There’s a part in one of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books (which I’d go look up if I wasn’t already typing one-handed because I’ve got a cat on my arm), I believe it’s in So Long and Thanks for all the Fish. This part involves an interview where the outside of a guy’s house is all decorated to look like a typical house interior, and inside was all done up to look like the outdoors. The reason for this was that the guy had come to the conclusion that the rest of the world was completely mad and ought to be contained… or something to that effect… and he came to this conclusion because he found instructions on a packet of matches. Something so simple shouldn’t require such detailed instructions, unless of course, humanity had completely gone off its collective rocker.
Well, very recently, I had my own little moment that mirrored this guy’s revelation almost completely. I ordered a super-cool Doctor Who mug from Think Geek — the Tardis moves from deep space to London when you put hot liquid in it — love it! But with it came a piece of paper that said “Unfamiliar with mugs or their proper use? Check out our instructional video.” A video?!? The sheet of paper already told me I couldn’t put it in the dishwasher, what else did I need?
Um… are there people who don’t know how to use a mug? Are unfamiliar with mugs? This blew my mind. Completely. Even worse than the time I saw the warning on a package of peanut M&M’s: this product may contain nuts. (It better contain nuts, or someone’s getting a nasty letter!) All I could think about was the guy with the inside-out house.
Then, I sucked it up and went to the website. Breathed a sigh of relief. I wasn’t going to have to dive into the future Douglas Adams predicted… despite the M&M’s nut issue. Take a look for yourself, if you wish! It’s rather amusing.