Monday, June 11, 2007

Iconic Prague

Prague certainly has some magnificent architecture. The photo to your left is the Astronomical clock. It was completed in 1410 and quickly became the pride of the city. Legend has it that the clockmaker, Hanuš, had his eyes and tongue gauged out on the order of the king to prevent any neighbouring kingdom from acquiring his knowledge to construct a copy of the masterpiece.

This statue is one of 30, mostly Catholic saints, located along the historic Charles Bridge. Oddly, it contains huge gold Hebrew letters above the cross that say Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of the Hosts. The sign was erected in 1696 by a Prague Jew as punishment for not taking off his hat when he passed the statue of Jesus on the cross.

This begs the question what would have been the appropriate punishment in the middle-ages for the time Jez rolled a condom onto the flaccid penis of a statue of Atlas?

The fact that the building in the adjacent picture looks like a pair of medieval rockets has spawned many conspiracy theories.

The most interesting is the belief that these towers were commissioned by the Freemasons. On the dawn of the new Millennium Tom Cruise was to be revealed as the Great Ring Bearer of the Scientologists and he would walk hand-in-hand with the Grand Master of the Freemasons to the base of these towers.

At the stroke of midnight the medieval facade would fall away and a pair of space-age rockets would launch the pair into space where they would consummate their holy covenant and become the founding fathers of humanity in the outer reaches of the solar system. Unfortunately many devotees were to be greatly disappointed...

Later the towers became the centre of a new conspiracy that apparently proves that the architect of the plot to fly planes into the twin towers in New York was none other than OJ Simpson.

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