Friday, July 20, 2007

This Could So Easily Be Misinterpreted

Carrie sends this link as a submission for Fugly Friday - and I so agree. She says it's just the picture. I think it's far worse than that.
It's the Coronado Beach Thongs, exclusively from Berroco:

Now, I am not one of those people who has ever called any form of a footwear a "thong." In fact, I was in college when I first found that some people did. I found out in a pretty terrifying way. I was doing some research on Long Island, which has a great many beaches. My elderly male professor turned to me and one of my classmates and asked us if we knew where to buy thongs.
I'll let you process that.
I was stunned, horrified, confused. He clarified, but not before life-threatening mental images were seared into my brain.
I still never think of footwear first when I hear that word. They are flip-flops, they are sandals, but they are never, ever thongs.
And the trouble with this picture is that it also takes you a minute to process that the white cardboard thing is supposed to be foot. And given that it's cloth, well, it sort of looks like it could be that other kind of thong, doesn't it?

*EDIT* Kate says, (and Barb seconds) "So many things I don't understand...like, are the soles to this footware contraption? There don't seem to be. And why does it hook aroud the second toe? And, why exactly would you want to spend time creating these again?"
Judging from the pattern, no, there really don't seem to be any soles to these. I have absolutely no idea why. As for the other questions, you're completely on your own there.
Also, if you really want to complete the mental image, my prof looked a little like Mr. Rogers.

9 comments:

Lorna said...

OH my goodness... My mind immediately went to the body wear version of "thong" - yet, growing up we DID call them "thongs" even though it sounded like "tongs" -

I could certainly see how seared mental images with your elderly professor could have affected you the rest of your life! LOL!

Paige said...

Now that is hideous. In so many ways

I always think of thongs as shoes. A single thong, is some drawers. I am confident I have scared someone the same way you were scared by your prof.

Oh the guilt

Lorna said...

And gee Paige, to think I could teach you how to KNIT that - and if you got bored after ONE - you'd have a "thong" not "thongs"

LOL!

Jamisyn said...

It sure does look like an actual thong!

Kozy Kitty said...

We always called flip flops -- thongs when growing up as well. I can't remember when I changed to "flip flops" but it was way before people were wearing thongs as lingerie!

Honestly--why would anyone even knit that and why would someone want to wear it on the beach? Not only is it totally fugly, it's totally useless and just plain silly!

Jen said...

oh man, that might be the fugliest things i have every seen!

DK said...

So many things I don't understand...like, are the soles to this footware contraption? There don't seem to be. And why does it hook aroud the second toe? And, why exactly would you want to spend time creating these again?

Wow.

And...wow...old physicist asking your decidiedly underage child prodigy self where to buy thongs...yeah, scary!

Barb said...

Is there something in the air? I had my own... um, thong event this week. I may never recover. But DK's questions need answering--was there a bottom--strike that--a SOLE to this footwear? --Barb

Amanda said...

OH MY GOODNESS.. how did I miss this post?? Hilarious. It must have been the day that Bloglines went crazy and told me that I had hundreds of unread posts. I just gave up at that point.

This is one of the best choices for Fugly Friday that I've seen in awhile. Impressive.