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Rorschach helmet

Rorschach helmet

Stare at this image

What’s the first thing that comes to mind?

For me, it’s ….

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Humphrey's Executor | September 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Like trying to teach basic economics to a liberal.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | September 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm

I’m weird. The first thing that popped into my mind is that the photo is probably from about 1910ish – give or take a decade. The clue is that everybody in the photo has a hat on his head.

I used to frequently visit a site called Shorpy. The proprietor posts five vintage pics per day from the Library of Congress. And the pics from the 1910ish time frame are fascinating. With the possible exception of beach photos, you just do not see people in the 1910 era walking around without a hat. Man, woman, child, black or white. Doesn’t matter. Everybody has a hat. The other thing that makes the 1910 time frame fascinating is that most city photos will show at least three forms of transportation: cars/trucks, streetcars, horses/horse drawn carriages. Sometimes bicycles.

It’s been a year or two since I last visited Shorpy. Today one of his pics is Herald Square, New York City, dated 1903. Only one visible car in the foreground! If anybody can see a head without a hat, let me know.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | September 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I’m 65. When I was a youngster a lot of restaurants still had hat stands near the cashier station, the entrance, or between the booths. Counter seats had a spring loaded clip on the back of the back cushion into which one could fit the brim of a cap or hat. These all started to disappear by the time I was in my early teens.

Okay professor – come clean.

The first thing that crossed your mind was whether this re-enactment would be admissible under the prejudice versus probative test if it was a case of unsafe work conditions.

As you thought about it, you considered whether you could get it in as illustrative of the customary photography capabilities of fast shutter speeds if the case involved camera lens design infringement.

You finally figured that you were unable to decide unless you knew what the case was about. So you posted it here so we could share in your frustration.


the first joke application of superglue went as well as hoped.
new ads with people hanging off i-beams followed soon after.

MouseTheLuckyDog | September 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm

This is a rite of passage for liberals. It plays a similar role to a mitzvah . The person who is about to become an adult dons a metallic helmet and takes a running leap into the side of a building 1000.

Lest one think that the helmet actually helps the person, I suggest that one read up on Football and TCE.

Anyways it helps explain the modern thought processes of liberals.

A helmeted Field Marshall 0bama enacts his latest ISIS ‘strategy’ as professionals, experts, sane people, and career military watch: pure schadenfreude.

First thing to come to mind?

Beast mode.

Phillep Harding | September 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

What’s with the face on the side of the helmet?

Strange helmet, even without the face. I don’t recall ever seeing one like that before.

I have to go non-political. I spent an hour earlier this evening teaching Mrs. Hawkins, Queen of the Luddites, how to use Facebook.

The photo captures my experience almost exactly. Make that a concrete wall and ditch the helmut and it’s nailed.

William A. Jacobson | September 23, 2014 at 12:05 am

Okay, I’ll give up my answer: Trying to change Washington, D.C. and shrink big government.

Henry, I must be married to her sister. My frau finally started texting last year but refuses to get a smart phone s0 hir w0rds l00k like this.

Phillep, that’s not a face. It’s a chinstrap and an ear. His nose is pointing straight down.

The three guys in the background were subsequently convinced the guy banging his head in the wall should become head of the Harvard Law Review and then president of the U.S.

TrooperJohnSmith | September 23, 2014 at 2:04 am

It’s a demonstration of new-fangled football headgear. Before the mid-20s, headgear (not quite a helmet) was optional.


This is when soccer decided to use a ball instead of a house.

“Here, hold my beer. Watch this!”

If the NFL mandated that type of helmet the number of concussions would drop as the players would not use their plastic, padded and face masked heads as tools to help tackle.

The three guys in the back are laughing. Photo caption:
“Hey! We were just kidding!”

“Vice President Joe Biden Shows White House Visitors How They Used To Drive Nails When He Was a Boy.”

“House Oversight Committe Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) Begins a New IRA Investigation.”

“Historical Photo Misidentified: Not Testing New Football Helmet, But Prototype For Super Glue.”

“ Launched”

An aching sense of emptiness and irreversible loss for not having spent time hanging out with the most psycho football guys in high school.

First anti-gravity device successfully tested. Unfortunately, there was no “Off” button, and the inventor and his device were never seen again.