Today we shopped at Big Lots. As I was pushing Quinn along in the store, I glanced at a "Durahide" sofa set.
I was intrigued.
What happened to Naugahyde?
After much research on the Internet, I tracked down an noted ecologist who got his Ph.D. from the University of Okoboji. Based on information from his academic website, it appears Naugahyde is no more.
Sadly, the animals that supplied those hides, the Naugas, are extinct. A beautiful, portly creature whose natural habitat was southern parts of South America, the Nauga roamed freely amidst cold and warm water alike. With its distinctive leather-like hide, the Nauga played and frolicked with freedom. The mating call of Naugas, I'm told, was reminiscent to the laughter of Dom Deluise.
Those large water mammals lived in harmony with their environment for a long time, for millenia.
Then the cheap discount stores came along. First it was Sears, then K-Mart. The death knell for the Nauga came when Wal-Mart came into being.
All of them harvested Naugas to extinction. Those bastards.