A PLUSH PIG the color of cotton candy sits on a windowsill at Carman’s Country Kitchen. Though it’s the size of a Beanie Baby, this tiny swine is no Ty Warner product. Official Beanie Babies do not come with the sort of appendage that sticks up over the pork’s belly.
This little piggy has a big salami.
Look around chef-owner Carman Luntzel’s three-table, two-counter (and, in warm weather, a table for eight in the back of her pickup truck) bruncher-y, and you’ll see that it’s a sausage party on and off the menu.
Dingaling-shaped ceramics pepper shelves. Phallus-adorned postcards cling to a corkboard. A mug with a willie for a handle hangs out on a ledge. A purplish rubber johnson dangles from the ceiling fan.
But the wiener-theme teapot and creamer made by the wife of “American Pie” singer Don McLean? Luntzel took it home weeks ago. Over the past three months, she’s been packing up her most cherished decorations, including select members of her member collection.
After 22 years at 11th and Wharton, the self-made chef and self-proclaimed “keeper of the penises” is closing shop and moving to South Carolina.
Imagine a clown shoe stamping on a human face – forever. Sounds like a fun image, no? This kind of tyrannical lightheartedness is how many regard the ongoing popularity of the innocuous font, which I am using right now, created in 1994 by Microsoft employee Vincent Connare. It all started so innocently, but as the Wall Street Journal reported, use of the font has “spread from a software project at Microsoft Corp to grade-school fliers and holiday newsletters, Disney ads and Beanie Baby tags, business emails, street signs, Bibles, porn sites, gravestones and hospital posters about bowel cancer“.
Strange Random Comic Sans Quote:
- What’s so wrong with Comic Sans? (bbc.co.uk)
- The Origin of Evil (slog.thestranger.com)
- Comic Sans Fights Back (feld.com)
- Dan Gilbert: no joke (espn.go.com)
- War of the passive-aggressive office notes: Comic Sans edition (boingboing.net)
- Hard-to-read fonts ‘aid learning’ (bbc.co.uk)
- HOWTO choose a typeface (boingboing.net)
- Education: Learning difficulties (economist.com)
- Please Don’t Use Comic Sans (laughingsquid.com)