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Edible (Squid Flavored) Postcards

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posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 04:18 PM
Yet another interesting development from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Residents of the coastal town of Susami in Wakayama prefecture
love the sea and the post office so much that the town once
installed a mailbox on the ocean floor for scuba divers.
Now, further evidence of this powerful sea/mail love comes in
the form of “Surumail” — edible postcards made from squid.

Produced by the Susami fishing cooperative, Surumail postcards
consist of dried surume squid (Todarodes pacificus), the local
seafood specialty.
The squid jerky is flattened and vacuum-packed into the shape of
a postcard, and an adhesive label is included for the postage,
delivery address and a short message.

According to the Surumail website, which touts the postcards as
a cutting-edge medium of communication for the 21st century,
many big-name companies — including Microsoft and IBM have
inquired about the cards. Surumail may play an instrumental role
in saving the Japanese economy, the website claims.

The postcards cost ¥320 ($2.77).

Pink Tentalce

This is a very cool development.

Now, you're probably thinking to yourself "Ok, so what the heck
does this have to do with the environment?", and that's a good
question, and one that I have an equally good answer.

By using this technology, and I mean edible mail, not squid
flavored postcards, we can help the environment by not only
reducing the amount of trees cut down for paper, but also by
using a food source that can be used without the immediate
worry of overfishing, though we should be careful not to do that.

And really, who would'nt want to get a chocolate flavored love letter?

Comments, Opinions?

[edit on 11/30/2006 by iori_komei]


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