Friday, May 16, 2008

… and pigs might fly!
Have you ever heard a proposition--such as “Arsenal will win the Champions’ league” or a politician will actually tell us the truth—and replied “and pigs might fly” or “when pigs fly”, meaning never? Well prepare yourself for some exciting football and truthful politicians, because I can (almost) provide you with proof that pigs can indeed fly.

The next two of holidaymakers Gail and Jo’s photos shows our three Gloucester Old Spots in take-off mode, just about to leave the ground with ears flapping and landing gear (four porky legs) being folded up. Unfortunately, when our pigs did indeed take off, Gail and Jo were so flabbergasted that the camera was dropped and no photographic proof exists. More unfortunately, the pigs have now taken a no fly oath (something to do with CO2 and Global Warming, they tell me) and have refused to repeat this feat. So, much like the single decent photo of the Loch Ness monster, you’ll have to take it on faith.

On November 4th 1909, the first flying pig was assisted (in the form of crating him up in a waste paper basket and strapping him to the wing strut of his aeroplane) by the unfeasibly named John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon, 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara, GBE, MC (London born aviation pioneer and Conservative politician, 1884 – 1964). Apparently, he did all this precisely to confound the idiom and prove that pigs can fly.


mandarine said...

But the first unwinged mammal to ever fly was a sheep, on September 19, 1783, aboard the first Montgolfière, from the Versailles launch pad.

DOT said...

Mr Pedantic wonders if it is correct to describe "and pigs might fly" as an idiom rather than a proverb.

An idiom, according to Chambers, being a mode of expression peculiar to a language, and a proverb a short familiar sentence expressing a supposed truth or moral lesson.

It seems to fall more into the latter category though, Mr Pedantic does acknowledge that there might be a more apt descriptor than proverb.

I remain, etc.

Alastair said...

I once did a large painting of flying pigs- 10 feet high,that was the canvas not the pigs. Lancashire folk tales include stories of Demon Pigs attacking the builders of churches, or as in my painting, the new shopping centre.

So long and thanks for all the fish ( yesterday )