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Thu, Jul. 7th, 2005, 04:56 pm
Giant Raccoon Balls

I can't stop watching this Japanese commercial.

Evidently, raccoon scrotums are very flexible and can extend a huge way; the Japanese used to use it to make gold foil, by hammering a chunk of gold inside a raccoon scrotum until it got really wide and flat.

Bizarre . . . .

Thu, Jul. 7th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
widdershawns

What in the hell is that advertising?

Thu, Jul. 7th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
kleenestar

According to a friend who speaks Japanese, real estate. Don't ask.

Fri, Jul. 8th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
hakamadare

well, for starters, he’s not a raccoon, he’s a tanuki. they are famous for having scrotums of prodigious size.

go watch Studio Ghibli’s Pom Poko, in which this fact features significantly. (it’s also IMO Miyazaki’s most effective communication of his “development/industrialization/modernization destroys irreplaceable bucolic world! bad!” message, and it reliably makes me cry.

-steve
(your friendly online tanuki-scrotum reference)

Fri, Jul. 8th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
kleenestar

Yes, but would you buy real estate from a tanuki?

Fri, Jul. 8th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
boffo9

This commercial is disturbingly addictive. :0