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   Undertoad  Thursday Jul 21 04:56 PM

7/21/2005: Gerbil art



Oddly produced art and art produced by animals, this is an IotD natural. This woman, Sally Madge, is having this gerbil eat the book on purpose. The book is a 1933 edition of the New Illustrated Universal Reference Book.

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Sally says she's fascinated in the gerbil's "personal translation" of the book by choosing particular words and phrases.

When the book is completely transformed, the shredded paper will be turned into a new piece of artwork.


Okay.



lookout123  Thursday Jul 21 05:07 PM

cool gerbil. stupid woman.



Troubleshooter  Thursday Jul 21 05:18 PM

I was so scared of where this could have gone.

I had to look anyway.



Trilby  Thursday Jul 21 05:34 PM

Ok, so this chick is a Brit which means in no way, shape or form did my tax money go to fund this. *Whew!*



capnhowdy  Thursday Jul 21 05:56 PM

Be careful with gerbils. You never know where they've been.
Sally to Gerbil: "You're gonna eat those words, rodent."
If she keeps the fecal material, she may wind up with a thesaurus.



dar512  Thursday Jul 21 06:03 PM

Would have been more interesting if she'd put paint on its little feet and let it run around.



Bograt  Thursday Jul 21 06:22 PM

What a waste of a good book! - at 72 years old, doesn't it deserve a little more respect?

That book's probably older (and a great deal more interesting) then she is and yet she feeds it to that rat-thing! If she wanted to make a decent statement, why didn't she let it eat/cr*p on Hello,OK or any of the other rags that are degrading our society & brain washing our children?



Leah  Thursday Jul 21 07:02 PM

Is it safe for the gerbil to eat all that paper with all that ink on it. I hope it digests it safely. I don't know much about gerbils we don't have them here in Oz, but they do look cute. :p



BigV  Thursday Jul 21 07:16 PM

Welcome Bograt! The gerbil is probably enjoying the book, don't you think? I don't get Hello,OK around here. That's not like Hello Kitty is it? By the way, are you in London? I hope all's well with you and yours.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 21 07:50 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Leah
Is it safe for the gerbil to eat all that paper with all that ink on it. I hope it digests it safely. I don't know much about gerbils we don't have them here in Oz, but they do look cute. :p
Ink that old is pretty abrasive....it'll clean his teeth well.


Elspode  Friday Jul 22 12:22 AM

Shucks. I was sort of hoping for sculptures made out of gerbils. I was even thinking about what sort of substances one would use to affix them where they were needed, the color variations of individual gerbils used to effect a color pallette, gerbils of various ages/sizes needed to fit certain areas to bring out the desired look...

If you threw in some squirrels, chipmunks and other small, furry creatures, you could have mixed mammal media.



LCanal  Friday Jul 22 12:28 AM

Is it me or does it look like a vulva? Or maybe the Madonna or wait Jesus Christ!



poohbearbeth  Friday Jul 22 12:34 AM

So all this time what my guinea pigs were doing was art. My one eats carrots like corn on the cob and all you have left is a little sliver...
I could make a mint!
The tan one is the artist--the black one has passed



wolf  Friday Jul 22 12:52 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
Would have been more interesting if she'd put paint on its little feet and let it run around.
That's what I was expecting, actually.


mlandman  Friday Jul 22 07:12 AM

can someone check the server's log file?

I wanna know Richard Gere's IP address.



Bograt  Friday Jul 22 08:07 AM

Hello BigV

Hello & OK are trashy "celeb" mags for people with so little going on in their own lives that they have to waste them watching other peoples'!!!


I am indeed indeed in London - thankyou for your concern. Yet more bomb alerts & a palpable sense of fear on the Tube this morning. After years of IRA bombs, as Londoners we were relatively OK about 7/7, partly because we thought we'd had our attack after NY & Madrid, but there's a definite sense that we're in for the longhaul now.

The police did shoot a suspected bomber this morning, which was a bit shocking, so soon after yesterday's attacks!



BrianR  Friday Jul 22 10:33 AM

Actually, the gerbil isn't EATING the paper...it's shredding it. I used to have a whole colony of gerbils and know their habits well. They shred paper and the like to make bedding for their nests.



lookout123  Friday Jul 22 11:56 AM

brian, the little bit that i know about you + now knowing that you owned a colony of gerbils... nah, maybe i don't really want to know.



Queen of the Ryche  Friday Jul 22 12:17 PM




salinaspaul  Friday Jul 22 01:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
If she keeps the fecal material, she may wind up with a thesaurus.




LabRat  Friday Jul 22 01:59 PM

I had lots of gerbils too over the years I was a kid, and it was AMAZING how fast they would chew up a toilet paper or paper towel roll...I always wondered how come they never got cramps in their jaws like I would when I chewed gum too long.



Hobbs  Friday Jul 22 02:12 PM

Reminds me of a book I once saw where this person allowed cats to shred furniture on purpose and then anylized it as if the it were a piece of art and cat were an artist. As if the cat had a cognitive thought in it's little kitty head. You know what the cat was thinking when it was shredding the couch? Must....shred....couch....must...shred...couch...must...piss...on...couch...



capnhowdy  Friday Jul 22 04:34 PM

I love cats... they taste like chicken.



dar512  Saturday Jul 23 11:43 AM

I haven't thought of it in a while, but the previous comment reminded me of the Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jul 23 01:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
I haven't thought of it in a while, but the previous comment reminded me of the Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man.



Hobbs  Saturday Jul 23 09:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
I haven't thought of it in a while, but the previous comment reminded me of the Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man.
I that the eposode where someone screams "it's a cookbook! It's a cookbook!"


richlevy  Saturday Jul 23 10:23 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bograt
What a waste of a good book! - at 72 years old, doesn't it deserve a little more respect?
Not really, considering there are probably tens of thousands of copies still in use in the Philadelphia School District.

Probably pretty popular in Texas too since it probably doesn't mention evolution.

If you want a copy, here it is.


Sweets  Sunday Jul 24 10:57 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bograt
Hello BigV

Hello & OK are trashy "celeb" mags for people with so little going on in their own lives that they have to waste them watching other peoples'!!!


I am indeed indeed in London - thankyou for your concern. Yet more bomb alerts & a palpable sense of fear on the Tube this morning. After years of IRA bombs, as Londoners we were relatively OK about 7/7, partly because we thought we'd had our attack after NY & Madrid, but there's a definite sense that we're in for the longhaul now.

The police did shoot a suspected bomber this morning, which was a bit shocking, so soon after yesterday's attacks!
Is this the same guy that they say wasn't one of the bombers? I read this on the news yesterday. Jean Charles de Menezes, the 27 year old Brazilian.

Was it necessary to shoot him 5 times after they pinned him? (Bear with me, it's not an angry question, I was just wondering) I could see it if they thought he would have pulled a trigger while still alive. Plus, he ran. If he was innocent, why did he run? I read that the police will use deadly force in order to save lives. If I were the cops there, I probably would have reacted the same. He was wearing suspicious clothing, he ran into the subway, and the threats and bombings going on in London and places elsewhere in the world.

What a horrible age we live in. I only hope it gets better.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 24 02:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy
Not really, considering there are probably tens of thousands of copies still in use in the Philadelphia School District.

Probably pretty popular in Texas too since it probably doesn't mention evolution.

If you want a copy, here it is.
The people that could use that book can't click that link. Probably don't have a PC......or electricity for that matter.

As far as I'm concerned they can flush all the bibles and korans they want but never, ever destroy a science book....or porn.


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