Huge head found floating in Hudson River

NewImage Did you lose your head? The crew team of Poughkeepsie, New York's Marist College spotted this seven foot sculpture floating in the Hudson River last week. The men's crew head coach described the scene as "something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.” They dragged it to shore but nobody has called to claim it. (Poughkeepsie Journal)


  1. Shelley would’ve made this a powerful symbol of our national decline.

    Screw him. We’re heading in the right direction.

          1. I’m just hoping it came from Lloyd Blankfein’s commissioned self-portrait and that it was liberated from his upstate demesne by vengeful beavers.

  2. The only clue:  an inscription on the back of the neck reading, “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”

  3. “huge head”?  what are the units of huge these darksome degenerate days?  ain’t nuth’n to get a good scale fix on there, but i’d reckon it ain’t no colossus of rhodes [spittoo]

      1. be that as may be; but it’s a head …not some dangflanged leg terminus. we needs us some Angstroms here (stat)

        1. 2.134 x 10^10 angstroms. Should be noted that while widely used (though not at this scale…), the angstrom is not an official SI unit.


  4. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie Weston on the cult of Adonis: “In the same way as the dates varied, so, also, did the order of the
    ritual; generally speaking the elaborate ceremonies of mourning for
    the dead god, and committing his effigy to the waves, preceded the
    joyous celebration of his resurrection, but in Alexandria the sequence was otherwise; the feast began with the solemn and joyous celebration of the nuptials of Adonis and Aphrodite, at the conclusion of which a Head, of papyrus, representing the god, was, with every show of mourning, committed to the waves, and borne within seven days by a current (always to be counted upon at that season of the year) to Byblos, where it was received and welcomed with popular rejoicing. The duration of the feast varied from two days, as at Alexandria, to seven or eight.”

  5. Irrelevant pedantry: Since “crew” refers to the team itself, “crew team” is redundant. “Men’s crew” or “men’s rowing team” are appropriate.

    1. It really depends on whether one prefers to communicate clearly with a diverse audience or to signal a particular background.

  6. “Anyone who wants to share information about the head may call [head coach] Lavin at 201-675-0902.”

  7. Writing to you from Poughkeepsie…

    We can’t believe no one’s claimed it yet.  It is quite large (closer to 8 than 7 feet tall) and everyone here is going to Marist, where the head is vacationing, to take pictures with it. How can it go unclaimed?  That is the mystery….

    1. Amtrak regulars on the track nearby indicated that it had been sitting on the side of the tracks about 20 miles north for a long long time. Probably some other kids found it and rolled it into the water for fun.

      Practical upshot is: it’s been in/near the river for quite some time now.

  8. Looks like the head of Michelangelo’s David. Probably came from some mobster’s tacky villa.

  9. Nobody will ever claim it, because it’s quite clearly a result of illegal fly-tipping. Somebody must have closed a prop-making company.

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