In the responses to this week's Monday Quiz, Rex Parker made this observation:
"I maintain that [Sol LeWitt] is a hundred million times more obscure than the other artists."
To which I dismissively but cleverly responded:
"@Rex: Nah, Sol LeWitt is roughly on par with Chagall and Rothko. One advantage he has is that, because of the three-letter first name and the consonant-vowel pattern of his last name, he shows up a lot in crossword puzzles. You should try your hand at crossword puzzles, Rex. I bet you'd really enjoy them."
Unfortunately, I later decided I would prove the point to myself with the help of the always-entertaining Google Trends. And here is the Trends graph showing Kandinsky, Chagall, Rothko, and LeWitt:Damn. Rex, you were right and I was wrong. There, I said it.
Interestingly, here is the Trends graph showing Kandinsky, Chagall, Rothko, LeWitt, and Rex Parker:And lastly, here is the Trends graph showing michael5000:
On Tuesday, fellow flag critic Chance suggested the banner of the Moscow-area Oblast of Yaroslavl as a candidate for Most Bad-Ass Flag.
Also: New flag critic Rebel, in a move certain to be popular in the Middle East, declared Lebanon the winner of the Most Christmassy Flag category.
Runners-Up: Norfolk Island, Bangladesh, Surinam, Belarus, Tainan County (Taiwan), Simbu Province (Papua New Guinea), Smaland Province (Sweden).This will hopefully mollify Kadonkadonk as well, who seemed to feel that Lebanon was slighted in the original awards.
ChuckDaddy, meanwhile, has suggested that Maryland has the Ugliest Flag.
Regarding Bridget B's idea of a "flag makeover" -- well, we'll be getting back to that soon.
Happy Holiday Weekend!