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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Fluffy Money

posted by on July 12 at 11:13 AM

Earlier this week, Seattle Opera got a gift of $15 million from a man whose fortune is in pillows.

The man is Gerald (Jerry) Hanauer. His company is Pacific Coast Feather Co. Most relaxing sentence from the company’s website (product description for Superior Goose Down Pillow): “Combining the softness of high thread count 100% cotton and fluffy, natural down plumes, our down pillows are designed with your absolute comfort in mind… Relax and cradle your head in our soft, luxurious down pillows.”

From Seattle Times:

Hanauer commended Seattle Opera’s “beauty and excellence,” adding, “My company, Pacific Coast Feather Co., is a world-class company, and I have had for numerous years now the same feeling about Seattle Opera.” The Hanauer gift will more than double Seattle Opera’s endowment…

Here’s a website that explains how goose down pillows are made: “To obtain feathers and down at the time of slaughter, the normal process is to first scald the geese in hot water (60-68°C) for 1-3 minutes. The coarse feathers of the wing and tail are then removed by hand with the remainder of the feathers and down removed either by a plucking machine or by hand. The feathers are then dried and this is normally done in large commercial tumble dryers…”

You don’t have to murder the geese in order to get a fluffy pillow for relaxing and cradling your head, but if you don’t, where’s the foie gras you eat before heading out to the opera going to come from?

In other words, we capture, murder, boil, and chop up these guys:


…so that we can have this:


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Foie Gras is bullshit.

Posted by Sally Struthers Lawnchair | July 12, 2007 11:25 AM

-- Major bummer :(

Posted by Aaro)))n Edge | July 12, 2007 12:25 PM

Sensational, this post!

Posted by Nick | July 12, 2007 12:31 PM

Pacific Coast Feather Co. is the most relaxing name for a company I've ever heard.

If I ever start a psych band...

Posted by Dougsf | July 12, 2007 1:13 PM

So I gather seeing/hearing a first rate production of "Turandot" isn't worth a little goose rendition. Guess we're gonna have to close all of those Carnegie libraries - didn't men die making steel? Jesus Horatio Christ!

Posted by KENTUCKY KERNEL OF TRUTH | July 12, 2007 6:53 PM

Guess this means vegans must now eschew their goose down bed comforts in favor of petrochemical styrofoam or worse - Japanese wooden block pillows that only suffered in the chopping down, hewing, sawing, sanding, buffing phases of their sentient lives, forsaken by the dryads and Weyerhaeusered to a profitable fare-thee-well.

Posted by RAVIN' EVER MORE | July 12, 2007 7:35 PM

more frizelle less seling

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Posted by Judy Wu | July 22, 2007 6:32 PM

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