Jack Handy once asked: “How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove, and it doesn’t have that dangerous beak.” Yet pillows can be dangerous, as Gumby and a guy in a tutu can clearly tell you. On Sunday in San Jose, pillows were weapons of war.
Never to be outdone by San Francisco, the good people of San Jose decided that the Bay Area’s largest city would host its own Slumber Party to compete with San Francisco’s Annual Great American Slumber Party. The local event, ominously known as “Feathers of Fury,” set goose down floating through the sky like a gentle layer of snow, but actually, there was nothing gentle about it. Organizers even warned that, “This is not a little kids event”—unless the kids were angry at Santa for bringing them lousy gifts this year.
The event began at exactly noon at Cesar Chavez Plaza. About 150 people and a panda attended. And so a tradition was born, on the eve of St Valentine’s Day.
Only one big problem remains now for Valentine’s Day aficionados, who happen to be fond of pillow talk. Their pillows are now scattered across the Plaza.