08 April 2008

Awesome possum

Thanks, Lee
So the Wall Street Journal ran a story about eco-friendly furs. They're making these furs out of an invasive species, brushtail possum, that they're trying to get rid of in New Zealand. They're not the rat-tailed, bitey little possums found around here. They're actually kind of cute. (Look at the left picture for a minute, would ya'?)

The problem, though, is twofold, illustrated wonderfully by author Christina Binkley, who writes, "The plush pelts sewn into an Eco-Luxury couch throw here at my desk are soft and luxurious. But when people heard they were possum, two different reactions ensued: 'Ewww, fur' and 'Ewww, possum.'"

I'll have to tell y'all the story about Possum Day in Wassau, Fla., sometime soon. Meanwhile, here's the WSJ piece.

3 comments:

Jenn said...

Possum fur? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Brad Barnes said...

No, for so many reasons, my dear.

Amanda said...

so wearing fur is supposed to be ok only if it's from a disease-carrying varmint? hahahah great word, varmint.