I had lunch with a friend today, and was sharing with her my aunt's plan for buying chickens and llamas in all our names for Christmas this year instead of killing herself with shopping and shipping. My friend thought this sounded interesting and asked:
Can you get other kinds of animals? ...I'd like to send my sister-in-law a badger.
Me: It's not that kind of thing. We don't actually get the animals. It's a non-profit that gives livestock to people in developing nations to supplement their diet and provide saleable goods for income.
Friend: (visibly disappointed) Oh.
Me: You're thinking of our new internet business, Hell in a Box, where, for a considerable fee, we will ship ugly and hateful animals to your unloved ones. We'll start with badgers, skunks and worms. We may add other items in the future.
Friend: Ooh! And for an additional fee, we can infect your shipment with rabies!
Me: You may be on to something.
Friend: For $3, we'll shake the box, so it's angry. For $10, we'll include rabies.
Me: This is going to be completely separate from our bakery, Tasty Business, right?
Friend: Oh, of course.
I'm not really sure how we'll get the CDC to stay off our backs with the rabies accessory. There must be some way around those guys, right?
If I was really cool, like JRose, there'd be a kick-ass picture here of a badger popping out of a festively-wrapped box. Let's all close our eyes and pretend it's here, okay? Because I have no actual artistic talent, and I don't even know how to draw a stick-figure on my computer. I'm a cretin when it comes to that stuff.