I spent yesterday afternoon chasing mute swans around in 2 foot deep snow, on a frozen pond, in waders, with a giant net on a pole.
Now, I’m exhausted.
So, how about an amusing photo, instead of a thoughtful post?
This photo was apparently a sticker on the floor in front of a display for insecticides.
[thanks to Hil for the photo.]
Clearly, pest control companies have invested more lately in their ad budget. Last week we had lovely gothic art, and this week we have more cleverness, this time from the makers of roach traps:
The ad agency is in Malaysia, but it’s unclear where the intended market for the traps is–it seems to be a variety of english speaking countries.
I saw this beautiful ad–full size here–and while the art work is lovely, I’m really puzzled. Are they advertising a product to kill moths in your closets and on clothes?
The ad agency is from Bucharest, Romania, so I’m not sure if this is meant to run in the US or not. The Raid website does not list any products for clothes moths. (SC Johnson is the parent company for Raid, BTW.)
I have to mention that spraying as shown in this illustration, however lovely, is a terrible idea. I’d suggest using clothes moth pheromone traps, and then laundering/freezing the clothes when an infestation is detected.
There are some additional versions of the ad:
Is it bad that I think these would make awesome tattoos?
One thing I love about the Interwebs is the way in which you can stumble upon something interesting by just randomly clicking around. Today’s Example: The Evanion Collection of Ephemera at the British Museum.
Evanion was a magician:
London-born Henry Evans, or ‘Evanion’ as he styled himself on stage, enjoyed a long and reasonably successful career as a conjurer, ventriloquist and humorist. Harry Houdini, the American escapologist, remembered him as a “dear old friend who introduced me to a throng of fascinating characters.” Evanion took advantage of this theatrical background to amass a large and fascinating collection of printed ephemera relating to entertainment and everyday life in Victorian England.
And oh, is there a lot of interesting stuff there! Of course, I was interested in the entomology bits, but there is much more–including some tickets for magic shows and ads for tripe dressers. (EW!). BTW, the magicians described on that ticket seemed to be making a career out of debunking spiritualists.
In general, it’s just amazing how much advertising has changed over the last 125 years. No one would ever run an ad now with this many words. And you have to really love the juxtaposition of Insect powder, worm tablets, and Queen Victoria.
Another online exhibit at the British Museum: Lost Gardens, featuring artwork showing gardens of the past.
Enjoy some time wastage! (And a waggle of the antennae to Heraclitean Fire, which I found while randomly surfing and who pointed me to this collection at the BM.)