It has come to my attention, courtesy of the high-technology technology that lies behind this weblog (an old woman with a crystal ball, some tarot cards and a half bottle of Lidl own-brand gin) that people are coming to Eclectic Boogaloo using the search term 'why are they called Oyster cards' on Google, the popular cyberweb intersearch engine.
You're expecting me to mock these people, I know.
But it's a fair question.
Why ARE they called Oyster cards?
The answer is really very simple. We should be told.
Although having said that I don't know why this post is suddenly being written in the style of a Sun editorial.
Where was I? Yes, Oyster cards. I have done extensive research into this field and have narrowed the possible reasons down to around five:
(a) Because the things that read the cards look a little bit like Oyster shells, except for the fact that they are plastic and yellow and do not go well with Tabasco.
(b) Because Transport for London thought they would get in on the early 21st century trend for inserting the name of an animal/creature into their new product, in order to make it seem more endearing and memorable to the general public (see also the One Day Cuddly Rabbit Travelcard; the renaming of Arsenal Tube station as Lemur Tube Station etc etc).
(c) Some kind of conspiracy theory involving mind-reading, 'them', and Donald Rumsfeld.
(d) The result of a 'brain dump' organised by a firm of marketing consultants brought in to help TFL come up with a name for the new system (this is where most bobbins ideas originate, fyi)
(e) Some other reason that is of little or no interest to anyone.
Hope this incoherent rant helps.