Monday, October 16, 2006

Hello, Hello, This is Johnny Space Commander

I thought I'd pass along this happy fellow, who graces one of the plastic bags my computer came in, presumably just to say "do not put this bag over your head as I am doing or you will surely die".

I guess it's some kind of Scott McCloud-like testament to the expressive power of simple figures that a circle with as many recognizable human features as an electrical socket can so vividly capture the agonizing final moments of suffocation. Still, I don't like it. It's no more graphic than the stick man being engulfed by flames you see on some water heater warning labels, but that's antic enough that it at least makes me chuckle a little every time. This... this is just horrifying.

At least I had to cut this particular bag up in order to scan the graphic in. So I'm safe, for now.


Blogger Jack said...

My favorite stick figures are from a sign at the Peter & Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg listing various activities forbidden there. I think other people find them funny too; you can pull up images of it pretty easily from the web. Best one I could find is here (scroll halfway down). You lose some of the personality when you're not up close, but you can get the general idea.

The only two that aren't self-explanatory are at the upper left. If I remember right those are "No Political Demonstrations" and "No Selling Goods."

10/17/2006 10:00 PM  

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