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December 2, 2013

No Smoking: The Curious Case of the Exploding Pig Farms

Around 2007, farmers began noticing pig poop acting funny.
The normally liquid mixture started producing foamy bubbles, rising up and up, past the slats, right to the pigs’ cloven hooves. Then it got worse. Among the gases in the bubbling in the foam are two of special note: methane and hydrogen sulfide—both highly flammable. All it takes is a small spark and Kaboom! In September 2011, a barn explosion killed 1,500 pigs and seriously injured one worker. - - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 2, 2013 10:44 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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A poorly thought through process, seems to be The norm in Washington. It is a shame that the crap that falls through the slats of Congress and the Senate hasn't sufficiently exploded yet. I still fume when i think of the cost that Ethanol has brought just to my grocery bill alone, it seems the only benefit is to Farmers and Politicians.

Posted by: Kelvin at December 2, 2013 11:53 AM

Never sniff a gift pig in enclosed areas.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at December 2, 2013 12:01 PM

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