30-50 Feral Hogs

30-50 Feral Hogs

Updated Aug 03, 2020 at 09:31AM EDT by Y F.

Added Aug 05, 2019 at 04:10PM EDT by Adam.

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30-50 Feral Hogs, refers to a hypothetical argument made on Twitter defending the ownership of assault rifles which posited that such weaponry would be necessary to combat the "30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play." After the tweet was posted in early August 2019, it was widely mocked on the platform, spawning parody lyrics, image macros and photoshops.

Origin

On August 4th, 2019, musician Jason Isbell tweeted "If you’re on here arguing the definition of “assault weapon” today you are part of the problem. You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don’t need one."[1] In response, user @WillieMcNabb[2] tweeted "Legit question for rural Americans – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?"


@Jasonlsbell Aug 4 Jason Isbell If you're on here arguing the definition of "assault weapon" today you are part of the problem. You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don't need one. ti 5.6K 638 35.5K William McNabb @WillieMcNabb Replying to @JasonIsbell Legit question for rural Americans - How do I kill the 30- 50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play? 12:01 PM Aug 4, 2019 Twitter for iPhone

Spread

The tweet began to spread the following day as other Twitter users began to make fun of it. User @lib_crusher[3] tweeted sarcastically, "Hate when 30-50 feral hogs run into my yard as my kids play, forcing me to dual wield AR-15s as I mow them down," gaining over 730 retweets and 4,200 likes (shown below, left). User @UweBollocks made a similar joke, writing "Exactly! Last week my sons Brandtford and Hyland were out drinking Busch heavy on the back deck (they're 13 and 11) when a pack of 76 feral hogs came running up. I only had a bolt action rifle and by the time I took out number 76, Brandtford was already gone. I miss him dearly," gaining over 18 retweets and 440 likes (shown below, right).


brain broken by epstein @lib_crusher Hate when 30-50 feral hogs run into my yard as my kids play, forcing me to dual wield AR-15s as I mow them down William McNabb @WillieMcNabb Aug 4 Replying to @Jasonlsbell Legit question for rural Americans - How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play? 10:32 PM Aug 4, 2019 from Chicago, IL Twitter for Android Juggalocialism @UweBollocks Replying to @WillieMcNabb and @JasonIs bell Exactly! Last week my sons Brandtford and Hyland were out drinking Busch heavy on the back deck (they're 13 and 11) when a pack of 76 feral hogs came running up. I only had a bolt action rifle and by the time I took out number 76, Brandtford was already gone. I miss him dearly. 3:05 PM Aug 5, 2019 Twitter for Android

Other Twitter users began to make jokes about the tweet by writing song lyric parodies about the feral hogs. User @dylanmatt tweeted the lyrics to "500 Miles" by The Proclaimers, gaining over 40 retweets (shown below, left). User @videodante inserted it into the lyrics of Milkshake by Kelis, gaining over 170 retweets (shown below, right).


Dylan Matthews @dylanmatt And I will kill 30-50 feral hogs And I will 30-50 more Just to be that man who killed 30-50 feral hogs And leaves them at your door Twitter Web App 2:54 PM Aug 5, 2019 summertime vibes dante @videodante my milkshake brings 30-50 feral hogs to the yard 2:46 PM Aug 5, 2019 TweetDeck

Feral Hog Invasion

On September 8th, 2019, the Daily Inter Lake[4] reported that large roving packs of feral hogs were approaching the U.S.-Canada border at Montana. Dale Nolte of the USDA’s National Feral Swine Program said that if the hogs were to invade the U.S., it would "be a disaster". As the news spread, Twitter commenters connected the story to the "30-50 Feral Hogs" tweet. User @NatlSecCounselors wrote "OH MY GOD HE WAS RIGHT" in reference to the story (shown below, left). User @TrevorWoggon tweeted "He tried to warn us!" (shown below, right).


National Security Counselors @NatlSecCnslrs OH MY GOD HE WAS RIGHT U.S. warns of feral hogs approaching country from Canada American wildlife officials say feral hogs from Canada encroaching on Montana's northern border are a serious concern for farmers and others. ctvnews.ca Twitter Web App 10:45 PM Sep 11, 2019 incorrigible mozart stan @TrevorWoggon He tried to warn us... U.S. warns of feral hogs approaching country from Canada American wildlife officials say feral hogs from Canada encroaching on Montana's northern border are a serious concern for farmers and others. ctvnews.ca 6:13 PM Sep 11, 2019 Twitter Web App wu

Various Examples


scorning glory @sashageffen live from rural america GIF 4:34 PM Aug 5, 2019 Twitter for iPhone A GREAT yard that doesn't have 30-50 hogs in itwhen you try to have kids play Chunguska Event @Hummus_Badger when you see 29-49 of your feral hog buddies and they tell you some kids are trying to play in a yard 19 Wizards afthe Coast 3:01 PM Aug 5, 2019 Twitter Web App Polnareff Tompkins @ICELEVEL Well met, traveller! I seem to have a problem with beasts on my land... slay 30-50 Feral Hogs and l'll give ye a fine reward 3:02 PM Aug 5, 2019 Twitter for Android Dan Douglas @dandouglas my neck my back my 30-50 feral hog attack 3:35 PM Aug 5, 2019 Twitter for iPhone Bridget Read @bridgetgillard JJShoot me down, but I won't fall, I am a feral hog 4:22 PM Aug 5, 2019 Twitter Web App

Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – @JasonIsbell

[2] Twitter – @WillieMcNabb

[3] Twitter – @lib_crusher

[4] Daily Inter Lake – FERAL HOGS ENCROACHING ON MONTANA-CANADA BORDER

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