Pavlov’s Hedgehogs: Behind The Prickly Scenes

Brillo gets a lot of love. He’s a hedgehog; it comes naturally. Xavier gets his fair share of love, too – it’s the hair, mostly. But we wanted to show some love to the people who really matter – wealthy venture capitalists who can inject literal tons of your bizarre American currency into this website. We couldn’t figure out how to target a post towards this select group of upstanding members of society, so we settled on you guys instead.

Thus, we celebrate you, the audience – without whom Xavier would be huddled alone in a dark corner instead of huddled in a dark corner with a laptop. To demonstrate our appreciation, we’re going to share some photos that have really nothing to do with you. Research shows that people enjoy behind-the-scenes looks at stuff, so here you go – Pavlov’s Hedgehogs: Behind the Prickly Scenes.

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Writing a post can take awhile. Complicating matters is the fact that we have to plan all our photos in advance, because once we leave whatever location we’re in, we’re probably not going back. Jokes, stories, and even research all have to happen prior to departure. Of course, much is added later, often by nature of a happy accident. But we don’t use Photoshop on our images, so we can’t just copy and paste Brillo or Xavier back to France or wherever.

Though we could just do an impossible "Where's Waldo?"

Though we could just do an impossible “Where’s Waldo?”

There are loads of other issues, too, but we don’t like to complain about things that aren’t the weather or literally anything else, so here’s some rare footage of the author at work:

On the ferry back from the Aran Islands.

On the ferry back from the Aran Islands.

…which leads to:

"You want this life ring? Well climb on up out of the water and get it yourself, lazybones."

“You want this life ring? Well climb on up out of the water and get it yourself, lazybones.”

This photograph of Xavier at a fairy fort:

"Yeah, I'm pretty sure taking novelty photos at their holy site makes fairies angry."

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure taking novelty photos at their holy site makes fairies mad.”

…leads to this photo of Brillo at a fairy fort:

"Bring it on."

“Bring it on.”

"NOT SO POWERFUL WITHOUT YOUR HOARD, ARE Y- is that a hair tie?"

“NOT SO POWERFUL WITHOUT YOUR HOARD, ARE Y- is that a hair tie?”

And this photo of Xavier at an 11th-century abbey:

"Aww, Brillo just wants to hug."

“Aww, Brillo just wants to hug.”

…results in:

"...and as I tighten my grip, softly you fall into your permanent slumber...."

“…and as I tighten my grip, you softly fall into your permanent slumber….”

But sometimes choosing a location for Brillo’s photo shoots can be challenging. Fortunately, we’ve documented that too:

"There's gotta be a funny epitaph around here somewhere."

“There’s gotta be a funny epitaph around here somewhere.”

So I’ve desecrated the homes of both fairies and the Irish dead. Now to find an ogre to laugh at.

Coming up next on Pavlov’s Hedgehogs: 5 Fun Shapes An Ogre Can Make With Your Spine.

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4 responses to “Pavlov’s Hedgehogs: Behind The Prickly Scenes

  1. how lovely to be in ireland in the spring, i was once…even in galway. i don´t remember seeing quite so many people taking pictures 🙂

    • My word, yes. It’s absolutely gorgeous in the spring. I’ve actually gotten headaches from seeing the sun so much more often. It’s a great feeling, strangely enough.

  2. I love that you harassed some of our friends into taking photos of you takings photos of a fuzzy little hedgehog. You take everything in stride and use literally everything at your fingertips to make this blog the greatest you can. Keep it up. I hope Brillo’s adventures won’t stop when we hit Burlington.

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