On Saturday (11-11-06), Nadine posted a link in comments to Corduroy Appreciation Day.
Miles Rohan always wanted to start a club. Also, he really liked corduroy. So he started a Corduroy Appreciation Club, with cocktails, speakers and secret rituals, to meet every year on 11/11 — the date most resembling corduroy…Our most prominent and public club symbol is a left-facing whale, which is a pun on wale. Wales are the raised ridges which make corduroy, corduroy. Whales also poses longevity, sociability and intelligence-all attributes the CAC wishes to aspire to. We have a complex system of numerology based on the number 11 because it’s the first natural number to resemble corduroy and is therefore extremely important to us. The Hendecagon, an 11-sided polygon figures prominently.
I thought this was funny so she sent me another link to Extreme Ironing which is described as “the home of extreme ironing – the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt.” A site sponsor is Rowenta, heh. For visitors who complain about my off topic posts, this one is on topic because the site lists sources for irons and ironing boards including one that’s shaped like a cactus. Now if they’d add pressing tutorials, I’d probably add them to my sidebar. Extreme Ironing even puts out a yearly calender. This page shows one intrepid presser at the South Pole complete with penguins cavorting in the background. One of these calenders could be a great holiday gift for the presser in your life.
Speaking of strange things, after cruising Leonie’s blog (you can’t read any of the stories on Just Style unless you’re a paying member to the tune of $300 a year and it’s just not worth it to me if I can google the leads, know what I mean?), I circuitously found some blogs featuring the products of Triumph International, a Japanese company you may better remember as the inventors of heated bras. Visit Tokyo Times, a blog devoted to Japanese underwear news (including a panty thief extraordinaire) or Japundit for the latest and greatest in themed sports lingerie among other things. Actually, the entry on Japundit is dated 2005 but still topical. I’d post photos but they may not be safe for work -unless you’re in the lingerie business (Dave, you are not in the lingerie business). Not to be missed is the bra celebrating the 70th year of the Hanshin Tigers Baseball Team. Another blog describes Triumph’s most recent design; an eco-friendly bra that doubles as shopping bag.