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15 Fabulous and Famous Internet Pigs

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Today (March 1) is National Pig Day, which makes it a great day to meet some of the internet's most popular pigs.

1. AND 2. PRISCILLA AND POPPLETON

From the time they were piglets, Priscilla and her younger brother Poppleton have dressed in a variety of adorable costumes and posed for pictures, which you can see on their Instagram. The Florida-based siblings are so popular (they've got more than 660,000 followers) that they have their own line of plush toys, and are now teaching fellow pigs Posey and Pink to walk in their hoofsteps.

3. PADDINGTON THE PIG

Scottsdale, Arizona-based mini pig Paddington is a beloved house pig who also has a day job: he works as a Thera-Pig, helping his human's special needs students.

4. HAMLET THE PIGGY

Despite the name, Hamlet—a.k.a. Hammy—is a female micro pig who lives in Los Angeles, and will happily pose in wigs and costumes. You can see more of Hamlet and her human, Melanie, on their YouTube channel.

5. ESTHER THE WONDER PIG

In 2012, Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter adopted Esther the Wonder Pig when she was just a piglet. They were told she was a micro pig, but quickly realized that wasn't true. The 650-pound pig—who has more than 332,000 Instagram followers—inspired Jenkins and Walter to found the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Ontario, a home for abandoned and abused farm animals.

6. JAMON

In 2013, Andrea Mendes received a very special Valentine's Day gift from her husband: a precious little pig she named Jamon. Thanks to Jamon's willingness to dress up in costumes, the São Paulo, Brazil resident became a Facebook and Instagram celebrity—and even inspired a cartoon series.

7. KAMA THE SURFING PIG

A few years ago, Kai Holt was camping with his family at Hawaii's Bellows Beach Park when a stray piglet made its way into their cabana; he hasn't left Holt's side since. In addition to becoming a cherished member of the family, the pig—named Kamapua'a, or Kama for short—is also Holt's surfing buddy. While he's pretty good at balancing on a surfboard, he doesn't mind the occasional wipeout, as he loves the water and is an excellent swimmer.

Since Holt adopted him, Kama has produced a son, Kama 2, who also surfs. You can see Kama 2 surfing with Holt's son in this video and keep up with Kama and his family at Facebook and Instagram, too.

8. CHRIS P. BACON

Chris P. Bacon was born with malformed, nonfunctional rear legs. He was taken to veterinarian Len Lucero to be put down, but the doctor decided to adopt him instead. As a piglet, he learned to balance on his front legs, but that solution wouldn't work for a heavy, full-grown pig, so Lucero fitted him with a set of wheels, and now he gets around his Florida home like a champ. Chris's story was even turned into a children's book.

9. WILBUR THE TRAVELING PIG

There are few things cuter than an interspecies friendship, and Wilbur the Traveling Pig has got two of them: He lives with two Bengal cats, Suki and Sashimi, and their friendship is one of mutual benefit. The cats consider Wilbur a pillow, and he considers them back scratchers. Wilbur accompanies his humans on road trips and has become quite a well-traveled pig.

10. BACON THE PIGLET

Like the aforementioned Esther the Wonder Pig, Fort Worth, Texas's Bacon the Piglet is a mini pig that turned out to be anything but. Bacon may be big, but he's not too big to be lifted (yet). Watch him grow up in his Instagram gallery, where you'll find videos of Bacon in his apartment complex swimming pool. Bacon is in no danger of becoming bacon, but strangely, he is calmed by being stroked with a fork

11. AND 12. LEO AND OLIVE

Mini pigs Leo and Olive live together with their family in North Carolina. According to their Facebook page, they like "Cheerios, Raisins, Rooting, Cuddles, Grazing. Fort Building. [And] planning missions to acquire more treats." According to the photo above, they also enjoy a dip in the backyard pond.

13. BITSY THE MINI PIG

Bitsy is a small pig growing up in Washington State. She takes walks on a leash and loves Cheerios, being around people, and occasionally dressing up in a tutu (much to her more than 13,000 Instagram followers' amusement).

14. LILY PIG

Lily is a Vietnamese potbelly pig who is an ambassador for Tucson, Arizona's Ironwood Pig Sanctuary. They take in abandoned or rescued Vietnamese potbelly pigs and give them a chance to either be adopted or live out their lives there in peace.

15. LORD HAMILTON

Lord Hamilton (Hammy for short) is only a year and a half old, but he's already the director of emotional support for HEAL (the Happily Ever After League) in Scottsdale, Arizona. The organization, founded by Hammy's human mom, Lauren, provides support for women going through cancer treatment.

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Dogs: They’re cute, they’re cuddly … and they can smell fear!

