PONs have influenced the Science and the Arts for hundreds of years in
For example, did you know that Charles Darwin was investigating the
fascinating relationship between PONs and burdocks ? He was
convinced, that burdocks evolved the way they are, parallel to the PON
evolving into a hairy dog. His research was never finished, because he
became sick of brushing him (by the way, the PON's name was
"Adam"). Frustrated he set out on a sailing trip to South America, the
rest is history ...
But also in fairly recent history, the PON appears in various facets.
Just listen to Frank Zappa's advice to snow-shoers...
Some very smart countries put PONs on stamps.
Stamps are easier to groom but still require (wet)
The July '04 issue of the French Art Magazine "FART" reports about an
interesting restoration project. Rembrandt's "Night Watch" (displayed in
Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum) required touch up and cleaning. It was
discovered that portions of the painting were above an older layer of
paint. This layer clearly shows a PON beside the night watch officers. It
is a mystery why Rembrandt did not keep the PON. But then, there is this
one letter from Rembrandt to Weinbrand, mentioning a "... cute dog, which
is always hungry and sometimes nibbles at the beaver-hair brushes...". We
will never know the exact reasons. Nevertheless it is another example
how PONs and Art are intertwined.
After a long, highly emotional discussion between experts it was decided
to restore the newer layer of paint. Fortunately, we are able to show both
versions. Which one do you like best ?
The famous "Ponte
Vecchio" in Firenze
(Florence), Italy. It was
built in the 14th century and
the original name was
"PON te vecchio", meaning
"you old PON", which was
a common greeting between
the people walking their
PONs across the bridge. An
old PON was a symbol for
being smart, intelligent and
wise. Just as it is today.
About 400 years ago, Miguel de Cervantes
wrote one of his lesser known works. It was
a children's book called "PON Quixote",
describing the adventures of a little PON
trying to find his soul-mate "PONcinea".
During the time period when Cervantes
lived, Latin American fashion was IN.
Which explains why PON Quixote was
wearing a poncho, which he even gave a
name ... "Pansa".
Try to find other breeds with such an
enormous contribution to world literature.
Cervantes was fascinated by PONs, even his
beard is showing it.
PONs have a unique instinct
towards gardening. The picture
on the left shows two lilies of
the same kind. The left one is
carefully groomed by Pepe (you
can imagine how !?). In Poland,
this art of gardening is called
"Watch out where PONzillas go,
don't you eat the yellow snow."
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