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T-shirt of the week: Dear Buddha...

This week's t-shirt is one of those beautiful geek artifacts that works on many levels, almost all of which are going to confound the muggles and mundanes amongst us.

Serenity Dear Buddha shirtThis week's t-shirt is one of those beautiful geek artifacts that works on many levels, almost all of which are going to confound the muggles and mundanes amongst us. Below a stylized Buddha image, we have the following invocation: "Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket."

This, some may recognize, is a line spoken by Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Serenity, the Firefly spin-off movie. It bespeaks the strange conflation of Chinese and American cultures in this retro-Western future, wherein Buddha has become, ironically, a figure that grants enlightenment through an abandonment of all things material, whilst simultaneously bringing you toys in answer to your prayers and Christmas lists. Plus, he's asking for a pony and a plastic rocket—a combination typically only the geek girl would want—which is funny on its face, and because in the quoted scene, Mal is disguised as a pseudo-Geisha companion. So, you know, it's also a cross-dressing joke.

Yeah, it's less funny when I explain it. But, hey, Serenity shirts from Stylin' Online. Go buy it and see who laughs. They're cool. In that great nerdy way.

About Jay Garmon

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