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This is not seal blubber. | by punkwalrus
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This is not seal blubber.

A Japanese guest left it at our house. It's actually a heating pad... thing.


When I was in Finland (for about an hour), I remember how... foreign... the words looked. I knew enough Swedish, I can pass by in Spanish, and I grew up knowing English. Any shop window was something I could guess and translate. But in Finland, it was the first odd feeling of being illiterate I had ever had.


About 15 years ago, there was an ad campaign for illiteracy. There was a picture of a dog, and under it, the ad said, "To an illiterate person, this is an ad about a dog." Thus, I thought this was seal blubber, considering the packaging and the fact the package is heavy, floppy, and had a picture of a section of a seal's back removed. I wondered, "how do you serve seal's blubber?" Probably with rice.


Luckily, the back had pictures warning me not to leave it on too long or it may burn. Thus, I realized these were a 10 pack of heating pads. But it goes to show you what illiteracy feels like. It's creepy and eerie.


Teach a kid to read. Now.

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Taken on February 8, 2010