Thursday, May 01, 2008

When Pigs Fly

Paging Mr. Waters.

Paging Mr. Waters.

Would you please claim your pig.

INDIO, Calif.—When things go bad for a huge inflatable pig, don't expect it to be pretty.

A helium-filled swine, released into the night sky during Roger Waters' headlining set Sunday at the Coachella music festival in the Southern California desert, has been found in pieces.

Two couples found tattered halves of the pig Monday in their yards, a few miles from the festival grounds.

Concert organizers had offered a $10,000 reward for the swine's return. On Tuesday, the pieces of the plastic carcass were examined.

"That's definitely our pig," producer Bill Fold said.

Susan Stoltz found a plastic heap in her driveway Monday, but said she didn't know what it was until she read about the missing pig in the Desert Sun newspaper.

"My kids are going to think I'm so cool," she said.

Another resident of the same neighborhood, Judy Rimmer, said she found a piece of the pig draped over a front-yard plant.

The two couples will split the cash reward, Fold said.

As tall as a two-story house and as wide as two school buses, the pig was led from lines held on the ground Sunday as Waters played a version of Pink Floyd's "Pigs" from the 1977 anti-capitalist album "Animals." Then it just floated away.

"It wasn't really supposed to happen that way. I don't have the details," festival spokeswoman Marcee Rondan said.

The pig displayed the words "Don't be led to the slaughter" and a cartoon of Uncle Sam holding two bloody cleavers. The other side reads "Fear builds walls" and the underside reads "Obama" with a checked ballot box for U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.


Anonymous said...

Some people have all the luck! A pig drops from the sky in someones driveway. They get $5000 each.
That's my kind of piggy bank.

Wonder if they will have to pay taxes on that money? What category would THAT income fall in?


Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

I wonder if it went "Whee-whee-whee" all the way.

Anonymous said...

I wish it would have went "Whee-whee-whee" all the way to my house!

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

"Seven years of college the drain."