Two funny items:
Via Ed’s podcast:
Eric Massa’s Wild Ride, or It’s Not Easy Being Green (in 4 Cars)
Tom Lehrer, the Harvard mathematician turned satirist, reportedly retired from the latter profession because politics had become a satire of itself in the 1970s. Eric Massa, the Congressman from New York’s 29th District, decided to demonstrate Lehrer’s continuing wisdom. He wanted to promote hydrogen-fueled vehicles as an answer to ending greenhouse-gas emissions, and so planned to drive himself to Washington DC in a GM model for publicity. However, Massa’s green ride got a big-time boost from two enormous SUVs
It went down from there. Or should I say, uphill from there?
The second item, via Memeorandum, ‘Trashion’ Trend: Dumpster Couture Gets a Boost at Green Inaugural Ball
Designer Judd Will Be Showing Off a Coat of Many Colorful Obama Posters. I wouldn’t wear a coat of many colorful Obama posters, but at least they’re not hazardous. Some of the creations require a tetanus shot. From the captions in the slide show:
1930s-style red evening gown from the previous slide. The dress is made from upholstery fabric and 12,000 glued-on pieces of crushed glass. The dress occasionally sheds, so it might be smart to bring Band-Aids on a night out.
Wouldn’t want to sit wearing that dress, but that’s nothing compared to this one:
One of her favorite creations is a short dress made from canvas scraps and hundreds of rusty nails. She said the clicking nails on the dress remind her of a percussion instrument. The sewed-on nails came from a local import-export business.
For inagural formal apparel, attendees with lots of money and better taste might want to consider this elegant gown from Carolina Herrera.
Judd also made
a coat from stiffly lacquered Obama campaign fliers. Ms. Judd got Mr. Obama’s measurements online, in the hopes that he may wear it someday.