Since it’s Halloween I thought it might be appropriate to have something a bit creepy to identify – and what’s more creepy than clowns? Apart from maybe dolls. So here’s a clown doll:
Any idea what this creepy little object is made from?
While you’re pondering on that you may want to also have a think about what this eerie noise from the British Library Wildlife Sound Archive is made by:
…and it’s not the sound of a tiny wild clown chasing sheep in the dead of night.
Very peculiar shape for a body – no arms! Looks like it is a skeletal structure, to me… Is one genie worth three clown puppets?
…Or worth six clown puppets, given the fifty-fifty chance involved?
Looks like the clown is made from something for wishful thinking, and the recording is a rock crane (anag.)?
If it’s a bone, the obvious one that shape is a f*****a
I wish I knew what this was from
Hmm…the good old, seasonally appropriate w.b. or fu*****. And just because Darwin wrote about them in The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I. (available on the web at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24923/24923-h/24923-h.htm) I am so hoping it’s from a Dorking chicken.
A bit of John Clare:
‘How sweet and pleasant grows the way
Through summer time again,
While —s call from day to day
Amid the grass and grain.
We hear it in the weeding time
When knee deep waves the corn,
We hear it in the summer’s prime
Through meadows night and morn;
And now I hear it in the grass
That grows as sweet again,
And let a minute’s notice pass
And now ’tis in the grain.
‘Tis like a fancy everywhere
A sort of living doubt,
We know ’tis something but it ne’er
Will blab the secret out.’
or Andrew Marvell, sounding a more Halloweeny note:
‘Unhappy birds! what does it boot
To build below the grasses’ root;
When lowness is unsafe as height,
And chance overtakes what scapeth spite?
And now your orphan parents call
Sounds your untimely funeral.
Death-trumpets creak in such a note,
And ’tis the sourdine in their throat.’
One wonders how its maker intended it to be played with… Make a wish and… ? Eewwww.
Clown: American national meal
Sound: Japanese national creature
the dolls is from mandibula bone?or wishbone of some poultry?