January 08, 2007

Useless Knowledge

If given an endless supply of feed, a horse will eat until it dies.

A pig, on the otherhand, eats when it is hungry, and tries hard not to shit where it eats.

So, why do we say that a glutton "eats like a pig"? Discuss.

Posted by Oddybobo at January 8, 2007 09:33 AM | TrackBack

Cause they are messy when they eat!

Hence "eat like a pig" the person is messy or a slob when the eat (crumbs and food everywhere)

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 8, 2007 09:43 AM

Interesting angle, but I'm thinking more in quantities. I've seen messier animals.

Posted by: oddybobo at January 8, 2007 09:59 AM

Uuuuhhhh.... I dunno.

Maybe it's the whole rooting through the food and grunting that happens... **shrug**

Posted by: Richmond at January 8, 2007 02:16 PM

Could it be they are indiscriminate of what they eat?

Posted by: Christina at January 8, 2007 03:35 PM

They're just vastly misunderstood. People took the flopping around in mud [to cool and protect their skin] for being messy. ;)

Posted by: pam at January 8, 2007 03:49 PM

Uhh, has any driven by a pig farm versus a horse 'farm'?

The smell, oh the smell.

Posted by: Mrs_Who at January 8, 2007 06:49 PM

QW beat me to what I was going to say.

Posted by: Contagion at January 8, 2007 08:14 PM

Perhaps it has more to do with what pigs eat more than how they eat.
Mmmmmm.... slops!

Posted by: Roses at January 9, 2007 09:05 AM

interesting discussion. Of course to this city girl they both smell! But horses are more beautiful, eat less sloppily &the smell's more tolerable!

Posted by: michele at January 9, 2007 09:23 AM

Having grown up on a pig farm, I think I can dispel some myths here: First of all, "eats like a pig" is right up there with "sweats like a pig". Pigs don't sweat. They just get hot, and die. Pigs are very messy eaters. When eating ground feed, they grab as much as they can, and then kinda toss it back in their throat as they chew, which of course, sends the feed everywhere. But they are thorough eaters and you won't find a speck of it left once they have finished eating. A pig may not shit where it eats, but won't think twice about eating the corn out of another pig's shit or taking a drink of urine while another pig is peeing. Also, by nature, pigs don't smell, and are quite tidy. But if they are cooped up in a confinement building, there are pits below that hold the liquid waste. Once that fermented waste is sucked out using the "honey wagon" and spread onto an open field, it stinks to high heaven. That is what you smell as you drive by a pig farm.

Poor pigs. So misunderstood.

Posted by: Jerry at January 9, 2007 02:04 PM