Pig Days levels celebrate various special events, anniversaries and holidays from around the world – there’s a fun, new challenge almost every week!
THE VERY FIRST PIG DAYS LEVEL!
JULY 20: 45TH APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING ANNIVERSARY!
Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing by popping some piggies on the lunar surface! But be warned – the moon’s gravity field isn’t very strong, so you’re gonna have to watch your aim! Find out more about the Apollo missions here.
NEW PIG DAYS LEVEL!
JULY 24: IT’S COMIC-CON!
This update goes out to all comic-book lovers, fantasy fans and cosplayers out there! Comic-Con starts this week and the pigs (surprise surprise) have tried to take over the event. But can the Wingman stop them? Check out what’s on at Comic-Con here.
NEW PIG DAYS LEVEL!
JULY 28: ANGRYBIRDSNEST.COM 4TH BIRDDAY!
Can you believe it? Angry Birds Nest is four years old! As the largest and most ultimate of Angry Birds fan communities, this Pig Day level honors all our awesome fans who started the site and made so popular. Thanks to all of you! Squawk!
NEW PIG DAYS LEVEL!
AUGUST 9: LEANING TOWER OF PIGSA, I MEAN PISA!
On this day in 1173, the foundations for one of the world’s most famous landmarks were laid – but something went wrong! Perhaps Foreman Pig’s ancestors were in charge of construction! Read more about this gravity defying tower here.
NEW PIG DAYS LEVEL!
AUGUST 13: INTERNATIONAL LEFTHANDERS DAY!
It may be a right-handers world we live in, but Angry Birds has always been left-hand friendly! This level shakes things up a bit – now you need to sling the birds from right to left. This one goes out to all our left-handed fans out there! Find out more about International Left-handers Dayhere.
NEW PIG DAYS LEVEL!
AUGUST 19: NATIONAL AVIATION DAY!
It’s National Aviation Day in the US! This day celebrates the ongoing development of aviation and how it has played such a vital role in bringing people together. Any idea why it is held on August 19? That’s Orville Wright’s birthday! If you don’t know who Orville Wright is, you should take a look here!
NEW PIG DAYS LEVEL!
AUGUST 30: INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY!
Mmmmm! Bacon. Rashers of sizzling, smoky bacon. On a bed of pancakes and soaked in sweet maple syrup. With eggs. On toast with grilled cheddar cheese. Or wrapped in more bacon. Basically bacon improves everything – and International Bacon Day celebrates this fact. Find out more about the day here – then go get some bacon! Yum!
NEW PIG DAYS LEVEL!
SEPTEMBER 6: BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP!
Basketball fever is gripping the world – and the piggies are going for gold! And those ball hogs have got some serious skillz, as you can see in this toon. Well, not in our birdhouse! Use the slingshot to shut those pigs down and keep ’em off the podium! Let’s shoot some hoops!
PIG DAYS LEVEL 9!
SEPTEMBER 9: MOON FESTIVAL
This one goes out to all our fans in China, Vietnam, Taiwan and anywhere else that is celebrating the Moon festival right now! It’s time to gaze at our beautiful full moon, eat a few mooncakes (yum!) and bask in the enchanting glow of a thousand lanterns. Find out more about the Moon Festival here!
PIG DAYS LEVEL 10!
SEPTEMBER 12: VIDEO GAMES DAY!
Today celebrates everything from Asteroids and Angry Birds to Zork and Zelda! Help the birds pay homage to an arcade classic by eradicating those piggie invaders! The trick is not to aim where they are, but to aim where they’re going to be. No wait, that’sSpace Invaders.
PIG DAYS LEVEL 11!
SEPTEMBER 19: TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!
Arrrrrrrrrr ye’ ready fer a new Pig Days Level matey? It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day, and the pigs have seized a vessel and are making off with the eggs. Why not put a few holes in their plan and send them to Piggy Jones’ Locker? Good news for sharks, bacon’s on the menu today!
PIG DAYS LEVEL 12!
SEPTEMBER 22: HOBBIT DAY!
