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Jul 17, 2008

When You Wish Upon a Pod

Once upon a time, in a faraway land called Borneo, where they filmed either Survivor or Gilligan's Island, I always get those two mixed up, there was a Cuteologist named Maya A.  One fine day, as Maya was walking through a rainforest so mysterious and remote that it didn't even have a Jamba Juice yet, she encountered one of the clever forest gremlins who disguised themselves as seed pods to avoid anthropologists and bill collectors.

No, I'm not Señor Wences.  I get that a lot.

Quick as a wink, Maya scooped him up.  "I will grant you three wishes," said the gremlin as he struggled, "but you must promise to release me, and give me a ...


This is a close-up?!

"Whoa there, Spielberg -- not that close.  Back it up a little."

Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin.

"Yeah, that works.  Okay, back to the three wishes.  Naturally, there's some fine print, so listen up:  First, no wishing for more wishes; I saw Aladdin too, smartypants, so don't embarrass yourself.  Second, Pierce Brosnan's married, so just deal with it.  And finally, if you wish for an iPhone, there's a three-week wait plus an activation charge."

All rightie then, fellow cuteaholics -- what would YOUR three wishes be?

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 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 02:02 AM

Oh my god, that is the cutest thing ever !

Melissa D
 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 02:02 AM

Well i'd say...hmmm....

1. More cute
2. More cute!
3. More cute!!!

That's all I need in my life.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 02:03 AM

Is it just me or does that pod look like it's made out of peanut brittle?

Hmm... three wishes... Ok.

1) World peace
2) Good loving homes for all the kittehs and puppehs
3) Peanut brittle. (No seriously. I could really go for some peanut brittle. That pod is making me hungry.)

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 02:10 AM

Very cute/weird

and I don't wnt to sound like a nuffer or anything, but Mike. I think you need to shorten your commentary on the pics you post.
What makes Meg's posts so clever is that she keeps her commentary short most of the time. Short and witty.
While yours are just kinda too long-winded and the humor in it loses steam.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 02:25 AM

Name this movie and identify the character (which totally matches this pod):

- "Did you say hello?"
"No, I said ello!"
"Come in and have a spot of tea with the missus"

*Hint, David Bowie had a large part in the movie.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 02:31 AM

Ooh. I know! I know... Labyrinth! My first kitty was named after Sir Ditymous. ;D

1. robust economy
2. End to human and animal cruelty
3. Everybody to just get along and play nice.

Oh and NTMTOM, keep doing what you're doing. :D

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 02:45 AM

My three wishes: oh, heck, just have a really nice day, peeps. NTMTOM- keep on keepin' on, dear.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 02:53 AM

LisaL, it's true. That's what makes *Meg's* posts so clever. What makes NTMTOM's posts clever is his storytelling style. What's the point of having more than one person posting if they're posting in exactly the same style?

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 02:58 AM

Laberynth- didn't need the clue- a favorite- my daughter's fave as well.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 03:52 AM

1. Whirled Peas
2. Less Sax and Violins On TV
3. More of the cute!

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 04:05 AM

Personally, I enjoy NTMTOM's style, and Meg's and Teo's too. Plenty of room to share teh love.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 04:07 AM

Wow, that is one personality-laden seed pod. A few twigs, a few leaves, and you have a doll that would work in a lot of country-style decor.

And Lone? That's the worm at the start of the Labyrinth. The one who helps Sarah realize that the path doesn't just go straight and when tells Sarah not to go one way, and says (when she's out of sight on the other path) that her initial way would have taken her directly to the castle. Him.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 04:09 AM

AHHHHHH!!! That's crazy.

Amanda M.
 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 04:12 AM

First of all, NTMTOM=awesome, and so is that seed pod.

But, for my 3 wishes:

1. Jim from The Office is real. And he is mine.
2. Free Chipotle burritos everyday!
3. Puppies!

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 04:18 AM

I love the contrast and balance between Meg's posts and Other Mike's, and Theo's pithy comments when he be a'moderatin'. Keeps me comin' back as much as teh qte. Keep it up, all of you. My 3 wishes - world peace, end to suffering and more qte.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 04:29 AM

I like this posting style just fine. It's witty and fun. In fact, I vastly prefer it to the illiterate LOLspeak that's so garbled I can't read it in some comments.

Sharon Rose
 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 04:31 AM

Very cute! My wishes would be.
1. We moe to the contry and I get a horse
2. we go ice skating sometime soon
3. we go swimming some time soon!

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:10 AM

hey........MY 1ST WISH WAS ALREADY GRANTED...FINALLY I FIGURED OUT WHAT NTMTOM..MEANS !!!!..sorry live under a rock...2nd wish..ummmhmmmmm..ohhhhhh to keep reading posts that i can relate to so simular to my humor style from you wonderful people and pets... 3rd..live,laugh,love

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:13 AM

What the h**l is that thing?

My wishes, if you please, sir...

1) That Berthaservant gets his marmie and it brings peace amongst the other three kitties in his domain.

2) Jobs for all who need them; Michigan's economy is in the crapper, in case you hadn't heard.

3) More qte!

Oh, and, NTMTOM? You just keep on doin' what you're doin'. I, for one, love it!!

