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i'm mike rowe, and i'm on a mission to find people on a mission. >> what? >> what are they doing? how are they doing it? and why? >> exciting! ♪ ♪ >> it's got to be done. on this episode, it's the strangest sport ever, and it's bigger than ever. >> that's a frickin pileup. >> when it comes to roller derby, the derby dolls just got
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to do it, but why do i? you have got to be kidding me. and then if you are a rat in new york city, there's no greater terror than a terrier. i'll join of group of vermin vigil an tease to see if it has finally met its match. why did this man trade a career in tech for life on the farm, because he wants to make the other white meat red. the chinese and the russian biggs have been brought together for what used to be a german pig. >> there's all communists. >> exactly. i participated in a number of activities on this program that some might call risky, dangerous, and occasionally
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ill-advised. but this one, i believe, is best described as painful. no, let's go with humbling. because these women make it look so darn easy. >> there it is! >> unbelievable! >> but i'm not one to say no to a challenge, to find out why the decidedly female sport of roller derby is still with us, i came to meet the san diego derby dolls and the general manager, a woman that calls herself isabelle ringer. roller derby in an undisclosed location. >> mike rowe. >> welcome to the dollhouse. >> i am the general manager of
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the south dakota derby dolls. >> call me mike. what is this? are you part of a league? >> yes, the san diego derby dolls, we're a league here, and we play in the roller derby, and that's this thing here, and we will get you up and running and teach you the athletics without the skates on. >> you are not coed, are you? >> we run all women athletics team? >> i am the wrong gender and the wrong generation. >> we are a pretty accepting group so we are going to make it look. >> you are not going to hurt me, are you? >> we are definitely going to hurt you. >> i might as well tell you all i know about the strange history of roller derby and the depths of the great depression down on his luck movie theater owner found a way to capitalize on
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long distance endurance races, and the idea was the teams of men and women would skate the distance of the continental of the united states to a oval track in a contest that lasted over a month and what audiences seemed to respond to is the accidental collisions as they attempted to pass each other, and it was encouraged to make rough and rumble a part of the sport and the fans went wild, and that became the derby as it exists today. >> here you go. >> the training commences, and there's no reason for optimism. >> okay. left over right. crossover is beautiful. >> get some of this. >> yeah. >> and then? >> right over left. >> perfect. >> you want to do it fast?
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>> that was fast. these hurdles represent fallen skaters in my path, and the idea i will be able to jump over them and skate, hysterical. >> it's constantly throughout the game. >> dead? >> never dead. not yet, never once. sometimes there's screaming, but it's pretty chill. >> just like any thursday night for me. >> this is really just balance. >> balance and agility. if you can't do it in shoes you can't do it on roller skates. >> i can assure you i can't do it on roller skates. >> we are here pushing ourselves all the time, and when they show up to play, it's about pushing yourself to do a little more than you think you can do. >> roller derby has doubled in
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size from over a year ago, and it does not explain why i am strapping wheels to my flat feet. >> i picked up skates when 26, and i couldn't skate at all, and i needed something that i could get excited about it and i found a new league starting up and it was a bunch of women skating around, and you know, we turned it into this thing that affects a lot of people, you know. people get passionate about something in their life. >> i have seen it before, and i have seen crazy passion be directed towards all sorts of things, but not this. >> well, especially because this is something that is run by a lot of women, and like, the outside world, for some reason they think women can't get along with other women, you put 100 of them altogether and we move mountains together, you know. >> yes. >> strong women can do all kinds of stuff. >> to be clear, i'm all for
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empowerment, especially if it keeps me up right on wheels, and unfortunately that's more a matter of skill, a skill i do not currently possess. >> don't go forward, and you want to push out like duck feet. >> that's it. great note. >> if you feel like you are going to fall, take a quick knee. got it! >> yeah. do i? >> you do. you are doing great. try not to look at the floor because if you look at the ground that's where you are going to go. >> yeah, all right, coming to you. >> thus begins my personal primmer in the art of falling down. there's the right way and the wrong way. i'm a natural at the wrong way. i didn't feel like there was anything in the world that i could do to stop that from happening, nothing, i felt like
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i was a complete slave to the rotation to the earth. >> when you feel like you are going to get fall get lower. >> if you squat and lose your balance, you will still go down and you have these and these and these, and these are all protections right here. >> i hear you and i want to do that. that's what i want to do. >> perfect. there you go. >> it's never going to get harder, right? >> i have heard encouraging words like this before, usually just before a hospital visit. >> that was awesome. you looked the best you have yet. let's get him on the bank. >> you have got to be out of your mind. this may be ill-advised. looks like some folks have had it with their airline credit card miles. sometimes those seats cost a ridiculous number of miles... or there's a fee to use them. i know. it's so frustrating. they'd be a lot happier with the capital one venture card.
