Feb 27 2012

I own the best pot holder ever

Found at Pike Place Market. Bought because it was so bad that it was awesome.


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  1. 1

    Curiously, reading the post title, that’s not the kind of pot holder I imagined.
    I also can’t help noticing he has a spare hand in his back pocket

  2. 2
    Anthony K

    Curiously, reading the post title, that’s not the kind of pot holder I imagined.

    Count me among the disappointed novelty roach clip aficionados too.

  3. 3

    Looks to me more like he has a second hand GROWING OUT OF HIS WRIST.

    Creepy addition to an otherwise exploitatively hot image of a classic “man’s man”. Well played, Jen. Well played.

  4. 4

    Thats three, at least, lured in by the sensasionalist and ultimately dissapointing headline.
    What is it?

  5. 5

    Its a kitchen pot holder, used so as you don’t burn your hands.

  6. 6

    I… wasn’t trying to be sensationalist. It’s a pot holder. That’s the name.

  7. 7
    Sachi Wilson

    And you found this while escorting potential new grad students around Seattle, didn’t you? :-D

  8. 8
    Pierce R. Butler


    Somebody please explain this to me, so I don’t embarrass myself by making a lewd proposition when I’m just trying to buy plumbing supplies…

  9. 9

    Title: “Hot Stuff”

  10. 10

    »Flush end cap«

    What you need to do to avoid Santorum when having ghey sex with Brownian.

  11. 11

    Wait, is that meant to be a severed hand sticking out of his pocket? I’m completely as a loss as to what kind of tool that is supposed to be.

    I for one thought this was exactly what it sounded like. Perhaps that’s just my sheltered life.

  12. 12
    Bill Door

    Ghastly. Being charred by hot cookie sheets will only make it look better.

  13. 13
    Prof. Bleen

    Is that a four-by-four, or are you just glad to see me?

    He’s half buff, half skeleton, and has a serious case of Alfred E. Neuman going on with those eyes at completely different heights.

  14. 14

    Sorry, Pierce, but when you’re dealing with male and female connectors and pipe nipples, it’s inevitabobble.

  15. 15

    Pretty sure it’s an unused glove. No glove, no love.

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    Anonymous Atheist

    I think the ‘third hand’ is supposed to be a glove, with a bad choice of colors.

    That looks like a handmade quilted potholder; the artwork was a small part of a large piece of fabric, likely sold from bolts over a yard wide. You can see little bits of other construction guys on the top and left edges. Imagine what the complete design could’ve looked like! ;-)

  17. 17

    Actually, that might make a very nice design for a stained-glass window.

  18. 18

    A picture and diagram:


    and if you want something more suggestive:


  19. 19

    what’s with the extra hand?!

  20. 20

    I thought he was carrying a large piece of bacon.

  21. 21

    Well I guess it’s better than if it where a dakimakura.

  22. 22

    I admit that for a second I thought that was supposed to be Jesus carrying the cross. Would have made it even more surreal.

  23. 23

    So glad I wasn’t the only one.

  24. 24

    Actually, that also had crossed my mind for just a split second. And it sort of fits, considering Jesus was said to be a carpenter and all. Even more surreal, would be taking Ali’s (#12) bacon concept and working that in also: A hard-hat Jesus carrying his own bacon-slab crucifix! I think Dali would have loved it.

  25. 25
    Irreverend Bastard

    so bad it’s awesome

    You just described me!

    not the kind of pot holder I imagined


  26. 26

    It’s a fine line between awesome and awful!

  27. 27

    Have you taken them to Seattle’s gum wall yet?

    Google it if you haven’t heard of it. You should post a “Jen” picture in front of it..

  28. 28

    Us UKians call it an oven glove.

  29. 29

    Ah, an oven glove, thanks

  30. 30

    OK Jen, but you have an international, and aparently, mostly oven glove heads, readership and although we know most of the (wrong) names you Americans use for things its always interesting to see another.

  31. 31

    Thanks Adrian

  32. 32
    Predator Handshake

    That guy’s physique reminds me of Fitness Celebrity John Basedow. What ever happened to him?

  33. 33
    Svlad Cjelli

    That’s not even an ovenglove/ovenmitt. It’s a grytlapp.

    And I still guessed what “pot holder” means.

    Is there another kind of pot holder I should know about?

  34. 34

    Grytlapp is what it looks like to me, way to small for an oven mitt. And it brings a whole new level of meaning to awesome.

    How can you walk with a tool belt hanging at groin level?

  35. 35

    We have wrong names? Its not even a glove though. Its a pot holder. Its just a thick square of cloth.

    Now if it was an oven mit, then at least we’d be on the same wavelength and could have the whole mit v. glove discussion.

  36. 36

    Yeah, the UKers may have us on the whole “shop v store” controversy, but I think we USers win in that “pot holder” is a much more reasonable name for a non-glove item used for holding pots than “oven glove”.

  37. 37
    Al Stefanelli

    My first thought on the title was, “Jennifer got a new bong?”

  38. 38
    Pierce R. Butler

    Oh Gawd – that Wagner Companies’ “Volute End”…

    I may not get to sleep tonight!

  39. 39

    An oven glove can be used for both jobs, a pot holder not so much.

  40. 40

    Wow! 39 comments and rising. All over a padded cloth.(OK so Jen finds the workman cute).

  41. 41
    Anonymous Atheist

    People thought it was referring to some cannabis (= ‘pot’) usage accessory.

  42. 42

    Yes, I can really see the draw to that configuration, but it’s the drive-on caps for me!

  43. 43

    USAians get a lot of things like this wrong. I’ve been over here in the US for over 30 years and I still can’t get the upside-down light switches!

  44. 44
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Even the ones that aren’t gloves?

  45. 45
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Flush isn’t a verb here. Work with it.

  46. 46
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    It’s… fantastic!.

  47. 47

    Looks like it’s time for another trip down to Pikes Place.

  48. 48
    'Tis Himself

    I didn’t know Tom of Finland made potholders.

  49. 49

    Sir, I tips me hat to you. I would offer you an Internet, but I fear you may have already run out of room to store them all.

  50. 50
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    I’m not sure I agree that frustrating people who insist that arbitrary Britainese conventions are objectively right counts as “getting it wrong.” That seems like a worthwhile goal to me.

  51. 51
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Welcome to the wonderful world of oblivious Britainese pretend-cultural-privilege. Don’t step in the gratuitous vowels.

  52. 52
    Svlad Cjelli

    Ah, of course! I’m out of touch with the fashion-industry.

  53. 53
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Ok, third unused hand, trousers falling off his ass, no shirt, where on earth is worplace safety when you need them?

  54. 54

    Don’t tell me I’m the only one that thought it was a chicken foot… I am ashamed.


  55. 55
    a miasma of incandescent plasma

    Very carefully

  56. 56

    I’m impressed with the wood he’s showing off.

  57. 57

    Too gay. (Which is also why it is awesome)

  58. 58

    Forget Dali, *I* love it!!!

  59. 59
    James Croft

    I have a bunch of these too – and I LOVE THEM! =D

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  61. 61

    American light switches are upside-down?!

  62. 62

    There is always at least one ‘novelty’ fabric available with hunks — sometimes in a fabric suitable for making an ironing board cover. Here’s a website featuring yard goods with this and an assortment of other patterns:


  63. 63
    Timothy (TRiG)

    Now that is the perfect response.


  64. 64
    Timothy (TRiG)

    Now, when I saw “pot holder” I assumed you meant a pot grab, such as might be used when you’re camping and, for reasons of space, are using pots without handles.


  65. 65
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