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Taiko(nominated by I, JethroBT) If you're looking for a lot of bang for your buck, consider one of these classical percussion device, the Taiko have a mythological origin in Japanese folklore, but historical records suggest that taiko were introduced to Japan through Korean and Chinese cultural influence as early as the 6th century CE. Some taiko are similar to instruments originating from India. We are unsure if Kid Rock used any in the recording of "Bawitdaba" but rumor has it that........ Hit up eBay and join a hachijō-daiko, or Kumi-daiko performance group in your area today.
Sardines (Inside No. 9)(nominated by J Milburn) Sardines! Like hide-and-seek, but when you find the person, you join them in hiding. What could possibly go wrong? Well, with one person stinking, other people having conversations you'd rather not hear just in front of the hiding spot, and rather horrible revelations, quite a bit. You are now stuck in a wardrobe. Awkwardness levels are rising. Will you survive?
Waiting(created by Edgar Degas, nominated by Crisco 1492) We hear it's the hardest part. Here, Mary Poppins and the fairy off the Christmas tree are sitting on a hard wooden bench; soon their derrières will go to sleep, and they'll have a hard time standing up again. Hard waiting, hard sitting, hard floor that's going to hit you in the face when you stand up and fall over.
Serbian Christmas meal(created by Petar Milošević, nominated by National Names 2000) This is the typical Christmas table for the Serbian celebration of Christmas- grilled pork, cucumber salad, buckwheat, chocolate fudge and a bottle of wine. This entry doesn't lend itself to jokes that aren't incredibly bad. As bad as the migraine one gets from red wine and chocolate.
Pietro Stanislao Parisi with Family(created by Giuseppe Tominz, nominated by National Names 2000) Hmmm… nothing about P. S. Parisi… let's see what it says about Giuseppe Tominz. Aha! Tominz' paintings are "realistic, sometimes with an ironic touch...[they] also included objects that hint at the profession or the lifestyle of the person depicted." Right. So… Mrs. Parisi has a husband who's a bored stiff, a daughter who's a horticulturalist, and a son who's a jewel thief. The spaniel has just realised that he has to spend the rest of his life with these bourgeois bores. Behind them the evening sun sets on the Fighting Temeraire, hinting that Mr. Parisi is a hawker of firewood.
Cheetah(created by William Warby, nominated by Bruce1ee) The cheetah is a very fast cat. These cats are fast as lightning. In fact they're a little bit frightening. If Mike Dirnt had played air cheetah, he'd be Mike Meeeeeeeoooooooowwwwwww
Marie Leszczyńska(created by Carle Van Loo, nominated by Hafspajen)Marie Leszczyńska owed her position as queen of France to her father's "hopeless political career"- he was king of Poland for five years, until the Swedes, who had installed him, were kicked out of the country. She and her family were moved from place to place till they ended up in Alsace. Meanwhile the fifteen-year-old Louis XV of France's balls had dropped; he was engaged to be married to an eleven-year-old Spanish princess, but he fell ill, and the French feared that he'd die before he had produced an heir. So the engagement was broken off, and he was married to Marie. They had ten children, with the heir being Louis the Dauphin- but he died before he became king. Three of the Dolphin's sons became king themselves- Louis XVI who lost his head, Louis XVIII who snorted snuff from a countess's cleavage, and Charles the X-coriated.
Bedroom in Arles(created by Vincent van Gogh, nominated by SchroCat) A small trapezoidal room in a yellow house in Arles; pale violet walls, chairs and bed "yellow like fresh butter", the bedsheets "lemon light green", a scarlet bedspread, a green window. No shade or shadow, just abundant colour.
Short-spined crown-of-thorns starfish(created by Matt Kieffer, nominated by Crisco 1492) Probably a better choice than a long-spined crown-of-thorns starfish for your upcoming underwater Good Friday diorama, but it's probably best to ignore the Biblical reference and not do an underwater diorama: To quote the article, "Distinctly hungry individuals of A. planci [the short-spined crown-of-thorns starfish] will feed on a range of animal tissue." Your scalp is made of animal tissue.
Yugoslav dinar and Yugoslav krone(created by American Bank Note Company et al, prepared and nominated by Godot13) The krone was a short-lived currency, introduced in those parts of the former Austria-Hungary which had been incorporated into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. There were 4 krone to the dinar, the latter being the currency unit of Serbia. The krone went out of circulation by 1922, leaving the dinar as the currency of Yugoslavia. The dinar has a picture of a naked man and a locomotive wheel; they are having an affair. Above him are the spirits of ice cream cones, goldfish bowls, and corkscrews, representing the three major industries of the nascent kingdom. The krone has four naked cherubs representing the four joys of life; picking grapes from a road sign, holding sheaves of corn between the legs, pointing out where you're going on your holidays, and practising for the staring competition.
George Sand(created by Nadar, nominated by Alborzagros)George Sand was a French novelist and memoirist. Sand was born in Paris, but was raised at Sand's grandmother's estate at Nohant. Sand used Nohant as a setting in many novels. George Sand's first novel was Rose et Blanche of 1831. The heroine is one Rose Primerose, who says "Je ne puis être votre maîtresse, car je vous aimerais peut-être, et ce serait aimer le vice" ("I am not your mattress, and if you say I am I will ***** your ***** in a vice"). Sand's second novel was Indiana of 1832. The heroine is one Indiana Delmare, who says "Votre esprit comblera le vide, ma chère tante" ("Your spit has blocked the bidet, my expensive taunter"). Sand's third novel was Lélia of 1833. The heroine is one Lélia d'Almovar, who says things that would brûler vos deux oreilles en congé. Sand went on to write many more books, including one about a holiday Sand had with a busker in the Balearics.
USS Essex (CV-9)(created by U.S. Navy, restored by Julian Herzog, and nominated by Pine) The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Essex (CVA-9) takes spray over the bow while steaming in heavy seas. She was launched on 31 July 1942 by Mrs. Artemus L. Gates, assisted by her daughter and two nieces. Mrs. Gates smashed a bottle of champagne on the bows as the Essex slid down the ways. Bouquets were presented by Rear Admiral K. H. Van Kuren. The Essex steamed to the Pacific in May 1943; she was decommissioned for the last time in 1969 and sold for scrap in 1975.