Thursday, February 14, 2008

AND REGARING THE ELVEN vs. ERMINE vs. SUPER-HERO CAPE-CLOAK DEBATE GOING ON IN THE COMMENTS


WHAT I HAD IN MIND was more of a Roosevelt-at-Yalta cape, as per this HISTORICAL IMAGE.

I THINK THIS IS SOME KIND OF TRADITIONAL naval watch cloak.

(BUT IF THERE IS A CAPE HISTORIAN or "cloakist" in the crowd, please do enlighten me.)





UPDATED: Though of course, your imagination need not be restrained to this particular model if something like this is more up your alley.



I JUST DON'T THINK IT'LL WIN ELECTIONS.

That is all.

21 comments:

The Curiously Dull Mint said...
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The Curiously Dull Mint said...

well, it might win elections in bag end - they certainly need a new leader now that frodo and bilbo have gone off the the undying lands... jesus, i'm such a geek.

Annie Matronic said...

That cape may not win elections, but those pants certainly will.

Patrick M~ said...

With that cape, he could definitely win over the "Strangely Drawn to the Last Few Pages of SkyMall" crowd.

trophiogrande said...

when cloaks were first mentioned I was thinking Aragon (ick...my onw geekdom embarasses me), but after seeing the renaisance faire catalog photo I think the Aragon look would be crushed in the general elections

Annje said...

When I heard the word cape, I instantly thought of Superman. Although cloak made me think of the Hobbits.. I'm too much of a geek for my own good.

prof_rocko said...

My imagination was definitely somewhere between Henry VIII and the Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooge (1970).

Ape Lad said...

I think it's a good look for him.

Adam said...

If he gets a cape, he absolutely must drop the suit. Suits and capes do not go together.

Daniel Ted said...

Hehe

The Curiously Dull Mint said...

adam, are you suggesting just a cape and nothing else? that's a bold statement!

prof_rocko said...

Has everyone here seen the "Yes We Can" music video? It is awesome.

Hugh Lafferty said...

Forget not, Dracula wears one, too. Every time he comes over to my house, he insists on swooping it around like he was on a Paris runway. My wife loves it, but I think he's a show-off, but usually, by the time he leaves, (sometimes by flying up through the mirror in the bedroom ceiling) I'm too drained to even say good-bye.

One thing's for sure: I won't vote for *him* again in the next election!

Annje said...

On a completely different note may I say Mr. Hodgman that it was a pleasure to see you on the Daily Show last night. So glad the "resident expert" is back.

Hugh Lafferty said...

Oh, yes, by the way, where can I get my copy of "The Five Habits of Highly Explosive People"? I've been calling around to bookstores, but they keep hanging up on me, which makes me think that your publisher is playing hard to get!

Elizabeth said...

I think cape with three-piece suit is a far better look that the cape with birthday suit look. America may never be ready for that. France or Italy maybe, but we're altogether too prudish for that here.

Rufus T Firefly said...

One word: Elvis.

Clay said...

As far as I can tell from that picture of FDR, you are correct in believing that it is "some sort of naval watch cloak." If you've ever seen the A&E Hornblower series, they wear cloaks similar those, although they tend to have hoods as well.

Tim said...

You know what would really complement a cape? A goatee. The last time we elected a president with facial hair was 1908. Exactly one hundred years ago.

The time for a comeback has arrived.

chris rees said...

Thanks for the cape ideas. We celebrateCapril in Australia every year - Wear a Cape to Work Month.

Liz Cook said...

I was flipping through TV listings, and I thought I saw "World Extreme Capefighting" listed on the "vs" channel. Imagine my disappointment when I looked more closely and saw that it was "caGefighting."