rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,
rejectomorph
flying_blind

Eeee!

The afternoon mail brought the National Geographic's 2007 holiday gift catalog. I never look at it, but this year something on the back cover caught my eye. They are selling "...Remote-controlled Tarantulas With Realistic Moving Legs." Oh, dear. "Because their eight legs move separately, be prepared for screams when one scuttles realistically from beneath the table." They then add "Educational fact card included", totally justifying the expenditure of $48 (two aaa and three aa batteries not included) for a fake furry spider with seven inch leg span.

The catalog also has a couple of other remote-controlled robotic toys, including a cartoonish green snake ($19.95) and a traditional humanoid-looking metallic robot ($39.95) that shoots colorful foam disks from its mouth-slot. Unlike the tarantulas, however, neither of these has much of a shot at making any of your more skittish relatives wet themselves on Christmas morning. But what I want to see in the catalog next year is a water tank in which a remote-controlled robotic Gardiner Greene Hubbard on water skis can be made to jump over a remote-controlled robotic shark. It would be only fitting.
Subscribe

  • Reset Twenty-Two, Day Seven

    The sky seemed an oddly deep shade of blue Tuesday afternoon, and free of both smoke and clouds, but as I looked at it longer something seemed a bit…

  • Reset Twenty-Two, Day Six

    Monday brought more sleep, this time from about one o'clock in the afternoon until just after six in the evening. The one advantage of that was that…

  • Reset Twenty-Two, Day Five

    The sleep schedule weirdness is continuing. Sunday I woke up around two o'clock in the afternoon after sleeping almost eight hours, but when ten…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments