Here's where all these jokes about "30-50 feral hogs" came from
The internet can be a strange and bewildering place.
If you've spent much time on social media since Monday evening, you've probably noticed that the latest joke doing the rounds has something to do with "30-50 feral hogs."
The joke originated in an online debate about the legality of firearms in the United States, following this weekend's mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso.
In an argument about assault rifles, a man by the name of William McNabb asked: "Legit question for rural Americans - How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 minutes while my small kids play?"
It was a question designed to justify the availability of automatic assault weapons in American society. But people had a hard time taking it seriously.
So besides from the weirdly specific level of detail to this hog fantasy, there's also the fact that this... is not something that really happens. If it was a regular occurrence, rural America would be strewn with the carcasses of dozens of feral hogs. Which is not the case.
Needless to say, this is the kind of weird stuff that the internet loves, and memes relating to the tweet took off in an instant.
take me down to the paradise city
where the hogs are feral and there's 30-50
— Death Cab Tanuki (@nomiddlesliders) August 5, 2019
I am a:
🔘 30-50 feral hogs
🔘 a yard with unsupervised small children to run in to within 3-5 minutes
— AshPop (@BarbiturateCat) August 5, 2019
stages of Feral Hog Twitter
1. confusion seeing everyone tweet “30 to 50 feral hogs”
2. find the tweet & assume it’s satire
3. read the tweet again & realize it’s for real
4. like and RT only feral hog tweets for 12 hrs straight
5. become 30 to 50 feral hogs
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) August 6, 2019
when you see 30-50 feral hogs are on their way back to your yard pic.twitter.com/2OdTwZyYk4
— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) August 5, 2019
So that's your daily dose of "WTF?" sorted.