Why do you turn away, my love?

Since everybody’s talking about NASA and sex (kinda), one more from YouTube. A journalist friend writes:

While researching the diaper issue, I stumbled across this NASA video showcasing a new type of robotic skin that can prompt a robot to move away from an astronaut during a spacewalk. NASA used a ballerina to show how sensitive the stuff was. It pulled the video from its website in 2005, however, when somebody pointed out the phallic nature of the device.

It’s like something you’d see in a taxpayer-funded conceptual art festival that’s got the GOP all het up:

Posted at 10:34 am in Current events |

3 responses to “Why do you turn away, my love?”

  1. 4dbirds said on February 8, 2007 at 11:34 am

    The prudes are upset by the phallic shadow cast by Prince’s guitar during the Superbowl halftime show. A little redundant to me since a guitar is the ultimate phallic symbol.

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  2. alex said on February 8, 2007 at 12:02 pm


    Actually, this reminds me of a story I heard in ad advertising class years ago taught by an oldster from Leo Burnett.

    The Pillsbury Doughboy was just a mere gleam in someone’s eye back in 1963. After the concept was approved by the client and ad agency management, they went ahead and created a clay-mation commercial. In the ad, the happy housewife reached out her hand to the little guy and tugged on his protruding little tummy and stretched it like dough.

    When the Pillsbury execs saw it they were horrified. “You can’t do that! It looks like she’s wankin’ his schlong, fer Christ’s sake!”

    So that’s how the Pillsbury Doughboy came to get poked in the bellybutton instead.

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  3. Dwight the Troubled Teen said on February 8, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Still laughing.

    Would have been much more visually effective if the dancer was made up to look like Janet Reno.

    Not as funny as Telly, but pretty darn hysterical just the same.

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