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Whatchamacallit 144: Happy End, soft de luxe

The first time I visited Germany, the Lonely Planet guidebook mentioned that one grocery store chain had named its house brand of toilet paper, “Happy End.”

My hosts denied knowledge of such a store with such a brand. It wasn’t until after I lived in Germany that I learned that Penny was the store […]

Whatchamacallit 140: Canadian $5 Bill (Reverse)

If all had gone according to plan, right now I would be in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Vancouver is, hands down, one of my top ten cities globally: it is a place worth visiting incorporating great scenery, great food, and a great friend.

Alas, I’m not – instead I look at the reverse side of […]

Whatchamacallit 139: Anklet (Hawaiian)

I bought this anklet on October 24, 2015, at Holuaola Gallery, which is in Holuaola, Hawaii.

According to the receipt, I paid $22.50, taxes of $0.94, making for a grand total of $23.44. I used a Visa card.

This is the only anklet I own – I bought it without trying it on, then […]

Whatchamacallit 137: Gay Tarot

I bought this Gay Tarot deck in June 2017 for 21.49€.

I no longer remember the context, but I do recall that I had been watching an interview of some kind and the guest had brought Gay Tarot cards with him as an example of a ridiculous product.

At least that’s how I remember […]

Whatchamacallit 135: #BYDTTT

The very first Kickstarter project that I backed was this, the Bring Your Dick To The Table, by Holly Wilson. I supported the project in March 2014.

With the charge that, “If all that separates us is a dick, then here is mine. Now lets get down to business,” the project was

Pledge Summary […]

Whatchamacallit 134: Adam, 1977

The artplate displayed – as it is both a magnificent piece of art and a plate one can dine off of – is drawn by one of the 20th century’s greatest unknown artists.

Me.

Apparently, it was a thing to give children markers and tell them to draw, turning the resulting thing into a […]

Whatchamacallit 133: Tidewalker Whiskey

I bought this bottle of whiskey last August in Portland, Maine.

Portland, Maine, was the second of three stops I made in New England: the first was Western Massachusetts to see a high school friend; the third Boston to meet other friends.

I chose Portland because I’d never been there – I’ve been to […]

Whatchamacallit 132: i’i shetland

This copy of i’i shetland is from my visit to the Shetland Islands in 2013.

i’i shetland is a magazine clearly aimed at locals – more so than any other magazine of this ilk that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

The reason I kept the magazine was the “celebrations parties” section at […]

Whatchamacallit 131: Grow A Boyfriend

This boyfriend was a present from a friend – I think I know which one, but, to be honest, it wouldn’t surprise me if a number of different friends had given it to me.

As you can see, it will grow up to four times his size in water – so he’s a grower […]

Whatchamacallit 130: ANA Folding Fan

When I went to Japan, to Hiroshima, for the first time, back in 2013, I made a point of flying ANA, All Nippon Airways, there. At the time, they flew the 787 from Frankfurt to Tokyo Handea. I came back on Swiss via Toyko Narita.

I think the number of times that I have […]