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i have been spun, tortured and blown up, but i have never before been trampled by a gang of wheeled women. i don't think i have the skills to skate around the bank myself but there was optimism in the air, an optimism i do not share. >> how is it possible i can go on this bank and do this? >> ringers' misplaced hope affected my producer, and he, too, is convinced. >> why do you go with let us give it a try. these guys will let me skate
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around here in death race 2,000. >> if you skate a little lower in the turn, and a little higher in the straightaway, the track almost like cups you and you start getting kicked out of the turns and you just pick up speed without a lot of extra effort because the track is actually built for that. ♪ ♪ >> there's just no way. it's like a magician explaining how a trick works, you just cut her in half and then you pull the curtain back and she's together and i don't understand. >> we're trying to put it into little tiny parts and if can you get the tiny parts we will put it in one big. if you feel like you are going to fall go forward on the pads that you have. >> okay. >> let's do it. >> okay. >> put all the weight on the inside of the left foot.
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>> as i said often, i am not paid to succeed, i am paid to try, and my ego will survive even if i don't, besides i have learned how to fall. >> are you ready? >> yeah. >> same thing. let's go. >> that's just -- >> oh, geez! >> i know, i know, it hurts a lot less falling on the bank track than the flat track. >> did you feel the bounce? >> yeah, in my teeth. >> most people, when they start out with us, they don't get a private coach and a private session, and you have all the tools you need to succeed today? >> you are a feel good and upbeat lady. >> but the goal is to film me with respect to the skill and indoorance and raw courage, and then mission accomplished, and then if we are here to explore the depths of my humiliation, so
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be it, and let's continue. >> here's the deal. you are going to get up and get going and you are going to get into the good stance we practiced and beau is going to do the rest of the work. wonderful. now you are going to get a little speed. stay with it. >> that was good! >> all i wanted to do was not fall back. >> everybody falls. >> i don't want to fall back. >> me neither. i'm tired of falling back. you did that on purpose. >> i totally did not do that on purpose. >> seriously? >> seriously. >> let's talk about basic insurance. what kind of waivers do you have to sign to do this? >> a lot. bonnie said, we sacrifice our bodies to save our soul and i think that's how a lot of us feel in roller derby, it's something that important to us and we get a little beatup and
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we are bruised here and there and we learn and heal and come back stronger, you know. it's mental. >> yeah, mental. >> tough. we don't say can't here. >> can i say won't? >> not while i'm teaching you. >> and the willingness here to put comfort before dignity, and i rarely get to that point, and my ass was there half an hour ago. >> i can't believe you are letting them humiliating you like this. >> you have been doing that all day? >> it's a different kind of humiliation, really. >> yeah, it hurts. >> have you no pride? >> no, no i don't. >> your butt is down low, and gradually coming towards the infield, nice and slow if you are going to fall go down to your knees. yes, perfect! >> after a moment of singular
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triumph, do i have the sense to quit while i'm ahead? you bet. but ringer won't let me. >> we will give you a proper name, skid row, lucky number 13. >> looks as though i have been drafted into the blue shirts who will scrimmage against the black shirts. each team is comprised of five players skating in one direction around an oval track, and games are divided into four quarters and each quarter consists of several short matches called jams and each team has a designated jammer who's job is it to score points, and each time they pass a player their team scores a point so the rest of the players do everything they can to assist their january dur and hinder the opposing jammer, and in order to do this thing i clearly should not do i
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will have to become versed in the art of obstructive blocking. >> coming around the surface area. >> i'm going to fall. >> perfect! that was frickin' perfect! that's what roller derby looks like, lots of falling. >> i didn't realize everybody falls. >> 99% of the time, helmets are a nuisance. 1% of the time, they keep you alive. >> i'm so tired of falling on my back. getting out alive have now become my prime directive, but still these women are here because they love it, and that's undeniable. coming around! yes! >> how long you have been at this? >> i have been playing roller derby since i was 12. there's a lot of camaraderie. >> how comfortable did you feel.
