This prompted by a post on another current MPSIMS thread, in which the poster expresses surprise at the amount of stored wrapping-paper which they found was in their possession.
A UK conservation group has estimated – and publishes the estimate – that the amount of wrapping-paper and equivalent materials used annually in the UK, would be sufficient to gift-wrap the entire island of Guernsey (10 x 7 x 7 miles). On one level, reading this arouses in me the proper horror about wastefulness and environmental damage. On another level, which on the whole tends to predominate for me, over that which is the correct one: the idea of gift-wrapping Guernsey strikes me as rather daftly charming. The fantasy shapes itself unbidden, of some monarch centuries ago, giving Guernsey as a fiefdom to some nobleman whom they favoured; and having the island gift-wrapped accordingly (no doubt by dint of much forced labour for the serfs – not so charming).
Am I uniquely odd; or has anyone else had a similar experience concerning publicised facts about something appalling – which despite oneself and despite one’s taking the desired message on board, has been overshadowed for one, by inability to avoid seeing it in an unintended silly and whimsical light?