I get an outrageous kick out of "plushies". Whenever I see someone dressed in a fluffy animal suit it makes me smile. Years ago, there was a British hidden-camera television show called Trigger Happy TV that would make me roar with laughter every time I watched. Dom Joly and his crew would often feature plushy costumes in their surprise antics. The hit-and-run situations on the program, and the reactions of bystanders and passersby were always hilarious. Here's an example of the sort of plushy hilarity that still makes my face hurt from smiling.
Apparently, others don't find this sort of thing to be quite so amusing. Some want to BE animals and Villa Hamster, an "experience" hotel in Nantes, France, allows guests to give up the daily stresses of being human and try out life as a hamster. Seriously. People who stay there don't eat typical French cuisine but organic hamster grains served in little bowls and sips of water on all fours. They pay for the opportunity to run on an exercise wheel. The guests have the option of wearing little hamster hoodies as well. On purpose!
To me, this isn't funny … it's sad. These people are serious about this! There are many hobbies and pastimes enjoyed by others that I find ridiculous (Sudoku, collecting butterflies, Civil War reenactment and Kardashians to name a few), but none require participants to sleep in a cage.
The owners of Villa Hamster have reportedly noted that things are going so well they are considering opening similar "chateaus" where people can live like dogs or cats. Frankly, I think anyone that spends their vacation money in a place where they use a litter box should be examined by professionals.
Would YOU pay good money to stay at a hotel with cedar shavings on the floor?
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