Sunday, March 4, 2012


Okay, I saw this post a few weeks ago and had to mull it over. What was wrong here?

No, not the hidden outline of the dude. That's specifically what's right about this image.

It's the background, the arrangement of the sodas o the shelves to be precise. I would say that this is not a soft drink selection found in nature, that it's carefully arranged in the studio. But it's still an awesome painting trick, right? Well, no. Follow my logic:

1. The guy had to arrange his own sodas in a staged setting.
2. The sodas are arranged in a very particular way, groupings of sodas that repeat throughout the shelves - not that the patterns repeat, just the blocks of sodas.
3. It's a very specific choice. Why?
4. Because he already had a soda suit, of course. He had the painted suit FIRST and had to build the background around it.

It's the only thing that makes sense.


  1. What's really wrong is that there's no Mr Pibb. What's also wrong is that Coca Cola will only make it available in (for what I've seen) two states. How stupid is it that they don't want to take in even more revenue? When asked, they'll declare that they don't want it to compete with Dr Pepper. So that would make a regular person wonder why it's often found on a shelf right next to Dr P, at least in convenience stores.
    And if the idiot executives were paying attention AT All, they'd see that there are people on the internet selling cases of Mr Pibb for outragous amounts of money. That leads me to believe that it really is only available practically nowhere.
    They could only stand to increase their profits to make a product available that people want, and make it available in more than just Wisconsin and Colorado. -Dorks.-

    1. I'd thought Mr. Pibb was entirely replaced by Pibb Xtra. Regardless, I applaud your anger.

  2. You're right, force of habit. It was actually replaced.

    1. Today I ate at a Checkers in Brooklyn which has been there less than a year. They had a "Mr. Pibb" sticker on the fountain drink machine and I'd swear it tasted like old fashioned Mr. Pibb instead of the spicier Pibb Xtra.

  3. The whole optical illusion, is itself an illusion. There's no man there at all. Look at the "ankles." That shit is painted onto a wooden background, trompe l'oeil style. The whole "body" is made out of strategically crushed soda cans.

    As to the unusual arrangements of soda: it's China. They do things differently there.

    Although this picture raises an interesting fact. There are supposed to be 1.3 billion people in China. I wonder how many of them are actually optical illusions created by arranging crushed soda cans in clever ways? Maybe like 1 billion of them are soda-can illusionary people.

    This picture, no doubt sent to us by a brave Chinese dissident standing in front of an illusionary tank made out of crushed Schweppes Ginger Ales, points out that our entire geopolitical posture may be all wrong. China is not a threat: its people are desperately in need of tooth enamel. Let us make peace, not war, my friends.

  4. I wonder what kind of soft drinks the president likes. What if he likes tea? What would the right wing do then?

    He famously had a beer summit, but what if he held a High Fructose Corn Syrup Beverage summit?

    Also, do you believe that sherbet is a beverage? Because I have referred to it as such in the past. It was an impulsive thing, perhaps an instance of mis-speaking, but I do believe it has thirst-quenching properties... This blog seems like the kind of place to challenge Kantian ontologies of the "beverage" so-called.

  5. He obviously likes something flavored like Communism.

    I feel like I've heard sherbet (I mispronounce it "sherbert") and ice cream (pronounced "igloo cream") lumped into the beverage category in ye olde type books. No examples leap to mind, perhaps I am deceiving you.