Tea for toots, and toots for tea

So you’re sitting around drinking hot tea on a quiet day, thinking, “gosh, I wish someone would play ‘The Blue Belles of Scotland’ on an ocarina so that it wouldn’t be so quiet in here.” Stranger things have happened, right?

Well, now you can play it yourself….on your teacup.

I received a press release today for one of the most bizarre new products I’ve seen: a teacup ocarina. I thought it was a joke. Then I saw the video.

Here’s the full press release, if you find yourself suddenly coveting this curious cup:

With the economy still a long way from fully recovered, people are searching for Christmas/holiday gifts that are unique, universally appealing and affordable. New this season is a beautiful pottery cup that doubles as a musical instrument.

Brand new and just in time for the holidays, the Teacarina is a true original: a combination teacup and ocarina that lets you play simple tunes between sips of your favorite hot drink.

Manufactured by STL Ocarina of St. Louis in a range of beautiful colors, the Teacarina sells for $18, making it a truly affordable gift. Like all of the amazing ocarinas manufactured by STL Ocarina, it is irresistible to play for anyone young or old.

Each Teacarina comes with an instruction booklet. Music is produced by blowing through an air chamber, changing pitch by fingering four holes of various sizes on the side on the cup.

Intriguing, isn’t it? The Teacarina is, as one online reviewer states, “exceptionally fun and wildly addictive to toot away at.”

“This is one of the best ways I can think of to spend around $20,” says Teaviews member “Troy” at http://www.teaviews.com/2009/10/22/review-stlocarina-teacarina/. “It does everything you’d expect of such a product, has a quality of manufacture of a much more expensive piece of tea ware, and is, above all else, fun!”

The Teacarina is a form of ocarina, a pocket-sized wind instrument with roots in the dawn of history. The story of how people are rediscovering the ocarina through the popular video game “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” and STL Ocarina’s innovative creations is nearly as intriguing as the little instruments themselves.

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