Rainbow shopping days

From Steven Levine on Facebook on the 15th:


(#1) “Classic Pride Rainbow Eco-Friendly Leather Boots” from DealClever.com

Look what Facebook showed me as an ad. They are leather and 50% off … I know they are meant to be “Pride boots” but I like them because they seem like something from a Dr. Seuss illustration.

The DealClever.com site is rainbow rainbow rainbow!

And there is a Dr. Seuss connection, of sorts: a Kindergarten Games pedagogical YouTube video Chasing Rainbows, for learning color names, using Dr. Seuss characters (but not his style):

(#2) The video’s rainbow is the ROY G. BIV 7-color spectrum, with indigo and violet (rather than purple); there is of course a “Rainbow Song” (a spoonful of music helps the medicine go down).

Meanwhile, on the DealClever.com site, a new item: the stainless steel rainbow silverware set:


(#3) teaspoon + dinner spoon + dinner fork + dinner knife: “This flatware set is ideal for entertaining. Perfect gift for friends and family!”

Note the semantic extension of silverware. From NOAD:

noun silverware: [a] dishes, containers, or cutlery made of or coated with silver. [b] US eating and serving utensils made of any material.

The boots, I think, are stunning (Steven actually bought a pair), but the flatware strikes me as creepy, and I worry about the colored coating. The coating is applied through some process (probably electrochemical coating) also used in architecture and jewelry making. From an International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) site offering architectural stainless steel:

The surface color and texture options for molybdenum-containing stainless steels is practically limitless. … If color is preferred, both opaque (e.g. terne [noun terne: a lead alloy containing about 20 percent tin and often some antimony and other coatings (NOAD)) and translucent (e.g. electrochemical and PVD [physical vapor deposition]) colors provide considerable design flexibility. Practically every color in the rainbow is possible including charcoal grey, black, gold, bronze, blue, green and red. If they are used appropriately and well maintained, many of the coloring processes for stainless steel will last the life of the building.

I wouldn’t be entirely comfortable putting such material in my mouth, but then I’m pretty much of a wuss.

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