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The Gentleman’s Single-Use Monocle

April 1st, 2015 by Cobwebs

Bear with me, because this sounds like an April Fool’s prank but in fact is not.

Zach Weinersmith, creator of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, currently has a Kickstarter project for The Gentleman’s Single-Use Monocle. It’s a simple visual joke, the punchline being that it’s not a condom.

Although we have worked hard to keep the price low, we have also taken care to make sure the monocle is of a better quality than the cheap ones you usually see in novelty shops. Our monocle is mostly plastic, with a metal chain that gives it a pleasant jingle, and color choices that give it a realistic look. The monocle itself is very durable and would be a fine addition to a cosplay costume.

Its wrapper has a clear back so you can show it off without opening it, but he also plans to sell them in multipacks in case you use them. It’d be a mildly amusing addition to a steampunky cosplay ensemble, but if they can be bulk-purchased cheaply enough I’m thinking they’d also be an excellent promotional freebie for vendors at conventions to hand out.

Here’s his Kickstarter video:

This might seem like a simple attempt to cash in on the popularity of steampunk, but if you go over to his site and read the promo ad you’ll see the real reason he’s doing this: “Please do your part to make me right and my wife wrong.”

The Kickstarter runs through April 15.

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