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By Eric Shackle

"Warm Up, America! Everyone loves to snuggle into a cozy afghan when the weather's cool" said an Internet website now withdrawn from view. And there won't be much demand for the books Absolutely Gorgeous Afghans and Adorable Afghans for Baby. Not many Americans will want the 2001 Afghan Calendar, but the book 7-Day Afghans  may fare better.

Those Afghans, of course, have no connection with Osama bin Laden. Cotton tapestries called Afghans, nearly all made in the U.S., have suddenly become politically incorrect. Maybe they should be renamed Colin Towels.

Ella Little Bird sells "non-native made" Afghan blankets (made in USA) along with custom made dance shawls, native American designs - skirts and jackets, through her website ELLABIRD.

"America Will Remain Strong" she declares, displaying images of the U.S. flag and Bald Eagle*. "We pray for all the people that have lost their lives. God bless America. God bless all of us."

Net visitors can see pictures of Ella Little Bird modeling her shawls. "Look at my clothes on the web by clicking on one of the catalog pages to your left, or come and see me at one of the year 2001 pow wow's I will be attending," she says.

Then there are Norman Rockwell Afghans, offered for sale by, "Where We Celebrate the Life and Art of Norman Rockwell," sponsored by Scotty Ingram, Norman Rockwell's Favorite Child Model.

Its website offers  "High Quality Tapestries featuring some of Rockwell's most famous Post covers. Each Afghan measures a large 50"x70". Officially licensed by the Curtis Publishing Company and proudly manufactured in the U.S.A "

Animal World offers "4 different Cat afghan throw blankets made of 100% cotton. Great for home decor or warmth." For $49.99 you can buy a. Cat Afghan Throw Blanket "8 cat picture" or "Cats all the way around".

A final word about Afghans can be found in a marvelous list of hundreds of Pittsburghese words which cites Afuhgan  Afghan/blanket. Jawn's gawn an gin his afuhgan. (Submitted by Chris Sullivan, Media, PA).

FOOTNOTE. The Anagram Genius website says the letters forming OSAMA BIN LADEN can be re-arranged to reveal A DAMN ALIEN S.O.B. And the 5th AFGHAN HOUND World Congress will be held in Belgium on May 10, 2002.

* The Bald Eagle, which appears on the Great Seal of the United States and is featured on U.S. currency and in the insignia of many government and private agencies, is the national symbol of the United States of America, and the only eagle unique to North America. Its scientific name, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, signifies a sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with white (leukos) head (kephale) referring to its feathers. The word "bald" once meant white, not hairless. Bald eagles grow to about three feet in height, with an average wingspan of seven feet. Found over most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico, there are an estimated 50,000 of them in the U.S., 80 percent being in Alaska. You can read more about them by clicking on BIG ZOO.

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Copyright 2001   Eric Shackle   Story first posted October 2001.

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