Fowl Friday

Really, I don’t think there’s a better way to kick off the weekend than to appreciate a sign with a chicken kicking a football while holding a knife in one wing and a fork in the other.


This sign can be seen in Madison, Alabama. I wonder if the chicken has ever gotten the ball through the goal posts atop the sign?

I’ve been writing this blog for over a year, and my mother is finally getting into it, suggesting places to look for signs. She’s the reason I have these pictures, in fact:

wpid-20140714_134148.jpg wpid-20140714_134228.jpgThis giant chicken is located right off I-65 in Elkmont, Tennessee. My mom suggested we pull off the interstate one day and take these pics; apparently this chicken has been around for quite some time and is a known local landmark. Maybe he’s related to the chicken in the previous picture, since he also is carrying his own cutlery. (I’m not the only one who finds this rather morbid, am I?)

Across the street from the giant chicken we spotted…

wpid-20140714_141901.jpgSo now you know what Foghorn Leghorn has been doing the last several years.


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Service with a Swine

Thanks to Jay for sharing this picture of the Collins River BBQ & Cafe van in McMinnville, Tennessee! This pig is classy-looking. The sunglasses are a particularly nice touch.


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Swineless Sunday: Tiki Time

He’s not purple, and I doubt he’s from Mozambique-y or the isle of Martinique-y, but this guy is pretty cool nonetheless. Andrea sent in this sign from Knoxville, TN.

"Kind of freaky... with mystique-y... humble, meeky, not critique-y"

“Kind of freaky… with mystique-y… humble, meeky, not critique-y”

The band that sings the song in the link has two members who write and perform the music for the Disney Jr. show Jake and the Never Land Pirates. You’re welcome for the Sunday earworm, by the way.

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Wearing Your Sunday Best

Kymberlee sent this picture of a t-shirt her husband owns from Pratt’s BBQ in Kingsport, TN. She reports that he’s worn the shirt to religious services at least twice. I think it’s safe to assume he’s not Jewish or Muslim.

Baby got back

Baby got back

While this shirt is a good look, these slippers would really complete the outfit. Possible Christmas present, Kymberlee?

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Steppin’ Out With My Baby…

It has been quite a week here. I’d love to have a relaxing night out on the town with a suave, sophisticated gentleman. You know someone, you say? You have a picture of him? Great!


Well. Hmm. I appreciate the suggestion, Valerie, but I have a feeling this, um, fine fellow from Nashville isn’t quite my type. I’ll just brew some tea and watch “Cops” on cable tonight instead.

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Porcine Paraphernalia

Folks, there are only 127 more days until Christmas. Panic time! Or it would be if you weren’t reading this, because Swine Signs is happy to make some gift suggestions for those special people in your life. First up: these rustically cute guys, which Pigporter Anne spotted at the Smoke on the Mountain Festival in Galax, Virginia:

Love me, love my piglets.

Love me, love my piglets.

Or maybe you’re searching for a present that is practical as well as pig-tastic. How about this cooker, available at this year’s Williamson County, Tennessee, fair?PigCookerWilliamsonCountyFair2013

The pig even has eyelashes! (Sent in by Smokin’ Summer–thanks!)

While both of these would certainly appeal to some people, for the truly discriminating individuals on your list, an item with a sophisticated aura is probably your best bet. Imagine placing a gift in front of someone and saying, “Oh, it’s just a little something I ordered for you from England.”


Swine-loving Sandy saw these lawn ornaments for sale while on holiday in Gloucestershire, England earlier this summer. She reported that she wanted to buy the spotted pig in front because she liked his collar, but for some crazy reason her husband thought it wouldn’t go well with the mezuzah in their home’s front window. I personally love how someone has so thoughtfully provided an umbrella for the animals.

By the way, the original photo Sandy sent in looks so charming that I have to share it.

GloucestershireEnglandAI want to own the space next to the shop and open a yarn store and stand at the window with a cup of Earl Grey in one hand and a blueberry scone in the other and watch the snow fall on a winter afternoon. Instead, I’ll crank the a/c down, grab a glass of iced tea, and daydream about that elusive thing called “cooler weather.” Maybe I’ll even play my Julie Andrews Christmas album on the record player: after all, the holidays are practically around the corner!

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I’ll Be Seeing Mule

What are your plans for this weekend? If you’re having a get-together, you might want to invite this fellow. He looks like he could be the life of the party.


I’m starting to think that Columbia, Tennessee, is one happening place. This lovely town has given us Bucky’s well-dressed chicken, and now this cheerful party animal. Thanks, Valerie, for sharing this one!

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Formal Friday

There’s nothing quite like a rooster wearing a top hat and tie to make a girl feel underdressed. When you’re a dapper dresser like the fine fowl featured on today’s Swine Sign, however, the words “casual Friday” mean nothing to you.

Top hat o' the morning to you!

Top hat o’ the morning to you!

All he’s really lacking is a monocle. This sign was sent in by Fowl Friend Valerie. If you’re ever in Columbia, Tennessee, you can check out the sign yourself–and maybe try some of that “Southern Country Cooking” as well. Leave the top hat at home, though: you don’t want to outshine the rooster.

Two Purple Pigs

“Two Purple Pigs” is not the name of NBC’s newest attempt at comedy, nor is it the title of a top-secret food innovation project by Oscar Mayer and Monsanto. Instead, it’s the name of the restaurant with our first Swine Sign.

Two hoofs up for this sign in Manchester, TN

Aren’t they an adorable couple? Really, can you imagine them with anyone else?

I came upon these jewels of jowls in Manchester, Tennessee, a few weeks ago. The building is right off Interstate 24, and since the building is purple, it’s hard to miss unless you have your eye on the gas station across the street because you need a bathroom NOW. Unfortunately, Two Purple Pigs has apparently fallen victim to the sputtering economy: a woman at the restaurant’s  phone number said in her sweet, distinctive  Tennessee accent that “thay’re closed now.” (Also, she gets lots of calls for them. So please don’t call her. She may not be so sweet after getting many more.)

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