Pigs Will Fly


I'm sure you have all heard of the phrase "when pigs fly." It's often used  as a figure of speech to describe an impossibility. But just think, what if pigs could really fly? A reliable source tells us we will see this miracle at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.


Olympic ceremonies have had a history of "flying" miracles. We saw a flying canoe in Vancouver. There were flying "feet" and a flying torch bearer in Beijing. In Athens there were flying fish.


"When pigs fly" has it's origin in the Scottish heritage. It seems to have been a traditional Scottish proverb, which was first written down in 1586 in an edition of John Withal’s English-Latin dictionary for children. This had an appendix of proverbs rendered into Latin, of which one was the usual form of the proverb in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: “pigs fly in the air with their tails forward”. If they did indeed fly, the proverb argues, flying backwards would seem a small extra feat.


In one of his famous books Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote, “I’ve a right to think,” said Alice sharply... “Just about as much right,” said the Duchess, “as pigs have to fly.” You know him better by his pen name, Lewis Carroll and his famous story, "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland." 


The London Olympic Organizing Committee will be honouring not only the Scottish heritage but also famous UK literary figures. Carroll's contribution will be represented by an actual flying pig suspended via harness and cables over the stadium.


If pigs can fly, nothing is impossible!


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