See these places? We need to pin them onto the ocean otherwise they might float away. And we need to affix them in place so they can keep being weird. Not just in a “we make our taxi drivers carry a bale of hay in the trunk” weird, but in a “we use donkeys as sheep bodyguards” way. Both of which are things that happen in Australia.
Apparently dingos have a thing for eating sheep, not just babies, and this is causing a huge problem for the 100 million sheep in the country. They just want to hang out and get shaved naked every 4-6 months so you can have a sweater. And instead, they’re having to dodge dingos all the time. Solution? Surround the sheep with donkeys. It works. I promise. It’s how I keep people from stealing my car. Just encircle it with livestock and no one touches it.
This is actually how Australian wool-farmers are dealing with the problem, and allegedly it’s working. As long as the donkeys aren’t getting distracted by their favorite pastime: “rolling”.
And then you head over to New Zealand, and the government starts endorsing the weirdness. This time they’re getting behind hobbit-things. In anticipation of the release of the latest Hobbit film, the national postal service is minting coins and issuing stamps with Bilbo, dwarves and the dragon Smaug on them. Because…the other option is a weird looking bird or a fern. And they can sell that shit all over the world. Double points - it’s their currency, and they can sell it to other people for double the price. It’s like being in England.
According to the Post’s head of stamps and collectibles, which is a title I can only aspire to, when they made these stamps last year, orders were flying in from all over the world, including some shipped to Libya. Key learnings include that Gadhafi loves hobbits and the New Zealand post office has no conscience.
If you want in, a six-stamp set can be yours for a mere $8,375. Each stamp allows you to send one donkey to Libya. I hope.