Monday, April 18, 2016

Daphne Daffy Muammar Gaddafi with Jeannie Houdini Benito Mussolini

Ladies with the legs of dictators:

Yes, it's another PuppyMonkeyBaby drawing, and probably evidence that the series has been going on too long....

When I was hatching the "Gaddafi" and "Mussolini" rhymes, I was optimistically thinking that there was going to be something really distinctive and recognizable about the legs of these two men.

During his unfortunate and long tenure as "brotherly leader and guide of the revolution," Mr. al-Gaddafi was known for peculiar and often over the top sartorial choices. He was fond of Michael Jackson-like highly decorated uniforms and garish floor length dressy numbers. He wore this  particular wrap to the G-8 Summit in 2009 where he was photographed shaking a much more conservatively suited Barak Obama's hand. The reporter for Time Magazine suggested that he looked like he "dressed for the evening-gown portion...of a beauty contest for sofas."

Il Duce was fond of very full jodhpur pants, and was perhaps distinctive for his height to width ratio. Hitler was only a bit taller, but in photographs his jodhpurs seem much less wide...and less prevalent.

As for the middle: that's Daffy Duck, and Harry Houdini, somehow both strange and hard to recognize in my drawing.

Daphne from "Scooby Doo" and Jeannie from "I Dream of Jeannie" were important characters in my 70's tv watching youth, I am not proud to say.

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