Some people will say that the internet or social media was the technological development that had the most effect on society, but I think that we'd all behave a lot more differently if we didn't have the smartphone - or camera phones.
The ability to take a photo or video or whatever we wanted to - whether that be delicious food, cute dogs, institutional racism, or yourself - has shaped the way we interact with each other and share information, especially recently, and without Instagram selfies and viral videos, where might we be?
Camera phones and their overall effect on society is a conversation for another day, though. Today, I want to talk about giant pigs. If they had sweat glands and they weren't so delicious, I'm pretty sure we'd have pigs in households like we have dogs. Pigs are awesome, man, and just like with dogs, they're better when they're impractically large.
Don't believe me? Well, take a look at Exhibit A - this amazing video of the police having to content with a giant pig by luring him with his very human weakness: Doritos. No matter what flavour you're talking about (on this occasion they were Cool Ranch Doritos), you could lead me anywhere you wanted, and on this occasion, the police needed all the Doritos they could get.
So, let's talk a little bit about how exactly this story went down, and why the cops had to be there at all. Out in Highland, a town in Southern California, though we're quite far from Hollywood, police were involved in a confrontation that'll make a really good film one day.
At least I think so.
Over the weekend, a known fugitive was on the run for the umpteenth time. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were well versed with this particular runaway thanks to "previous calls" made by concerned residents of Highland. So much so, they even knew where the perp lived.
So when they were called to the scene of the case, they were well prepared for a high-stakes police chase. A large pig, described by police as "the size of a mini horse", had escaped his enclosure, and was rampaging through the streets of Highland, generally going quite ham.
It was up to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Shelly Ponce and Ashleigh Berg to stop this attempted escape in progress. Ponce and Berg found him with unsurprising ease, but disaster struck: they had no way to control the rampaging animal. With quick thinking, this modern-day Riggs and Murtagh hatched a plan to secure the pig that was so crazy, it just might work.
"Ponce used Doritos she had in her lunch and started the trail to lead the pig home," says a press release by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department (it's pretty much an arrest report), but as you can see above, it's so, so much more than that. With the pig secure and full of Doritos, they were able to lead him back home, ensuring that the streets of Highland were safe from pigs once more.
Deputy Ponce had a bit of a lighter lunch that day, but that's just one of the many sacrifices officers of the law make every day.