Valentine’s day markets in everything

Looking to get yourself a present this Valentine’s Day? The El Paso Zoo has you covered. It will name a cockroach after your ex and then feed it to a meerkat live on camera.

You can message the zoo on Facebook with your ex’s name, then wait patiently for February 14 to watch the roach get devoured during the “Quit Bugging Me” meerkat event, which will live-stream on Facebook and the zoo’s website. The names of those exes will also be displayed around the meerkat exhibit and on social media starting February 11. The zoo calls it “the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.”

Here is the story, via LegalNomads.  Just when I think I have all of these covered, one comes along that is worse than anything I was expecting…

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Mislabeled. File under 'Passive-aggressive revenge markets in everything'. The "wait patiently" piece is a nice touch that subconsciously enhances the readers' imagination of what type of person said consumer is. The person in question is the type of person you - dear reader - made the wise choice of avoiding. The type of person that 'waits patiently' to watch a meerkat destroy your living arthropod effigy on Valentine's day, likely while chugging a whole box of wine.

Welp. Valentine's day. Don't say 'happy' cause they're not. They'll never be.

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I only visit the LegalNomads site maybe once a year; in her most recent post on her website she responded to readers who wondered why she'd been so quiet -- but her twitter account seems to have been quite active (I don't visit twitter regularly either).

Does not blogging but remaining active on twitter count as being quiet? Maybe so; if Tyler stopped his more-than-daily MR posts but kept tweeting, I wouldn't see his tweets and the silence on MR would be deafening (except for the occasional post by Alex).

The author of LegalNomads BTW has been dealing with crippling health issues for over a year, which is the main reason for the "quiet". But the numerous tweets? Perhaps explained because tweets take less work than blog posts do?

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Gosh, we just don't get enough Valentine/cockroach news on economics blogs these days.

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El Paso. That's in Beto's hometown, right? Just sayin'.

His name is Robert. Call him Robert.

U guys scared already LOL

What's to be scared of? This B.O. couldn't beat Ted Cruz despite Cruz being unlikable, fawning press coverage, and being showered with $80 million.

Yep.

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Do you mean your actual name is Transnational Pants Machine? ;)

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I don't know, Ty, this one is borderline.

If the ex is male, then sure, this is all harmless (and hilarious!!) fun and games, to benefit a great cause.

But if the ex is female, this is a misogynistic hate crime of the worst order, and you would probably get fired for promoting this violence against women.... if you didn't already have solid Dem bona fides, that is.

But the left always eats (ha) its own eventually.... are you sure this post is worth it? I'd be a little more careful going forward.

I really love the crazies battling the voices in their heads.

What’s crazy about this? It seems that everything going on in Virginia shows that there’s one rule for the Dem goose and another for the Repub gander, when it comes to which offences will compel you to resign from elected office.

Except for the all the leftist voices demanding the governor's resignation, including Slate. Actually that is exactly what "but the left always eats (ha) its own eventually" means: leftists must act according to their stated beliefs. Instead of pretending serve both Trump and Jesus (the Evangelical hypocrisy became clear) or fielding Roy Moores and Todd Akins.

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They should advertise on radio this week, along with 1-800 Flowers, PajamaGrams and naming a star after that special someone.

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'one comes along that is worse than anything I was expecting…'

I am fairly confident that there are private hunting ranches in Texas that will happily give an animal, only raised to be shot for pleasure, any name you wish. Whether you shoot it or someone else does it on camera won't make any difference to the cost.

What percentage of their business such special requests may already comprise is impossible to know, of course.

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Such is life in Trump's America.

Such is death in Trump's America.

Living death in Trump's America.

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To continue to bolster your liberal media street cred you need to emphasize how misogynistic valentines day is and how lebron james political views are the most important of this era

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You do realize that the chairman and the general director of the Mercatus Center has essentially zero liberal media street cred, and there is absolutely nothing that such a person can do to bolster their non-existent liberal media street cred while in that position.

And if Prof. Cowen had the slightest appreciation for political history, he would be getting ever more concerned about the fact that he is increasingly seen as merely part of the liberal establishment he has spent decades undermining.

he is building up street cred as a proselytizer of the liberal agenda in his bloomberg columns ... allegience to identity politics is required for that

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Thank you Tyler for your condemnation at this stunt. I’m as horrified as you are.

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What's the betting on the Expected Sex ratio? Will the cockroaches mostly be named after men? Or after women? Or a fairly even split?

Shame! How dare you imply that there are only men and women? Lynching's too good for you. (Unless of course you happen to be black in which case that sally is unambiguously withdrawn with appropriate grovelling.)

Tsk, Tsk. This is about hating on an ex. And clearly hating on a non-binary person is a hate crime. I'm sure the El Paso Zoo is woke enough to avoid that kind of publicity.

"No, I'm sorry sir, we can't name the cockroach "Pat", "Hillary", "Mohammed" or "Jesús". Those are all on the verboten list."

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The more general phenomenon is the ascendance of "programming." All entities - libraries, museums, parks, and apparently also zoos - or else their funders believe they must offer "programs," every damn day. (Though usually targeted at anxious parents - perhaps even more stir-crazy at home than their children?) Plainly people cannot be trusted to have the inner resources to appreciate anything, or amuse themselves, on their own.

I would have thought meerkats sell themselves. Park yourself at the meerkat exhibit - look up, up! okay, what are we looking at? - and watch the excitement when a hawk, or an airplane, flies over.

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I think you meant "Valentine's Day Meerkats". There's no market here (it's free, isn't it?).

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