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(Mental Floss)   Rejected designs for the Great Seal of the United States. If Ben Franklin had his way, our national symbol would be a sky vagina   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 52
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2012-06-14 09:37:37 AM
All Hail Sky Vagina!
 
2012-06-14 09:40:32 AM

basemetal: All Hail Sky Vagina!


May she shower our lands in gold!
 
2012-06-14 09:47:58 AM
That is one angry looking sky vagina.
 
2012-06-14 09:54:29 AM
Adams looks like he was a preemptive Maxfield Parrish fan.
 
2012-06-14 10:42:20 AM
That or he thought God was a big pussy.
 
2012-06-14 11:54:01 AM
It's the goddamn eye of Sauron.
 
2012-06-14 11:56:05 AM
They made the right decision - all those rejected designs are boring.
 
2012-06-14 12:03:53 PM
"Rebellion of tyrants is obedience to God."

Wasn't Franklin supposed to be an atheist?
 
2012-06-14 12:06:08 PM
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2012-06-14 12:12:53 PM
While I do not dispute the "sky vagina" interpretation, I must wonder if Mr. Franklin had a different concept in mind.

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2012-06-14 12:13:05 PM

fluffy2097: "Rebellion of tyrants is obedience to God."

Wasn't Franklin supposed to be an atheist?


The Founding Fathers were mostly Deists, and Franklin, although he called himself a Deist, also considered himself a Christian. You know, despite the sleeping with alot of French women while married thing.
 
2012-06-14 12:18:02 PM
Franklins view on the Bald Eagle:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch'd on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish,... the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."

I did not know that about the Bald Eagle. Sounds to me like USA selected the perfect symbol.
 
2012-06-14 12:21:33 PM

fawlty: Franklins view on the Bald Eagle:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch'd on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish,... the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."

I did not know that about the Bald Eagle. Sounds to me like USA selected the perfect symbol.


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2012-06-14 12:24:37 PM
The Illuminati were crappy artists.
 
2012-06-14 12:34:15 PM
Everyone is an artist.
 
2012-06-14 12:35:49 PM

Gunny Highway: Everyone is an artist.


No, everyone is a critic.
 
2012-06-14 12:36:10 PM
So is anyone else thinking Arby's?


/Also Franklin was a noted skirt chaser, of course he'd incorporate some vag.
 
2012-06-14 12:43:33 PM
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i'm imagining the gay marriage debate if we had that.
 
2012-06-14 12:55:10 PM

fawlty: Sounds to me like USA selected the perfect symbol.


Glad I'm not the only one to have thought that.
 
2012-06-14 12:56:06 PM
Sky Vagina will now replace Sky Wizard in all future discussions.
 
2012-06-14 12:56:27 PM

fawlty: Franklins view on the Bald Eagle:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch'd on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish,... the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."

I did not know that about the Bald Eagle. Sounds to me like USA selected the perfect symbol.


He favored the turkey:

"For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."
 
2012-06-14 01:00:20 PM

fawlty: Franklins view on the Bald Eagle:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch'd on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish,... the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."

I did not know that about the Bald Eagle. Sounds to me like USA selected the perfect symbol.


Came here to say pretty much this.
 
2012-06-14 01:02:07 PM

rufus-t-firefly: He favored the turkey:


I knew that. I wonder what effect the selection of the turkey would have made on modern slang? "You ain't nothin' but a jive eagle!" Doesn't have the same ring.
 
2012-06-14 01:02:22 PM

rufus-t-firefly: fawlty: Franklins view on the Bald Eagle:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch'd on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish,... the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."

I did not know that about the Bald Eagle. Sounds to me like USA selected the perfect symbol.

He favored the turkey:

"For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."


Serious question: why are the grammatical rules of that period basically "Capitalize whatever the hell you feel like"?
 
2012-06-14 01:10:22 PM

SkittlesAreYum: Serious question: why are the grammatical rules of that period basically "Capitalize whatever the hell you feel like"?


The Constitution does the same thing. It actually reminds me of German, where all nouns are capitalized.
 
2012-06-14 01:20:53 PM

SkittlesAreYum: rufus-t-firefly: fawlty: Franklins view on the Bald Eagle:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch'd on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish,... the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."

I did not know that about the Bald Eagle. Sounds to me like USA selected the perfect symbol.

He favored the turkey:

"For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

Serious question: why are the grammatical rules of that period basically "Capitalize whatever the hell you feel like"?


In German all nouns are capitalized. Just one of those things that English has only recently ditched.
 
2012-06-14 01:28:19 PM

basemetal: All Hail Sky Vagina!


It's the American dream. Unattainable yet strangely desirable.
 
2012-06-14 01:36:41 PM
Can someone please explain to this Canuck why you guys have that creepy big brother pyramid eye thing on everything?
 
2012-06-14 01:44:09 PM

SkittlesAreYum: rufus-t-firefly: fawlty: Franklins view on the Bald Eagle:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch'd on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish,... the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."

I did not know that about the Bald Eagle. Sounds to me like USA selected the perfect symbol.