One sling to rule them all. We’re taking it to Pork-dor this week in celebration of the birth of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Legend has it that the tower of Barad-dûr took 600 years to construct. Let’s see how long it takes for it to topple over under the force of some Angry Birds! For Frodo and Bilbo!
PIG DAYS LEVEL 13!
SEPTEMBER 29: INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY!
Today we celebrate that elixir of life: coffee! Brewing coffee is an art, and each step of the way requires patience and a littl… OH NO! PIGS! And I haven’t had my first cup of the day yet. No coffee in the morning sure makes me an angry bird…
PIG DAYS LEVEL 14!
OCTOBER 10: WORLD EGG DAY!
“We Piggies love eggs, although we’ve never actually tried them (yet). That’s because we can’t get our trotters on them before those stupid Angry Birds stop us. But not today! Today the eggs are ours!” – quote from the book Piggy Times: It’s a Hog’s Life.
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OCTOBER 13: COLUMBUS DAY!
The piggies have set sail in honor of the day Christopher Columbus landed on the shores of the new world. Unfortunately, the only thing these pigs will discover is a new world of hurt.
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OCTOBER 15: CODE WEEK!
It’s time to get coding ‘cos it’s Europe Code Week! Today is all about the magic that goes on under the hood of apps, websites and of course – Angry Birds games! This week, code some fear into the hearts of those green swine, then have a go at coding yourself over at the Fun Learning Cloud!
PIG DAYS LEVEL 17!
OCTOBER 31: ALL HALLOWS’ EVE!
It’s the Night of the Living Pig! The zombie pigs are on the prowl for birdy brains! Wow, that got dark really quickly… But really, someone has to stop these pigs. Looks like it’s up to you! When you’re done popping those zombie swine, head over to Angry Birds Friends and take care of the Mummy Pigs!
PIG DAYS LEVEL 19!
NOVEMBER 2: DAY OF THE DEAD!
The pigs are keeping the Halloween spirit alive – Mexican style! Now if only they could keep themselves alive… And the Halloween hijinks don’t stop there! Play the spooky Halloween tournament in Angry Birds Friends!
PIG DAYS LEVEL 20!
NOVEMBER 5: GUY FAWKES NIGHT!
For some reason, the pigs think it’s a great idea to put TNT in a bonfire. Guy Fawkes never succeeded in blowing up the House of Lords, but this… this looks pretty much like a sure thing. Learn more about Guy Fawkes Night here!
PIG DAYS LEVEL 21!
NOVEMBER 11: AHTISAARI DAYS!
Ahtisaari Days are about different parties working together to resolve their differences –which makes this a bit awkward for the birds and pigs. For the first time ever, these two rivals are on the same team! Don’t expect it to last… Find out more aboutAhtisaari Days here!
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NOVEMBER 18: WILLIAM TELL DAY!
Today commemorates the day William Tell, challenged by a wicked tyrant, shot an apple off of the head of his son, and was rewarded for his marksmanship by being thrown in prison! Thanks! Test your skill by popping one lone pig atop an apple – don’t worry, you probably won’t be imprisoned for your efforts.
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NOVEMBER 21: FIRST HOT AIR BALLOON ANNIVERSARY!
Today in 1783, the first hot air balloon lifted off from Paris, France – changing human conveyance forever. Hot air balloons were actually the first successful form of human-carrying flight, which begs the question: what were the unsuccessful ones?
PIG DAYS LEVEL 24!
NOVEMBER 27: THANKSGIVING!
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for everything we have. No nonsense, no gags, just earnest appreciation. Nothin’ wrong with that.
PIG DAYS LEVEL 25!
DECEMBER 11: ANGRY BIRDS’ 5TH BIRDDAY!
Angry Birds is 5 years old! We’re celebrating with a new fan-inspired chapter in Angry Birds full of 30 new levels designed by YOU! See what our super talented fans have come up with here! Even the pigs are joining the fun! Whether they want to or not…
PIG DAYS LEVEL 26!
