Solving this maze might be a bit of a stretch

By Drimble at B3TA via Pineapplecharm at Reddit.


    1. I had someone post that image (with the miraculous explanation) on Facebook. I let them know that it was troublesome, with the Snopes link. They unfriended me shortly thereafter. 

      Tee hee.

      1. That image was the primary reason I resigned from my unofficial position as Office Debunker (AKA “The Guy That Can Figure Out How To Use Google and Snopes,” although that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue).  After being forwarded the storm pic and accompanying glurge message for the umpteenth time, I took it upon myself to explain the background, in vain hope of stopping at least one of the dozens of re-forwarded forwarded forwards of a forward I receive every week.

        Evidently, explaining the existence of Goatse with Wikipedia and Snopes links is tantamount to dropping trou and re-enacting it live on the breakroom table… At least in the eyes of the HR guy.  That was an uncomfortable conversation.  Decided to let my fellow staffers live on in credulous ignorance after that.

        1. Wow, yet sending around emails with descriptions of God’s glory is just fine, according to HR?

          1.  Well, golly, who’d be offended by that?!

            It’s a small company in the South (it literally is one HR guy, who wasn’t terribly busy at that), populated by an unfortunate number of people who still think that Bill Gates is going to send them money if they forward an email.  Take modern megacorp office policy and roll it back 20 or 30 years, and you’ll have a pretty good idea where the higher-ups would stand on most matters.  Me, I’m just glad they don’t make me wear a suit and tie, as suggested by the 1972 copy of Dress for Success in the reference room.

          2. Hell, I used to work in a Fortune 50 company where my immediate boss forwarded so many offensive chain-emails that I started a blog called “Emails from my boss” (I deleted it long ago).

            The family that owned the controlling shares in the company arranged for their employees to get free viewings of “The Passion of the Christ”, or as local writer Nathan Singer calls it, “Lethal Whippin'”.

        2. I remember a friend at work was chatting with a mutual friend about goatse and then subsequent name calling once he saw it later that week.  After that I casually introduced them to tubgirl and 1 guy 1 jar…

      1. Pretty sure it’s solvable. A quick click of the paint bucket shows that other than a tiny chunk in the upper right, it’s all interconnected.

      2. Weird – I don’t think you can.  When I see a maze like this I usually test it by going from the goal outward.  It looks like there are only 2 directions and they both deadend.  Mervyn may never reach his lovely sweetcorn.

  1. I would like to know what the name of the activity book this appeared in and where can I buy it? 

    Wait, that isn’t the question. The real question is: This is a clipart collage made by a graphic designed to promote the idea that “Look, this is in a kids book.” Wait… why is the image so clean and well-centered on the scanned page? Because it isn’t actually from a kids book.

  2. No, I can’t help Mervyn. ‘Cause Mervyn’s a fucking rat, see? And he’s the kind of guy with Dickie Gere for a friend. And I don’t help no rat with Dickie Gere for a friend.

  3. Is this an advertisement of the new Batman flick? I think I see Bane’s face mask in the lines. 

  4. Me, I’m trying to solve the maze: “this is a really hard maze!  I can’t solve this!  This is too difficult for kids!”  Then I walked away and saw it.  Ha Ha.
    Can I get a unicorn chaser now?

  5. I didn’t see it, thankfully.  I scrolled down to read the comments and there’s no way I’m scrolling back up now.

  6. I could make out the hands, but I didn’t make the cornhole connection until I read the comments.

  7. Does anyone know how to induce the Chrome browser to take a new thumbnail snapshot of a frequently-visited page?

    1. Exactly – i thought the gag was that it was unsolvable. Nooooooope.

      As a previous poster said : scoot your chair back 12 inches and squint. 

  8. There was me thinking “What a fun maze: and I like how they have some of the lines bolded so that, if you know to look at the positive marks instead of the negative space, following the bold lines inwards from the edge, and out from the goal, you can tell at a glance that the solution goes all around the image in a long path, because there’s no shorter path…

    Then I look at the comments, and am saddened.

    It’s actually a *good* maze. That’s the delight of it.

  9. That what has been seen, can not be unseen… And I was close to having solved it too… blegh…

  10. my young nephew’s current favourite joke is to walk out of the washroom with an amazed look on his face and announce “whoa! i didn’t even REMEMBER eating corn!”

  11. The piece works as a meta-musing on the tope of self-exposure, a winking amuse bouche that maps the dislodging of the phenomenological, or the particular, onto the ascending trajectory (could we say primacy?) of the referent. 

    I wonder who else noticed that the textual content–“twisty, turny”–is in amusing dialog not only with the intestinal convolutions of the physical maze, but especially with the gaping yet unknowable Viscera of that famed prototype? With a pencil one is invited to probe the crisis of modern identity, whose existence is contingent on– indeed, parasitic to–the amplification of its very iterations and references through social media.

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