COTD: The Magic Picture Box Edition

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One of the (very) few problems with flat-screen TVs is the loss of yet another age-old children's myth: that there are small humans inside that enclosure acting out everything onscreen. Yes, it sounds completely ridiculous, but there's something endearing about it, too.

And that spreads to a lot of other things. Arthur C. Clarke once said something to the effect that if you don't understand how it works, it's basically magic. And especially in these tech-heavy days, things keep getting more mysterious and more magical. At the same time, some age-old mysteries still endure, and hopefully will in their curious way for a long time to come.

Unless we have people like Klic, who goes and ruins it for all of us by letting out the long-held secret in the midst of a discussion about just what an Atom's owner is trying to say:

Raphael, get your mind out of the gutter.

He's referring to the world of make believe and of the tiny seamstress inside sewing machines with her tiny pins that she uses to magically weave thread throughout the seams of our fabric.

It all comes back to a story about a girl. A girl named Singer, for she loved to sing. Singer was a rebellious little girl, and wouldn't do the sewing that the evil King Reginald demanded of her. Reginald was an evil king and took little girls to be his captive seamstresses from the age of 3.

One night, Singer met a fairy god-mother, who while not her own, still wanted to aid her plight. Singer said that she wanted to be replicated so that the evil and sightless King Reginald wouldn't know that all of the other girls had escaped. She was sad however, because that meant she could never go back home.

The fairy godmother took mercy on Singer and decided to help. The fairy godmother had found the fountain of Vermouth and mistook it in the night for the fountain of youth and drank gallons.

Thus a fairly drunk fairy godmother turned Singer into a tiny cloneable seamstress inside a sewing machine


Fine. What next, you gonna kill off the Easter Bunny?

Photo Credit: Susan Adams