I'm not a regular reader of Boing-Boing. But it seems to me that whenever I look at it, I'm inspired to say, WTF???
David Pescovitz put this on Boing-Boing last October with a title that said, "Odd drawing hanging on pole." He then said speculated - what is it? What could it be? Is it ART on a pole?
Gee, I don't know - what do you think it is?
Commenters said, and I quote,
"It's a composite drawing of a suspect wanted for attacks at the Palo Alto train station."
"It's a suspected wanted in a series of attacks."
Finally someone commented, "How could anyone look at that and not see that it was a police drawing?"
There was probably an attached verbal flyer describing the attacks and saying whom to call, and it probably got torn off, or fell off the pole and blew away.
But no - it must be, eh - outdoor art! Oh, of course - ze outdoor art - for ze intelligent people.
I saw this because I'm researching crime things for the book I'm working on, like - hanging ("Odd drawing HANGING on pole").
I also saw this. It was no help in my research whatsoever. But the story came with the attached cartoon. It's very special. The hanged man from the story (Marion Ira Stout, aka Ira), was a complete idiot who slept with his own sister. His sister, for her part, was married to a nasty guy named Charles Littles. Mr. Littles beat Ira's sister up, treated her badly, and I guess, cheated on her. Therefore Sarah, the sister, conspired with her brother Ira, with whom she had been observed sleeping in the same bed by other relatives . . . naked . . . to kill Charles. This plan went poorly, and although Mr. Littles died, the efforts to dispose of his body properly went awry. Both brother and sister busted up their arms during the crime, and personal effects were later found near Charles' waterlogged corpse.
This being a case of clear public benefit, Ira was shortly hanged. This, too, was botched, and after 8 minutes of hanging, he still was not dead. After half an hour, apparently he was dead, and then was put aside to be buried. However, someone attached a battery to his body the next day, thus producing "The Galvanized Corpse." Herewith, is the illustration . . .
What is that, you say?
A - corpse? A Gal-vanized corpse! Why, it cannot be - one must be properly hanged to then be galvanized.