Today on Scatterbrained, John Green and friends go beyond the floof to reveal some fascinating facts about our canine pals—including the story of one Bloodhound who helped track down 600 criminals during his lifetime. (Move over, McGruff.) They’re also looking at the name origins of some of your favorite dog breeds, going behind the scenes of the Puppy Bowl, and dishing the details on how a breed gets to compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Sploot 101: 12 Animal Slang Words Every Pet Parent Should Know
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For centuries, dogs were dogs and cats were cats. They did things like bark and drink water and lay down—actions that pet parents didn’t need a translator to understand.

Then the internet arrived. Scroll through the countless Facebook groups and Twitter accounts dedicated to sharing cute animal pictures and you’ll quickly see that dogs don’t have snouts, they have snoots, and cats come in a colorful assortment of shapes and sizes ranging from smol to floof.

Pet meme language has been around long enough to start leaking into everyday conversation. If you're a pet owner (or lover) who doesn’t want to be out of the loop, here are the terms you need to know.

1. SPLOOT

You know your pet is fully relaxed when they’re doing a sploot. Like a split but for the whole body, a sploot occurs when a dog or cat stretches so their bellies are flat on the ground and their back legs are pointing behind them. The amusing pose may be a way for them to take advantage of the cool ground on a hot day, or just to feel a satisfying stretch in their hip flexors. Corgis are famous for the sploot, but any quadruped can do it if they’re flexible enough.

2. DERP

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Unlike most items on this list, the word derp isn’t limited to cats and dogs. It can also be a stand-in for such expressions of stupidity as “duh” or “dur.” In recent years the term has become associated with clumsy, clueless, or silly-looking cats and dogs. A pet with a tongue perpetually hanging out of its mouth, like Marnie or Lil Bub, is textbook derpy.

3. BLEP

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If you’ve ever caught a cat or dog poking the tip of its tongue past its front teeth, you’ve seen a blep in action. Unlike a derpy tongue, a blep is subtle and often gone as quickly as it appears. Animal experts aren’t entirely sure why pets blep, but in cats it may have something to do with the Flehmen response, in which they use their tongues to “smell” the air.

4. MLEM

Mlems and bleps, though very closely related, aren’t exactly the same. While blep is a passive state of being, mlem is active. It’s what happens when a pet flicks its tongue in and out of its mouth, whether to slurp up water, taste food, or just lick the air in a derpy fashion. Dogs and cats do it, of course, but reptiles have also been known to mlem.

5. FLOOF

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Some pets barely have any fur, and others have coats so voluminous that hair appears to make up most of their bodyweight. Dogs and cats in the latter group are known as floofs. Floofy animals will famously leave a wake of fur wherever they sit and can squeeze through tight spaces despite their enormous mass. Samoyeds, Pomeranians, and Persian cats are all prime examples of floofs.

6. BORK

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According to some corners of the internet, dogs don’t bark, they bork. Listen carefully next time you’re around a vocal doggo and you won’t be able to unhear it.

7. DOGGO

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Speaking of doggos: This word isn’t hard to decode. Every dog—regardless of size, floofiness, or derpiness—can be a doggo. If you’re willing to get creative, the word can even be applied to non-dog animals like fennec foxes (special doggos) or seals (water doggos). The usage of doggo saw a spike in 2016 thanks to the internet and by the end of 2017 it was listed as one of Merriam-Webster’s “Words We’re Watching.”

8. SMOL

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Some pets are so adorably, unbearably tiny that using proper English to describe them just doesn’t cut it. Not every small pet is smol: To earn the label, a cat or dog (or kitten or puppy) must excel in both the tiny and cute departments. A pet that’s truly smol is likely to induce excited squees from everyone around it.

9. PUPPER

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Like doggo, pupper is self-explanatory: It can be used in place of the word puppy, but if you want to use it to describe a fully-grown doggo who’s particularly smol and cute, you can probably get away with it.

10. BOOF

We’ve already established that doggos go bork, but that’s not the only sound they make. A low, deep bark—perhaps from a dog that can’t decide if it wants to expend its energy on a full bark—is best described as a boof. Consider a boof a warning bark before the real thing.

11. SNOOT

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Snoot was already a dictionary-official synonym for nose by the time dog meme culture took the internet by storm. But while snoot is rarely used to describe human faces today, it’s quickly becoming the preferred term for pet snouts. There’s even a wholesome viral challenge dedicated to dogs poking their snoots through their owners' hands.

12. BOOP

Have you ever seen a dog snoot so cute you just had to reach out and tap it? And when you did, was your action accompanied by an involuntary “boop” sound? This urge is so universal that boop is now its own verb. Humans aren’t the only ones who can boop: Search the word on YouTube and treat yourself to hours of dogs, cats, and other animals exchanging the love tap.

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