Porky The Litter Eater

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If you’ve been to Cabin John Regional Park in the last half century or so you’ve probably seen a bizarre, miniature house-like structure that has a pig face with its mouth wide open on one side. That’s Porky. You can feed him paper and cardboard and soft drink cans, but you can’t feed him bottles or broken glass…glass gives him a tummy ache.

“I still have nightmares of my arm getting sucked into this thing” commented Richard Schaffer as he shared a picture of the famous trash dispenser. Creepy Basement, a popular website that is comprised of creepy highlights from across the world, refers to Porky as an “eternally hungry demon pig that commands children to feed him with his creepy 1950s radio voice.” While they might be slightly exaggerating Porky’s creepiness, they’re not really far off…

While Porky can come off as being pretty creepy initially, I remember rushing to him anytime I had to throw something away at the park. That means he did his job— encouraging kids to throw their trash away rather than litter. I think ultimately memories of Porky shy away from the creepy aspects of his being and lean more towards his iconic presence and the fun memories we have of our childhood.

Next time you stop by Cabin John Park, make sure you feed Porky. He’s still there and he’s still hungry.

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