Thursday, February 28, 2008

"Would you like a hair sandwich?"

Any article with a title like that sounds like it might be worth a look and quickly becomes a must-read after this lede: "Like all good stories, this one begins with a bull humping a cow in the middle of the road." Joe Keohane's Slate piece goes on to chronicle the exploits of one Alan Abel: "America's greatest living hoaxer."

The bovine incident above and the horrified reaction of his fellow motorists inspired Abel:

The idea was to write a satire about a group called "The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals," or SINA, which would call for animals to be clothed for the sake of decency. Abel submitted his story to the Saturday Evening Post, but when the editors missed the joke and angrily rejected it, he got an even better idea and founded SINA for real in 1959. The agenda: to get Bermuda shorts on horses, dogs, and any animal taller than 4 inches or longer than 6. The battle cry: "A nude horse is a rude horse!"

Read the whole story.