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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)

What in the hell is that advertising?

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

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

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

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.

(your friendly online tanuki-scrotum reference)

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

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

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

This commercial is disturbingly addictive. :0