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>> if i thought for a moment that i had a prayer of surviving a single loop, i'd be out there in a second, honest. but in the words of king leer, i smell of mortality. >> look, i'm going to die up there. >> we never have had a fatality. >> i'm telling you, i saw it. >> you will be the first. >> i saw the bright light at the end of a tunnel and the tunnel was shaped like a roller rink with a hill on it. >> are you telling me you are done for the day? >> i'm not saying i am done. i want to stay here and watch. >> leave your gear o. okay, and if we get into the moment and you are like, coach, put me out there for one, i think i can do it for one, i will be right there to cheer you on, okay. >> yes, yes, this is going to be great, right?
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the spirit of the roller derby match is underway at an undisclosed location between the blue shirted derby dolls and black shirted derby dolls. right now i am happily warming the bench for the blues. >> she will get a point for every player she passes.
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>> oh! you have got to be kidding me! look at them. unbelievable! the more i watch the more certain i bump some sort of calamity would result in any attempt on my part to sir come navigate that ring, so i shall remain. there it is! there it is! oh! whew! that was unbelievable. at the end, i saw -- >> yeah. >> let's play that back in slow motion right now. 6 ♪
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♪ ♪ >> that was just really fun to watch. >> thank you. >> my team is awesome, and as a good team player, i'm committed to doing my part to insure victory by staying out of the way. but maybe in the spirit of newt rotney, i can keep their spirits high by a speech. >> clearly what we have is a team effort and yet i would challenge all of you to find the thing that makes you special and connected not just to who you are or who you think you are, but to the person that is skating next to you and that person blocking for you and that person that has your back or front or side, any part of your body and that's not important, and the thing is the nexus of
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individuality and team effort and it could be called metaphor klee a happy collision. who is with me? now, let's get out there and hurt somebody! such a fine line between admiration and fear. >> i have been here almost ten years and i get freaked out every time i go out, and i am still kind of terrified. >> you should be. you're in. we'll be watching. going in as the jam. who is the toughest woman here? >> rea.
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>> look at her. there she is. look at her! here she comes. she's got big speed, big speed, oh, geez, look at this. oh, there she goes. look at her! there goes ringer, isabelle ringer. yes, yes! look at ringer knocking people all over the place. oh, that's going to go hurt. that's it, ringer! yes! yes! for ringer, roller derby was more than a way to channel her inner tkpwhrat kwraeuter, this curved bank was a shot at running a small business.
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>> here is it ten years later and i own the company. >> is this your full time job? >> yeah. >> making a living and paying the bills? >> yeah. >> awesome. so what is the 30-second commercial for the derby dolls. take it. >> most people come here and they think they are coming to a derby and they are and if you stick around you get so much more out of it, and all of a sudden you realize, god, i need to have a spark or passion and this is something i can get so excited about, even if i am here a few nights aweek, it's a few nights a week i do something powerful and i do something scary and hard and i keep doing it. >> even if it's humiliating from time to time. >> it's humiliating for all of us on and off all the time. >> it's important to try. >> that's right. if you are in san diego, come down and skate with us and if you are in any city in the world, look up your local team -- >> i said 30 seconds. >> i could go for two more hours.
