Monday, July 11, 2011

Save me from the death-like creatures

If the kind of item sold in their gift shops is any guide then Norwegians are morbid and weird. Still, it has given me an idea for an addition to the Riddled range of merchandise, available in the gift shop (turn left at the exit and there it is), i.e. Riddled Piggybanks to inculcate one's children with the habit of trebuchets saving.

I have run a few suggestions up the flagpole to see who salutes and I'm sure the merchandising department will share my enthusiasm.

16 comments:

vacuumslayer said...

I would definitely buy the deathy bear.

Smut Clyde said...

When he wasn't painting Symbolist art or inventing an extreme non-objectivist style, František Kupka drew and painted a series of images in the "Capitalism as money-bags" tradition, in which personifications of Capitalism with spherical hungry-ghost-style stomachs full of coins importune young ladies for their favours.

The best examples from the Prague National Gallery may well be on the Intertuba somewhere but I can't arsed finding them, and the example that is intertubable doesn't show the coins very well, so I couldn't use it to illustrate this this post.

I can do the Explaining Voice about Czech art traditions because my mother, although English, was also an honorary Czech for historical reasons into which we need not enter here.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

"Capitalism as money-bags"

Being a horndog, I prefer "Capitalism as funbags".

mikey said...

But the key point is the Clyde family's long history of Czechs and Balances...

mikey said...

Of course, in all seriousness, there were some dark years when you needed be certain you weren't writing a Czech you couldn't cache...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Was this before or after František Kupka invented the kupkake?
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mikey said...

I've just decided that the Riddled team should start a second, parallel blog called "Piddled" where they're all terrified of Smut, who becomes increasingly unstable and monomaniacal until he actually declares New Zealand an independent nation.

What?

Another Kiwi said...

True to Ellis island procedures František Kupka had his name changed and finding that the cupcake business was run by organised crime, resorted to his family's traditional craft of Jazz band drumming. Soon people were noticing the frenetic energy born of frustration with the cupcake situation. "That Gene Krupa" they said "he's a crazy cat"

fish said...

because my mother, although English, was also an honorary Czech

Impossible. The Czech is in the male.

Von said...

The bear. I want it, must have it. How can I get that bear?!

Kathleen said...

the bear should have a pull tab that does Explaining Voice when you pull it.

Smut Clyde said...

the bear should have a pull tab that does Explaining Voice when you pull it.

I have one of those.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

dunno what you're drinking, but I'm listening to The Angels.

Then Imma get drunk and handle power tools.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I have one of those.

A zombie bear or a pull tab that makes you annoying?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I correct myself: Smuttie probably doesn't need a pull tab for that.

Other than the musical taste, of course. But then, we are both annoying on that count.

Substance McGravitas said...

inculcate one's children

You know, Home Alone was just never that good.