The Screaming (?) Skull


A skull, with eyes, on flame.
Also, the eyes are kind of a logical problem too.

This is one of the Halloween decorations we’ve got. It’s from the same kit that was hung up in elementary schools when my love and I were kids, and it turns out they’re still being printed and sold and all that, so that’s great. And, you know, it may look like a slightly nightmarish howling skull on fire. I find that impression dissolves just as soon as you know that the skull is actually wide-jawed with joy and surprise at learning she just won $35,000 from a scratch-off lottery card. And suddenly, now, aren’t you grinning a little and realizing that you don’t know whether it’s possible to tell whether a skull by itself is male or female? That’s because the correct answer is: it’s a skull on fire. How could she even scratch off the card?

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

2 thoughts on “The Screaming (?) Skull”

  1. A fascinating image from a pseudo-scientific perspective. If I remember correctly from my junior high metaphysics class, the same psychokinesis that floating flaming skulls use to levitate can also be employed to rip out a lower incisor for use as a makeshift coin for lottery scratch-off games. The characteristic green flames might be due to the high concentrations of copper sulfate and boric acid in the fiery pits of Gehenna, but the look of anticipation and relief on her face indicates that she may simply be enveloped in the protective aura of a nearby Green Lantern. (That would also explain the intact eyes.)

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    1. Oh, now, that could be. I’m not sure that we’re really good with copper sulfate in this area, though. Could you recommend some skull-flaming that works with the baking soda since we’ve got really more boxes of that than we can justify keeping?

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