Thursday, December 22, 2005

The real national unity question: Mittens!

By the way, the Post has started up its National Mitten Registry again.
If you spot a lost mitten in decent condition, please send it to us along with a short note stating where and when you found it, your name and address. We'll photograph it and run a mitten each day in the Arts and Life section. For your trouble, we'll send you an official National Post tote bag. We recommend keeping the Mitten Spotter's Guidelines printed at right in your purse or wallet.

Of course, the National Mitten Registry can only work with your help, so please lend a hand to keep your neighbours' hands warm.


Some clip-'n'-save rules of woolen thumb for your winter of glove spotting.

- Keep your eyes peeled around mailboxes, cash registers, subway turnstiles and anywhere else people tend to be digging around in their pockets. Our research shows these are mitten hot spots.

- Does the found mitt look too gross to touch? Has it been repeatedly run over? Is it submerged in slush? Leave it be!

- Is it propped up on a fence post? Again, leave it be! While we'd like everyone to participate in the National Mitten Registry, the greater goal is recovery.

- While we sympathize with the plight of lost earrings, socks, keys, laptops, umbrellas and pets, they are more than we can handle here at the Mitten Registry offices. Handwear only, please!

- An online gallery of all registered mitts will be maintained at

- Please direct mittens with your coordinates, the mitten's coordinates and your anonymous voting intentions to National Mitten Registry c/o Benjamin Errett, 300-1450 Don Mills Rd., Don Mills, ON, M3B 3R5.

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