Pat Shingleton: "Pig Predictions"
After St. Patrick's Day, it is rare for us to record another freeze. The latest freeze date for Baton Rouge occurred on April 13, 1940. It appears that Spring will come in this Friday, "like a lamb."As noted in a previous column, pig farmer, Gus Wickstrom, for many years, extended a tradition handed-down from his Swedish great-great-grandfather. Gus would predict wether by examining
pig spleens. Depressions and fatty deposits on two-foot-long pig spleens possibly determined the weather. He believed his accuracy within a 200-mile area, from the point where the pig was slaughtered, was 80%. Over the years, Ken Porter, compared spleens with forecasts from Environment Canada's weather reports. Both have gone hog-wild with their predictions.
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