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(io9)   What do xenomorphs, Darth Vader, astronauts, pigs, and a man trying to eat his own ass have in common? If you answered "various church gargoyles" well then you're full of shiat, because there's no way you could've known that   (io9.com) divider line 36
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2014-03-11 01:53:52 AM  
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That's a scorpion?
 
2014-03-11 03:33:51 AM  
At least it's not a slideshow.
 
2014-03-11 04:30:03 AM  
Shame the author doesn't understand that most of those examples are Grotesques rather than Gargoyles, since they don't channel water. (Cont. page 94).
 
2014-03-11 04:31:40 AM  
A man trying to eat his own ass. Now I HAVE seen everything.
 
2014-03-11 04:32:46 AM  
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Can gargoyles on architecture become a thing again? These are truly farked and I'd love to see them in my city.
 
2014-03-11 04:40:56 AM  
What? A listicle of widely-shared images with minimal commentary and a tenuous connection at best? Never seen one of those on Fark before....
 
2014-03-11 04:42:58 AM  
Uh, this has been posted on Fark several times I believe, so I certainly could have known that.

Also, old news is so exciting and so and so forth.
 
2014-03-11 04:51:30 AM  
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Was hoping the answer would be the next Starwars Movie somehow was a Prometheus sequel
 
2014-03-11 04:51:34 AM  
i25.tinypic.com
 
2014-03-11 05:12:14 AM  
I thought it was going to be the Weird News Quiz but then I realized it's only Tuesday.
 
2014-03-11 05:17:57 AM  
Is that a woman going down on herself?

i.kinja-img.com

Hieronymus Bosch would have liked this one:

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2014-03-11 05:25:38 AM  
Actually Subby, I did know all that and I'm not full of shiat because this stuff is old as shiat! These same farking things pop back up at least once a year around here. What worse is that the linked story was posted yesterday and I'm pretty sure that the last time they popped up as a link on Fark was an io9 article too.
 
2014-03-11 05:30:23 AM  
A xeno-what, sir?

It's a bughunt.
 
2014-03-11 05:48:15 AM  
Is it the National Cathedral or the Shrine of the Immaculate conception? I know one of those has those gargoyles and no I will not RTFA.
 
2014-03-11 06:02:27 AM  

NutWrench: A man trying to eat his own ass. Now I HAVE seen everything.


Never been in a rugbyjock thread before then?


Although they really were more up their own ass than eating it but still..
 
2014-03-11 06:57:53 AM  
I was gonna say illegitimate children.
 
2014-03-11 07:09:36 AM  

Kerr Avon: Shame the author doesn't understand that most of those examples are Grotesques rather than Gargoyles, since they don't channel water. (Cont. page 94).


I saw that episode of QI too and came to make the same comment.
 
2014-03-11 07:36:30 AM  
What is their purpose? Are they there to remind us of a fate outside the church? I've never really looked into this.
 
2014-03-11 07:43:11 AM  

Gawdzila: Hieronymus Bosch would have liked this one:


A flying buttress?
 
2014-03-11 07:58:16 AM  

CipollinaFan: Is it the National Cathedral or the Shrine of the Immaculate conception? I know one of those has those gargoyles and no I will not RTFA.


I also refuse to read it, but I know for certain the National Cathedral has Vader.

/DC Resident
 
2014-03-11 07:58:21 AM  
Ok, that's it. I want xenomorph gargoyles around my domicile. One will have to be Riply crawling into her space suit though. That'll be around the corner.

--John
 
2014-03-11 08:15:36 AM  

Hobodeluxe: [i25.tinypic.com image 640x480]


Believe I saw this one back in the 1970's - seriously creepy made-for-tv movie IIRC...
 
2014-03-11 08:16:40 AM  

Jizz Master Zero: Actually Subby, I did know all that and I'm not full of shiat because this stuff is old as shiat! These same farking things pop back up at least once a year around here. What worse is that the linked story was posted yesterday and I'm pretty sure that the last time they popped up as a link on Fark was an io9 article too.