DECEMBER 31: NEW YEAR’S EVE
Happy New Year! It’s time for new beginnings and New Year’s resolutions. Cultures since the ancient Babylonians have been making promises every year to better themselves. Here’s one for you: pop more pigs! Although, these pigs are making it easy for you with all of those high explosives.
PIG DAYS LEVEL 27!
JANUARY 02: SCI-FI DAY, ISAAC ASIMOV’S BIRTHDAY
It’s Sci-Fi Day, and the birthday of one of the greatest sci-fi authors that ever walked the earth – Isaac Asimov. Is that an alien pig in there? Is there piggy life on other planets?! I want to believe…
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JANUARY 13: RUBBER DUCK DAY
That yellow, grinning waterfowl, the rubber duck, has been a bathtime favorite since the 1800s. They’ve even been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame! Although they’re not considered to be angry, I still would not recommend messing with this one. Easy there big fella.
PIG DAYS LEVEL 29!
JANUARY 19: POPCORN DAY
People have been eating popcorn from as far back as 4700 B.C., and for good reason – it’s just delicious! A tiny explosion takes place inside every kernel as it pops. I can think of a few other things that could use some popping *AHEMpigs*.
PIG DAYS LEVEL 30!
JANUARY 28: DATA PRIVACY DAY
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FEBRUARY 03: WINDMILL DAY
Traditionally, windmills have been used to grind grain into flour, but more recently, windmills (or wind turbines) have found use as a green energy source. GREEN energy?! Well, let’s just say an ecological energy source. Learn how they work here!
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FEBRUARY 14: VALENTINE’S DAY
Ahhhh, love is in the air, folks. It’s Valentine’s Day! They say whoever is struck with Cupid’s arrow will be filled with uncontrollable desire! I wonder if the same is true for Cupig’s arrows. Best not to leave it to chance! However, we may be able to use this pig-filled predicament to our advantage. Hint hint.
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FEBRUARY 16: RIO OPEN
Today begins the second Rio open, and the pigs are getting in on the tennis action! However, judging by the chair umpire, I’m expecting the birds will be the real victors. Check out Rio Open’s official page here for more info on the event!.
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FEBRUARY 20: CHINESE NEW YEAR
It’s time for the biggest celebration in the Chinese calendar – it’s Chinese New Year! So let’s get in the spirit. Gather together with you family for a reunion dinner, light some fireworks, and decorate your windows with jianzhi. Oh yeah –– and pop some pigs! Not a Chinese New Year Tradition, but still fun!
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FEBRUARY 27: POLAR BEAR DAY
Polar bears require sea ice to find prey and survive. As the sea ice melts, the polar bears are put in danger. Save the polar bears by reducing carbon emissions! Turn your thermostat up (or down) to conserve energy today. Even a tiny change can make a big difference! Read more at Polar Bears International.
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MARCH 3: NASA 100YO ANNIVERSARY (STARTED AS NACA IN 1915)
On this day in 1915, the U.S. government founded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) to advance aviation technology through research. Along the way, they engineered aircraft that broke the sound barrier, and flew to the edge of space. NACA was replaced by NASA in 1958, and we all know what happened next! Visit NASA.gov to see what they’re up to nowadays!
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MARCH 9: FIRST DISCOVERY OF GOLD IN CALIFORNIA
The California gold rush took off after James W. Marshall’s discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848. However, the first documented discovery of gold in California occurred years earlier. As the story goes, on March 9th 1842 Francisco Lopez was napping under a tree somewhere near Los Angeles, dreaming of floating on a pool of gold. When he awoke, he dug up some wild onions, and attached to the onions were flakes of gold! Read more here!
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MARCH 17: SUBMARINE DAY
Today is St. Patrick’s Day! And it was also St. Patrick’s Day on this day in 1898 when John Philip Holland demonstrated his underwater vessel, the Holland VI, for the US Navy. The demonstration must have been successful because the Holland VI became the first modern submarine commissioned by the US Navy and boom – we get Submarine Day!
