Friday Quiz

It is not a Rorschach ink blot, nor does it require a subjective interpretation. But what is it? A year’s free subscription to RBC for the first right answer.


UPDATE AT 6:35AM PACIFIC: No right answers so far. Here is a hint: It’s related to politics.
UPDATE AT 2:46PM PACIFIC: Many good guesses, but so far not the right one. Here is a second hint: Turned to the right.

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46 thoughts on “Friday Quiz”

  1. Somebody’s ballpoint pen wasn’t working, so he scribbled a little to get it going again.

  2. Looks like a signature, maybe of a cartoonist, stylized to look like a face. No idea whose signature.

    1. Thurber was the first person that came to mind when I saw it. Don’t know how, or if, they’re related though.

  3. Looks like a camel’s head and neck to me. I don’t suppose that it is the symbol of a third political party, is it?

      1. I Kant let you Goethe away with that kind of Hegel-ing (or is it Haeckel-ing?). Arendt you ashamed of yourself? I realize the rest of us in this thread aren’t a bunch of haloed Engels, but we Godel our loins and try to resist such base temptations, like Popper gentle-folk should.

  4. Correct interpretation of this picture is required before voting in North Carolina. Your answer will be graded by a white Republican.

  5. It’s Reince Priebus’s signature. This one in particular, on his letter bullying NBC over giving favorable press to Hillary Clinton.

    Please remit my free subscription c/o The Internet.

    1. Keith’s second hint may have had a double meaning: The signature as well as the signer turned to the right, although I don’t know whether Priebus was ever more liberal than he is today. When I first read the hint, I took it to refer to right-wing politics rather than the position of the signature. I still think it looks like a camel. But now I’m going to RUSSELL up a PLATO food.


        1. Thank you, Keith. But Warren Terra deserves one too. On second thought, perhaps you should LOCKE him out of RBC.

  6. Richard Nixon’s signature. Appropriate because his last set of tapes were released.

    But it may not be since a Google search turns up somewhat different curvatures. That little niggling feeling in the back of the head still wants me to say, Nixon, as if I have seen it before.

        1. Got confused byt the tail end of the sentence about the 2nd hint. Guess my head is not over my upper respiratory infection.

  7. Didn’t Kevin Long get it right first? I am pretty sure that identifying Reince Priebus’s signature is the new voting test here in NC.

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