The Name of the Pig....

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Thu, 18 Apr 1996 03:03:59 -0400

THE FLYING PIG IS NAMED!

This wasn't easy. I had a couple hundred submissions, many were
duplicates and some were simply dreadful. Of these, "Pigstradamus"
was by far the worst. I will keep the identity of the culprit a
secret. Others were clever, apt, imaginative and catchy.

My thanks to all of you who summoned up your creative powers. Those
who won the first three prizes were the first ones to send in the
winning names they offered.

(drumroll and shot)

The third prize (a hearty good thought transmitted by ESP) goes to
Kimberley Mayer for "Paranorma." Enjoy, enjoy.

(trumpets, ascending)

The coveted second prize (a free horoscope delivered by psychokinetic
power) is being sent to Douglas E. Kreuger for "Myth Piggy." Way to
go, Doug!

(20-Century Fox fanfare, on tin whistle)

And the winner of the first prize (a copy of my "Encyclopedia of
Claims, Frauds & Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural") by popular
acclaim, by vote of my friends and colleagues, and by my personal
biased favor, is Tom Collins, who not only mixes a good drink, but
named our soaring porcine mascot:

"Pigasus"!

Yes, I know about the political Pigasus from the 60's, but I just
don't care. The name is too good to ignore. So there.

So, Tom, Doug, and Kim, prepare to receive your splendid prizes! And
hearty thanks from myself -- and from Pigasus!
James Randi