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Thursday, June 01, 2006

A New Wrinkle to The Da Vinci Code (My Apologies to Leo, Dan and Mona)

Evil Twin Biff was doing a little unauthorized late night reading last night down in the bowels of the PS Research Library and darned if he didn't stumble upon something strange . . .

Apparently, when you look at the Mona Lisa in just the right light on the first day of June in the year 2006, you can see something that has never been seen before.

Now, I'm no expert (actually more of a skeptic), but I could almost swear that she seems a little bit perkier. Like she can hear something the rest of us can't.

Don't trust me, though.

Go ahead, judge for yourself . . .

Ben O.


Anonymous Rollin said...

To the staff of Procrastination Station:

You have inadvertently stumbled upon a closely held secret. What really happened was that Leonardo was married to Mona (or Mrs. Lisa-DaVinci as she became known) and his wedding gift to her was his prototype of something he called an "ee-pahd". Unfortunately, there is a society of albino MP3 players dedicated to suppressing this truth, and you have become their target. Best of luck.

PS - If you survive, look for my upcoming book about this dangerous conspiracy!

Dan Brown

11:36 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...


Now I'm gonna have to watch over my shoulder everytime I go to the public toilet at Coors Field.

Why, oh why couldn't I have just let well enough alone?

(This is all Evil Twin Biff's fault.)

Ben O.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

It took me 5 times to get the word verification right on that one . . . hello!?!

who are we protecting here, people?

Ben O.

11:57 AM  
Blogger trinamick said...

I've never noticed that before, and I almost missed it this time. Harder than looking for Waldo!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

how did you spend that iTunes certificate?

12:48 PM  
Blogger mr. schprock said...

You know, now that you point it out, I swear I can see an iPod! Look, you can just barely make out a white cord trailing down from her ears and in her hand she's holding what looks to be the iPod itself!

I took art history in college and never spotted that — maybe because iPods weren't invented then and I didn't know what to look for.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Trin - That's because you had to wait for this exact moment in time. The collective human mind was simply not ready for this kind of revelation before now.

Sadie - I have been getting on there every now and then to get a few songs that I don't already have. I don't spend my gift cards all at once (for one thing I have dial up and it would take 3 weeks). I sort of like seeing the credit up in the right hand corner when I log on to iTunes.

Mr. Schprock - Many an art historian and scholar have looked at Leonardo's masterpiece and failed to see what my idiot cousin-in-law/twin Biff stumbled upon in the dark, with the beer goggles firmly in place over an extra large bag of cheetos.

He has the gift, that's all I can say.

Ben O.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Motor City Monk said...

I own an iPod mini and have never once visited iTunes. Go figure. All my 1,150 tunes on my filled to capacity iPod were uploaded via CD's from my collection.

When I decide to upgrade beyond my mini, which Ipod would you recommend? You seem a bit obsessed with iPods, figured you might have some good advice.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Obsession is as obsession does . . . I probably am a tad in love with mine.

I would get a Nano. I have a 4gb Nano and I absolutely love it. I can't get every single song I own on there, but I'm never going to run out of stuff to listen to, that's for sure.

Thanks for stopping by - Ben O.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Forget what I was going to say, Rollin has me cracking up way too much. Then your verification quip. Bahahaha!

I do enjoy a good conspiracy theory.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Nonny said...

How come every time I come here your pushing the Ipod? Does PS get kickbacks everytime it's mentioned? :)

3:52 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Beth - Thanks for stopping by. I hope that uncontrollable laugh thing clears up for ya, we never want to put anyone in the hospital here at Procrastination Station.

It's just bad policy.

Nonny - I guess I need to ease up with the iPod posts, huh? I actually consider this more of a "Grand, World-Scale Conspiracy Theory" Post rather than your run-of-the-mill iPod post, but whose actually keeping score (other than you)?

Ben O.

And no kick-backs, unfortunately.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Motor City Monk said...

4 gig Nano? That wouldn't make sense. My 3.7 mini (and I suspect your "4" gig Nano is actually only 3.7) can barely hold a 1/4 of my CD collection. I'm either going for 20 or 40 gigs next time. Since I don't ever want to run into this problem again, I'll probably go for 40 and be done with it.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life living in a small castle named Clos Luce in the Loire valley of France, and he showed his gratitude by the gift of the Mona Lisa and 2 other paintings? Yup. Tis true. I learnt it on a tour of said castle a few months ago. So now I think I'm cool. I'm not, I just know a few more random things than I did before, and i've seen my Mona darling with my own eyes, which was cool to me.

Love X-Men. My favorite superhero would have to be Superman, because he's the one I've known the longest...and he has pretty cool pwoers. Also, I adore Wolverine and Storm.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Monk - Actually it has 3.7345981 & 1/2 gigabytes, but who's counting. I personally like how fast it is compared to a hard drive player. Size is cool, though.

Good luck with whatever model you get.

Lisa - Believe it or not, I didn't know that tidbit yet. Interesting.

Ben O.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Now that I think about it, they don't make 20s and 40s, Monk.

If you want to never run out of space again, go with a 60 gig vPod. They are the fashizzle if you have the cash.

Ben O.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Mike Todd said...

Can she only download music that was around when she was, like Gregorian chants and the Eagles?

11:18 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Nice Todd - Actually, The Eagles first Album (as any avid birdwatcher would know) hit stores a couple of years after that. Kool & The Gang are on there somewhere, though . . . I just know it.

Ben O.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Zambo said...

Hey Ben!

As long as she's not listening to Bono, I'm OK with it...(I have a similar pic at my desk at work where she's got an old school iPod)...

I liked your previous post too! Funny stuff.

Take care out there, Ben!

Your Pal,


2:25 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Bono was probably around, but I think Mona is more of a Hardcore Metal fan, what do you think?

Thanks - Ben O.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Motor City Monk said...

I just checked out apple.com and see they've got a new 30 gig iPod that's thinner and has a 20 hour battery life>>The new iPod boasts up to 20 hours of battery life, five hours more than before. Plus, you get a bigger display and one more iPod color — sleek black. But here’s the kicker: At under half an inch thin, the new 30GB iPod takes up about 45 percent less room than the original iPod.

That sure beats my damn mini with a 2.5 hr battery life and 3.7 gb's. I think it's $299.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Wow - totally spooky! I nbever noticed that before. Weird.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Lingo Slinger said...

she's gotta be listening to super furry animals... why else would she be smiling like that?!

8:34 PM  
Blogger StringMan said...

My daughter was just at the Louvre in Paris, and she said that even Venus di Milo has an iPod now, too - except she needs to use a belt clip ('cause, you know, she's got no arms and all to hold the iPod).

10:12 AM  
Blogger *the queen* said...

I heard that no matter where you stand, it seems like the Mona Lisa is always looking straight at you... and listening to The Rolling Stones.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I'm just happy to know that I'm not the only one who has issues with the damn word verification - and on my own blog, too! Thank you for making me feel not too horribly ridiculous!

I think Mona Lisa is a Skinny Puppy & Iggy Pop fan - she has a thing for the skinny heroin addict type. Something about opposites attracting.

11:02 AM  

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