Viral Today: August 6, 2019

In times of extreme tension, sometimes the only thing that can cut through a divisive situation is a little humor—even if it’s unintentional. One Twitter user added some much needed levity to the heated debate over gun control in America when he sincerely asked fellow rural denizens the best way to kill “30-50 feral hogs” that run into his yard, and the responses have become a viral sensation. 

girl playing with the dog

It’s not just disposing of dangerous wildlife that’s going viral today, though, a sweet compilation of pets who just can’t say goodbye to their owners is also picking up.

‘Legit’ Question Sparks Laugh Riot

One of the quickest ways to spark debate in the U.S., particularly in the wake of tragedy, is to bring up gun control. Twitter is no stranger to such debates, and they were all over the site on August 4 when a user named William McNabb replied to one tweet, “Legit question for rural Americans – how do I kill 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?” 

Playing in the woods

Apparently it was the unexpected hilarity of a father’s genuine concern that Twitter needed to derail it into a unified sense of levity. According to his Twitter, McNabb lives in Arkansas, where feral hogs really are a pervasive issue that can be dangerous, but the enormity of 30-50 hogs in 3-5 minutes inspired all sorts of parody tweets. 

Browsing on Mobile in an Airplane

Some of the most popular responses feature videos, like one that shows a parade sped up with the caption, “30-50 hogs on the way to William McNabb’s yard.” Another tweet asked, “is the deranged urgency with which we’ve all embraced “30 to 50 feral hogs” the sign of a mental break or what pulled us back from the brink of one?” 

Either way, with more than 50,000 new tweets containing the term feral hogs by the evening of August 5, the post reached truly viral proportions by the next morning, and may have just distracted the Internet enough to maintain a little harmony. 

Other Trending Topics — August 6

  • Pets that love their parents too much to let go

While one corner of the Internet was loving the hilarious response to questions about exterminating 30-50 feral hogs, another was waking up to a trending compilation of adorable pets clinging to their owners, apparently fearing they would be left alone. 

Dog in a Blanket

Some of the heart melting images feature equally cute captions, like a photo of a dog in the backseat of a car with a caption that explains the dog has learned that when his owners are packing, they’re going to be taking a trip; even though the owners were planning to take the pup with them this time, he ran to the car when he saw them packing and sat in the backseat for almost an hour so he couldn’t be left behind. 

Other images speak for themselves, like cats blocking doors or sitting in their owners shoes when it’s time for them to leave for work. The Internet can never get enough of cute pets, as is evidenced by the fact that this post was viewed nearly 160,000 in less than 12 hours of being posted. 

Your Thoughts

What do you think about the viral topics of August 6—is the question over 30-50 feral hogs really as funny as Twitter thinks? Do your pets come up with creative ways to keep you from leaving them?