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14 October 2008

PIZZAQ: What the heck is going on here?

Oh yeah, click for larger.
square dingbats by Adina Weinand
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Minnesota USA

I have received several inquiries regarding this PizzaQ image, and should explain that it came into our possession as the illustration on one of the very rare postage stamps ever seen outside its originating postal authority, Planet Mollyringwald. Mollyringwald is the most reclusive, closed, secretive, xenophobic, isolationist planet in the Dwingeloo-2 Galaxy. It makes North Korea seem like a 4th of July Kiwanis Club picnic. We know next to nothing about it or its inhabitants, but there is a strong belief among Vleeptron's exobiologists that it is populated exclusively by females.

(In
The Journal of Dwingeloonic Studies, J. Guillam points out that unless such a society is intentionally self-extincting, like the Shaker religious community in North America, it probably has at least one male, whose name might be Scott or Todd or maybe Mark.)

This postage stamp was accidentally or illegally transmitted off Mollyringwald in 22400739 (roughly Earth Year 1994 AD), affixed to the upper right corner of a postcard that said only:

Miss You

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3 square slices of white / ranch spinach pizza.


What on earth is going on here???

I'll need a full, unambiguous explanation. 3 names of people, and 1 species designation, would be nice.

I'm not sure, my memories of the '60s are pretty fuzzy, but I think I was at this Halloween party in Takoma Park, Maryland, or something a lot like it.

9 comments:

twolegsnotail said...

There are rumours to the effect that Aubrey Beardsley Esq did not find the female touch as abhorent as was previously assumed. Could this be part of a cautionary tale for his daughters - illustrated by his own hand? I shall continue ruminating.

Vleeptron Dude said...

Okay! You got the Beardsley on the nose!

But it's an illustration for a literary work. The Vleeptron Ministry of Pizza insists on knowing the work and its author.

EXTRA ANCHOVIES: The name of the central character in the literary work.

twolegsnotail said...

Ah oui M. Bob has been rereading his dog-eared copy of Lolita. Which brings us to 'Annabel Lee' which brings us to Edgar Allan Poe and The Murders in The Rue Morgue. Does that make three?? I'm mighty hungry...

twolegsnotail said...

Zut,mes anchois!! Parlez-vous de
Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin ou bien de la pauvre Camille L'Espanaye??

Methinks it's Dupin.

twolegsnotail said...

OURANG UTAN

"Orange man"

Vleeptron Dude said...

OKAY DACOR TWOLEGSNOTAIL YOU WIN THE PIZZA & ANCHOVIES! OUTSTANDING!

Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is often described as Western literature's first detective story -- Poe called these "tales of ratiocination."

Well, I think I also asked for a Species ... but that might spoil the plot. Here's the remarkable story:

http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=PoeMurd.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=1&division=div1

twolegsnotail said...

But Mollyringwald???

Vleeptron Dude said...

Dacor encore -- our Comments seem to have passed in the infosphere, and the Vleeptron Ministry of Pizza is happy to award you the anchovies and pizza for Dupin and for Orangutan ... but you have been penalized 1 anchovy for mistranslation. Wikipedia:

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Their name derives from the Malay and Indonesian phrase orang hutan, meaning "man of the forest"
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I am now about to Faw Down Go Boom, but I will have a full explanation of Planet Mollyringwald and all we know about it (precious little) when I wake up.

twolegsnotail said...

I concede that anchovy, and take another away for my spelling as well, my Petit Robert 1 corrects me:

ORANG-OUTAN or ORANG-OUTANG

"homme des bois". bien sur