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in 1947, alber cam yao wrote "the plague," the devastation of an algerian city overrun by rats and according to my high school english teacher he was using the rats to symbolize the nazi invasion, and the consequences of letting your guard down. in this way the plague was really a metaphor, well, this story is also full of rats, but our story is not a metaphor. >> what do you smell? here in new york, the rats are literal, and they are frickin' everywhere, and they chew through electrical wires and spread disease and threaten to
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overrun entire communities. the cure? a small and unlikely ban of mild mannered new yorkers committed to taking back their streets. this is richard reynolds. for over 20 years he and a handful of concerned citizens confronted new york's rat epidemic head on, and these are their pets, and by day they chase the ball and fetch the paper and sit quietly on their master's laps and by night they reconnect with something a bit more primal, a deep seeded desire to hunt and kill rats. check out the newcomer to the group, meeting a rat for the first time. >> watch this! oh, yeah! oh, yeah, good dog. good dog. ♪
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today i'm in new york city with a pack of dogs, rats in a cage and a lady named trudy. where am i and what is happening? >> we are on the lower east side of manhattan ppb. >> does this organization have name? >> rats. rider's alley is where we used to hunt. >> hi, mike. >> you are? >> richard. >> right. richard founded this organization, though i use the
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term organization very loosely. who's in charge? >> nobody. >> great. how many of you are there? >> we don't know. >> excellent. rats is like an old western posse a. ragtag team of volunteers on a mission to hunt down rustleres and horse thieves. >> is the goal of the organization to get rid of the rats? >> we'll never get rid of rats. >> it's our civic responsibility to do good for our city, so we knocked down the rat population a little bit. >> these dogs are natural born killers. terriers killed rats by the millions and many became legendary among the soldiers they protected and today richard and trudy are vetting new
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recruits. what is this? whoa! yes. and you see, we tease it. >> this is clearly a dog that wants to hunt a rat. >> absolutely. >> you want to drag it and see if they can follow the trail? >> this rat is wondering how did i get this gig? get that rat, a different rat -- >> good dog! good dog! good dog! >> i saw absolute vigor, i saw enthusiasm combined with a singulair t singulairty of purpose. >> we call it drive. >> and now time to meet the pooches, particularly this guy, my new partner. >> who is this? >> merlin. >> hi, how are you doing, buddy? >> how many would you say he has
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killed? >> dozens. >> really? >> i don't really keep track. >> he does have notches on his collar? he knows right where the rats are, and he wants them, he wants them all, and he wants every rat in the city, don't you? don't you? let's go get 'em! night falls and the ryder's alley gang is ready to go and get the rats, and we are joined by somebody to collect samples for critical ongoing research. >> we distract dna and compare every rat to every other rat and we can figure out exactly how related they are. what we find interesting is that you have cutting edge 21st century science being supported by a 600-year-old rat catching past time. >> that's what i like to hear,
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the dichotomy, the old, the new. >> i go out every day with my crew and we are trapping around the city and we will catch maybe five rats in a day, and i go out with these guys and in an hour they catch me ten. >> scientists about matt are dead serious about the rat problem because the history of rats is down right deadly. in the middle ages the beau bonnick plague killed 50 million people. the culprit? rats. technically it was flees but the flees were on the rats as they are today, and they are still covered with delightful contagious, and there's e. coli, and the hundred tau virus, and the plague is still out there and many scientists believe it's biding its time, waiting to reappear. >> one thing you should be appear of, rats, when they run scared and don't know where they
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are going, they will run up everything, including your pant leg. >> bad. very bad. >> the solution? as it so often is, duct tape. >> how many times has a rat gone up your trousers? >> actually, it's happened once. >> that's enough. >> with merlin on a leash and nine other hands rolling with us, the hundred the begins. the dogs quickly catch a whiff of vermin. >> get the rat, come on! >> get 'em, merlin. but the rats escape from under a garbage pile and into a minivan. >> that's frustrating. the dog can't get in the motor mount. what are you going to do? >> let's move on. >> the rats are playing hard to get, but don't tell that to merlin when he picks up a fresh scent.