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MARCH 27: CHERRY BLOSSOM / HANAMI
Spring is in the air (in the northern hemisphere at least), and the cherry trees are blossoming. They’re especially beautiful in Japan where blossom viewing, or Hanami, is a national pastime, and the blossoms themselves are abundant. Keep an eye on theblossom forecast, grab a blanket and some friends, and have a picnic under a cherry tree!
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APRIL 03: EASTER
It’s Easter! Bring on the chocolate, and the eggs, and the chocolate eggs, and the Easter baskets, and the chocolate Easter baskets, and the Easter Bunny, and the chocolate Easter Bunnies, and the marshmallow chicks, and the chocolate-covered marshmallow chicks, and the witches! Witches? Witches.
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APRIL 12: YURI GAGARIN FLIGHT
On April 12th 1961, Vostok 1 was launched into space with cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin inside in the first ever manned spaceflight. It only took one hour and 48 minutes for the Vostok spacecraft to orbit the earth, but we will celebrate the monumental achievement for many years to come!
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APRIL 22: EARTH DAY
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Wait a sec. That means Earth Day is 45 years old! Whoa! Here’s to 45 years of saving the planet! Check out EarthDay.orgfor more info about what’s happening on Earth Day this year. Maybe there’s something you can do to help protect our precious planet!
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MAY 01: MAY DAY
May Day! May Day! It’s May Day! May Day celebrates spring in the northern hemisphere (sorry Argentina). Many different cultures celebrate May Day in their own way. For example, in Finland, festivities include epic picnics, eating donuts, and drinking sima, all while donning a student cap. Not too bad!
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MAY 05: CINCO DE MAYO
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in theBattle of Puebla which occurred on May 5th 1862. What it does NOT celebrate is Mexico’s Independence Day which is on September 16th – but you knew that already. Although Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico, particularly in the state of Puebla, it’s kind of a big deal in the USA where it’s a celebration of Mexican heritage.
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MAY 13: LEPRECHAUN DAY
Today is dedicated to those mischievous little green guys. No, not the pigs. I’m talking about leprechauns! These solitary, diminutive shoemakers have their origin in Irish folklore. As the story goes, catch a leprechaun, and they have to give up their pot of gold! That’s pretty cruel now that I think of it. If you see one today, give them a high-five for me – or maybe a not so high five…
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MAY 22: GOTH DAY
Break out your blackest clothes, and drop the needle on your favorite reverb-heavy post-punk jam – it’s World Goth Day! Let’s take a day to appreciate this most somber of subcultures, and at the same time fight against prejudice, discrimination, and intolerance for all subcultures – well, unless those subcultures are based on prejudice, discrimination, and intolerance…
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MAY 29: END OF MIDDLE AGES
Some consider May 29th, 1453 to be the end of the middle ages, but every end is a new beginning. On that day, Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire sending Greek scholars scattering across Europe. With them went their knowledge, and a rebirth of Greek-style learning. Thus began the renaissance, and the rest is history. Well, this whole thing is history, but you get the point.
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JUNE 8: WORLD OCEANS DAY
The world ocean covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface, contains 97% of the Earth’s water, is home to an estimated 2 million species, and is integral to all life on Earth. So hey, why not take a day on June 8th to appreciate that huge hunk of our hydrosphere, and learn how we can keep our oceans awesome!
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JUNE 12: MAGIC DAY
It’s Magic Day! This one goes out to everyone from great wizards who can conquer foul beasts to your uncle who can summon coins from your ears. Learn some magic for yourself and impress your friends (or your nephews and nieces). Abra-cadabra!
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JUNE 20-21: MIDSUMMER
Midsummer is a celebration around the longest day of the year! In Finland (where, at this point, it’s barely even BEGINsummer if you ask me – brrrr!) festivities include relaxing in summer cottages, sometimes maypoles, and bonfires under the midnight sun. Sweet!
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JULY 14: PANDEMONIUM DAY
Being such organized, peaceful, and upstanding human beings can be really stressful. That’s why we have Pandemonium Day – a day to let loose and embrace the unexpected and chaotic. But just to be clear, we’re talking about the “wear-underpants-on-the-outside-of-your-trousers” chaos or the “eat-a-different-breakfast-cereal” chaos. Not the “harm-other-people-and destroy-property” chaos. Got it? Good.Go nuts! Hamburger.