He favored the turkey:

"For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

Serious question: why are the grammatical rules of that period basically "Capitalize whatever the hell you feel like"?


Especially in colonial Pennsylvania, a significant portion (if not a majority) of the population were German speakers. "Not only does the English Language borrow words (and grammatical rules) from other languages, it sometimes chases them down dark alleys, hits them over the head, and goes through their pockets"
 
2012-06-14 01:44:22 PM

Raw_fishFood: Franklin, although he called himself a Deist, also considered himself a Christian. You know, despite the sleeping with alot of French women while married thing.


Sounds like a typical Christian to me.
 
2012-06-14 01:53:18 PM

CptnSpldng: "Not only does the English Language borrow words (and grammatical rules) from other languages, it sometimes chases them down dark alleys, hits them over the head, and goes through their pockets"


Much like the bald eagle. So the discussion has now come full circle.
 
2012-06-14 02:00:05 PM
Giant Sky Vagina is the name of my Courtney Love cover band
 
2012-06-14 02:00:18 PM

CptnSpldng: Especially in colonial Pennsylvania, a significant portion (if not a majority) of the population were German speakers. "Not only does the English Language borrow words (and grammatical rules) from other languages, it sometimes chases them down dark alleys, hits them over the head, and goes through their pockets"


English rapes the other languages of the World, and makes them it's biatches.
 
2012-06-14 02:01:17 PM
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Not sure if Sauron or Portal.
 
2012-06-14 02:04:33 PM
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Lincoln: "Each star represents a playmate I've slept with."
 
2012-06-14 02:09:16 PM

sure haven't: Can someone please explain to this Canuck why you guys have that creepy big brother pyramid eye thing on everything?


It shows that God or Providence or Whatever looks kindly on our endeavor because we are the specialist country EVER. Also, we almost got a palm tree on the pyramid.
 
2012-06-14 02:10:48 PM
I find it interesting that the man who coined the phrase "separation of Church and State" would include such explicitly religious imagery in the seal for the nation he helped to found.
 
2012-06-14 02:23:45 PM

sure haven't: Can someone please explain to this Canuck why you guys have that creepy big brother pyramid eye thing on everything?




It was commissioned by the Alan Parsons Project.
 
2012-06-14 02:27:14 PM

Raw_fishFood: fluffy2097: "Rebellion of tyrants is obedience to God."

Wasn't Franklin supposed to be an atheist?

The Founding Fathers were mostly Deists, and Franklin, although he called himself a Deist, also considered himself a Christian. You know, despite the sleeping with alot of French women while married thing.


Whatever he felt he had to say in public, in private he didn't believe in a god.

/He was the coolest founder of them all
 
2012-06-14 02:27:17 PM
For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch'd on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish,... the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him. ~~ Ben Franklin


Ben, you magnificent son of a biatch, you've just described the United States government and how it views the taxpayers' money perfectly.


In hindsight, we should have gone with the turkey.
 
2012-06-14 02:34:55 PM

fawlty: Franklins view on the Bald Eagle:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perch'd on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish,... the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.".


Yeah, not around here. There used to be a bald eagle nest in a tree near where I live. Then the ospreys moved in and chased them away. I hate those farking birds. You can't get within 50 yards of their nest without them sending out their alert call and then taking off and circling around your head. But you can't shoot them or disturb their nests because their are "endangered". Endangered my ass, they're a farking nuissance.
 
2012-06-14 02:35:04 PM

MrEricSir: [img14.imageshack.us image 320x240]

Lincoln: "Each star represents a playmate I've slept with."


And then Lincoln said, "Dont diss my homies"

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2012-06-14 03:17:04 PM

MrEricSir: Lincoln: "Each star represents a playmate I've slept with."


I literally just watched that episode not 15 minutes ago.
 
2012-06-14 03:54:16 PM

sure haven't: Can someone please explain to this Canuck why you guys have that creepy big brother pyramid eye thing on everything?


It's technically supposed to be on the back of the Great Seal, though it's never actually been put there or used for that purpose. The pyramid is one of those 13 things, and the eye is supposed to be the Eye of Providence (the Framers clearly believed in the separation of Church and State, but don't seem to have been very good at it).

Some say it's a Masonic symbol, and it is nowadays, but it wasn't at the time.
 
2012-06-14 04:10:47 PM
They should have gone with a scroll featuring the noble words With Liberty and Justice for all borne aloft by slaves.
 
2012-06-14 04:18:43 PM
Something with "Made in China" on it.
 
2012-06-14 04:39:28 PM
I din't see any seals.
 
2012-06-14 05:20:17 PM

sure haven't: Can someone please explain to this Canuck why you guys have that creepy big brother pyramid eye thing on everything?


The pyramid is under construction, representing our continuing work (To form a better nation) and the eye is God looking down upon our efforts in favor.
 
2012-06-15 05:04:54 AM
For the back side of the seal, Jefferson proposed an illustration of Hengist and Horsa, 5th-century Saxon warriors from Germany. They came to England as mercenaries to help the Briton tribe defend themselves against the rival tribes of the Picts and Scots.

Well, that's a relief. This article is useless without Picts.
 
2012-06-15 06:13:12 AM
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