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Here’s Why The ’30–50 Feral Hogs” Meme Has Taken Over The Internet

Who are these 30-50 feral hogs you’ve been hearing about? Where are the 30-50 feral hogs? Are the 30-50 feral hogs dangerous? Please, let us explain.

To start, we live in a grim reality. Over the weekend, there were two back to back mass shootings. Our president is partly responsible for inciting racial hatred and white nationalism that seems to be a direct cause of at least one of these massacres.

Trump also responded to the shootings by going to a wedding, then holding a press conference where he referred to the wrong city while sending his thoughts and prayers. It’s a difficult time, to say the least.

It seems like people are dealing with the tension by obsessively focusing on one ridiculous online exchange. In the wake of a shootings where people are killed with automatic assault weapons, the debate often focuses on why anyone would need a gun that powerful.

Musician Jason Isbell referred to that debate on Twitter, stating, “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.”

It’s true that gun lovers often spend time after a shooting arguing with less knowledgable gun folks about the exact machinations of all their guns, ignoring that people are discussing the fire power of a weapon that can kill nine people in less than 30 seconds. 

Then there’s also William McNabb. Who is he? Currently the star of the Internet, though his Twitter profile says he’s just a libertarian, Christian dad. He had a “legit” question for Isbell. 

“How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?” he asked.


It’s unclear if this is a real problem that has come up for McNabb or if he is yanking everyone’s chain. But the phrase “30-50 feral hogs” really captured everyone’s imagination. First people dunked on the tweet itself for awhile:

It soon transformed into one of the most versatile meme we’ve seen since two months ago when everything was about wives:

There are literally thousands more of these. Why? Is it because the phrase “30-50 feral hogs” is hilarious? Or is it because the human mind can’t hold the horror of the world in focus for long before it goes stampeding off like a group of unruly pigs?

Ban on all assault weapons, unless your kids have been eaten by hogs. Sounds fair.

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