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:21 AM

LisaMarie -- no worries, you're more than free to fill in the blanks on your own. This week, for instance, I think it stands for New Times Mean Time Over Money. (my alarm clock is set to National Public Radio)

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:22 AM

1. End of prejudice and Hate.
2. End of hungar and poverty.
3. A world where no child, woman, man, or animal is abused, used, or denigrated in anyway.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:27 AM

Seriously, what is it!?

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:28 AM

love the long posts...and this thing is really cute! my wishes would be...

1.End to human/animal cruelty
2.Less nuffers/nuffing
3.Buy the world a Pa-si-kie

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:34 AM

Somebody tell me what that thing IS!? I do find it a bit creepy... actually.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:41 AM

I see pod people! ;-)

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:45 AM

Can I say how relieved I am that that thing is vegetable and not animal. Eek!

I couldn't settle on three wishes, nor could I decide if I preferred to be funny or serious. So I'll just ditto everyone else's choices.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:47 AM

1) To eat anything I want and still have a bitchin' bod;
2) Homes for all the kittehs and puppehs in the world
3) Met win the World Series.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:47 AM

My wishes:
1. my Best. Cat. Ever. would stop getting old

2. the US economy would get fixed

3. nuffers, with nuttin better to do than hurl up a hairball on other people's fun, would just go away and find some other nuffers to hang around with. You folks could have your own little nuffers club and you could have meetings where no fun would be allowed.

Yes, I'm talking to you.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:56 AM

What is this thing?
Looks like a pine cone with eyes.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 05:56 AM

All: Here is the sender-inner's description of the item, which may answer some questions:

"I was trekking through Borneo recently and our guide showed us these round, strange yet adorable seeds from a rainforest plant. The locals call them gremlins, because they look like they have faces."

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:01 AM

sorry. cranky today. bad sore throat. hot hot day.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:03 AM

Where was this little guy when I was doing my Anthropology thesis??

1) Homes for all the homeless pets
2) A ranch out West so I can adopt a pack of puppehs
3) Brett Favre to come to his bleening senses!

(For what it's worth, I love your style too, NTMTOM)

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:04 AM

NTMTOM- I think this posting is one of the funniest I've read in a while. The Jamba Juice part cracked me up.

1. End to cruelty to all living beings.

2. End to Global Warming (electric cars for everyone!)

3. LOVING permanent homes for all the unwanted children and pets that live in shelters, foster homes, and on the streets.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:07 AM

Ah, so it IS a seed pod. You had me fooled.

I'm not wishing on a seed pod. I'm not THAT foolish.

/won't get fooled again.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:26 AM

Them are some serious eye capsules.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:28 AM

My three wishes:
1. To be able to talk to animals.
2. A peaceful, loving world (I'd like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony...)
3. That our pets had the same lifespan as us, so we could grow old together...which I guess would make it even harder when they passed away, but at the same time, at 80, you can say someone had a good long life, but at 10, not so much.

Keep up the good work NTMTOM Selleck.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:31 AM

1. To be in good health til the end of my days.

2. To have ONLY intelligent, openminded, honest, capable, willing-to-do-what-it-takes people in our government.

3. Just a bit more money than I need at all times.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:32 AM

Reminds me of the Tootsie Roll Owl.

Peace, Love , & Happiness!

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:39 AM

Reminds me of the Tootsie Roll Owl...
Peace, Love, & Happiness for all.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 06:41 AM


 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:03 AM

what tha??? what is that totally capsulated thing?

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:13 AM

To travel the World
Have lots of babies
and disprove Einstein's theory of relativity.
Whoops! sorry that's when I was Miss World, or was it Universe, oh I dunno, who gives a crap.

Hon Glad
 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:19 AM

Everyone wants to know the scientic name of the strange pinecone thing from the southern hemisphere!

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:19 AM

This is under Unusual *Animals*? I dunno, man.

Deckard Canine
 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:29 AM

I love your humor, NTMTOM. I've stated my preference before -- Meg's funny, but I looooove your amusing narratives. They make me laugh.

The seed pod does look like an owl, Tee.

Parkaaaaay, wagthedogma.

Hmm. Three wishes.

1. People would do what's right and not what's in their best interests. (I'm talking to you, elected representatives.)
2. Birds didn't live so long that you had to find caretakers for them when you die, and the surplus years shaved off could be re-allocated to the kitties and doggies and bunnehs, etc. that we love so dearly and that die way too soon. Nothing against birdies, really, I just find some inherent unfairness there in the longevity department. I'm sure all the bird lovers will hate me now, but it's a thought I've often had. And I guess my solution is Communist aging plan. I didn't say it made sense.
3. I would like, personally, some motivation and discipline, as I seem to be having trouble with both. Especially where it relates to my 'lumpular shape.'

warrior rabbit
 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:29 AM

Daffy Duck hovertext on pic #3 FTW!

just me
 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:34 AM

Looks like a pine cone to me!

My only wish:
1. For people to understand the importance of truth, honesty, and faithfulness.

But, if I had two other wishes:
2. I would never have to worry about money again.
3. For my family and friends to always be happy and healthy.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:47 AM

Any more pictures of this cutie? I'd love to see the rest of his/her body.

 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:53 AM

Three wishes...
1. A home for every shelter critter.
2. Mandatory CU break at work
2. Alan Rickman in my kitchen
yep, that should do it

Gwen's human
 |  Jul 17, 2008 at 07:58 AM

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