Fun with My Parents' Living Room Art

01 Jan 2008


I begin this post with a quote:

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

That's of course Carl Sagan discussing the "pale blue dot," (Earth) in a famous photograph taken by Voyager 1 nearly 18 years ago. By that time, the spacecraft had traveled some 4 billion miles out into space. As the craft had finished its primary mission, the NASA folks (including Sagan) had an idea. They ordered the craft to take a parting photograph of the Earth from that distance. It turned out to be a pretty neat snapshot, showing just how small we really are in the grand scheme.

When leaving my parent's home this Christmas, I acted on a similar whim. I took a parting photograph of a couple of paintings in their living room. Instead of offering commentary now, I'd like to make a fun little contest out of this. The wonderful scene above was painted by a friend of the family (or something like that) back in, oh, the 1950s or so. However, as nice and serene as it is, you should know that I took the liberty of photoshopping it just a skosh. I wonder if anyone can guess what the nature of the aforementioned alteration was?

Answer (as well as full commentary and the original unphotoshopped pic) to be posted Thursday morning!

(ps ... Sis, you're ineligible.)

Original Comments

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On January 2, 2008, Doc wrote:

My guess is Christ on the cross, as the green in the center is a little off.


On January 2, 2008, Leonesse wrote:

I say the human feces looking parts, in honor of me?

On January 3, 2008, Evil Evil Genius wrote:

That picture is definitely missing a Jesus. I am guessing a black Jesus with wide welcoming arms.

Or maybe just a deer.

On January 3, 2008, blueblanket wrote:

Those rocks look suspiciously poo-like ...