Saturday, May 31, 2008


It's amazing what people can read into symbols isn't it? For example we all know that certain images are meant to be ambiguos. Take for example my wife and my mother-in-law. Actually please don't take them too far as Im rather attached to both of them...

Here we can see a cleverly designed visual pun.

On the other hand the new Starbucks logo is, well, just ok...I mean nothing special, but if you are a particular sort of Christian it seems that the following (on left) is offensive!

This article says that a US Christian group hs said the logo's character has her legs "spread like a prostitute... ".

Interestingly the founder of Starbucks has said of the logo (in general terms) "bare-breasted and Rubenesque; [it] was supposed to be as seductive as coffee itself".

It's true that the tails are spread but it would never occur to me that this mermaid's tails were sexually enticing me. What a load of old rubbish!


Wooden Dummy Central said...

Oh my god I used the similar illusion on my own blog for martial arts. I wonder if we think in similar ways.

man from woodendummycentral

Littlefair said...


We've already established an introspective obsession with martial arts and a love of Blackadder. What more is there? :-)

AC/DC, Hanging monkeys (this is cryptic, not literal), Baroque music, syntax, booze and chocolate. I think that covers most of the mentionables...