#989 – Bust

I’m always fascinated by the slow erosion of large monumental structures or objects that humans touch. Paths worn into centuries old stone floors. The small section of a wooden handrail that is thinner where everyone grabs it at the first step. The giant bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln that has turned a dark brownish-green with age, except for his bright shiny golden nose.

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23 thoughts on “#989 – Bust”

  1. Linzleh says:

    My aunt used to travel with old clothing & underwear and when she needed room in her suitcase for souvenirs she just threw out her clothes. She never had dirty laundry when she got home! Don’t touch the stones at the Parthenon or you’ll get deported…

  2. Grug says:

    I remember there’s some war memorial where there’s a trail worn into the stone floor from soldiers ceremonially walking in exact step across it.

    Also, is anyone else seeing the ads for Muscle March? I could say very many things about it that wouldn’t be allowed in a PG rated comic.

  3. linuxxorcist says:

    Theres this one hike in Vancouver (you should knw where that is by now) that anyone who hikes has to do, the grouse mountain grind, and all the handrails and narrow-ish trees are smooth and shiny in one spot where people grab them.

  4. Mickel says:

    We’re going to need a bigger bag.

  5. Sretsam says:

    My computer desk has a worn out area in exactly the shape of my wrist, just below where my mouse is…
    Also, Muscle March is more fun than it has any right to be… Even if the third race is impossible to beat.

  6. reynard61 says:

    At some of the Buddhist temples in Japan there are bronze statues of macaques (Snow Monkeys) that have had the top of the head worn off because it’s considered good luck to rub them there.

  7. Libramen says:

    Ah, if you are fascinated with deterioration of buildings, I would recommend “Life After People” if you have not heard of it already. History channel basically.

  8. ButterflyNebula says:

    WOOOAH. There is an Easter Island head on my desktop. Then I opened this comic and THERE IT WAS AGAIN. It is clearly a sign. Of…something involving giant stone heads. Yes. It is a cool picture, though, check it out. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/12/15/top-ten-astronomy-pictures-of-2009/9/

  9. ButterflyNebula says:

    I would like to see an alternate version of this comic where the statue has Biff-brows.

  10. JezMM says:

    Ha, I’ve just realised the theme for this week was travelling. Kinda funny, I’m off on a holiday myself to Ireland today. Kudos Book of Biff for always giving relevant life advice. 8D

  11. baughbe says:

    This is one of those times the shrink ray comes in handy. Unfortunately you can’t get it through airport security…

  12. docpi says:

    Just to give everyone interested a direct comparison with real-life proportions of the moai depicted in today’s comic:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/doc-click/2203772307/in/set-72157603733592061/
    and
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/doc-click/2199389174/in/set-72157603733592061/

    cheers!

  13. Marks1stwife says:

    My favorite part of visiting Union Station in Chicago, is just that, looking at the places where steps and other things are worn down because so many people have been there before. (of course, I have to make up stories about who they were and why they were there)

  14. docpi says:

    And yes, I meant to say with my previous post that Chris not only got the size of the moai correct, he even faithfully rendered the background landscape with the two slopes meeting behind the statue just like it looks like from that location and perspective on Easter Island!

    Congratulations!

  15. MaskedMan says:

    That’s not going to fit in the overhead bin. Good thing Biff had to buy three seats… He can sit next to it. 😛

  16. Vannah says:

    4-11-10
    That’s when Biff comin number 1000 comes out!!!

  17. Chris says:

    @Vannah – Close, Monday the 12th!

  18. i.half4 says:

    The Millibook of Biff. Oooooohhhhhh…

  19. sco3tt says:

    He could always just fold it up really small and put it in his pocket.

  20. Niha says:

    As a child, I went once to a hospital to visit a relative who had had an accident. I remember this quite well because of the marble stairs. It was an old building and they were pretty worn out. I was impressed.

  21. GuyD says:

    Biff needs a very big baggage allowance!

  22. Galane says:

    Yea! Finally an Easter Island comic that doesn’t make the common mistake of having the statues face the ocean. They all face inland.

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