I was taking a shower this afternoon after the latest Foreign Film Workout when I saw something that made me laugh out loud. I'm a little embarrassed about it because the joke is so obvious that a) I can't believe that I didn't think of it before and 2) that it seems like someone much funnier than my must have thought of it before and I'm just subconsciously stealing it now. And, of course, the fact that I've built this joke up so much will ensure that when you read it, you will think that I am somewhat insane and not at all funny.
I was washing my hair and I put my bottle of shampoo back on the shelf next to a bottle of my wife's shampoo. Her shampoo is Aussie MEGA shampoo. It has a little silhouette of a hopping kangaroo on the front of the bottle. Because nothing says Australia than a hopping kangaroo. The bottle tells me that Australian Kangaroo Paw Flower grows wild in southwestern Australia. Multi-colored and velvet to the touch, this flower is blended into out unique formula, that adds life and shine to hair. On the back of the bottle of Aussie MEGA shampoo (which is a Proctor & Gamble product - from Cincinnati, Ohio. G'day mates!) I read the following statement.
Aussie Products are not tested on animals
The first thing that came into my mind was "oh those poor animals. Don't they deserve life and shine in their little pelts too?" I realize that this isn't the most PC thing to think at this point, but it made me laugh out loud. All I could think of was cage after cage of rabbits, rats and monkeys looking longingly at some women who were washing their hair in a lab.
And before PETA comes crashing down on me because found this page from their thousands of little robotic spider software programs crawling all over the web looking for reports of animal cruelty. Although I shouldn't call them "spiders" - it belittles the arachnid. Anyway, PETA I get the concept. I understand how animal testing really works. It isn't fun for the little critters. But sorry, this made me laugh. You know, I can kind of understand where PETA is coming from. They feel strongly about what they are doing and they get their ad campaigns out in the public eye and hopefully it makes some people think about what they are doing. But then they have these commando PETA members who go out and do stupid things and it just dilutes their message. They put a lot of thought into creating ads and public awareness campaigns hoping that they can get the public to put some serious thought into their own lives and possibly have individuals make a reevaluation their view of animals. And then all that effort is wasted by the crazy PETA members who do the wacky paint throwing or fashion runway raids that just make people shut their minds to their whole argument. Read this great article about how the designers are fighting back against these protests.