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JULY 20: PIG DAYS 1 YR.
It seems like only a year ago that we began celebrating special days throughout the year with Pig Days – probably because it was exactly a year ago today that we began celebrating special days throughout the year with Pig Days. So that makes today our first anniversary! Hooray!
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JULY 30: ANGRY BIRDS 2
Huge news! This week, Angry Birds 2 is launching worldwide! The pigs have once again nabbed the eggs, and it’s up to you to get ‘em back. Again… Play the long-awaited sequel to meet a new member of the flock, unleash super destructive spells, and challenge other players in the arena! It’s bigger. It’s badder. It’s …birdier, and it’s available starting June 30th from the Apple App Store and Google play!
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AUGUST 02: FRIENDSHIP DAY
Today, the birds and pigs fight together! What is going on here? Has the whole world gone topsy-turvy?! Is it pandemonium day?! No, it’s Friendship Day: a made-up holiday created by greeting card companies to get you to buy more cards. That doesn’t mean friends aren’t awesome though. Take a moment today and tell them so (cards optional), and maybe make some new ones!
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AUGUST 08: CAT DAY
They say the ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats – they even considered them to be sacred. That’s why they started International Cat Day back in 2502 BC! No, that last part was a lie. The special day was initiated by theInternational Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002. Why not just take the day off of work and spend some quality time with your favorite feline. It’s cool. You have my purrrrrmission.
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AUGUST 11: PLAY IN THE SAND DAY
The summer sun is waning away into autumn – better get out there and enjoy it while it lasts. Time to get to the beach and get some sand between your toes! Build a sandcastle, dig some holes, bury your feet, do whatever you can to enjoy the simple pleasure that millions of tiny rocks can provide. Just watch out for pigs!
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AUGUST 23: RIDE THE WIND DAY
The Kremer Prize was established in 1959 as a challenge to engineers to create human-powered flying machines. Guess what – on 23 August 1977, someone actually did it! Paul MacCready was the first to claim the prize with his Gossamer Condor. In honor of that flight, 23 August is Ride the Wind day. Get out there today and feel the breeze!
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AUGUST 30: INTERNATIONAL BAT NIGHT
This Pig Day isn’t a day at all. In honor of our nocturnal guests of honor, we’re having a Pig Night! It’s International Night of the Bat, man! Bats eat tons of insects making the world a more comfortable place for humans, and reducing the amount of pesticides farmers have to use. They’re a crucial part of our ecosystem – plus, they’re kinda cute. So get out there and show your appreciation at a bat happening near you!
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SEPTEMBER 08: LITERACY DAY
If you’re reading this, congratulations. You’re already celebrating International Literacy Day! However, it has been estimated that one in five adults in the world are not able to read. That’s a huge bummer considering that a greater rate of literacy is correlated with higher socioeconomic status, increased innovation, decreased child mortality rate, increased job opportunities, better health, and better employment prospects. Serious stuff.
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SEPTEMBER 16: PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER DAY
Hey, do you want to be blasted with dangerous levels of UV radiation? Didn’t think so. That’s why we need the ozone layer! Unfortunately, the ozone layer is a delicate thing, and it can be depleted with our use of certain chemicals like CFCs. International treaties like the Montreal Protocol, which was signed on this day in 1987, are crucial in limiting our use of harmful chemicals and keeping the ozone layer intact. However, without that kind of regulation on Piggy Island, the birds have to reduce dangerous pollution the old fashioned way.
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SEPTEMBER 22: CAR FREE DAY
Did you know that automobiles account for 20% of CO2 emissions in the EU? Did you know that car emissions are one of the leading causes of increased ozone levels near the ground? Ozone is good in the upper atmosphere (see above), but near the ground, it irritates the respiratory system, and it’s the primary ingredient in smog. No bueno. Today, say no to smog and a car-dominated society by not using a car at all. If you live in a city, there are plenty of other options available anyway. Bus, metro, tram, train, subway, tube, underground – whatever you call it, get on it!
