I don’t receive quite as many of these as I used to, but this one deserves to be memorialized. Because of the name of my website and the fact that when it comes to the web, most people nowadays have the attention span of a caffeinated gerbil, a lot of people decide to send me e-mail about lipstick, not bothering to even look at my site. Here’s a humdinger I received a few days ago from Australia in exactly this color:
wat excactly is in lipstick
cause 4 skool we hav to find wats in somthin and do a flow chart or somthin
pleas help me
(Love the im-chat speak; I just pray to god this person really doesn’t think that’s English.)
It seems that amongst the schoolchidren of the world, there seems to be an unhealthy obsession with what’s inside lipstick. And they feel compelled to write papers on it for unsuspecting teachers. Since 1997 (when I premiered the site), the top two ingredients kids think make up lipstick are…
- whale blubber
- pig anuses
Why the latter I have no idea–maybe they love snickering over the idea of their mothers and sisters rolling that stuff over their lips….
What I’m going to read: Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold, though I really want to read Freaks of Mayfair by E.F. Benson ; I mean–how can you not love an author whose father was the Archbishop of Canterbury and who later in life kept a corgi named Taffy?