Saturday, May 20, 2006

Yet Another Post on Very Odd Art

No, no, no-- I didn't forget that yesterday was the 19th anniversary of the filing of U.S. patent # 4666425, which, as everyone knows perfectly well, was the first patent to describe a device for "maintaining metabolic activity in a mammalian head which has been severed from its body at its neck".


When keeping severed heads alive, it should be noted that "If desired, the surgical cuts may be made in such a manner that the larynx (which contains the vocal cords) remains attached to the head. The severed end of the trachea (wind pipe) may be sutured to a tube carrying slightly compressed, humidified air, so that the primate or human head may use its vocal cords if it is conscious."

In honor of said anniversay, we here at Random_Speak are presenting a brief Odd Art post focusing on the ouevre of artist Daniel Edwards, who sculpted three "sports collectible" death masks of famous Boston Red Sox player, Ted Williams. It should be noted that Ted William's head was actually removed and frozen at a cryonics lab called Alcor Life Extension Foundation in order to possibly be reanimated at some future time.

Regarding the incredibly pained expression, a nephew of Ted Williams has supposedly written: "I like to think the artist has portrayed T. W.'s unhappiness and discomfort with its frosty internment."

6 Comments:

Blogger Cap'n Rich said...

I don't think that's odd, L. What I think is that you are odd for thinking that is odd. Why wouldn't anyone want a severed head around to talk to in moments of lonelyness? I know I do. Got several already.

4:46 AM  
Blogger Cap'n Rich said...

Why are my comments segregated from everyone else's? I swear I'm getting a complex about leaving them. Do you do it on purpose or does the fuzz censor my stuff and forget where to put it back in the proper place?

3:29 AM  
Blogger L said...

Cap'n: actually, there are two separate places to leave comments-- one for blogger and one for haloscan. I added the haloscan a while ago when the blogger comments weren't working properly for a few weeks, and I've been too lazy to fix it :)

10:56 PM  
Blogger glomgold said...

Damn you Jabba the Hutt!! What have you done to Ted Williams you monster?!

7:10 PM  
Blogger JIMMY WIDDLE - THE MAN WITH THE FIDDLE said...

I believe the advice being offered on this website is dangerous and would prove injurious to health if acted upon.

11:24 AM  
Blogger L said...

glomgold: heh heh

Jimmy: Hmm... perhaps I should provide a disclaimer :)

9:18 PM  

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