National Thong Day

October 27, 2007

Where I grew up thongs were known as jandals. Who knows where that word ever came from – short for Japanese sandal apparently! Australians call them thongs while in the US they are flip flops. American thongs of course are much more attractive – though that always depends on who is wearing them. Same rule can apply to footwear I guess.

Somehow this slipped past me but National Thong Day, held last Wednesday, 24 October, apparently was aimed at drawing attention to poverty issues. Which can only be a good thing. We need constant reminding that there are others out there who need help. And those are not always overseas but most often are to be found right under our noses.
Having said that there is a small group here who round up resources from the corporate world and who package them up into gift packages and send them off to Sri Lanka each year. I have drawn attention to it before but in case you missed it, or perhaps want to be inspired by how one person can make a difference in the lives of others – in this case mainly orphaned kids – then have a look at Network Heaven.

Same but Different

January 10, 2007

Ecoli left a comment at Backyard Beasts. He referred to the thong as an effective weapon in the control of and, if necessary, the destruction of potentially lethal spiders. For the sake of clarity for our US readership it is worth noting that “thong” in this part of the world means a piece of footwear. Something you might wear in summer. Something with which to beat up on spiders. As these pictures show, they are entirely different pieces of clothing. And, reference the Victoria’s Secret model, I am not talking about the wings, bracelets, stockings or shoes.

But they are similar in some respects as well. For example…

Both are spelled the same way.
Both can be worn to the beach.
Both should be worn to the beach.
Both get sand on them.
Both are, from my personal experience, popular in Waikiki.

I am just never sure which piece of clothing I prefer.

(and just to expand the cultural dimension of this post, New Zealanders call the said piece of footwear a jandal. Huh?!)

Thanks to Victoria’s Secret. And to ecoli for sparking the thought. Our next post will be on the difference between scones and biscuits. If anyone can find some artistic pictures for me.