Friday, May 13, 2011

Taking home T-shirt souvenirs? That's so last week!

            So how many of you own a t-shirt that says “My grandparents/parents/sister/son went to Antarctica/Paris/Atlanta/Detroit and all I got was this lousy t-shirt”? Don’t be shy. Believe me, you are so not alone. We all have these shirts tucked in the bottom of a drawer somewhere. We don’t wear them because, although it’s nice that our relatives think of us as petite people, the fact is that we really do need the XL instead of the M. We don’t throw them away either, because darn-it-all grandma/aunt/sister schlepped it all the way back from Hong Kong and she had to pay the extra baggage fee to do so. It would be disrespectful to get rid of it, don’t you think? Of course it would.

            The Prague Zoo is now offering an interesting souvenir that grandpa/uncle/daughter can take back to those relatives at home in Kansas City/Tunbridge Wells/Tokyo. Instead of an undersized t-shirt, why not take home a 2.2 pound container of elephant dung? I bet your cousin/brother/friend doesn’t already have one. It is one size fits all, so you don’t have to worry about buying the wrong size. At a bargain price of about $3.90 (USD), it is indeed the perfect souvenir to take to the person who has it all.

            What do you do with your 2.2 pound container of elephant poop if your grandparent/cousin/sister gives you one as a souvenir from Prague? The local Czech gardeners say it makes outstanding fertilizer for your garden.

Unfortunately, containers of elephant dung don’t appeal to some tourists. Ana Tolentino, a Brazilian tourist interviewed by an AP reporter in Prague, says that she wouldn’t buy it no matter what it costs. She does admit, though, that “it is very unusual!” I guess there’s no accounting for taste, Ana.

No, I didn’t make this up. Why would you ask me that? http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2011-05-12-czech-zoo-elephant-dung_n.htm?csp=34news&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomOffbeat-TopStories+%28News+-+Offbeat+-+Top+Stories%29