Nineteenth Century Mammoth Hog
So this morning I was reading through a publication called The New Jersey and Pennsylvania Agricultural Monthly Intelligencer and Farmer’s Magazine from October 6, 1825. Alongside many other interesting little tidbits of info, this one caught my eye. It’s so hard to know what to believe when you’re reading historical materials, but this one seems beyond ridiculous, especially considering that today’s full-grown pigs range from around 200 to 500 lbs. This guy is longer than any hog or human I’ve ever seen, just imagine. “Gigantor hog reeks havoc in Pennsylvania country-side, hundreds (it is the 19th century after all so we’re not so densely settled) flee in fear. Philadelphia braces itself for an attack of mammoth proportions…”
Mammoth Hog. – Messrs. Joseph and George Levers, of Northampton county, in Pennsylvania, are preparing for the Philadelphia market a hog of the following dimensions: he is now 8 feet 9 inches long upwards of two feet in thickness, and more than 7 feet in circumference, weighs upwards of 800 weight, and is in a thriving condition. It is calculated that he will weigh, by Christmas, between 10 and 1200 weight.
And then I looked on Google and found a modern-day equivalent, this is just ridiculous, can you imagine the amount of meat and fat in these suckers, not the mention the size of the bones! Check out the story, with photo, here.