by The Phantom Websurfer
©2006 Bard and Cubist -- all rights reserved
This being the April/May issue, we'd like to do something appropriate to 1 April: Specifically, we're going to take a look at a couple of websites devoted to things which aren't quite what they seem. Sometimes, a deceptive appearance is deliberately created for the sake of deceit; other times, it's a side-effect of whatever the intended goal might be; still other times, it's an accident.
Chalk it up to artistry
Julian Beever is an Englishman who has created trompe l'oeil chalk drawings on sidewalks all over the world. His photorealistic art presents a perfect illusion of three-dimensionality only when viewed from one specific angle, but many of his works can be remarkably convincing from any viewing angle. For instance, he has created a 'hole' that passersby walk around rather than step in.
A gallery of photos of Beever's art is available here.
They breed like rabbits
The reason 'they' breed like rabbits is because they are rabbits -- of the Angora, er, breed. If you think that Angora rabbits should be noteworthy for their fur, you're right; they are. Especially if they happen to be purebred Angora rabbits that are suitble for rabbit shows. The Angora rabbits owned by Ms. Betty Chu are of prize-winning quality... and that means they have lots of fur.
As in, these critters are about as close to actual, living tribbles as any beast you're ever likely to see in Real Life.
They must be seen to be believed.
If you know of any sites whose subject matter renders them suitable for inclusion in TSAT, send us the URL!