Today I listened to the newest episode of 99 Percent Invisible. It was about Challenge Coins. These coins originated in the military. They are for people to give each other as a sign of respect, thanks, love, etc.
There is a lot of meaning wrapped up in them. There is even a drinking game designed around them.
The episode talked about how many different groups now have Challenge coins: police, firefighters, even Jimmy Buffet! It got me to thinking...
I would love to have a Ponder Couch Challenge Coin.
Apparently anyone who can pay for it can design and mint up some Challenge Coins.
"99 Percent Invisible" talked to the guy behind coinforce.com . I looked at their site a little. I don't know for sure, but I imagine having your own Challenge Coin made isn't cheap. I probably can't afford it.
But that doesn't stop me from making a quick MS Paint design for one:
So if anyone wants to pay for this design to get made... I wouldn't say no.
Today's Thing-a-Day Thing is the last scene of a movie. It's a scene that has been bouncing around in my head, with no other scenes of the movie, for a long time.
(all illustration images from Google image searches)
(Scene opens on a Viking Ship.)
(It is in a dry waterbed).
(Shot tightens onto the boat and Asger Sjoberg, the Viking leader.)
(He looks out at the dry waterbed with a hard look that conveys loss, regret, and sadness. At least, as much of those things as a bad-assed Viking's face can convey. He betrays the emotions that his face won't by letting out a short sigh. Cut to dry waterbed where a small splash of water darkens the soil.)
(It immediately evaporates, but a moment later there is another, and another... pretty soon it is starting to rain.)
(Asger feels a drop on his face. He reaches up and touches it. His eyes widen. He feels more drops. He leans over the edge of the boat and pops his eyes at the sight of water on the ground. A genuine smile crosses his face.)
ASGER: (quietly) It's raining, men.
FRITJOF: (another Viking who looks where he is looking and whispers, reverently) Hallelujah.
(Rain picks up, thunder).
ASGER; (joyfully, at the top of his lungs, laughing) IT'S RAINING, MEN!!!
CHORUS OF VIKINGS: Amen!!!
(Asger and all of the other Vikings laugh, shout, dance, and celebrate that the rains have come back to their land. They may be able to sail again, soon.)
(This song starts playing.)
(Vikings continue to celebrate, fade to black, "THE END", credits as the song plays out.)