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In the city where I live, most of the once
excellent pavements have been taken up
and replaced by a vile substance called
bit-mack. This material is black in
appearance, with a staccato scattering of
white stones embedded in its surface.
On certain stretches these random white
increase in intensity and
joined by masses of variously shaped
blobs of chewing gum. The result is a
dense pattern that is widely available as
ready made canvas for The Pavement
Chewing Gum Psychology Artist (i.e. me)
I propose to create a series of pavement
Rorschach images, over a number of
nights, surreptitiously under the guise of
maintenance crew. By carefully blotting
out enough of the pre-existing white
highlights, using blobs of black and grey
paint, a symetrical "ink blot" will emerge.
It won't be very obvious, to begin with,
eventually the mysterious images will
notoriety. In time, as more gum is added
to the patterns, they will change and
evolve into other forms, revealing the
hidden psychology of an entire
"I see the Pope spreading his cloak over
the whole world" - "No way! - there's No
Pope Here, I see a bat opening its
wings" (contains a hidden clue as to
Rorschach Homeland Test [xenzag, May 12 2006]
What I see.
[notmarkflynn, May 12 2006]
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||Do you live in Anglican England? There's no pope to speak of there.
||And looking at your BatPope link, I see that enemy from the Ridley's Hideout area of Metroid that jumps form the top of the screen to the bottom. Those things were annoying.
||noway ! whale hunting scum
||Am I the only one who sees Unabubba giving me the finger with both hands?
||I have never seen UnaBubba. But now I know he is a hook-mouthed horror from the depths of hell.
||I am an active unamerican.
||Now, I know that Australia can be an inhospitable place. But I don't think you need to go calling it the //depths of hell//.
||Can we agree that he's hook-mouthed?
||Alright. Time for some Batman-style deduction: "No Pope Here" is capitalized, so, NPH is a clue... NPH, NPH,... Neil Patrick Harris, star of T.V.'s "Doogie Howser!" Neil Patrick Harris... Hmmm.
||Harris is currently playing Barney on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." Barney sounds like Blarney, so, you're in Ireland! Ha!
||not quite MF ... but nearly
||Well I'm just guessing here, and this probably isn't using your hidden clue but here goes.
||There's only a handful of results on Google for this "bit mack" substance (presumably it has another name which might make this an irrelevance). The principal result being a request for the removal of this substance in an area called Bill Quay, which is in the east side of Gateshead.
||Interestingly enough, "No Pope Here" in an well known piece of grafitti in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Underneath it someone else apparently wrote "Lucky Old Pope". That would have made me think of there if [xenzag] hadn't already discounted Ireland as the answer.
||According to some people in Northern Ireland and Scotland, there is no Pope in Rome, which is, on a purely pedantic level, entirely correct. That's not my guess though. My guess is Addis Ababa, where Mwengwe lives.