August 14, 2008 at 10:49 am
This story on Engadget caught my eye. Reminded me of my childhood when I used to have a piggy bank (should I be admitting that I wonder?) 😉
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communicall | August 14, 2008 at 12:48 pm
Piggy banks… I heard that a grown hog can consume 2 lb of raw meat in a minute, hence the term ‘greedy pig’.
Some scientists believe that in prehistoric times, the inability to treat meat properly before cooking it led to disease, from eating infected pig meat. All across the Semitic world, pig meat was regarded as unclean, and a social health custom became enshrined in religious faith. Possibly some of this is an urban myth, but in the course of my work, I have come across many examples from the Indian subcontinent, where sensible practices are codified into social customs, through the use of religion. Different religions, although, not surprisingly, the same practices, sometimes.
The downside of that is their continuance even when the original need fades away. A second downside is that religious fanatics are oppressive about the rigidity of belief – for instance, in the uncleanness of porcine creatures.
Of course, there is also the simple question of getting used to a way of life, to the point that encountering a taboo object actually engenders some discomfort: perhaps that is why you ask, “should I be admitting that I wonder?“.
While there can be nothing religious about a plastic moulded speaker box, the discomfort is understandable. Perhaps that also adds to a sort of ‘forbidden glee’ in seeing one of these gadgets.
Still, it could be worse – it could have been a Piggy Computer running ‘Doze, instead of an iPod dock speaker.
Zakintosh | August 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm
well they’re a whole lot cuter and cleaner than our politicians so it’s ok
Tee Emm | August 19, 2008 at 9:43 am
Shouldn’t be a problem. There are tons of these roaming live everywhere in Islamabad 🙂
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