Monday, July 5, 2010

Curse of the Tanuki

Forget The Great Wave, this is Hokusai's true masterpiece.

Ever know that elephantiasis was caused by parasitic worms? I didn't, and Edo Japan sure didn't either! What they did know was how to swing with style. You'd have to be rollin' in serious rice to be able to hire some dude to tote your 'scrote around town. The fleshy infection was once in vogue, particularly in Japan, before being eradicated by modern medicine post-WWII.

And what a loss for the fashion industry! Imagine all the designer satchels that never had a chance to be. If you think a Gucci wallet is bank, you'd have to take out a loan to afford a brand name snuggie for your sack.

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