Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Scavenger Hunt Ear Wig (and, yes, more gnome talk)

I put "garden gnome" on the 2014 Photography Scavenger Hunt mainly because there was a sleeping one in the Hunt badge and thought it was the sort of item which people could find relatively easily or with some hunting. I hadn't thought about the potentially creepy nature of gnomes:
Seriously, don't these look like they're massing for an attack?
I had thought of them as just kindof generic and cute.
It's funny because I have intentionally left clowns off the list for several years due to their inherent creep factor. But, more and more with gnomes, it's really hard to say if they are cute or creepy.
My previous informal survey (click here) revealed that many of you also feel that garden gnomes have a very high creep factor. Oh well, live and learn.
Finally, all this gnome talk reminded me of a 1967 Disney movie called The Gnome Mobile which I remember watching and for which I think I owned a 45 recording of the title song.  I linked a video of the song above for your listening pleasure. Do you remember that movie? Or the song? Play the song to see if you do. Now that you've heard the song, is there any way you can now get it out of your head? No, probably not. Sorry about that . . . and sorry for the gnomes.

13 comments:

Lesley G said...

Rinda, this is a recent Ikea advert from here in the UK
http://youtu.be/S9xROONPy6Y :( Creepy!!!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

How funny! As soon as I started reading this post I thought of the Ikea ad. I think it got taken off air, due to complaints. I don't find gnomes at all creepy, but clowns are a whole other matter!

scrappyjacky said...

While some of them are cute....there definately seems to be more creepy ones!!
There was a story in the UK press about a gnome that disappeared from someone's garden....and then sent postcards to them from all over the world!!

Karen said...

It's funny, neither gnomes nor clowns creep me out.

Sian said...

Clowns definitely creep me out. Gnomes don't. In fact one of my favourite books is this one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gnomes-Deluxe-Collectors-Wil-Huygen/dp/0810998467/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403868514&sr=1-1&keywords=gnomes

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Haha - well, I'm one that thinks gnomes are super cute and whimsical so your choice of having it on the photo list is fine by me. My tiny little garden gnome shows up a lot in my garden posts, but I'm keeping my eyes open for a more unique photo opp.

Yeah, and thanks a lot for that song...now totally stuck in my head...

nancy y said...

oh my gosh, just last year I was telling Jen and Farley about this movie and they thought I was nuts. I totally loved it as a kid, ofcourse it's got "Jane & Michael Banks" in it!!

Jo Murray said...

Gnomes are fine by me...mind you some PEOPLE creep me out. That clip sure reminds me how far movies have come.

Linda said...

How about the 'Laughing Gnome' by David Bowie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyQxTWDLZ8o
might make the gnomes seem less creepy!

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Gnomes are okay but that Travelocity gnome is a little creepy.

Becky said...

I've never seen that before but yes it is going round and round my head now!
And ASDA are using gnomes this year too - http://youtu.be/UiHDB-6NNDU

Alison said...

I have just shown this clip to Kirsty who is freaked out by it!!
Alison xx

Gail said...

Neither one of them is familiar to me but that reminds me to go check out our nursery for gnomes today when we're over that way.