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November 30, 2007

It’s fun to read between the lines. We have this photo of a very, very large snake being carried off by guys in a village in Brazil. The caption says the snake was found at an “abandoned house.” Really? What a surprise to learn that a house containing a 20-foot anaconda was abandoned, instead of fully occupied by folks determined to hold their ground.

The caption further informs us the snake was reported by “frightened” residents. Good, that clears up the motivation, in case you thought they were just meddling buttinskies complaining for no good reason.

Lastly, the caption warns us: NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. What a let-down! Imagine the value of this photo in advertising, I don’t know, maybe snake suitcases, anaconda traps, baseball caps or whatever. It’s Madison Avenue’s loss. Here is a video report:

snake-2-360.jpgMen contain movements of anaconda weighing more than 300 pounds. It was found at an abandoned house in a Brazilian village, and was reported by frightened local residents. The anaconda kills by crushing victims. Picture taken November 27. REUTERS/ Environmental Police of Parana-Handout. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

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Greetings. I am from the tourist board of the neighboring village. Are you sure I cannot use this picture for a new marketing and ad campaign about where not to visit in Brazil?

Well, stranger from a neighboring village, I am afraid not.

However, since these men plan to dump the anaconda in the middle of your village later today, you should just await calls from your own frightened residents and take your own photo.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Gosh, I wonder what happened to the former residents of that house…

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

Just like my ex-… Wait. It crushes a person? Not his very soul? Never mind.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

The guy in the foreground just happens to notice, “Made in China,” on the snake’s flank. You can see the absence of surprise on his face.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Sssssorry about the ssssschnauser dog and the ssssssiamese cat.

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