You may have seen a recent announcement that there are plans to build a Sherlock Holmes theme park in Portsmouth. In the interests of giving this admirable venture the best possible chance of success, I’ve come up with some frankly ridiculous attractions that few Sherlockians will be able to resist…
aranelita asked: Hello! First of all (as a Cabin Pressure & Sherlock fan): Your Tumblr is absolutely brilliant!! Second (as an admin of a Cabin Pressure Facebook page): The "otters who look like BC" thing – did you have Cabin Pressure & Ottery St. Mary in mind, when you started this? Ppl. are sometimes wondering on the Facebook page.
Hello and thanks for the compliment! In answer to your question: no, the otters who look like Benedict Cumberbatch were not inspired by Cabin Pressure. Or at least, not primarily.
In fact, the original inspiration for OWLLBC came from seeing this picture, which was when I first realized that otters have an aptitude for sitting or lying with their paws pressed together in a very Sherlocky way. All the subsequent otter/Cumberbatch resemblance jokes sprang from this quirk of nature. However, I was already a Cabin Pressure fan by that point, so the fact that CP already provided a connection between Benedict and otters acted as an encouragement to pursue the joke, even though it wasn’t its origin.
So now you know!
~ A Desk-Book of Errors in English Including Notes on Colloquialisms and Slang to be Avoided in Conversation, by Frank H. Vizetelly, 1920
I like the fact that the warning not to use the word “flapdoodle” is in itself flapdoodle. Flapdoodle is in fact a fabulous word, and if it’s good enough for Professor Yaffle, it’s definitely good enough for me.
Italia and Germania (1828) by Johann Friedrich Overbeck
This week on Mighty Moments In Slash History, we’re turning our attention to femmeslash. Or perhaps it should be called countryslash, because the women above are actually representations of Italy (the brunette on the left) and Germany (the blonde on the right). Yes, surprising as it may seem, romantic relationships between personifications of geographical entities were NOT invented by the Hetalia fandom. Who knew?
Most art critics believe that this painting is not about lady love, but about German art looking towards Italian art for inspiration. Personally, however, I think Germany is whispering “Forget about everyone else, darling, we go together like frankfurters and spaghetti!” while Italy is looking somewhat less keen about the culinary possibilities of their liaison.
Sadly, as we all know, their love was not to be, because there was always something that got in the way. Switzerland, mainly.
What this actually is: Lars Mikkelsen playing Dracula on stage in Denmark in 1995. (Photo by Henning Bagger.)
What I’d like to imagine this is: The first take of Charles Augustus Magnussen’s face-licking scene with Lady Smallwood in His Last Vow, just before the director politely asked him to be a TEENSY bit more subtle about it…
Roses are red
Chillies are hot
You’re in my mind palace
But your pants are not…
Happy Valentine’s Day, viewers. I wish you all the metaphorical (or literal, if that’s what floats your boat) goldfish of your dreams!