Happy National Pig Day, Arnold Ziffel!

March 1 is National Pig Day.

Asked to name their favorite pig, some people might choose Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web or Babe. But for me, it’s Arnold Ziffel hands down.

Green Acres’ Arnold Ziffel at baggage claim with Oliver Douglas and Eb. The newspaper headline reads “Arnold Inherits Twenty Million Dollars.” The photo is signed by Eddie Albert, who played Oliver.

Arnold was the pig in Green Acres who was treated like a person by everyone except for the perpetually exasperated Oliver Douglas. The “son” of Fred and Doris Ziffel, Arnold attended school, played the piano, painted, was even drafted into the U.S. Army. This was no more zany than anything else that went on in the fictional town of Hooterville.


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