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When you put a cat in your pants, an angel gets his wings. [Feb. 24th, 2004|03:19 am]
Just me.
every now and then, I like to ponder the lists of LJ interests, especially the ones that aren't underlined (the fabled unshared interests. for an example of really unshared interests, see this user profile.

of my 110 listed interests, only two are unshared. that seems about average, even when I have a few (shared) in-joke ones like "miss katrina", "aaaahhh i am dieing!", and "guy's butt". For awhile, no one else was interested in "Gene Pitney" (couldn't believe it) or mysterious ni-Vanuatu prophet "John Frum" (an interest now shared by one person, who, oddly enough isn't ringbark). Sometimes I update my interests without looking to see if they're shared, and without that little line under them, sometimes you forget you added one and how odd it is that someone else listed it too.

I bring this up because I noticed someone else lists cat pants as an interest. Now, to them, it could be the name of a band, or a company that makes pants for cats, or some slang term I'm unfamiliar with (along the lines of the dreaded "taco pants"), but I can't help but think:

What if someone out there, who doesn't know me, had independently discovered the joy of placing a cat in your elastic waisted pants while proclaiming "CAT PANTS!" and was therefore compelled to list it as an interest?

I'm sure that's not the case, but that's my theory for now, and I'm sticking to it.

[User Picture]From: plymouth
2004-02-24 07:23 am (UTC)
I'm still the only person who likes "pink hearses". And the only reason "seat belt bondage" is underlined is because I had syren72 list it as an interest also.
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[User Picture]From: ringbark
2004-02-24 09:26 am (UTC)
Although we went to one of the John Frum villages, the whole cargo cult thing never appealed to me, otherwise it might be on my list.
Did you ever see the documentary the BBC broadcast about John Frum in the 1990s?
The Guardian (London) also published a section in their Q&A some years ago. Someone asked if any cargo had arrived, or did they give up waiting? Someone replied that parcels had arrived with red crosses on them and the words "a gift from the people of America".

As for interests, I wait patiently for my unshared interests to be shared genuinely. Count for "The Enid" has now reached three.

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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2004-02-24 10:00 am (UTC)

nananana nananana catpaaaants!

You know, I haven't even changed my interests since I started my journal. Some of them are irrelevant now, and some interests relevant to today aren't on there. Such as "cat pants" (though I always imagined that as being one word.)
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[User Picture]From: sarahellco
2004-02-25 02:03 am (UTC)
"Adam Smith's invisible hand" is still mine and mine alone. Partly it's a rephrasing of Adam Smith's theory of the invisible hand as an argument for free market economics, partly it's an inside joke.

When I was in college, I lived in a house with a bunch of people, one of whom was named, Adam Smith. We had a house photo album, and for some reason, I was in charge of adding pictures to it and had the authority to put scraps of paper with captions on them under the photos. One of the photos was a group shot, including this Adam Smith, but one of the other people in the picture was in front of his hand, so he had an arm, and no hand. The caption I included, "Adam Smith's Invisible Hand"

Of course, maybe I should be join the in crowd and list "peeing on the rug" as an interest.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-02-25 11:46 am (UTC)

great story!

You know, I had seen that in your interests and wondered...

Is there a band called "Invisible Hand" yet?

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[User Picture]From: rwx
2004-02-26 11:02 am (UTC)
This is bizarre. Did you go to college at UChicago? I knew an Adam Smith there.
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[User Picture]From: sarahellco
2004-02-26 11:05 am (UTC)
No, I went to Brown, where there were actually 2 Adam Smiths.
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[User Picture]From: rwx
2004-02-26 02:13 pm (UTC)
Given the number of people named Adam Smith, the hand becomes more visible.
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[User Picture]From: raspberrypie
2004-02-27 11:06 pm (UTC)
i love your cat pants site. it's absolutely hilarious, especially because i've been one to harass my cat (and dog) in myriad ways since i've gotten them.
i'm nominating them for sainthood for that, at the very least.
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