Stuff On My Desk – Wolverine

Stuff On My Desk - Wolverine
So, was Adamantium invented by Adam Ant? Discuss.

I have stuff, and some of it is on my desk.

Time for yet another slightly nicked nicknack from my workspace.

He’s Wolverine, bub, the adamantium-laced badass. He’s the best there is at what he does, but what he does ain’t very nice. I lost count of how many times I heard Wolvie recite that spiel during my days as a fan of the X-Men comic book, but now I see how vague it is out of context. It could mean he sells meth disguised as Mr. Rogers or that he cheats at checkers.

This is a Burger King Kids Meal toy from the X-Men: Evolution animated TV series that ran from 2000-2003 (click on the image for a closer look). For those only familiar with the live action version of the character played by Hugh Jackman, you’ll notice this Wolverine has a flashier sense of fashion. Obviously, a character who looks cool on the comics page can look like a mom’s basement-dwelling social reject in a realistic setting, hence Jackman doesn’t wear spandex or the Batman mask on steroids.

In any case, I’m still not playing checkers with him.

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Stuff On My Desk – Zudes

Stuff on my desk - Zude
See those shoes? That’s what gamma radiation does to a pair of crocs.

I have stuff, and some of it is on my desk.

It’s called a Zudes, dudes. One of the sales people in our office brought it back from a conference in Europe, so for years we’ve just called it the “German Computer Thingie”, even though the box has a logo from a U.K. toy company and the Zudes has a distinctly Japanese look to it. That makes us geographically challenged, I suppose. At first glance it looks like the product of a drunken indiscretion between a troll doll and a late 80s Apple computer. Upon a second look, you realize just how appropriate the initial interpretation was and leave it at that, content in realizing that this odd coupling has produced the first sentient race for whom ingrown toenails are the leading cause of death (I mean, look at those clodhoppers).

A Zudes is actually a game and despite having years to master it I haven’t the slightest idea how it’s played. I think it’s kind of in the Giga-Pet family, and supposedly they’ll interact with others of their kind, so there may be a little Furby DNA in there as well. For the most part, though, I think they exist as a warning against beer-goggling.

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