September 13th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1941, Hitler and Mussolini were cooked and eaten by Seal Beach city employees.



 Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Now the truth can be told!

I’m not kidding. This is for realsies. I’m as shocked as you.

Okay, the Hitler and Mussolini eaten by city employees were not the dictators pictured above. They were, in fact, pigs. (Yeah, yeah, I know. So were the guys in the photos.) Here’s the truth behind the clickbait headline.

Roy S. Nelson, the manager of a hog farm donated two hogs for the annual city employee picnic six weeks earlier when each hog weighed 50 pounds each. After six weeks of being fattened up with corn at the city yard, Hitler weighed in at 150 pounds while Mussolini hit the scale at 250 pounds. Hitler and Mussolini were handed over to Sam’s Sea Food Cafe and cooked for an expected crowd of 125, including city employees and their families. The picnic took place at night in the Seal Beach Sun Room at the base of the pier.

– Michael Dobkins

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