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Unique Literary Gift for Book Lovers from The Amygdalab’s Literary Research Facility

Hi Everyone! I’m Copernicus the Lab Mouse, official spokes-mouse for THE AMYGDALAB! 

Copernicus, Lab Mouse and Official Spokesman for The Amygdalab

Research Associates at our Literary Research Facility have been hard at work on a special project for book lovers and are now ready to share their results!  After months of painstaking research, experimentation, and inquiry our intrepid Library Scientists have released a set of Fictional Bar Coasters, pulled straight from the pages of classic works of literature! These bookish items make great literary gifts for book lovers, book worms, or whatever else one might call the special readers in their life.

Here’s a quick look at each of the coasters:

Ishmael’s Seaside Tavern

         The Amygdalab’s Associate Librarian Oswald Humphreys took on the courageous task of following the trail of the Pequod.  He discovered that after Ishmael’s harrowing ordeal aboard the Pequod chasing the great Moby Dick, he was fortunate enough to be picked up by a passing fishing vessel.  Eventually he made his way back to Nantucket.  His sea-faring days over, Ishmael settled down and opened up a port-side tavern.   Sailors and townsfolk mingle there to swap stories of their adventures at sea, and to enjoy the briny ocean air, great food, and even better drinks!  The coaster from Ishmael’s Seaside Tavern features the very White Whale that Ishmael and the rest of Ahab’s crew chased on their fateful voyage. 

         Our intern researcher Livia Curtis returned with reports that Wonderland has changed quite a bit since Alice’s journey through the looking glass, but that’s still just as nonsensical as ever.  Aside from her experiences encountering spiders with wireless webs, battling it out with rapping paper, and dodging yarn bombs, Ms. Curtis also chanced upon a small little cocktail bar situated in the stump of a tree (she had to shrink of course) called The Rabbit Hole.  She got it on good word from a local Sack Beetle that the establishment had been set up nearby where a visitor had entered the realm some time ago.  A nearby Sky Badger wearing a bomber jacket immediately piped up in disagreement stating that the establishment was once the portal from which all magicians pulled rabbits from their hats, and the two immediately set into argument.  Our intern used the ensuing fracas to pocket a few of the coasters from the establishment, which feature black and white leaping hares on a black and red chequered background.

         Professor Helena Fitzwater traversed the Indian Subcontinent, visiting cities and temples, and trekking through perilous rain forests to hunt down the vestiges of Rudyard Kipling’s influence.  Expecting to find establishments referencing characters like Mowgli, Bagheera, or Baloo; she was instead pleasantly surprised to find a bar made in tribute to an often overlooked hero featured in the Jungle Book.   Rikki “Tiki” Tavi’s was a small little bar in Madhya Pradesh near an old British Colonial estate named after the prized pet of the people who once lived there.  The bar’s Tiki style took advantage of many of the unique tropical fruits and spices available locally.  After striking up a conversation with the owner, Professor Fitzwater was able to get the kind gentleman to agree to let us use his bar’s unique logo.

         Amygdalab lead bibliothecographer Dr. Morton Tickner was charged with dangerous task of retracing the famous voyage of Odysseus across the Mediterranean, and into parts unknown.  Thankfully, he was able to find something early on in his journey, on his seventh stopover.  After a disastrous dinner party in Laistrygones, Tickner happened upon a small island where he found a lovely Bar & Grill that specialised in roast boar.  He reports that the proprietor was a most accommodating woman with a remarkable presence that filled the room.  Being no fool, and fresh off the Laistrygonian incident, he realised that Circe’s Bar & Grill was the perfect place to become a vegetarian.  He maintained himself courteously and was sure to avail himself of a coaster before returning back to the lab.

The Amygdalab Fictional Bar Coasters set makes a lovely gift for writers, retired librarians, English majors, or even for yourself!  If you love books, these creative coasters are home décor essentials for book lovers!

Click Here to Get Yours:

Short Intro to the Blog

Hi! We’re Kat and Vali, founders of THE AMYGDALAB, an indie brand whose mission is to create unique fun intellectual products for book-lovers, history buffs, and science nerds. Vali is an indie author, cartoonist, and the creative force behind the brand. 

We like to be creative in everything we do; so instead of providing you with the rudimentary style of blog you may be accustomed to seeing, we will be writing this web log as we see The Amygdalab in our imaginations: as an actual lab. In this series you will be able to read about the adventures and exploits of our researchers, historians, archaeologists, librarians, and scientists as they explore vast vistas of knowledge and the imagination. You will be able to read of their discoveries, their successes, and their failures. You’ll be privy to  their research notes and their papers. You may even hear updates from our mascot, Copernicus the Lab Mouse.

Our first product is a set of four Fictional Bar Coasters, featuring Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, The Odyssey, and Rikki Tikki Tavi. It is very suitable as a gift for bookworms, and they’re also super absorbent.

Wonderland Field Journal, Day 1.



I had expected a rabbit hole.  I wanted a rabbit hole.  Did I get a rabbit hole? No. The Amygdalab’s L-spatial Anomaly Detector led us to the supply closet of a library in Akron, Ohio instead.  At least a rabbit was present when I walked through.  So it was through the supply closet, and into…

A customs line.  Well, it was intended to be a line.  Someone must have gotten overly enthusiastic however, because it turned out to be a maze;  a literal maze.  It stretched out for miles.

After what seemed like hours, I finally got to the other side of the maze. Waiting for me at a desk was a Tapir in a security uniform.

He politely handed me a form and asked me to fill it out.  Upon completing the form, the tapir took it, reviewed it, then handed me yet another.  Many of the questions of the second were the same as the first.  I looked at the top of the form; it read “Post-Primary Application Form for the Application to Apply for the Entry Application Form”.   Needless to say I found this boggling, but I had come expecting these things.  I took a moment to address the Tapir directly and asked him why so many papers would be required for entry.  “It’s for the mountain.”, he told me pointing to the wall. Looking, I suddenly realised was not a wall, but a window.  They were making a Mountain of Paperwork. 

“Is there another way to get through without all the paperwork?”  I asked.

“Naturally, where’s your Passport?”

I pulled out my passport and handed it out toward him,  It never occurred to me that I might one day see a confused Tapir.  “Is something wrong?” I inquired.

“I don’t know what this book is, but if you can tell me where the port you passed on the way here is, we can proceed.”

Thinking quickly I mentioned the Akron Canton Airport that my plane to Ohio landed in. 

“Very well,” said the Tapir, “Now let’s go through customs.” 

Relieved I followed him, into a nearby room.  What proceeded afterword was perhaps even more bizarre than the mountain of paperwork.  First I was made to put on a devil costume and jump over a baby, perform a Haka, bury a sardine, and spit on a bride.

After we went through customs, the Tapir opened up a nearby door and I was allowed to step into Wonderland.

Original Pages from Livia’s Journal: