Sunday, September 10, 2006

"Monolithic" pop culture references #9

Ever searching for news about Rapa Nui, this blog's administrator comes across many references to Rapa Nui and its famous moai. Often, these references are quite comical and have nothing to do with the island or the culture of Rapa Nui. Other times, they appear to be speculative, based more on misconceptions than reality, or downright bizarre. Here are some of the more recent references:

Chicago Tribune:
Yet for years, a parking garage at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building has inexplicably hosted these half-dozen or so vehicles that sit like the statues of Easter Island, vexing the curious.

Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog:
Nothing happened on Easter Island without trees: no fires for cooking, no materials for building houses, no canoes for fishing, and no wooden poles for raising the enigmatic giant stone statues which stand to this day with their backs toward the sea.

Austin American-Statesman:
A small museum at the northeast corner of the Municipal Building has reproductions of human figurines with folded arms found on Syros dating back as far as 2,800 B.C. They look a little bit like the giant heads found on Easter Island in the Pacific and a little bit like the Oscar award. There also are other artifacts from the island.

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