Yesterday out biking, I came across this oddly charismatic pile of junk on the Hermann-Harry-Schmitz (g) Straße:
A pack of thin womens' smokes, a few stuffed animals, a record, and a picture. Let's have a closer look at that picture:
At first glance, it looks like something from Internet K-Hole: claws-out catfight at the rave, but somebody's still ready to par-tay!
Alas, that's not it. Your mission is to identify the woman in this picture, which will necessarily explain the context.
As a bonus, a closer look at the album:
Apparently it celebrates the Hosen der Liebe: The Pants of Love. Although I could be wrong about that.
UPDATE: All the guesses were correct, but the prize goes to the first correct guesser, Dr. Wood! A handsome commemorative plaque — suitable for framing! — is heading your way, sir.
LiartownUSA has branched out into crossword puzzles, and the first one's pretty hard. In fact, I've been at it for days now:
I've solved most of it, but these clues still have me stumped:
- Dutch raccoon holiday
- Popular govt. perfume
- Aka Baltimore caviar
- Popular French breakfast crime
- Brand of personal lubricant, also childhood nickname of Sir Winston Churchill
- This famous comedian was stillborn
- Actor despised for his role on HBO’s ‘Dog Exploder’
Any help in comments would be greatly appreciated.
Still no response to the last trivia contest, so here's a new one. You're going to love this.
Tell me the name of any full-length movie drama (not a short or documentary) that stars an actor or actress who was later executed for murder in real life.
There's at least one correct answer to this question.
It's been a long time since we had a cultural trivia contest. Tell me who (1) (probably) painted this Virgin, and (2) who then painted over it, and what they painted.
Hint. The answer to #1 is moderately famous; the answer to #2 is very famous.
Browsing the Interwebs, I found this image — this unhallowed, accursèd, brain-scorching, crotch-freezing Unding of an image — embedded in its original context, which I cropped it out of. And before you guess it came from the late, lamented Gay Nazi Sex Ads website, it did not. Kudos to anyone who can identify its original context.
Here's a question for you: who were Coperuni and Pernucio? Hint: they didn't exist.
I am in a European country that isn't Germany, and I found this kiosk whose only purpose is to house a large picture of itself:
Your job: tell me where I am.
Today's contest is simple: Of all the people who ever served in any of Hitler's cabinets, which one had the most unusual full name?
Seems pretty subjective now, but once you know the answer, you'll see there's really no contest. (h/t Ed Philp, who's ineligible to guess!)
Nobody correctly guessed the answer to the trivia contest, which was to explain what this dragon was: The correct answer is that the dragon was a watermark used by a printer in Ulm, Germany in 1449.
The image comes from the Piccard Database, an online collection of watermarks. Paper was first created in Europe in Moorish Spain toward the end of the 11th century, the first paper mills in Italy date to the 12th century. Watermarks like the one above were created by twisting wire in to the shape of the watermark, then placing it on the sieve where the paper was pressed into sheets. The wire made the paper slightly thinner, tracing the shape of the watermark as faint lines. The exact purpose of late-medieval watermarks is disputed; one theory was that they signified the class of paper.
Watermarks are particularly important for dating manuscripts. Generally, the run of paper bearing a particular watermarks would be used up completely within two years, permitting researchers to date various works and sections of works by finding exact matches of watermarks. The problem is, there were thousands of similar marks being used. Therefore, scholars, including Charles-Moise Briquet and Gerhard Piccard (g) set about collecting databases of them. Upon his death in 1989, Piccard had a collection of 95,000 watermark tracings, most of which are now online in the Piccard Database of the State Archive of Baden-Württemberg. Most of this information, by the way, comes from an article by Sven Limbeck on pp. 46-47 of this fascinating publication (g) which I picked up at Wiblingen Monastery.
Perhaps this contest was a bit too hard; I decided to cut out only the shape of the dragon, thinking that its 'wiry' form might be clue enough. Anyway, thanks to everyone for throwing their hat in the ring.
Answer the following question: What purpose did this figure of a dragon serve? To clarify, this is just a reproduction of the figure which doesn't show its original medium or location.
I just got back from the Allgäu and/or upper Swabia, and quite enjoyed it. Some comments as time permits. For now, your mission is to identify this object:
A few hints: it was made in 1730, and has a very specific purpose in the manufacture of a pretty common thing that is still very much in use today.
UPDATE: Kudos to Mathias Warkus, who correctly identified this as a spout for bran during the milling process. During the milling, the bran, which nobody wanted to eat in their bread back in 1730, was pushed to the side and fell out of this demon's mouth. The German name for this object is Kleiekotzer, 'bran-puker.' I spotted it in the German Bread Museum in Ulm, one of the many ludicrously specific small museums in Germany (including the German Packaging Museum in Heidelberg and the German Blade Museum in Solingen).