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US Air makes the adynaton "pigs will fly" come true....

Old 29th Nov 2014, 11:05
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just off to look up 'adynaton'........
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Old 29th Nov 2014, 12:27
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“Many people on board the aircraft were quite upset that there was a large uncontrollable pig on board"

That word "many" disturbs me since it suggests that some passengers were quite happy with the situation.
Come on now, you don't get that quality of free entertainment every day. I would have been willing to pay a fair bit extra to be on that flight.

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Old 29th Nov 2014, 15:14
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adynaton - a new word for me.

It means a word exaggerated to the point where you can't remember how it is spelled five minutes later.
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Old 29th Nov 2014, 16:21
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Adynaton.......


One might thunk it was Brummie for "had an hat on" .......
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Old 29th Nov 2014, 17:29
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Was the pig a pleb?
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Old 29th Nov 2014, 17:48
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Pigs have very strong jaw muscles and real "slicing" teeth.

Don't get bitten by a pig - much much worse than a dog.

I know, I've seen 'em - takes out a solid chunk, bone and all.

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Old 30th Nov 2014, 00:35
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I get extremely anxious when separated from my gun, does that mean I qualify for an emotional support animal?
Shouldn't that read "... does that mean I qualify AS an emotional ..."
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Old 30th Nov 2014, 14:33
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I have no problems with a PIG travelling on a plane, suitably vacumn packaged.
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Old 30th Nov 2014, 15:04
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This happened in 2006 !!! Regurgitated Pig
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Old 30th Nov 2014, 20:10
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Position open: Sober fact checkers. Location: every newsroom.

Well where can we start with this story? Hard to tell where the sloppy journalism ends and where the pure BS (or PS) begins.

The OP's link references an ABC News story datelined Oct. 28th (year unknown), that refers to an Oct. 17th (year unknown) U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia to Seattle, in which a 300-pound hog "went ape" in Seattle. A US Airways spokesman named David Castelveter was quoted (remember that name).Unruly Pig Flies First Class - ABC News

That story also references a Philadelphia Daily News story, which after Googling that news site we find an article that says the pig was ordered off the flight at Bradford Airport in Connecticut. Hang on, did the pig deplane squealing in Seattle, or was it ordered off in Connecticut? Didn't the writer of the first ABC news story recognize (and question) the inconsistency?

But hang on, it gets better. A quick Google search turns up a NY Times story from Dec. 3, 2000 (!) that says a 300 pound pig got loose on a U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia to Seattle. Our same spokesman David Castelveter makes another appearance, explaining an event that happened 14 years earlier than the recent ABC news story.
Nov. 26 - Dec. 2 - When Pigs Could Fly (Forget If) - NYTimes.com

After a little more digging (it beats arguing with burgundy-Ute fondling Kiwis), Google brings us to a Massachusetts news site that reveals the famous pig was a small pot-bellied pig that was either offloaded at Bradford Airport before takeoff, or landed there and was taken off. Passenger with pig boards flight at Bradley International Airport, only to learn it couldn't fly | masslive.com

For clarity, let's follow their link to the UK Daily Mail (we knew it would lead us there!) and see what that unimpeachable news source has to say: Woman is told to leave US Airways flight because a PIG she carried on board became disruptive | Daily Mail Online

Ah ha! In the Daily Mail, we see it was A 70 pound pig, and the same pig-carrying woman both boarded in Connecticut, yet boarded the flight to Connecticut. Which is it? Where did she board? Connecticut or elsewhere?

You can have your own fun, since Google searches turn up ever widening circles of misinformation, from as far away as India and beyond.

The bigger story here is not about a smallish pot bellied pig that was refused entry on a flight in Connecticut (the most plausible story if there is one), but rather terrible, copycat journalism and gullible readers who soak it up.
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Old 30th Nov 2014, 20:33
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Another flying pig story.

I heard a story about someone killed by a pig when the balcony (where the pig was being kept) collapsed.
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Old 30th Nov 2014, 20:59
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Getting more confusing.

Was it Bradley (Windsor Locks) or Bradford (Leeds Bradford: Yeadon)?
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Old 30th Nov 2014, 21:26
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Seems it was Bradley, not Bradford (but who knows, could have been Timbucktoo?)
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Old 1st Dec 2014, 05:15
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the PPRuNe award for truly investigating JBism goes to Matari!


just one thing -
Hang on, did the pig deplane squealing in Seattle, or was it ordered off in Connecticut?
- was it squealing in Connecticut as well?
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Old 1st Dec 2014, 17:46
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probes asked:

was it squealing in Connecticut as well?
All the pigs of CT squeal. Incessantly sometimes.
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Old 1st Dec 2014, 20:43
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I get extremely anxious when separated from my gun, does that mean I qualify for an emotional support animal?
No, it just means that you can't wank for a while.
Of course, if yours is truly detachable, that's pretty neat and might get you some money on the late night talk shows.
But ... only if your wife lets you take it with you.
(This is a rehash of an old Sam Kennison gag ... )
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Old 2nd Dec 2014, 13:40
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More info from BDL land

Pooping Pig And Its Owner Booted From Bradley Flight - Hartford Courant

Here is the story from the local paper. You'll see that the pig boarded, pooped all over the place, and was asked to leave. Don't know if the pig caught a later flight to philly.
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