Fuse #8

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Off-Topic Madness (Weekly Edition)

So today's gonna be an off-topic day, I think. I spent all of yesterday doing Newbery work (work that is so far from done that I should, by all rights, be panicking right now). As a result, I didn't do my regular troll. Here are some things I still managed to spot, however, and thus present to you on bended knee.

In the category of children's authors finding cool stuff, check out what Grace Lin had on her blog recently:

Wocka Wocka Wocka Scarf & Hat

Buttered Toast Scarf

Look me in the eye and tell me that you wouldn't be the coolest kid in school (in school = at your adult workplace) if you came in wearing these. Ms. Lin has others on her site, and one is particularly delicious.

In other news, or what have you, there appears to be a new use of M&Ms out there. Yes, I'm talking about the fact that you can now order M&Ms with messages on them. You can custom print them now. The example I saw showed M&Ms with the message "WILL YOU MARRY ME?" on them. Does the proposee get a bag of yeses and nos from which to choose then? The possibilities of how to exploit this new development seem infinite to me. I'll get back to you on what nefarious plan I may have for these tasty treats.

Oh, and giving M&Ms a different flavor is very wrong. Very wrong indeed. Deliciously evil.

And in the realm of Animals That Really Deserve Their Own Picture Books (a series I've yet to collect), meet The Kostroma Moose Farm. Why should you care about the Kostroma Moose Farm? Because my sweetest darlings, the very first thing it urges you to do is to Buy A Tame Moose. Certainly! What could possibly go wrong with that plan? I have a sudden vision of rich urban Upper West Siders all purchasing mooses (meese? moosi?) for their offspring and walking them around Central Park on a leash. I like this idea so much that I urge you all to plant this idea firmly in the minds of your posh friends. Convince them that simply everyone is getting a moose these days, and if they don't purchase one forthwith they'll be the laughing stock of their Pilate's class.

All snark aside, look at how cute the moose are. Awwww.


At 8:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace is so charmingly excited about those scarves I hate to tell her she'd have to learn crochet to make them like that...

At 11:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was on Notable Recordings, I remember this as the time of year when I'd break down in tears at least once a day because I had so much work left to do and didn't see how I could possibly get it all done before the conference. It always worked out. :)

At 12:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite line on that moose web site is, "Kind like kitten." You can't help but say that with a Russian accent.

At 5:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know I spent ten years in moose country and the idea of a tame moose is pretty much beyond me. They used to hang out in our yard a lot in the winter - the mothers usually have twins - so we would have to carefully drive up the driveway hoping they weren't around when we came home. They are so big - we have an F150 and they are bigger than that - and they are not friendly. Pretty much every year in Alaska someone gets trampled to death getting too close to a moose.

I thought they were beautiful, but only from the other side of a window. (I should also add that everyone and their cousin eats them in AK - we also used to fly in hunters from the Lower 48 who were looking for their trophy. ugh!)


At 5:23 PM , Blogger kittenpie said...

Does Susan in collections know about these Moose?

At 11:10 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Susan our Materials Specialist? You know her? Does she have a moose fear or fetish I was unaware of?

At 12:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely love the toast scarf....could actually be a cute motif on a child's sweater.

At 1:51 PM , Blogger Kairi said...

You can use the toast scarf/tie for a program on Mercy Watson.


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