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>> went in the hole. >> open that up and it's okay. so the rat has gone up in here somewhere. >> they climb into the pole. >> after 20 minutes of patrolling and nothing to show for our efforts, i am beginning to wonder if maybe the dogs have been out ma tphaouferred, and then somewhere behind me -- >> you got one over there. >> and so with the rush of prime annual instinct, a warrior named hudson has our first kill of the night. >> the dogs won. dogs 1, and rats nothing. with one rat under our belts, could the tide be turning, and the shadow of a police station, a promising sign. what do we have? >> oh, here they come!
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tonight i'm in the big apple with a posse of rat-hunting terriers and their handlers, and doing what we can to thin out the disease-spreading rodent population. i am no expert but i think we cornered a few in a dumpster. what do we have? oh, hey, there we go! look at that!
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that happened so fast, merlin just sailed there, good boy! oh, that's a good one. oh, plenty to go around. >> good boy! ♪ >> i know i said the story was not a metaphor but it's hard to watch the confrontation unfolding before we and see nothing but a showdown between dog and rat, and if cam yao were here he would remind us the bloodbath was unfolding in the shadow of the local police precinct, and he would challenge the reader to consider the role of vigilance in a society, and duty bound to preserve order among our species, or, then again, he might just see rats bolting off to the gutter to
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meet their doom. you never know with cam yao. >> oh, another one! good boy! >> oh, good boy! >> oh, too fast. >> too fast? here they come, and get them. >> how many do we have? >> at least 12 to 15. yeah! >> there it goes! >> just when i think it's got to be over, i see that richard was right, it will never be over. the rats are everywhere, spilling forth from just one dumpster in a city with dumpsters on every corner. >> the dogs know what they are doing. >> i am not sure i have enough vials, honestly. i may run out tonight.
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>> you did good. what did you get, three? >> six. >> oh, you're getting to be one of us, you don't keep count. >> i just stepped back and let merlin do his magic. >> that's it. >> hey! >> i am glad i got tape on my pants because that one was headed straight up the kau pwaous. it's a dumpster that keeps giving. they keep running out and the dogs keep breaking their necks. for people watching, it's like a turkey shoot. they're rats and people are sensitive, and what is going on and why is this important and all of that? >> in the city they are considered a pest and most of the people around here are really rooting for the dogs to take them out of their neighborhood, and these guys do have a pretty high mortality rate, so when it comes down to it, their population can definitely move around.
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>> but they breed so -- oh! seems this runaway rat went looking for sanctuary up the unsecured pant leg of our cameraman, doug. richard was right about that, too. >> oh, it's right here! >> right here. it's a very simple tip. this is the one, doug. that's the one that was in your, shall we say your inner most thigh. >> got a look at what was up there and his eye fell out. >> so big, that's what size will do to you. >> i don't see how we're going to use any of this. >> while i can tell you that no rats were injured in the making of this story, i can assure you thousands of rats were born in the time it took to dispatch those 44, the rats in truth, are winning.
