What does a key ring, a piggy bank, Victorian Handcuffs, and a bottle of beer have in common?

What does a key ring, a piggy bank, Victorian Handcuffs, and a bottle of beer have in common?

This post is separated into two parts. In Part one I show how they are all connected, and in part two, I will extend the connections. This post came about after an offhanded comment in work about not being able to teach pork.

Part One

The Keyring.

The keyring is decorated with the crest of the Purcell family. The surname Purcell came from a common occupational name for a swineherd. The surname Purcell is derived from the Norman-French word Porcel, which in turn comes from the Latin word Porcus, which means pig(1) or piglet. The four boars on the crest are ancient pigs(2).

The Piggy Bank

Piggy banks get their name from the fact that they were made to look like pigs(3).

The Victorian Handcuffs

The Handcuffs are mostly used by police. The police were created in the 19th century by Sir Robert Peel(4). It is believed that Sir Robert Peel was believed to have been the originator of the Tamworth Pig after importing an ‘Irish Grazer’ into his estate at Drayton Manor. (5). It is believed that because of this connection, the police gained the nicknames of “Peelers” and “Pigs” (6).

The Bottle of Beer

One of the first police officers was sack in his first day for being drunk on the job after turning up for work with a tankard of beer (7). If you are guessing, no, I haven’t started on the Beer yet!

Part Two

Let’s have some fun now.

In part one I continued to mention pigs so, keeping to that theme I will go off on a tangent.

Two most valuable foodstuffs derived from pigs are Pork chops and Bacon.

Bacon is also the surname of actor Kevin Bacon (yay, fifty shades of Kevin Bacon reference!) One of the film franchises he was most known for is Tremors. Tremors had a new film comes out this year and Kevin will be reprising his roll in a new Tremors TV series’s.

 

References

(1&2) The House of Names.com
(3) The History of the Piggy Bank
(4) BBC History Sir Robert Peel
(5) Tamworth Pigs
(6)

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