Friday, January 19, 2007

Making the World Safe from Coconuts

Wanted: Coconut Safety Engineer.

Watching the DVD specials (yay, specials!) for Pirates of the Caribbean II, SwingDaddy found an Easter Egg featuring a very unusual addition to the movie crew while they were working in the tropics.

Falling coconuts can cause serious injury, so they hired a local guy who took care of the coconut trees above their film locations. He'd climb trees in the traditional way, using a rope belt to walk up them, and cut down coconuts with a machete. I love how an enormous technical production with specialists in obscure corners of computer graphics also has room for something so real-world, so practical and exotic at the same time.

It's a sign that you've really made it, if your production has a coconut guy.

Alternatively, it could be a sign that your production is spiraling out of control, if you're operating in a locale that requires a coconut guy.


Jenny said...

It's still better than my job.

Lady M said...

Jenny - Ha! With the side benefit of as many coconuts as you want to eat.

Mamacita Tina said...

Eating too many coconuts may not exactly be a good benefit...aren't they a natural laxative?