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Fictional Monsters

Follies of the Madmen #423



Flock of giant mutant kiwis in human shoes more disturbing than whimsical.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 29, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, 1960s, Australia, Fictional Monsters

Happy Easter 2019!

Not sure if Jesus sanctions fairies and gnomes as part of His holiday.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 21, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Holidays, Religion, Fantasy, Fictional Monsters

Follies of the Madmen #404



Not entirely sure why any company would emphasize the sufferings of its "antagonist" so dramatically. It would be like saying, "Poor germs! Doctors are killing them all!"

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 02, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, 1940s, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise, Fictional Monsters

Follies of the Madmen #385



Our shoes are comparable to hideous sea monsters.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 22, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Business, Advertising, Shoes, 1940s, 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]


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

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