and then stopped, befuddled. I, too, slowed to a halt. There was no way of knowing which way the creature would run. Whistle pigs are highly unpredictable; they're famous for it. That and their tarp-wrestling skills. Now, this road is a straight shot. You can not help but have a clear line of sight. So, one would think the drivers behind me would be aware of the whistle pig's plight.

Aware of, mayhap. Sympathetic to? Not so with the car directly behind me! The driver swerved wide as if to pass me on the right, honking his horn. I glared into the rear-view mirror, certain my enmity, keen as knives, would bounce off of the reflective surface and spear the big old mean person through the forehead. In case that failed, I snarled, "It's a whistle pig! In the road!" while waving my right hand in the air (the universal symbol for 'whistle pig in distress'). The seconds ticked by. At last, the whistle pig made a decision and waddled off in the direction from whence it came. Traffic resumed its normal flow, albeit with a noticeable difference: the driver behind me kept his distance. Oh, yeah. The keen-as-knives enmity thing might not have worked, but there was no way he'd missed the force of my gesticulation.

I feel: aggravatedaggravated
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Kel: kryptoladyjoust on April 28th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
If I were doing Faire this year, my battle cry would fully be, "For Bess, England, and the Whistle Pigs!"
Helensilawenyai on April 29th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I have actually never heard one of those creatures being referred to as a "whistle pig"--I had to Google it. Most interesting. I like!
Kel: geeky is the new sexyladyjoust on April 29th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
It was when I was trying to find the difference between Groundhogs and Woodchucks (answer? none) that I first found they were called whistle pigs. Ever since, it has been my personal crusade to bring that name to common usage. Because it's funny.
Mirandamirmie on April 29th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
I knew that groundhogs and woodchucks are the same thing (I think I may have had an entire LJ post dedicated to "how much wood would a GROUNDHOG chuck?" and "why is it never called Woodchuck day?" I often wonder why people read my journal...) not long after I discovered this, but I'd never heard of Whistle Pigs. It's cute. Do they whistle?
Kel: kryptoladyjoust on April 29th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
Apparently, they do make a whistling sound when in distress. I've not ever heard it, but I suppose running away when I come outside isn't all that distressing.
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Natalievoglia_di_notte on April 29th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)

They're adorable!
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on April 29th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
you're priceless
I love these type of updates from you.
Annephloxyloxy on April 29th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
I think the driving schools need to start teaching students the universal symbols for various animals in distress. 'Cause you never do know when they might come in handy.