Sunday, January 26, 2014

Boots, not made for walking

On the far side of the lake, a submarine disguised as a house is extending its periscope, unless it is a badly-drawn sunflower. In the absence of any indication of scale, we cannot be sure whether these are two normal-sized boots-traps on the shore, in front of a part-grown pair which have caught an unwary Library Pixie and are dragging him into the water to drown and devour the body at their leisure; or a normal sized aquatic pair and two huge ones in the foreground, in the manner of exoskeletal props from Castle of Otranto.
Update: ITTDGY in comments offers useful advice.

As any fule kno, life is all about mimicry, for predators and prey alike. Just look at the Mimic Elephant, which has evolved to resemble a wall, a pillar, a fan and a spear in order to evade detection by blind men. Also the corner of the room.

The boots-trap is a highly-specialised organism with many unique features which make it hard to classify. Some zoologists consider it to be related to nemertean worms (on the basis of its proboscis), but in the consensus opinion it is a form of coelenterate.


ckc (not kc) said...

...nice rocks - some of them need a shave

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Boots not made for walking?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The real question* is, "Are these boots-traps an endangered species?"

One would naturally expect that global warming will provide advantages for the sandals-traps, much as the Red-bellied Woodpecker is displacing the Hairy Woodpecker in North America.

* The other question, of course, is whether or not Riddled Enterprises, LLC, plans on teaching the Library Pixies to pull themselves up by their own boots-traps.

Smut Clyde said...

Don't get mikey started on booby-traps.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Looking at the Great Gauntlet, I am weeping because Castle of Otranto never got the "Python" treatment.

Smut Clyde said...

It received the Jan Svankmajer animation treatment -- the source of the Great Gauntlet -- which is even better.

fish said...

I would propose that if boots need a belt to keep them up, you are doing it rong.