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Shocked and appalled by a straw

Monday, March 24th, 2008

WSAZ in West Virginia has this amusing news story about a woman who bought a package of crazy straws at Wal-Mart for her 3-year-old daughter, only to find that two of the straws’ crazy shapes strongly resemble a penis.

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No question, the straws’ shapes do look rather phallic. Was it intentional? Hard to say. I have no idea what the design and manufacturing process for novelty straws is like. Are the shapes random? Was this particular one intended to look like something else?

The woman who bought the straws was shocked and appalled, devastated that her 3-year-old daughter would be exposed to such a vulgar item, even though of course a 3-year-old has no idea there’s anything unusual about the straw.

What made me laugh, though, was the fact that in her conversation with the reporter, the woman can’t even bring herself to say the word “penis.” I think that speaks volumes about her puritanical attitude toward sex and anatomy, when she thinks the medical, biological word for the male member is taboo.

Two important SXSW photos

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Will Goss posted these photos on Facebook, and I have stolen them to show to you. They are from my last day at SXSW, the one where we got stuck a few miles from downtown and had to wait for a bus and I sat in a shopping cart.

Here’s one with Eugene and Weinberg. Why Eugene is pushing the cart, I don’t know. I don’t remember this part specifically. I must have been very engaged in my reading.

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