This guy is pedaling this ricksha around town in Maryland, USA.
And it carries messages of hope and peace.
Some examples (visible in the photo):
– “Promote the Olympic spirit.”
– “Hope for world peace.”
– “Protecting mother earth.”
It looks like he could be right off the streets of China or something and transported here to deliver and remind us of these important ideas.
What is interesting to me is that in this day and age of social media and online advertising where messages are often drowned out amidst the daily deluge we get, that here a simple ricksha can grab people’s attention and perhaps have a positive influence on them.
With just some subtle messaging along the vehicle’s canopy and with pictures and flags around the back.
Perhaps it’s not only how much one advertises and promotes, but how thought-provoking and novel it’s done.
I don’t know how many miles this guy can pedal a day, but I bet he gets more likes than much of the garbage just being throw up online because it’s so easy and available for everyone to do. 😉
So I’ve been reading about the use of virtual technology for the military veterans as a way to help the healing process of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
But this was something different yesterday in downtown D.C….
Using virtual reality to “See Life Through A Chicken’s Eyes”–complements of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
So I go up and ask the attendant what this is all about.
She says, “You can take the virtual reality tour and walk around a field as a chicken!”
She goes on, “Only we’re having some trouble with the technology, so can you come back in 20 minutes?”
Uh, okay, but 2 things:
1. Yes, I do believe in ethical treatment for everyone (including animals), and no one should suffer where we can (and should) prevent it.
2. I did just have some chicken (only Kosher, of course!) to eat just last week (and it was pretty good), and while I am curious to see the virutal reality, I can’t make it back here in 20 minutes, but thank you!
Lesson: Treat all life compassionately, but I don’t have to walk around as a chicken to see that! 😉
I fondly remember when I was a kid going occassionally with my mom to the local synagogue to help the elderly with their weekly bingo game.
It was fun to see the old people getting together, having a good time, and competing for the prize, usually some token tchochkes.
As a little kid, of course, even though I wasn’t playing, I usually walked away with a big Hersey’s chocolate bar–and that itself was enough to make me want to come back again and again.
A couple of weeks ago though, I come to find out, there are other exciting versions of the game out there…
The Wall Street Journal (22 October 2012) described quite a novel version of the game called either chicken-poop bingo or cow-chip bingo.
Not to gross anyone out, it is what is sounds like.
The winning numbers are drawn not by the turning the game cage and having a ball with the winning numbers on it fall down the chute, but rather by where the chicken or cow does it’s business.
Some have barked about this being cruel to animals to use them in this way or that people manipulate the animals to go on certain squares by planting feed, or that when the dung drops on multiple squares, then the winner is the one with the greatest volume–enjoy measuring that!
This version of the game wins butt-down for the most novel way to play bingo, but for me, I still would rather accompany my mom to help the old people like I did as a kid and walk away with that great big cholocate bar. 😉
(Source Photo: here with attribution to B.K. Dewey)