What Is It? #16

Sorry it’s late. Someone fed a mogwai when they got in from the pub after closing time and gremlins got into the machinery, but it’s all solved now!

Last week (sort of), we asked you what this picture was (it would be a crap competition if we didn’t):

The answer is (insert drumroll here)… a dying nerve cell, photographed using an optical microscope. No right answers, although most of you were on the right track in suggesting cells of various kinds, so handclaps all round. Cancer cells were suggested, as was phagocytosis, blood cells and breast tissue. So well done to all who made those suggestions.

As usual we got some more left-field suggestions too, such as the light show at a Hawkwind gig, a curled up caterpillar and a Van Gogh painting. Personally, I think it actually does look like a Van Gogh, though I’m not sure about the other two suggestions! That said I’ve never been to a Hawkwind show. If their light shows are anything like the picture above, then that’s probably a good thing.

Anyway, I guess you’re all reading this to find out what the next picture is, so I’ll shut up now. Ready? What are we looking at in the picture below?


  1. #1 by philby63 on June 29, 2010 - 21:44

    Are the illustrations of Mike, Marsh and Colin? They are, aren’t they?

  2. #2 by Colin H on June 29, 2010 - 22:27

    Darn, you caught us out!

  3. #3 by Lee on June 29, 2010 - 23:57

    Is it a picture from the The Giant Book of Fantastic Facts.

  4. #4 by Jon d on June 30, 2010 - 18:43

    Misdirection of some sort, probably with a fancy name that I don’t know.
    What they’ve done is draw stereotypical and recogniseable ‘dishonest’, ‘cheerful’ and ‘stern’ faces then in the text, tried to explain our reaction to the faces with some baloney about their hats.

  5. #5 by Jon d on June 30, 2010 - 19:16

    Ahh it must be an example of the straw hat fallacy!

    Anyway wrt hawkwind you don’t know what you’re missing.

  6. #6 by Michael on June 30, 2010 - 19:28

    I want to know “where” this clip is from, Colin didn’t mention that in the strapline.

    I saw Hawkwind at the Space Ritual gig at the Liverpool Stadium. The sound and light-show (at the time) was like dropping several tabs of acid, which, by the way I think we all did. The tomato ketchup was laced with it from the hot dog vendor inside. Am I giving away my age here I wonder???????

  7. #7 by Colin H on June 30, 2010 - 20:23

    Ah, yes, that’s what I meant *cough*: ‘where’ is this clip from. Not ‘what’. Yeah. *cough*

    You know, it’s bad enough it was a week late. Then I go and mess up the strapline. What can you expect from a blue elephant, I suppose.

  8. #8 by weol on June 30, 2010 - 23:53

    It’s taken from ‘Scouting for Boys’ by Robert Baden-Powell. Fnar fnar.

  9. #9 by Nemo on July 1, 2010 - 05:28

    It looks like it is some form of General Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship. Whoever cropped the scan cut out the keyword “scout”.

    “The way a man (or a woman) walks is often a good guide to his character – witness the fussy, swaggering little man paddling along with short steps with much arm-action, the nervous man’s hurried, jerky stride, the slow slouch of the loafer, the smooth-going and silent step of the scout, and so on.” Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship. Originally published in 1908.

  10. #10 by Colin H on July 1, 2010 - 13:08

    That didn’t last long! Well done Weol and Nemo!

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