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as cam yao observed in his final paragraph, the plague never dies for good, and it will rouse up rats again, in other words, it's okay to feel sorry for the rats, but not too sorry. >> can you use trick photography and make my rat look bigger? i'm on my way to meet karl edgar blake. karl fell in love are computers in middle school and after that he found a career building internet port you wills, and why is he holding a pig? because he's a man on a mission, a big mission. >> what is the mission in karl's own words? >> the mission is to try to swap out existing pork and create a heritage-style pig that can
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big brain to build a better internet and now he's trying to build a better pig, and i'm here to see the results. this is the most extraordinary pig i've ever seen. seriously, carl is preoccupied with the pursuit of superior pork and his approach is both futuristic and historic. >> i wanted to create a pig like in 1821 germany, and i knew the pig was made in 1821 in germany, so i thought why not try to create the pig in the united states. >> carl did not choose the ugly chinese pig because he felt sorry for it, turns out the me shawn have unique qualities. >> it's important to what we are doing in the pork industry, but they have more fat on them than any other pig in the world, 82% fat and 18% meat, and hardly any meat on the pigs at all, and
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these pigs are useless to go to slaughter. >> there's a bit of shar pay. >> you see a shar pay, and there's not one feature on that dog to be made pretty. >> it's a fighting dog. >> no, it's a killer. and the reason it has wrinkles so the skin could be pulled and never hurt a muscle, and that's why it has two eye lids. >> one minute you are talking about the fatty pig, and this is why talking to carl is fun. >> the chinese and russian pigs have been brought together what used to be a german pig. it's like the u.n., man. >> see how the back is not big muscled out like the regular ham, what we wanted was the fat, the fat is where it's at, and the meat is a dark red meat, not
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white, and pigs were never meant to be white meat. it's not like a russian that will go through a 6 x 6 hole. that's why i wear straps, and i had to get out of a pen, and i had to get out but couldn't because my arm was stuck. when you breed the two together you end up with a pig right in the middle. >> you can walk in there, and if you scratch their belly enough, they will fall down and let you scratch them and they will just lay down. >> you are saying i can go in there and scratch a pig belly and it will roll down? >> fall down. >> really? i'm going to go in there. show me your technique. >> just scratch her right on her stomach, and usually she will fall. >> let's go on both sides and see what happens. i have done a lot of things to pigs over the years.
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never did this. pigs are a clean animal. >> we had a sow, and if another sow went to the bathroom in the wrong place she would beat that sow to death. >> remember the swine that was so fast teudious about her pig pen, she murdered her peers for going in the wrong area. >> they made them a white meat and all these things they should not the be, and they need to come back, swing the pendulum back. >> that's controversial there. you are saying the other white meat thing is not necessarily -- >> i will give you $1,000 for the first pig in white meat and could have in any taste contest with my worse pig on the block. >> cole had success over here. which one is this? >> we have not named this pig
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yet. >> you have not named it? we ought to name that pig? let's call it dinner. >> i call him bacon. >> carl has single-handedly created a better tasting pig, and just like in the tech industry that kind of innovation is accepted and welcomed, right? >> you are trying to bring a pig globally famous into this country, and the government is upset with you, your own industry seems to be pushing back? >> the entire pork industry is owned by six entities, and they don't own the pigs or the genetics. >> do you now how many people are going to piss off with this talk? >> i don't really care. >> good for you, man. good for you. >> actually, you want to know something funny? >> yeah. >> i get a phone call, and it
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was the colbert show. i took two pigs to new york and i will never do that again. >> how did you get them on the plane? >> they went as dogs. >> got to new york and the poor pigs didn't go to the bathroom, and didn't go to the bathroom, and it was the only hotel that let us have pigs in there, he crapped projectile so hard, he just crapped in the entire pen. i will never fly with pigs again. >> maybe we could continue this conversation over a pork chop. >> let's do it. i got to be honest, man. delicious. >> that's what we are shooting for. >> it's so odd to see a little red in it. >> that's what we want. >> that's. >> no, thank you. >> awesome.
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>> thank you very much. i will never be young again. or any younger than i am today. i will never be faster or more flexible. i will never win competitions against 22-year-old wrestlers in my weight class. i will never be a black belt. none of those things will happen. but none of that matters anymore. ♪ i took a walk through this beauti


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