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OCTOBER 21: ANGRY BIRDS SEASONS 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Five years ago today, Angry Birds Seasons was first released onto app stores across the globe. Since then, the birds have been crashing seasonal celebrations from theMooncake Festival to the NBA Finals. There’s only one way to celebrate – playing more Angry Birds Seasons!
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OCTOBER 29: INTERNATIONAL INTERNET DAY
Remember this sound? If not, you may not know what life is like without the internet. It was a dark time full of phone books, encyclopedias, and rolodexes. It was a simpler time. A time that those who remember it would likely not choose to return to. Take a day to appreciate the wonders of the internet, and thank the stars that you live in a world where all information is a click away – at least until the zombie apocalypse hits and it is disabled. Appreciate it while it lasts!
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OCTOBER 31: ALL HALLOWS’ EVE
Trick or treat, bird flingers – it’s All Hallows’ Eve! Or, as it’s known to normal people, Halloween. Depending on your cultureway, you may be carving pumpkins and begging for candy door-to-door, visiting graves of deceased loved ones, or maybe even heading to church. Whatever you do, be safe.
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NOVEMBER 01: ALL HALLOWS’ DAY
All Hallow’s Day, also known as All Saints Day or the day after halloween, is a Christian holiday celebrating ALL THE SAINTS. Remember that when you’re doubled over praying for mercy from your candy hangover from last night. Maybe go easy next time.
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NOVEMBER 02: ALL SOULS’ DAY
All Souls Day is a day to remember those who are no longer with us – like the billions of Angry Birds that have been flung against wood, stone, or glass, only to disappear in a puff of smoke and feathers. Or those that have just flown off the screen, striking nothing at all. This one is for you. Moment of silence please.
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NOVEMBER 11: ORIGAMI DAY
The word origami comes from the japanese words ori(folding) andkami (paper). Clever name. Origami is about turning the most unassuming object (i.e. a flat, square piece of paper) into an object of beauty (examples here, and some cool ones here also). From a simple crane to unbelievably complex designs, nearly anything can be rendered in paper. Speaking of the crane (ororizuru if you want to get all Japanese about it), it is even something of a good luck charm. Legend has it, if you fold a thousand paper cranes, you will be granted one wish! Time to get to work. 頑張ってください！
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NOVEMBER 17: METEOR SHOWER
Tonight, the earth will be pelted by millions of space rocks. These bits of debris come from a comet – Comet Tempel-Tuttle if you care to know. Tempel-Tuttle orbits the sun about once every 33 years. When it gets close to the sun, gasses inside the comet will start to evaporate, causing chunks of the thing to break off. When the earth travels through the comet’s orbit, we get caught in the debris field. But not to worry! The chunks of comet burn up in the earth’s atmosphere creating streaks of light across the sky. See here for tips on how, and when, to view the show!
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NOVEMBER 21: TELEVISION DAY
You know how your parents are (slash were) always trying to get you to stop watching TV and go outside to play? Well not today! Today is the day to watch television to your heart’s content. When you think about it though, television is a pretty advanced technology. In the 1920s, when the first television transmissions were made by scottish inventor, John Logie Baird, the image was created first by a subject being blasted with light. Next, that light is picked up by a selenium cell. The selenium turns the light into electric signal that could be transmitted via radio and voilá! You get something that looks like this on the other end. Yeah, the resolution is 30 scan lines. It’s not going to run Doom, but it was a technological breakthrough nonetheless.
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NOVEMBER 26: THANKSGIVING
Gather ‘round for an angry feast! The table is set, the festivities have begun, but some uninvited guests have arrived. This year, make sure there are no leftovers. Take out those green guys, and let’s have some turkey! Or tofurkey, or whatever you’re into. Could you pass the gravy please?
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DECEMBER 31: NEW YEAR’S EVE
Another year down. As champagne bottles are popping all over the world, why not pop some pigs as well?
