let there be speedos?

March 25, 2011

adam wears a speedo?
We've had this book for almost a year now and I never noticed that it has been censored until just this week! Juliet and I were looking through the book and I noticed the sharpie marker speedo and thought, I don't remember seeing THAT on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel...(See Michelangelo's version here.)

Since I buy almost all of my books from goodwill, they have all had previous owners, most of whom have marked on the books in some way or another. Usually, they just have names written in the cover or messages from grandma and grandpa (who gifted the book to a child), etc.

This one must have belonged to a teacher who thought it best to not have Adam lounging in his birthday suit.

As a parent and art lover--I think I would have left it. But as a teacher, I can see where she is coming from.

What's the funniest thing you've ever found in a used book?

16 comments:

Ticia said...

Good question about the weirdest thing........ Now of course I can't think of anything interesting.

Karen@Candid Diversions said...

I'm not sure what we've found in books, but our oldest (4th grade now) used to draw "modest dresses" on her Egyptian coloring sheets back in the 1st grade. (Side note: they were not completely naked. She just thought a few more clothes were in order!)

Bitterroot Mama said...

That's funny. In high school, we had a humanities book with Michaelangelo's David on the front. We all had to put sticky note boxers on him. (Concidentally, the author had my same [rare] last [maiden]name.) I haven't found anything weird in kids' books yet. I'll keep looking. :)

Silver Rose said...

Haha. That makes more sense than needing to censor Jack-O-Lanterns from a book about fall. Oh Teaching!

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Goodwill is my favorite bookstore too, unless I'm looking for something really specific. I'm not sure what the funniest things we've found it, but I always think those messages from Grandma or the Christmas message from the teacher are sweet.

silly eagle books said...

I love the sticky note boxers! That is too funny. ;) And Karen, how cute of your daughter to draw in more clothes on her Egyptians. I love it.
Silver Rose, I know, censorship makes me cringe, but I can see where the speedo would have made life a lot easier for a teacher--I probably would have done it in my classroom, too. :)
Polly, the messages from grandmas are the best. I love reading them.

Ginny Marie said...

I'm with you; as an art lover, I wouldn't want the censorship, but as a teacher to seven year olds? Definitely needs a little censorship!

Katie said...

That is hilarious. I love it!

Jennifer said...

How funny! It's a really good Speedo, though; it blends with the rest of the picture. I wonder if I would've noticed it if you hadn't pointed out the censorship. :)

Melissa Taylor said...

I don't think I can beat that! Hilarious!!

Peascod said...

Well this isn't funny but interesting. I bought a box o'junque from one of those old original junk shops. In it, at the bottom was a beautiful almost unused leather covered Bible. As I was flipping through it I noticed by the inscription that it must have been a graduation gift to a son from his father encouraging his son to read the Bible and he would find knowledge and wealth beyond measure. As I flipped to the end of the book there were 5 $100 dollar bills taped to the last pages of revelation with a note from dad saying that he hoped that the Bible brought him more than this money ever could. Obviously he must have never read the book...

Love and Lollipops said...

This made me smile...I think your copy is worth something now...that speedo makes it an original!

silly eagle books said...

Jennifer, I truly did not notice it until just recently and we've had it for about a year!

Peascod--wow! Now you've got me hoping to find $500 in an old book. :)

Wendy said...

ha!! That's hilarious!

I once bought a book at goodwill that had a drawing inside signed by my brother-in-law, and dated 15 years ago, before he even started dating my sister. Weird! I didn't even buy it in our town, or the town that he lives in.

Jenny said...

That is hilarious! I get sad when I see personalized notes from grandparents in our used books. I don't think you should give those books away.

silly eagle books said...

I know--it makes me sad, too, Jenny. Especially, when the books look like they were never opened! Good for me, but sad for the kids who missed out on a special book from their grandparents.

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