Pig-Pen

20 10 2010

I’m mapped to an office printer that no one else uses, probably because it doesn’t work very well. I don’t think it’s ever been cleaned, so I refer to it as “Pig-Pen”. I just taped the following image to the front of it, simply because it makes me laugh.

Because I am more frequently dirty than clean,  “Pig-Pen” is my favorite Peanuts character. I feel like a dirt magnet too.

Here is (part of) what Wikipedia has to say:

“Pig-Pen” is a character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. He is a young boy who is, except on very rare occasions, very dirty.In a 2000 Gallup Poll “Pig-Pen” was found to be the fifth most popular Peanuts character.

“Pig-Pen” is known for his perpetually filthy overalls and the cloud of dirt and dust that follows him wherever he goes. When he takes a deep breath (to sing, for example), the dust rises briefly around him. He sometimes refers to the cloud that surrounds him with pride as the dust of ancient civilizations. He cannot seem to rid himself of the dust for more than the briefest of periods–indeed, in spite of his best efforts, it appears that he cannot stay clean.

Nevertheless, on rare occasions he very briefly appeared clean, and hence unrecognizable. Once this was in order to impress Violet, of whom he was a bit fond. On another occasion (September 6, 1954), he managed to keep one side of his body clean and presented this clean side to Patty, causing her to believe that he was completely clean.

Once, after bathing and dressing in clean clothes, “Pig-Pen” stepped outside his house, and instantaneously became dirty and disheveled, whereupon he declared to Charlie Brown, “You know what I am? I’m a dust magnet!” On another occasion, “Pig-Pen” decided it was important to have clean hands, but after failing to wash them, realized that he had “reached a point of no return.”

Charlie Brown is the sole Peanuts character to unconditionally accept “Pig-Pen” for who he is.

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