Monday, April 14, 2014

A Vision of Howling Death to Kick Off Your Monday

Modified an image from the Wikipedia page on the Gardens of Bomarzo:

The unpleasant restaurant customer depicted is Ocrus, an early Roman death god, whose name shares an etymological history with ogre, orc and orca. That last one is especially interesting, considering the movement to use call these sea mammals orcas rather than killer whales. The former may sound less predatory, but on the etymological level, it's just as bad.


  1. I can vividly remember seeing that very picture in an issue of World magazine (the periodical companion to the Childcraft encyclopedias) when I was a wee squirt and wanting very much to NEVER go there.

    1. World magazine as in the kids-centric spin-off to National Geographic?