Printed on Gildan Ladies shirts, which basically means slightly shorter body and higher sleeves. Grant can wear an XL, but the sleeves are a little too high. (Will wrote this.)
Grant sez: Shorter is cooler when it's hot. I strongly encourage guys who get hot upper arms to try these women's shirts! Also, there's no chest pocket, so the left pec stays the same temperature as the right one. A case can be made...
Behind the scenes
The challenge was to create one of the Top Five tee-shirts in the cosmos; to make you inspire wonder as you push a cart around Trader Joe’s; and make it relevant to Rivendell. The platypus was a no-brainer, since we have a new bike of that name coming late Fall.
The slogan was harder. One of the early candidates was “Puts ye olde kangaroo to shame,” but while that’s true, we didn’t want to tick off the kangaroo people.
The Animal of All Time is something an ancient flabbergasted biologist said about the beast, once he realized it was a real animal (after seeing stuffed platypuses and thinking it was taxidermy trickery). It has been re-quoted in at least two books on the platypus, but this is a tee-shirt first.
Pride O’ the Cosmos is obviously true, seemed to compliment The Animal of All Time, and brought astrophysics into it.
The platypus lives only in southeastern Australia and Tasmania, and the Australian government regards it as a national treasure and protects it. But the modern world has started to encroach, and some bad Aussies are poaching them on purpose, and then there are those who get snagged in fishing line, balloon-release strings, u-name-it. So, it warrants ramped-up conservation efforts. Once gone, there’s never going to be another animal like it.
Here's the group you donate to every time you buy a shirt. If it's not a link, cut and paste, or just google Australian Platypus Conservancy.
Our cost: $20
Your cost: $30
What about the $10 difference? $6 of that to the Australian Platypus Conservancy, and we laugh all the way to the bank with our $4.