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Friday, August 31, 2007

Graffiti of the Week

posted by on August 31 at 16:20 PM

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Almost forgetting for the moment all thoughts of Moby Dick, we now gazed at the most wondrous phenomenon which the secret seas have hitherto revealed to mankind. A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-colour, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to clutch at any hapless object within reach. No perceptible face or front did it have; no conceivable token of either sensation or instinct; but undulated there on the billows, an unearthly, formless, chance-like apparition of life.

As with a low sucking sound it slowly disappeared again, Starbuck still gazing at the agitated waters where it had sunk, with a wild voice exclaimed—“Almost rather had I seen Moby Dick and fought him, than to have seen thee, thou white ghost!”

“What was it, Sir?” said Flask.

“The great live squid, which, they say, few whale-ships ever beheld, and returned to their ports to tell of it.”

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1

Thanks for posting this one! I saw this on the sidewalk last night and it took me a few minutes to decide which direction was up, as it were, and if it were really supposed to be a squid. In the photo it looks obvious, of course.

Posted by genevieve | August 31, 2007 4:57 PM
2

Um, that's a religious symbol for Cthulhu ...

Oh, wait, I shouldn't have said that ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 31, 2007 5:13 PM
3

Hot damn, I think I'd like to read Moby Dick.

Posted by Garth | September 3, 2007 6:25 PM

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