Friday Nite Lite: Amusing stories and such…Posted: August 24, 2012
Last night I gave you some cartoons, tonight I have several links for you that may make you laugh, or simply interest you. Since my sinus is causing me so many problems, I am just going to give you quick links.
This first story made me laugh like hell…Oops! Well-Meaning 80-Year-Old Woman Hilariously ‘Fixes’ Priceless, Century-Old Spanish Fresco
Hey, who remembers the 1997 American-made Mr. Bean movie?
Ok, I see that 99% of you have gone silent (By the way, yes, we here at Mediaite can see you through your computer screens. Most of you don’t wear pants). Well, then I will have to explain. In the movie, there is a sequence where Mr. Bean has to guard the famous 1871 portrait of James McNeill Whistler’s mother. Unfortunately, in all his Beaniness, Mr. Bean stains the portrait’s face, a mistake he tries to correct by hurriedly doodling a terrifying smiley face in its place.
I remember laughing very, very hard at that scene in the theaters back in ’97. I laughed just as hard this morning at this hilarious BBC report about an 80-year-old woman who tried to “restore” a priceless fresco in a Spanish church.
I think you can guess how the story ends.
For more than a century, the Sanctuary of Mercy Church has been home to Elias Garcia Martinez’sEcce Homo, a beautiful fresco depicting Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the years have aged the work of art, and the Lord’s face has become deteriorated. So, parishioner Cecilia Gimenez decided to fix things by painting over it.
Here is the video from BBC News – Spanish fresco restoration botched by amateur
Cecilia Gimenez: “Everybody who came into the church could see I was painting”
An elderly parishioner has stunned Spanish cultural officials with an alarming and unauthorised attempt to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco.
Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years.
The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture.
Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored.
Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to “restore” the image.
She claimed to have had the permission of the priest to carry out the job.
“(The) priest knew it! He did! How could you do something like that without permission? He knew it!”
BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint.
The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.
Give that a look over, funny even though it is a shame the fresco was destroyed. The professional art restorers are trying to see what they can do to fix it, the church is saying that if it is unrepairable, they will put a photo of the fresco up over the monkey…I mean Jesus.
A progressive group called on Republican National Committee leader Pat Rogers to step down on Friday after emails showed him telling New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s staff that meeting with a group of American Indians “dishonored” Gen. George Armstrong Custer, the 19th century commander who killed scores of American Indians.
“The state is going to hell,” Rogers, who is a member of the GOP executive committee and is currently in Tampa for the RNC convention, wrote in a June 8 email released by Progress Now New Mexico. Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Col. Allen Weh “would not have dishonored Col Custer in this manner,” he wrote.
Martinez is required by law to attend the annual state-tribal leaders summit, according to Progress Now New Mexico, which called for him to step down.
“Such a blatantly racist statement against our native people is offensive from anyone, but to come from a national GOP leader and lobbyist for some of our country’s largest corporations is indefensible,” Progress Now New Mexico’s executive director Pat Davis said in a statement.
And one more link for you tonight, this one is for Dakinikat: Futurama-Chrono Trigger Mashups | Geekosystem
If the Internet is good for anything that isn’t porn or playing video games online, it’s that if something is conceivable, someone probably already thought of it and you can find a community with which to discuss it. Anyone who visits any online social community is probably already aware how much love the Internet has for the hilarious but consistently sad comedy Futurama, and one of Squaresoft’s better video games before they lost touch with their industry, Chrono Trigger. It probably won’t be surprising to know that there’s a Futurama-Chrono Trigger mashup out there in the wilds of the Internet, but did you it doesn’t stop at just one?
The above, more intricate image appeared as a panel in a brentalfloss comic, which can be viewed here. The comic focused on the rumor of a Chrono Trigger movie with Matt Groening directing, so from there it wasn’t too much of a leap to connect a show about time traveling to a video game about time traveling.
Yesterday was Gene Kelly day on TCM, and they had the film Inherit the Wind. While watching it one scene hit home.
This is an open thread…I will post some cartoons in the comment section below!