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JANUARY 10: CROSSING THE RUBICON
Way back in the day, 49 BC to be exact, Julius Caesar crossed the river Rubicon into Italy with a legion of troops – an act of war on the Roman Republic, and consequently, the start of Caesar’s Civil War. Once the river had been crossed, Julius Caesar had broken the law, and there was no turning back – and that’s exactly what the phrase “crossing the Rubicon” has come to mean today. The die has been cast, can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.
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JANUARY 20: PENGUIN DAY
What is impeccably dressed, can’t fly, and lives in Antarctica? If you guessed “a penguin” – congratulations! Although, there was a big hint in the title of this post.
January 20th is penguin awareness day! Hey, speaking of penguins, did you know that the largest living penguin species (the emperor penguin) can grow up to 4 feet (122 cm) tall?! That’s one big bird, but not really a big deal compared to the penguins that waddled the earth millions of years ago. The palaeeudyptes klekowskii for example is said to have been taller than an average human, and weighed over 250 pounds (115 kg)! No wonder they couldn’t fly…
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FEBRUARY 08: CHINESE NEW YEAR
恭喜发财 – Happiness and prosperity in the Year of the Monkey! On the first day of the Chinese new year, it is essential to set up your good fortune for the rest of the year. If you want to prosper, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Do not eat porridge.Only poor people eat porridge, right?
- Do not wash your hair. You don’t want to wash away your good luck do you?
- Avoid unlucky words like “death”.Start the year with positive vibes.
- Do not wash clothes. See number 2 above.
- No sweeping.It’s like you’re just sweeping away wealth.
- No needlework (e.g. knitting, sewing).Actually, just avoid sharp objects altogether. An accident on the first day of the year is a bad omen.
Stick to these tips and you’re set for the whole year! If you want to play it safe for the whole Spring Festival season, you can find more tips here.
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FEBRUARY 14: VALENTINE’S DAY
Obviously, Valentine’s Day began as a celebration honoring Saint Valentine, right? So who is this saintly Casanova to whom we can attribute this most romantic of days? Turns out, it’s complicated. What it boils down to is that we know almost nothing about the actual real-life saint (or saints) connected to Valentine’s Day.
However, Valentine’s Day was first associated with love and courtship in the 14th century (thanks, Chaucer!), and since then, we’ve just gone with it. Fast-forward several hundred years, and we have heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, cupids, bacon roses, and 3D printed chocolate faces that are now a part of every Valentine’s Day.
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FEBRUARY 27: POLAR BEAR DAY
Today is International Polar Bear Day, the one day every year when we remember that our thermostats can have a huge impact on the environment. However for polar bears, every day is polar bear day, and their habitat is getting warmer, the arctic ice on which they live is melting away, and that’s making it harder to be a polar bear.
Turn your thermostat down, save some energy, reduce your impact on the planet, and help some polar bears! Simple. See more at Polar Bears International.
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MARCH 03: WORLD WILDLIFE DAY
Today is the third ever World Wildlife Day, and this year, it’s all about the elephants. Did you know that Asian elephant populations have declined by 50% over the past 60-75 years? Some of this can be attributed to poaching, but habitat destruction and fragmentation are also to blame. In short, that’s mostly on us humans. How can we protect elephants and their habitats? Being aware that they’re in danger is a good start, and that’s what World Wildlife Day is all about!
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MARCH 08: WOMEN’S DAY
Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the women of the world with some respect and appreciation. Flowers and gifts are great and everything, but how about some gender equality? That’s what the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal no. 5 is all about. Visit the site here to learn more, and find out what you can do to stay on target and reach the goal of gender equality by 2030!
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MARCH 09: SOLAR ECLIPSE
If you look out the window on March 9th and see the sun being darkened by a giant black sphere, remain calm! The world is not ending. It’s just the moon getting in the way of the sun’s rays – AKA, a total solar eclipse. The path of the moon’s shadow will be traveling through Sumatra and Borneo. If that’s not in your backyard, better luck next time. The next total solar eclipse will be 21 August 2017, and it will be cutting a darkened swathe right across the contiguous United States!
