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CSA50036 I want to comment on the piece of 777 wing that washed ashore recently. But first, I have this announcement: for days have had a snippet of the Paul Simon song Baby Driver running through my head. It isn’t even a song I like. I must have heard it unconsciously and now it’s stuck. It wouldn’t matter if it was a song I like, having it endlessly drift through my brain is irritating.

So this hunk of wingtip washed ashore, and they spent days wondering if it came off of the missing flight MH370 Boeing 777. I could have told them the first minute it did. How many 777’s are missing? if a chunk of wing falls off an airplane, they let us know right away. So, yes, Virginia, it is from the missing plane. And, yes, it means it crashed at sea. There is no other way to account for the luxurious growth of sea life on the fragment.

But mainly, I want to comment on the reaction of some of the people that had family or friends on that flight. Not all of them. But a few seem obsessed. They want to see and feel the piece. They seem to be thinking their people might still be alive somewhere. Huh? The airplane fell in pieces from a long way up. Or it came down on one piece hard enough to break into pieces. The passengers and crew would have been DRT.

Maybe they should make the wing part into a talisman, perhaps on a grassy knoll, so they can put flowers and prayer flags and stuff on it. It could be called the Shrine of the Barnacled Wingtip.

They do the same thing when a car crash kills people. Beside the highway, they erect monuments. Why? I thought most major religions taught that the body is a carrier, and the ‘soul’ goes away when it dies. So what does piling stuff beside the road or on the wingtip signify?

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about it.


Hog Cheese?


To expand on my rant about milk, here is another thing to ponder:

Why is there no pig cheese?

There is cheese from most domesticated farm animals: goat, sheep, and cow. Even camles and horses are milked by some humans. But no one, not even a New York Hipster, asks for pig cheese at a boutique. We like pigs in most every other sense; we eat them from stem to stern. Pigs are mammals, and as such have the requisite glands. In fact, they feed litters of many piglets. But no humans have developed hog cheese.

I believe I know why. There are several reasons.

  • Sows are low to the ground. It would be hard to get a bucket under them.
  • Hogs are mean. They would just as soon bite a hunk out of you as look at you. Remember the old saying, “He went to shit and the hogs eat him.” An apple-cheeked milkmaid would be in danger if she tried to put a stool beside a sow and reach under.
  • There are too many teats. Other domestic animals have a manageable number. Pigs have many.
  • Hogs are omnivores. See above for what this means to a potential milker.
  • Hogs do not produce milk until the piglets demand it. You would have to pretend to be the chief pig to make the sow produce.
  • Hogs are irascible. They would be offended by a person squeezing their lady parts.

I hope this has helped you see why there is no hog cheese. Thanks.