I saw this image all over Pinterest today, mostly on wedding boards, with the commentary, “Spray paint coffee beans and use as a vase filler… lovely!”
This gave me pause. While the items in this image are indeed lovely and shiny and attention-grabbing, they are also so blatantly obviously NOT spray-painted coffee beans. I can only assume that anyone who repinned this with that commentary has never used paint from a spray can. Or seen a coffee bean. Or had something important to do with their time, like spray-painting tea leaves and using them as confetti.
It’s ideas like this that give Pinterest (and future-brides) a bad rep.
That said, what this really is, as anyone who bothered clicking on the image to find its source would know, are Coffee Joulies, pieces of stainless steel shaped like giant coffee beans that you put (with your hot coffee or beverage) into your insulated travel mug. The beans cool down your coffee to proper drinking temperature, and then keep your coffee at that temperature all day. Or so they say. I haven’t tried them.
Anyway, the point here is that in the Land of Pinterest, a product such at this can morph into something described as spray-painted coffee beans to use as vase-filler, and people just keep liking it and re-pinning it and praising it and no one even bothers to research or question if what they are seeing and reading and sharing is accurate.
Which, if you think about it, goes a long way towards explaining why politics in this country are so fucked up.