Monday, April 05, 2010

The Little Mermaid Deboned

A statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid (below) has long been one of the biggest tourist attractions in Copenhagen, Denmark. But for the next six months, she'll be visiting China, and her rock will be empty for the first time in almost a century.

So on April Fool's Day, some crafty pranksters decided to fill the void. Tourists who came looking for the Little Mermaid instead found her skeleton. I wish I could have seen their faces.

More here.


Blogger Pingoo said...

For a second i thought the skeleton was the statue.

That's absolutely fantastic. Good on them!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous 42 said...

Ha! I wish I could do things like that. (But I need the resources and the opportunity...) It would have been nice to see.

Hope you all had a nice Easter. (And April Fool's day!)

9:46 AM  
Blogger montana irregulars said...

I wonder where they found that skeleton..... very cleaver!!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Beautiful! I too wish I could have seen their faces.

Happy Easter everyone! Death no longer has dominion....

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hah. Ingenious.

Happy Easter! Nellie, virtual high-five!

12:21 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

HAH. that's pretty magnificent.

1:48 PM  
Blogger The Golden Eagle said...

That's a pretty good prank . . . wonder what Denmark's government thought of that. :)

3:03 PM  
Blogger Mini Ninja said...

It came from the DEEP!!!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Halley said...

LOL!!!!!! I love it! ;)

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

LOVE IT! I wonder where they found the tail!? Do you know if the skeleton is made of real bone?
I want to meet those pranksters.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Undiscovered Universe said...

hahahaha i love them

11:21 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Once I brought that book to class in kindergarten to the "joy" of my teachers. My little Christian school sent frantic calls to my mother when I got to the part with the sea witch's lair filled with mermaid corpses.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

Cool! i wonder how much it cost to make.
Ananka, do you know when the t-shirts will be up in the store?

5:42 PM  
Blogger Julia Branches said...

Pingoo--I thought the same thing!

I wonder why nothing interesting like that ever happens in my life.....

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Clare said...

Thats really cool! Thats so clever! The real story of the little mermaid is so sad though. I read it and the rest of the day was depressing. But I love fairy tales.

8:54 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

i like it- i read a bok on that statue once- a happy hollister one- young but good. i collect them. i have 1 worth over a $100.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Lioness said...

you've mentioned before that you are a tim burton fan... are you going 2 see the exhibit of his art at the MoMA? i was there last week, and it is totally worthwhile (by that I mean AWESOME)

9:31 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

yeah- no 1 understands why im scared of the little mermaid. i was scarred for life after reading how she turned into sea foam. and walked on knives. so sad....

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Kira said...

Oh my gosh- why can't i think of cool April Fool's Day jokes like that? in other news:
I'M ON SPRING BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!
that is all.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

I am a big Tim Burton fan also!
I went in November, and could hardly breathe. If you have heard (I say it all the time), I grew up far away from Dr. Suess. I let Burton and Gorey guide me through my childhood.
Tim Burton is my hero! (And so are Kirsten Miller, The Irregulars, Pseudonymous Bosch, Erik, Gerard Butler, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Beatrix Potter, Jesus,Scott Westerfeld, Tyra Banks, and Edgar Allen Poe.) Yes, those are a lot of heroes, but they are also my role models!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Emi said...

Look at the hilarious movie my friend made:
You will laugh until you die. Except not really, because you pass out first.

4:53 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

niiiiiiiiiiice. haha

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anna- You, my friend, just described me in my childhood. Of course, I also grew up on Dr. Seuss, so I turned out with sadism and goriness that rhymes. Go figure. xD

12:14 PM  
Blogger Rileydog said...

Tim Burton is so genius! One of my favorite movies as a kid was Ngihtmare Before Christmas, we would watch it every Halloween. Coraline was great, so was 9, and Alice in Wonderland was awesome! Has anyone else seen it?

5:55 PM  
Blogger Al Fonzo said...

Anna- You just basically described my hero's except Tyra Banks which I would replace with, Joan of Arc, and Artemis.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Kira said...

I used to hate the little mermaid when i was younger, until i read the original when i was 4. my favorite part was the ending, and ever since then, i've cackled maliciously to myself whenever i see a picture of ariel. i also used to torture my girly-girl friends by showing them tim burton movies. actually, i still do ;)

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Isra said...

The little mermaid deboned.
Somebody must have been hungry :)

9:55 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

we made the funniest video for an award ceremony at school. it was a parody of the A-team. we called the ESR Team. Any1 have an earth science ref. table? it a NY thing I think.

9:57 PM  
Blogger montana irregulars said...

I love tyra Banks!!!!!!! I've never liked the little mermaid
movies, whats with the neon red hair anyway?! has anyone read the luxe books? there really fluffy as my mom would say (aka really girly and lovey dovey) there my guilty pleasure (:

3:20 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I happen to think it's wrong the way Disney altered the original story of The Little Mermaid.What would dear old Hans think of what they did to his story? Anyone with me?

4:55 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Btw Anaka, I found picture you'd like XD


5:57 PM  
Anonymous Toodles*** said...

Kirsten, I've noticed you have been taking a while between posts. I hope that that's just because The Darkness Dwellers is going to be published sooner than expected.
AND I AM 12 IN 8 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:52 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

did u die? cause that would stink!!! u probably didnt. which is good. :)

7:13 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

when are you going to post again . . . . . i have nothing to do and i need something interesting to read.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

Emily: Yes, I'm with you. It always annoys me when movie people do stuff like that. "Prince Caspian" was the worst.

People, leave Ananka alone! She has an actual job and is undoubtedly very busy in real life.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Golden Eagle said...

"Prince Caspian" was the best! I love that movie . . .

7:44 AM  
Anonymous charstar said...

emily: Im with ya

6:18 PM  
Anonymous charstar said...

I LOVE your movie!
I emailed the link to all my friends.
its sooooooo funny bravo-bravo!!!!

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, brilliant, and I'm from Copenhagen :D

Actually I think there has been other pranks like that on the little mermaid!


10:31 AM  

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