1. Roger Scott says

    Geometric scaling is where he came to grief. He had the right amount of chutzpah though.

  2. says

    Thanks, Ichthyic [#2] for opening this to off-thread comments.

    But first, what do we know about that kid’s own anatomy (maybe his graffito is correct, for him?).

    Now, off-thread, about the Wed 3/25 hearings in Austin:

    First, a decent op-ed in the Washington Post, at

    Also, I’ve posted the Austin speakers’ list at

    IMHO, what they’ve done with the speakers’ list can be turned against them if it’s used to dramatize the point that this is what the science curriculum itself would look like in the Texas classrooms if they have their way:

    1. Strength
    2. Weakness
    3. Strength
    4. Weakness
    5 Strength
    6. Weakness …

    Dobson rep Saenz has said that Weaknesses make up “half the information” that the students should be getting in their science classes. (See )

  3. Murray says

    So, has anyone spotted in in Google Earth yet? I’m searching around Hungerford, but no luck yet.

  4. VegeBrain says

    What’s interesting is it’s done in a geometric style similar to some aboriginal tribes and contrasts in an interesting way with the old fashioned style of the house.

  5. Evangelatheist says

    I just took him for a fundie who had never seen one (even his own!).

    maybe we should start him off easy with some snail porn…

  6. eddie says

    #13 FTW

    I was thinking it was a cargo-cult landing strip because he’s not getting any.

  7. Clemens says

    Before you all deeply analyse the painter’s subconsciousness, think twice: What else could he have painted onto a canvas of that shape so that it still is an offensive prank?

  8. MPG says

    I don’t know how long this kid expected his efforts to go unnoticed by his parents for it to appear on Google Earth. The images often go several years between updates. The close-up images in my area have been recently updated, but before that their source was some eight years out of date. It seems some people think it’s a live service – I’ve actually encountered someone who thought they could see what the traffic was like on their route home that day using Google Earth, and was disappointed not to see the cars actually moving along the roads live and in real time…

  9. Sigmund says

    Theres another image of the house on the Flash earth site – the microsoft link – but that too doesnt show the giant penis (it might be there but the roof is very bright in that picture – either that or the image, like that in google earth, was from before the painting was done).

  10. says

    The boy’s father appeared to take the prank in good humour.

    But he said: “When Rory gets home he will be given a scrubbing brush and white spirit and he can go and scrub it off.”

    Damn, so close… if only he’d said ‘get’ instead of ‘scrub’ it’d have been a keeper.

  11. Benjamin Geiger says

    Right, he needs to learn some anatomy.

    Apparently, he modeled it after me, but he made it too small…

  12. says

    In Paris, there is also the Eiffel Tower, the Triumphal arch, the pyramid, and other various pornographic columns !!!

  13. MH says

    Damn, so close… if only he’d said ‘get’ instead of ‘scrub’ it’d have been a keeper.

    Or “rub”.

  14. Epikt says


    In Paris, there is also the Eiffel Tower, the Triumphal arch, the pyramid, and other various pornographic columns !!!

    At the NASA center where I work, there is an experimental facility, mostly a 500-foot-deep hole in the ground, for doing short-duration microgravity experiments. It’s known unofficially as the Martha Washington Monument.

  15. says

    This kinda thing is old hat. When I was in high school, friends would draw dicks all over your homework when you weren’t looking.

    …On further consideration, I guess that isn’t really the same thing.

  16. Sven DiMilo says

    “An overview of anatomy”! Get it? An “overview”? PZ slays me sometimes.

    Epikt(@#29), that’s pretty funny.

  17. Anomalocaris says

    Back home in Budapest we have a stadium, a courtyard and a smaller, new arena make a pretty accurate, though stylised, depiction of male genitalia:,+budapest&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=39.184175,82.96875&ie=UTF8&ll=47.502547,19.101942&spn=0.008176,0.020256&t=h&z=16

    (Just to add, the city also has a man-size public statue depicting a female reproductive organ… It might be the only hermaphroditic capital city)

  18. says

    Someone needs to do something like that to the Creation Museum and then blame it on divine intervention.

  19. siflrock says

    I think I know what’s going on here. The home was facing foreclosure, so the boy thought if he could get the house designated a historical landmark, it would be safe. So he tried to make a companion piece to the Rude Man of Cerne.

    I could be wrong.

  20. Bryn says

    This is what happens when you don’t allow the teaching of human anatomy in schools. (shakes head) You’d think the kid could’ve at least looked in a mirror.

  21. Sili says

    Still better than what I could do.

    Nice house. One’d have thought they could afford to hire a professional, though.

  22. Don says

    As mentioned above, the kid was just maintaining and updating an ancient tradition. Nice story, we Brits value our eccentrics.

  23. says

    Considering the pervasiveness of the Google Singularity, I doubt he’s the only smartass to do something like this.

    That said, I hope his dad can afford enough “white spirit” (I’m assuming he’s talking about either paint thinner or Coleman fuel?) and something for his son to breathe through, because I’d love to see this kid scrubbing…

  24. says

    My roof is about 4m wide and 13m long. I’ve often thought of painting


    and seeing how long it takes to show up on Google Earth.

  25. Caitlin says

    Does anyone sincerely believe that this child is challenged in the department of romance? He’s hilarious and he’s an international traveler. I bet he gets all the ladies.

  26. says

    @45: Speaking of not knowing anatomy, it’s facing away from the pool. It’s just the standard primitive cock and balls that ALL kids draw, as one poster mentioned, usually on each others’ homework to embarrass one another. I actually smiled seeing it, knowing that kids draw the same crude rendition everywhere… :)