Marketing gone wrong.

I saw this sign at the local BBQ place near my house:

I believe animals were put on this earth to be eaten by other smarter and/or stronger animals. Even so, this sign creeps me out a little.

I'm guessing maybe people don't want to be reminded of the sound their delicious dinner used to make before it became their delicious dinner, so it's probably not the best way to lure them into your fine establishment. Also, I don't speak pig, but I'm pretty sure that sound doesn't signify "approval."

So I got the half chicken dinner instead. Mmmmm.


  1. I wasn't thinking pig, I was thinking Deliverance.

  2. Oh puhleeze. Squeal = happy.


    Still, bears thinking about.

  3. I know what they meant, but it wasn't the first thing I thought of. I am just pointing out the obvious here by saying that when you're talking about pig parts, maybe 'squeal' isn't the best choice of words....oh well. It struck me funny.

  4. Anonymous11:42 PM

    Meat is murder, Johnny V. Juicy, delicious murder.

  5. I'm not sure I would have gone straight to the thought of slaughter, but to each his own, JV.

    And that chicken article is disturbing!

  6. I want to know what "Saratoga Style" is. I know Memphis and Texas ribs but not Saratoga, maybe it is horse meat.

  7. Gee, how lucky I am to be reading this right before my lunchtime. Mmmm.

  8. Hey Johnny, speaking of eating ... I saw an article in USA Today that says IHOP is buying Applebees. Have you heard this yet?!

  9. eeek! You thought I was serious!

    Crap. Must remember to set the snarkmeter to "stun" when commenting someplace new.

  10. Can I just say that I love you? I mean, I know that we're both married and all. But that doesn't mean I can't love you, right?

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  12. So . . . You believe that the pigs were put here on earth to eat the people who made that sign then?

  13. Once I started reading the chicken article I couldn't stop so thanx for that. My parents raise happy chickens out in the country so it always makes me sad to read stuff like that because even chickens have personalities.

    Ok enought blubbering I'm going to go hug a tree and cry and color on my black velvet save the dolphins poster.

  14. Tif, you're fine. You said "mostly."

    Sassy, I can't help it. It's the way my mind works.

    Scoop, Saratoga style means "way too expensive for what you get"

    Cruiser, it's all in the timing.

    KK - dammit! the dishwashers are always the last to know.

    ARM, you'll have to take that up with my wife.

    Bobo -- if the pig can catch him, sure.

    Lindy, the chicken in the buffalo wrap I had for lunch tasted pretty happy. So it's not all doom and gloom.

  15. Wow! They should probably be grateful that they don't have animal rights activists picketing. There's a warped humor there, but...I don't know that that's the kind of humor I'd want at a place I eat. :-)

  16. PJ's was the only place I've ever been that served classified a pulled-pork meal as dried pulled-pork on a plate with cole slaw.

    Oh.. and Saratoga style must be derived from the stupid bubble machine over the 50's radio station box. I shouldn't complain, at least the soap added some moisture to the pork.

    You've probably also passed the "Florida Style" place on Rt 9. Nothing Florida about that place either.

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  19. Anonymous11:26 AM

    I squeal with delight everytime I'm invited to a pig pickin'. Every time.

  20. a very sick sign...but it sure gets one's attention!

  21. I hear their hamburgers are moo-velous.

  22. Anonymous5:37 AM

    Hi, Johnny. Great post.

    Have you seen the photo pool "Cut Me, Wicked Servant" on Flickr? This would fit right in.

    To quote the into:
    "Okay - you’ve seen it or you haven’t. Those totally weird places, bbq joints, butcher shops, hamburger shacks, like that, with big signs that feature an animal, maybe a cow or a pig or a sad sad chicken, usually bearing the tools of his or her own destruction: Silverware. A knife and fork. Ready to plunge into his own delectable mouth-watering body. The first photo in the pool isn’t exactly what i’m going for, but if you know it you know it…i remember it from BBQ places in the South…but for all i know it may be international…"

  23. Anonymous5:40 AM

    WHoops -- left out link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/cut-me-wicked-servant/

    If nothing else, it's a good flip-through that may well suit your sense of humor. I'm not affiliated, but my sweetie is a Flickr photographer who has contributed. Your post brought back fond memories,. (Ahhh, no, not that kind. *grin)