Thursday, July 10, 2008
I am not making this up...really!
I carry a small notebook with me in my purse and sometimes scribble things that catch my fancy.
It's also a very convenient place for my little sister to draw me pictures when I see her, and for my little brother to write hilarious stuff that's far beyond his biological 12 years.
And I forgot all about something I saw on a bottle of Thai chili sauce in a dive cafe in Chinatown a couple of weeks ago.
You know when you're bored waiting for someone, or for your food, or just want something to read while you're munching? You know how you sometimes end up reading the entirety of the labels of soy, teriyaki, chili, and plum sauces?
According to the back of the label, the chili sauce was made by the Theppadungporn Coconut Co.
To prove that I didn't make this up, I found their company logo on the web (see above.) Speaking of which, what in God's name is he planning to do with that oar? Go row a boat? Slice the coconut in his hand? Or just give it a good thrashing?
So inquiring minds want to know: what kind of name, exactly, is Theppadungporn? Is the Theppadunporn family an esteemed member of the Thai chili sauce trade? Or could it be that the Theppadung company bought out the Porn Coconut company, and decided to combine names in the merger - sort of like when Fort Howard bought Saint James and they became Fort James? Why IS the word coconut included? Do they also sell produce on the side? Any ideas?
If you're bored at work tomorrow, here's an assignment - explain how you think the company chose its name.
Yes, I really do have an answer to this question - but let's get creative. We can all use a good laugh. The more, the merrier!