Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cleaning Out My Pictures Folder - October 2009

Every so often I have to clean out my My Pictures folder because I would get fired if someone saw any of these files on my computer at work. These are cool images I found on the internet while looking for other images.

The Dangers of Anthropomorphizing in Children's Literature

While looking for Jason the Mason I found this cute drawing of a piglet that wants to grow up and work in a supermarket. The weird thing is that the little girl pig has been left all alone in front of a glass case full of chopped up pig meat. I like to think that her mom has left her there to teach her a lesson. Something like, "Jenny, if you don't pick up your room, you're going to end up just like your lazy, no-good. Uncle Benny -- Boar's Head Bologna!!!"

Extensive research that only took a few minutes revealed a troubling trend in Richard Scarry's anthropomorphizing of pigs. They were all cannibals. The guy has a dark, dark sense of humor.

I always wondered why I ended up a vegetarian. Now, I think I know.

Early American Swimwear

Here is a charming photo of the National Ballet Company frollicking in a Washington area mud pit in 1926. Aren't those bathing suits the bee's knees? So modest. Do you remember that mother from Fiddler on the Roof? Five years removed from escaping Anatevka and she got a sweet gig babysitting dancers. The good old days!

Applesauce!!! Turns out that those ancient bathing suits were the cat's meow not the bee's knees. Wet wool is not only incredibly itchy and horrendously heavy, it's also frightfully form-fitting.

Girls in the Work Force

Back in 1944, when our girl Jenny left the safety of her kitchen, the U.S. Public Health Service feared for her well being. How is a girl to know that she should leave her high heels in the closet, shower regularly, eat food and sleep? Poor defenseless females!!! We'll make posters, that's what we'll do. Simple posters, with simple ideas, for our simple sisters.


  1. Bob,

    I found this post to be the "kipper's knickers."

    Your readers may find the origin of the term "bee's knees" to be insightful and educational. The first printed reference to it I found was in Charles Darwin's little known On the Origin of the Species published in 1859. While describing the joint in an articulated appendage of a honeybee he described it as a bee's knee.