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Weird News Central: Blow-Up Pig Organs

Friday, February 5, 2010 17:06 GMT

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – People in the Ukraine are giving the term “pork inflation” a whole new meaning – and it has nothing to do with the price of meat.

As part of the annual Pigs Carvers Festival, folks in the former Soviet Republic are turning pig intestines into balloons.

Once they clean out a hog’s entrails, they dry them out by inflating them into long, thin balloons. This is said to be one of the secrets to making a great blood pudding and is also quite festive.

AOL Senior Correspondent Buck Wolf notes, “It’s disturbing how much small intestines look like the sort of balloons clowns fold into animals and hats at children’s birthday parties.”

The Pigs Carvers Festival, held in the village of Gecha, is an ancient tradition but locals are hoping to turn it into a magnet for tourists.

Especially those who like meaty inflatables and have strong stomachs – and lungs.