Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Dumpster Rescue

After taking out the garbage several weeks ago, Wendell returned with this doll. All we know about it is a message that was pinned to its chest.
When you think you want to climb the walls or stand right up and shout,

Here’s a little dammit doll you cannot do without.

Just grasp it firmly by the legs and find a place to slam it,

And as you whack the stuffing out, yell

Dammit - Dammit - Dammit

Dammit Doll

Since the doll's in such good condition, I suspect it hasn't fulfilled its intended purpose. Instead of just tossing it in the garbage can with leftover spaghetti, it was left neatly perched at the dumpster. Just like Moses' family wanted him to be rescued, perhaps the doll's previous owners hoped someone would give it a home.

Has anyone out there ever seen a Dammit Doll before? Although Wendell's dumpster find is the first one I've seen, they're evidently common. Among my discoveries:

  • Weezie's Guide To Stress Relief includes How to make a Dammit Doll instructions.
  • Mary Saunders' Knitted Dammit Doll pattern has been designed with an easy-to-grab head. According to Mary, this version is also "a good way to use up leftover scraps of yarn since the doll isn't fussy about her looks", and she gracefully suggests "uttering your favorite epithet" while slamming it around like a rag doll (no pun intended).
  • The Dammit Doll Store offers dolls to fit the situation, such as the Computer Dammit Doll, Road Rage Dammit Doll, and the popular Sports Rage Dammit Doll, and suggests a gentler phrase for those of us who don't use crass terms like Dammit.
The doll's message suggests that it's just waiting to have the stuffing whacked out of it. With that pleasant smile on its face though, I'm not sure I can bear to whack it on anything ... yet.J

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