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    The art of pig spleen prognostication came from Glen's Swedish grandfather, Victor Wickstrom. Victor taught his son, Ernest (Glen's father), probably in the 1920s and 30s.

Glen's siblings remember their neighbours, who were also of Scandinavian descent, coming to the family farm to help their father butcher pigs in November. They had a great time holding up the spleen and discussing the weather for the upcoming months. They all knew how to read a spleen and Glen took a great interest in their craft. Glen learned the art from Ernest in the 1950s and 60s. They would practice reading the spleen after butchering a hog or two out behind the barn. Glen practiced this age-old tradition and developed his own techniques until he was very good at predicting the weather.

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