Thursday, September 24, 2009


Manny the Mantis.

Meet Manny the Mantis, my newest Animal Companion.

Disgusting, you say? My Japanese friends would disagree. Mantises are popular Animal Companions there, although the term “pet” might be a bit of a stretch. Bug-in-a-Box is more like it.

No: If you want a disgusting Insectoid Buddy, you need one of these. But Manny is a Class Act.

Some folks call these little guys “praying mantises” on account of the position in which they hold their “hands.” And maybe they are praying, at that... for I found what appears to be a tiny tallit and set of tefillin. Who knew?

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