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September 18th, 2018

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High on the Hog | It's Good to Be a Millennial

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published July 18,2018

High on the Hog  | It's Good to Be a Millennial

On Yaji Mountain in China, hog farmers are experimenting with high-rise hog breeding facilities that house 1,000 head of sows per floor. Xu Jiajing, manager of Guangxi Yangxiang Co. Ltd., told Reuters the "hog hotels" save "energy and resources. The land area is not that much, but you can raise a lot of pigs." The buildings range from seven floors to 13, with elevators to move people and pigs, and air circulation and waste management systems designed to reduce the risk of spreading disease. [Reuters, 5/10/2018]

As finals were ramping up at the University of Utah at the end of April, one student's class project went viral: Senior Nemo Miller created a stand-alone closet, placed in the J. Willard Marriott Library, where stressed-out students could go for a good cry. KSL TV reported The Cry Closet (#cryclosetuofu) caught on quickly; even with a suggested 10-minute limit, @Gemini tweeted, "I stayed 11 mins but feel so much better thank you to whoever built this. Can we add a box of tissues please?" Miller filled the closet with stuffed animals and soft materials. "I think everyone just needs a safe space sometimes," she said, "even if it's in a very public place." [KSL TV, 4/25/2018]


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