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Bongos and Catcher’s Mitts, Put to Uses God Never Intended

Readers of a certain age will remember Don Novello‘s classic The Laszlo Letters, a collection of the absurd letters that Novello, a television comedy writer best known for his appearances as Father Guido Sarducci, wrote under a pseudonym to celebrities and corporate executives, along with the serious responses he got back. Lots of people have tried this schtick in the thirty years since that book’s original publication—Novello’s own latest sequel, From Bush to Bush, came out in 2003—and here’s a guy who’s tapped into the opportunities offered by our shiny new digital world, with a batch of wacky letters to eBay vendors called, simply enough, Letters to eBay.

Two warnings: The soundtrack is incongruously loaded with what Stan Freberg used to call ‘pling pling pling jazz,’ which I suspect is a deliberate bid for irony, and there’s a simulated scene of natural childbirth that might be NSFW if you’re in a particularly uptight workplace. But then, you shouldn’t be watching five-minute videos when you’re at work anyway, should you? Oh, go ahead; we all know you’re just killing time until you can bail for the three-day weekend, and I bet your boss didn’t even come in today.

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