Vital issue of national importance

Forgive me for the frivolous nature of this post, but I have run completely out of time for blogging, as this as sandwiched between afternoon and evening obligations which are putting the squeeze on me.

Anyway, I have a goofy bust of a silly Caesar (no idea where it came from), and to heighten its silliness I stuck a badminton shuttlecock on top of Caesar's head, which looked like this:


However, yesterday while I was running in the rain I noticed a rather odd-looking object lying forlornly on the ground -- the severed top end of Superman! I should have left it there but I stuck it in my pocket and ran home with it. The only place it seemed to "belong" was on top of Caesar's head.


What does this mean?

Half a Superman beats a whole shuttlecock?

A rended Superman rendered unto Caesar?

In a startling and shocking coincidence, while I was writing this post a friend send me video (which also appears at YouTube) showing a great trick by the magician Criss Angel -- who directs what appears to be the shocking tearing-in-half of a woman.

While the spectators are clearly shocked, the trick is "debunked" (if that's the right word) at

The "half man" Johnny Eck from "Freaks" used to do a similar trick back in the 1930s. A contortionist helper is required to perform the role of the lower end.

Of course, in his present condition, Superman can't fly.

But the shuttlecock still can.

posted by Eric on 06.13.07 at 03:01 PM


I am surprsied that some prominent personality on the religious right hasn't demanded that the word 'shuttlecock' be banned and replaced with a less sextually suggestive word. Some dictionaries list 'birdie' is a synonym for shuttlecock, but that too has sexual implications. Other dictionaries define shuttlecock as a 'drag projectile', but that too sounds sextually suggestive. Is this a conspiracy? What would Jerry Falwell call a shuttlecock?

Chocolatier   ·  June 14, 2007 12:23 AM

Hmmm. Three names for the same thing.

The first sexually suggestive
The second an obscene gesture
The third a deviant lifestyle

I had no idea badminton was so racy!

tim maguire   ·  June 14, 2007 1:30 PM

"Who was that lady I sawed with you last night?"
"That was no lady, that was my half-sister."

triticale   ·  June 14, 2007 7:39 PM

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