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MARCH 19: EARTH HOUR
A wise person once said “Today will decide what tomorrow looks like for generations to come.”. Ok, I read that on EarthHour.org, but that doesn’t make it any less wise. In fact, it’s a profound truth that we have to deal with. Our actions, and our impact on the environment, sends ripples into the future, and if we’re not careful, that future might not be so great.
In years past, Earth Hour was all about turning the lights off. However, this year is about turning lights on – igniting a spark in others to make a commitment to protecting our planet for future generations. How can you do that? Follow this link to learn how you can donate your news feed to Earth Hour, and share important climate change issues with the world. Let’s #ChangeClimateChange!
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MARCH 27: EASTER 2016
Any holiday that has such a strong focus on eggs makes our flock extremely nervous. Luckily, it’s an Easter tradition in many places to paint Easter eggs in bright colors, thus avoiding any mix up with our birds’ precious eggs. Be sure to paint your Easter eggs to minimize any confusion over the holiday. There are egg coloring sets available in many countries, or if you want to get all crafty, you can even dye eggs with onion skins. Here’s how to do it!
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Pigs get a bad rap around here, but they are truly gentle, and kind creatures. They are just supremely misunderstood. For this reason, and in honor of International Pig Acceptance and Appreciation Day, Angry Birds is making a commitment to end the poor treatment of those lovable green guys once and for all.
Starting tomorrow, all pigs will be replaced with watermelons across all Angry Birds games. We hope that providing a more neutral enemy will help put an end to the negative reputation that has been perpetuated for so long. Gone are the days of toppling the pigs’ hard-built towers, and popping those adorable guys by the dozen.
Want to know what you can do to celebrate International Pig Acceptance and Appreciation Day? Eating watermelon, and playing Bad Piggies is a good start. Visit the site here to see what other festivities are happening worldwide to commemorate this momentous occasion.
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April 10: Golfer Day
Fore! Today is a day to tip our plaid, fuzzy-tasseled hats to all the golfers out there who are carrying the torch of a sport that (arguably) has origins as far back as the eighth century! Try not to think of the hundreds of generations that have partaken in the sport before you when you’re lining up that clutch put. Or do. Whichever works. Either way, go ahead and take the day off and hit the links!
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April 12: First Spaceflight
On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly into space, which even today is an incredible feat. However, in 1961 there were definitely no sophisticated computers to aid in getting a person in orbit – but there were rockets, physics, and brave people. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.
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Loch Ness Day
The word of the day is cryptozoology: the study of all those creatures that science can’t explain – chupacabra, the yeti, the Jersey devil, bigfoot, and of course, the creature of the day: the Loch Ness monster. While no solid evidence has emerged to prove the existence of these beasts, there are some who devote their lives to searching them out. There’s even some photo “evidence” like the classic surgeon’s photograph. Even if this one’s a fake, it can’t hurt to visit the beautiful city of Inverness near Loch Ness to check it out for yourself.
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April 25th: World Penguin Day
It’s here – the biggest day of the year in the penguin calendar after Penguin Awareness Day! Looking for a way to celebrate? Head over to the aptly named Nothingbutpenguins.com to learn more about those flightless guys, and even learn how to draw them! One thing is for sure, they could use a little work in the anger department.
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May 5th: Mothers day
You know what this one is all about. Time to give it up for all the moms out there! Call your mother. She worries about you…
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May 13th: Angry Birds Movie
It’s happening! The Angry Birds movie is rolling out to theaters worldwide. Time to get out there, get into a theater, and experience the origin of the anger!
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May 17th: Angry Birds Movie
It’s happening! The Angry Birds Movie is majestically flying into theaters like the noble and wise Mighty Eagle himself. Get out there, get into a theater, and meet the bird behind the legend!
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June 1st: World Milk Day
Delicious, nutritious, white, creamy, moustache-inducing, and kind of gross if you think about it too much, milk is part of the diets of millions around the world. Today, we raise our glasses in tribute to all things dairy. What would we do without all ice cream, milk chocolate, and cheese? I don’t know, but I don’t want to find out either!