Someone hasn't had their morning shiat yet.
 
2014-03-11 08:33:32 AM  

Gawdzila: Is that a woman going down on herself?

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Hieronymus Bosch would have liked this one:

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Eh, that's nothing compared to how my cousin Walter died.
Mom found him. It was a mess. He was on his bed with his legs doubled over himself. Mom freaked out.
 
2014-03-11 08:45:10 AM  
I didn't know about the astronaut, but I did know the others. So I am only semi full of shiat. Yay me.
 
2014-03-11 08:56:35 AM  
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www.theraider.net

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2014-03-11 09:15:24 AM  

Hobodeluxe: [i25.tinypic.com image 640x480]


Great horrible film.
 
2014-03-11 09:21:18 AM  

Jizz Master Zero: Actually Subby, I did know all that and I'm not full of shiat because this stuff is old as shiat! These same farking things pop back up at least once a year around here. What worse is that the linked story was posted yesterday and I'm pretty sure that the last time they popped up as a link on Fark was an io9 article too.


Yeah, I've seen much better examples of this particular article before... Interesting, but nothing new and poorly presented.
 
2014-03-11 10:03:11 AM  
BBBbbbut...I've been to  Waxahachi Texas.
You should go just to check out the Gargoyles.
These is a story behind them, you should write a paper on it.
Prize?
If you can do a serious work regarding this art form, you can get published, no doubt.
 
2014-03-11 10:03:18 AM  
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A woman trying to eat herself? No, I see a 69 in progress, here.
 
2014-03-11 11:47:12 AM  

INeedAName: CipollinaFan: Is it the National Cathedral or the Shrine of the Immaculate conception? I know one of those has those gargoyles and no I will not RTFA.

I also refuse to read it, but I know for certain the National Cathedral has Vader.

/DC Resident


When I was a kid in the 80s there was a contest to design a gargoyle for the National Cathedral for kids. I entered but didnt win, I did get a nice thank you letter though so theres that.
 
2014-03-11 03:33:57 PM  
Too bad they were only doing churches.  This is the back entrance to the Graybar (yes, the second letter is an "R") Building in New York City.  

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Those supports holding up the awning have bumps on them which turn out to be...
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art deco rats.  The rosettes where the supports connect to the building have...
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a circle of rats coming out of a hole with a rat in each corner.  The reason they're on this building is pretty silly and has nothing to do with the sanitation in New York.
 
2014-03-12 02:10:15 AM  

vudukungfu: Gawdzila: Is that a woman going down on herself?

[i.kinja-img.com image 600x398]

Hieronymus Bosch would have liked this one:

[i.kinja-img.com image 600x450]

Eh, that's nothing compared to how my cousin Walter died.
Mom found him. It was a mess. He was on his bed with his legs doubled over himself. Mom freaked out.


As if a guy's a farking pervert because he tries to go down on himself. You're as curious as the rest of us, pal. You've tried it.
 
2014-03-12 04:38:02 AM  

dbrunker: The reason they're on this building is pretty silly and has nothing to do with the sanitation in New York.


I'm curious, are you insinuating that there's a non-silly reason for *any* art-deco adornments?
 
2014-03-12 08:56:08 AM  
I knew about the Vader one, but not the xenomorph. Cool.
 
2014-03-12 09:56:27 AM  
untaken_name: 
I'm curious, are you insinuating that there's a non-silly reason for *any* art-deco adornments?


Art deco isn't silly for buildings built in the 1920s and 30s, back in those days it was new, futuristic and cutting edge.  As the Graybar building was being worked on, New York City told the company they needed artwork on their building, only there wasn't any in the blueprints.  So they rushed to the architectural firm and told them of their sudden crisis.   The architects had an unused designed for a nautical themed building that was intended for the seagoing, shipping industry.  Graybar essentially told them, "Fine!  It's art! Just put it on!"

The awning supports are supposed to be the ropes that ships use to dock with.  The cones are rat guards: disks that are put on ropes to keep rats from running up into ships.
 
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