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Fictional Monsters

The Monk Calf of Freiberg

I don't recall any of this being discussed in October 2017 on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.




A misshapen calf, born in Freiberg, Saxony, on 8 December 1522, quickly became important in the German Reformation. It was born with oddly shaped legs (its hind legs straight as a human's) and with a fold of skin over its head shaped like a cowl—hence its comparison to a monk. An illustration made its way to a Prague astrologer, who "discovered that the monster did indeed signify something terrible, indeed the most awful thing possible--Martin Luther."[10] Luther himself responded quickly with a pamphlet containing a mock exegesis of the creature, Monk Calf, in which the "Monk Calf" stands, in all its monstrosity, for the Catholic church.[12] Luther's anti-papist pamphlet appeared together with a tract by Philipp Melanchthon[13] which discussed a fictional monster, the Pope-Ass, a hybrid between a man and a donkey supposedly found near Rome after the 1496 flood.[14] Circulated in 1523, Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon's pamphlet was titled The Meaning of Two Horrific Figures, the Papal Ass at Rome and the Monk Calf Found at Freyberg in Meissen.[15] Luca Cranach the Elder and his workshop provided the illustrations of the Papal Ass and the Monk Calf for the pamphlet. Variations of Luther and Melanchthon’s pamphlet eventually were circulated, including one that depicted the Papal Ass and the Monk Calf in “an encounter between the two creatures. This opening page adds a new phrase to the title of the book: ‘with signs of the Day of Judgement.'"[16]


Source.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 31, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Anniversary, Religion, Europe, Sixteenth Century, Fictional Monsters

In the Round Four-Cornered Forest



Pure nightmare fuel for any unsuspecting child.

"The habitants of the Round Four Cornered Forest are a happy bunch of nice, accepting, loving companions: Micker-Macker, Pretty Kitty, Seraphin Horse, Lajos Monster, Aromo, Great Zoard, Sigfrid Bruckner, Elek Mouse, and Dömdödöm."



Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 02, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Cartoons, Europe, Twenty-first Century, Fictional Monsters

The Eye Creatures

There is a series of videos on YouTube where the maker excerpts horror movies by deleting all shots of people! That's weird.

But of course, THE EYE CREATURES itself is plenty weird.

Wikipedia entry here.



Posted By: Paul - Sun May 20, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Costumes and Masks, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, 1960s, Fictional Monsters

Dinner With Drac

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Superstition, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

Crest Cavity Creeps

This will obviously be rebooted as a Hollywood Blockbuster any day now.









Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 09, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Hygiene, 1970s, Fictional Monsters

Miss Geico

Am I alone in this, or does Miss Geico appear to be one of the hideous sea-folk who live off the coast of Lovecraft's Innsmouth, and conspire to interbreed with humans, producing hybrid abominations?




Home page.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 04, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Horror, Motor Vehicles, Fictional Monsters

Follies of the Madmen #331



Puppet experts are always to be trusted.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 20, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Hair Styling, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

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