Dinner’s Ready: Two of Korea’s many happily doomed pigs.
At first glance nothing about the sign seems out of place. Just two pigs with wide and inviting smiles adorning the entrance of a nearby pork restaurant, inviting you to stop in for a bite to eat. Pretty standard right? But then you look a little closer, your eyes linger a little longer, and you start to realize that the sign is more than just a little off, it’s downright creepy. I mean, why are these pigs so happy? Don’t they know they are going to die? Furthermore, why are they holding forks? Do they intend on eating some of their porky brethren? And for God’s sake why are they wearing overalls and polkadots? Don’t they know there’s absolutely nothing two least appetizing about those two outdated styles?. I probably never would have noticed these signs before, but it seems that everywhere you turn in Korea a pig is jumping into a pan, donning an apron, putting on one of those poofy chefs hats, sharpening a knife, or heating up an oven, all to presumably cook and eat oneself? It’s a little morbid if you ask me, and apparently I’m not alone. Perhaps the best resource on this phenomenon is Suicide Food, a blog which chronicles signs and labels with animals preparing themselves for consumption. Here’s how the site defines suicide food: