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Here on the east coast we’ve had an earthquake and a hurricane. So I thought it might be a good idea to talk about some of the less well known disasters in our nation’s history. Such as The Menacing of the East River Bridge.
Or the Great Pittsburgh Zombie Outbreak.
Although officially known as the Washington Monument since plans for the magnificent obelisk were underway while the first President was still alive, the name is something of a misnomer as the currently standing tower is actually a replica. The first Monument, completed in 1862, was attacked and destroyed soon after by “Potomac Patty,” the local river monster who had been won over to the secessionist side of the Civil War by promises of “fresh fish flesh” from the Confederate Army. As photography was scarce during the war, this is actually a photo of the re-completed Monument with an artist’s likeness of Patty grappling with the tower.
Or, for that matter, the original design of the Statue of Liberty. As we all know, Frédéric Bartholdi first envisioned not a shining beacon of freedom featuring Lady Liberty, but a dire warning depicting Krgyyx threatening the world, as he was wont to do.
These are so going in my foyer.
Other posts tagged as Art:
Little known fact: I love silhouettes. I also love movie ephemera and art based on comics, tv shows, movies, etc. So Olly Moss’s Paper Cuts are basically a win-win for me. I found the Calvin and Hobbes one on Epbot and then went on a massive Olly Moss rampage. First I found the Paper Cuts blog and found all these, which were recently featured in a solo show at Gallery 1988. Can you recognize them all?
But then I found more and more stuff from Olly, and now I want to be his concubine. He came up with the Panic and Freak Out mug, that I adore, and can be purchased here.
And Raphi, this is for you:
UPDATE: I also found this, which I think speaks for itself
Your infographic interests me. Having recently see Shaun of the Dead, (at your insistence), my zombie senses are already tingling. Clearly we need to spend some time planning for the Zapocalypse. In the film the brave heroes hide out in a pub. I think this was an extremely wise choice, indicative of the cool decision making we saw from Shaun at every turn. I would like to nominate The Wellsbourne as our go-to fortress, in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
I would say that we should check this place out regardless, but unfortunately, it’s located on entirely the wrong coast. It’s in LA and nothing short of the Zombie apocalypse will get me to LA. I can’t imagine what it’s doing there, since I don’t think of it as a literary hotspot, aside from Hank Moody. Maybe I’m wrong. This place seems like it would be more at home in Boston, but perhaps that’s just my prejudice. Anyhow, should the zombie apocalypse come we will obviously have to have a Zombieland-esque road trip to the west coast so that we can hide out here.
Yours in readiness and armed with a cricket bat,
I apologize for my brief absence. After a brief power outage, I was left with carrier pigeons as my only means of communication. And, as you may know, their html compliance is questionable at best.
Much to my surprise, I found that G4TV has done some excellent epidemiology of the various zombie outbreaks over the last few years. I present it to you in your favorite form.
I hope my own research into the field will bring about a better world. But for now, this should suffice.