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No more Welsh rarebit before bed!

Posted by Greg | July 18, 2008 9:46 AM
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I saw a huge one of these in Prague back in 2000

Posted by The White Blackula | July 18, 2008 9:47 AM
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How does copyright work on the web? Seriously, can anyone use anything by anyone without prior permission? Or does image and idea use base itself on non existent enforcement?

Charles, I like your posts but they do seem derivative, which from an academic is interesting.

Posted by Scott Dow | July 18, 2008 9:51 AM
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I love Communist-built TV towers. And babies crawling on them just makes them better.

Posted by Abby | July 18, 2008 9:51 AM
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I'm not a huge fan of the tower or the babies, but I do like some of David Cerny's other stuff.

This horse was a favorite of mine when I lived in Prague. It's a play on this original in Wenceslas Squre. It's also non-fucking-creepy.

Posted by Sir Learnsalot | July 18, 2008 10:01 AM
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That baby is so my new desktop and screen saver. I love it.

Posted by village of the damnd, Clinto 09 | July 18, 2008 10:01 AM
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Radio Free Europe
Remember Radio Free Europe? This was the US financed radio network that broadcast real “news” to those living behind the Iron Curtain during the cold war. Its headquarters was established in Munich in 1949, and began transmitting its first broadcasts to Czechoslovakia on July 4, 1950. The key goal of Radio Free Europe was to provide “democratic” information to the Soviet Satellite nations. Moscow didn’t like this very much.

So, years later (1980ish) Moscow began building this, what is known as the Zizkov TV and radio tower. It was initially meant to jam RFE broadcasts from Munich. However, by the time it was finished communism was dead.

Ironically, Radio Free Europe has since moved its headquarters to Prague and is located in the old Communist building which used to house the old Parliament back in the day. After communism fell, funding was cut for Radio Free Europe. In a sign of gratitude for the broadcasts during the cold war, the current Czech government rents space to Radio Free Europe for 1 CZK a year – or about six US cents.

Today Radio Free Europe broadcasts “news” into the Islamic world. It has recently been threatened by Al-Qaeda. Note in the photo that the streets around the building have been cordoned off and guards are posted due to the threat. As a result, plans are underway to move it out to the suburbs, where RFE’s building can be more easily safeguarded.

Posted by Tim | July 18, 2008 10:04 AM
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Their faces look like USB ports.

Posted by Suz | July 18, 2008 10:14 AM
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That is the one in Prague, but I don't remember the babies. How oddly creepy.

Posted by daytrpr | July 18, 2008 10:37 AM
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amazing art. Czech surrealism.

Posted by Betty X | July 18, 2008 10:39 AM
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I remember seeing that baby tower in Prague in 2005. It was creepy then, and even creepier to see the babies in detail.

*shudders*

But on a side note, I'd kill babies to be able to go back to Prague and live there for a while. By far the best beer in the world (to me) and one of the best places I have ever travelled.

Posted by Original Monique | July 18, 2008 10:42 AM
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I love the Prague TV Tower. Oddest thing ever.

Posted by raisedbywolves | July 18, 2008 11:12 AM
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I have about 200 pictures of these babies. I found them pretty fascinating when I was there.

@11: I agree... Definitely one of the top places on my list of places I've visited :)

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | July 18, 2008 12:38 PM
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The Tower Babies is a good name for a punk act from Olympia

Posted by CommonKnowledge | July 18, 2008 1:01 PM

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