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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Stamp out bad taste...

My little sister, Kristen, has an affinity for Asian culture. By affinity I mean she has one degree in Chinese and another in East Asian studies, she speaks fluent Mandarin as well as several dialects and she has lived in various parts of Asia. And she did all of that before she turned 21. I went to visit her while she lived in China and it was a great trip, well worth what seems like an eternity on a plane, and the cramped legs that even first-class cannot prevent. The flight attendants kept catching me in various yogic positions, as I endured a futile attempt to keep blood flowing. And I don't know why they had to serve so many meals on that flight! I didn't move enough to have an appetite. Kris plans to go back later this year and when she does, I want her to bring back some of these sweet-and-sour stamps that celebrate the Chinese New Year, the year of the pig. Scratch and sniff the front of the stamp to get a whiff of sweet and sour pork. Lick the back to get a taste of it.

I love international goodies, but this is definitely one of the most practical I've ever seen. Partake in a stamp appetizer and prep the postage to send your mom's birthday card, all in one lick.

A little creepy in a chemical sorta way, but very cool nonetheless. There are other scratch-and-sniff, flavored stamps out there. I'm pretty sure these chocolate ones from Switzerland are stale by now though... So what's up, America? Where's the Chicago-style hot dog stamp? The New York "old pizza from the neighborhood" stamp? And, dare I say, the Cincinnati-style chili stamp? Maybe they could make half of the stamps with onion flavor, half without. Ew. I just gave myself a tummy ache just thinking about all that...


at 5:05 PM Blogger Julie Gaw said...

love the stamps! how cool is THAT?

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