Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Peacock Pie

We went to the National Gallery of Art where we saw still life works by Pieter Claesz from the 17th century. Some of the paintings had pies with bird parts sticking out of them. There was a pigeon pie, a turkey pie and I could swear there was a peacock pie.

Pieter Claesz, detail of Tabletop Still Life with Pigeon Pie and Delftware Jug, c.1626.

References to eating peacocks in Futurama:

Episode: Three Hundred Big Boys
While sneaking into Elzar's kitchen to unplug his refrigerator, Leela passes a pot on the stove that has peacock tail feathers sticking out of it.

Episode: The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings
Fry is working on his opera and Leela wants to hear it. She says "...its beautiful"; then Fry says; "So's a peacock, but you don't eat it till its cooked."


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