My Pet Pincers
Sat, 10 Apr 1999 07:22:38 EDT

The Japanese are feeling the pinch of market forces, according to the
NYT. Despite Japan's attempts to protect its market with import
bans, the price of pet beetles has plummeted. While once a nice
beetle sold for a few thousand dollars, now you can get one for a
mere three hundred. Though beetles aren't the commodity they once
were, they retain their status as a favored pet. This is due to
their charming and diverse personalities, according to the insect
salesman at Tobu Department Store.

Eve Gerber, exerpted from Slate's today's papers

. . and, according to me, the perfect alpha geek accessory: pocket-sized
personality in a small, water-tight package.