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Holy Cow! It’s Hard to Explain.

As I was leaving the Apple Market, I saw this display:


which totally cracked me up.

EnviroGirl told me there are all kinds of displays for all kinds of life events – birthdays, new babies, anniversaries, promotions, graduations – if you can think it up, this company will put it out there. Tombstones for a 40th birthday, storks for babies, and this one – Holy Cow! for a birthday.

I don’t know how I would like to get to work and find one of these displays outside on my birthday – I prefer to celebrate quietly, without a lot of fanfare. But every time I see these, I have to grin, so I guess it isn’t all that bad.

What also gives me a grin, however, is how very American this tradition is. I cannot imagine it at all in Kuwait. I can’t imagine it in Germany. Somehow, I just don’t think it would be so funny in any other country, except maybe South Africa, or Australia . . . countries where people don’t take themselves too seriously, and the loss of dignity would not be too severe. It’s just a joke, something a good friend might do.

What do you think? Do you think it is too undignified? Does it invade privacy? Do you think it is funny?

August 3, 2007 - Posted by | Communication, Cross Cultural, Entertainment, Events, Florida, Humor, Joke, Kuwait, Lumix, Photos, Privacy


  1. Yeah it’s an American thing. I saw one or two of these in the UK but generally it’s seen as a bit uncouth. I think it’s embarrassing for everyone involved actually.

    There I got that off my chest…

    Comment by mischief | August 3, 2007 | Reply

  2. Holy Cow! indeed 🙂

    I love it, very humoring and fun i guess 😀

    Comment by kinano | August 3, 2007 | Reply

  3. Mischief . . . uncouth. Now there’s a word we don’t hear too often! I’m glad you brought that up. I suppose it is uncouth. And it still causes me a grin, I can’t help it. It tickles my funny bone.

    Kinano – I know! Holy Cow!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 3, 2007 | Reply

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