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May 5, 2011

The Legendary Lucky Cicada Keychain

Filed under: Cicada Mania,Pop Culture,Video — Dan @ 4:22 am

Update (5/2011): I finally found one of these keychains, but I’m going to keep looking for more. Plus we have, Packaging scans from Ben, Packages and images found by Roy, and a scan from an Archie McPhee catalog from Suzanne M.

Once or twice a year someone e-mails Cicada Mania asking if we know where to
find the cicada keychain — you know, “the one that buzzes”. Although there
are many keychains which feature
cicadas (e.g. trapped in amber),
I’ve never found the cicada keychain online.

I haven’t found these in stores since Clinton was in office. Back in the day,
you could find them in mall stores like “The Nature Company”, “The Science Nook”
and “The Planet Store”. Once, in the late 90’s I asked the manager of one of these
stores about the these
keychains and she said: “we don’t carry them any more, the last batch was defective”.
She seemed angry that I even asked her about them. I wish I knew more. Maybe these
stores lost so much money because of these defective key chains that they all went
out of business? Or maybe they didn’t sell enough whale song CDs, glow-in-the-dark
moon stickers, or mystical crystals to pay the rent?

I’ve spent way too much time looking for these keychain online, and I’ve
pretty much given up hope.

  • I’ve searched numerous online stores that specialize in novelties and keychains.
  • I’ve e-mailed these stores requesting that they stock these keychains — but I get no response.
  • I’ve searched ebay.
  • I’ve spend hours doing Google searches.

There are two problems with searching for stuff like this online:

  1. Search engines have a hard time indexing online stores (for technical reasons
    I won’t waste your time with), and…
  2. Who knows how people would describe these things?
    Are they keychains, key chains, keyrings, or key rings? Are they cicadas, locusts,
    insects or bugs? Do they buzz, chirp, scream, or beep?

While searching for cicada keychain:

Online stores I’ve searched include:

More photos of the cicada keychain here: Cicada Keychain Photos.


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Update: I recently tried to get the CEO of Archie McPhee to reintroduce this product:

March 22, 2011

Cicada Mania Twitter

Filed under: Cicada Mania — Dan @ 3:22 pm

I’ve been “tweeting” the latest cicada news on Twitter. Follow Cicada Mania on Twitter

December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011!

Filed under: Cicada Mania — Dan @ 8:48 am

It’s 2011 in Australia now, so I’m wishing everyone a Happy New Year, particularly for those folks in Australia effected by flooding.

There should be a lot of interesting cicada news in 2011, particularly the emergence of Brood XIX 13-year Magicicadas in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

January 16, 2010

Cicada Mania updates

Filed under: Cicada Mania — Dan @ 3:47 pm

New gallery: Australian cicadas found by Lisa Morgan’s kids in the Wet Tropics rainforest located in Far North Queensland, Australia. Features a Brown Bunyip and a Psaltoda.

New gallery: False cicada chimneys. Bangkok, Thailand.

And new audio/video from Joe Green:

Joe Green’s D. olympusa videos.

Joe Green’s N. hieroglyphica videos.

Joe Green’s M. septendecula calls.

Joe Green’s M. cassini calls.

Joe Green’s M. septendecim calls.

December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays from Cicada Mania!

Filed under: Cicada Mania — Dan @ 6:27 am

cicada xmas

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