‘Russell’s Teapot’: a rare sighting in the wild

Having been busy over the last few days, I’ve missed out on my regular reading. So it was fortunate that I found time to look through Steve Sailer’s blog this morning, and came across the nest of this example of the rare Russell’s Teapot (I’ve bolded the sightings to make them easier to spot):

A sensitive issue that Secretary Lew is getting himself into is that most of the existing photographs of these women [on the short-list for appearing on US bills] were not taken until late in life and are extremely unflattering …

I’d like to suggest that the Treasury Department commission drawings of artist’s conceptions of what these worthies might, conceivably, have looked like in the full flower of their young womanhood. For example, TV star Kerry Washington could prove a visually pleasing inspiration for what Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) just might possibly have looked like when she started helping slaves escape in 1849, many decades before she was photographed.

Who can tell, right?

Similarly, the young Sojourner Truth, c. 1797-1883, might, in theory, have looked more or less like Halle Berry in The Last Boy Scout in 1991. Can you prove I’m wrong?

It brings joy to the heart to see such a pure representative of the species running around in the wild. That Sailer provided the example with his tongue firmly in his cheek just makes the sighting even more exquisite.



About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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