The Life & Art of Charlotte Salomon: 

On the surface, a charming (??) picture of a young lady on a swing. Harmless, and so commonplace that you probably wouldn't even notice. But look at it a little closer and you'll see the devil's in the details, it's a masterpiece of French innuendo and erotic symbolism. Viewers at that time would have recognized the young lady wasn't wearing knickers (they didn't exist yet), and would have understood the young man's enthusiasm for her billowing skirts. The shoe flying off the foot (classically a symbol of virginity, the foot is sexual, think Cinderella, or foot fetishists), the two angels (?? Putti) looking on in the background, one in fascination, the other turned away in (?? Shame), the dog barking, a symbol of constancy or fidelity, the old man (Guardian or Husband?) in the background pulling the swing, the Cherub looking on with a finger to his lips to admonish secrecy...there's a whole lot more than first meets the eye.

The first link a slight breakdown of the symbols and interpretations, history and context of the painting, the second - covers the first - but as well refers to the symbolism of the painting itself - as it appears in later works of art...

Links: 

 

A treasure trove of Outsider Art discovered in a dumpster in 1970. Curious art, with a curious provenance. Note how it's value has steadily increased...from garbage, to $10,000 for the folio, to in excess of $10,000 per page...

 

Link: https://www.messynessychic.com/2020/01/07/the-curious-case-of-the-notebook-from-state-lunatic-asylum-no-3/

I love this stuff...

Now this was a bad idea from the get go. But I bought into it so I've only myself to blame. 

First of all, cooking it up, I generally wait until the bottom softens and then push the rest down to boil. That did not work. What happened is that those damned macaronis served like little geysers and funneled up the boiling water and sprayed it all over the kitchen. Eventually I had to break them into the pot.

Secondly, even broken they're too fucking big. You can't twirl them on your fork, you have to try and impale one (at which point they make surprisingly animated attempts at escaping) and then pick it off the floor. There's no 5 second rule here, I'd have to sweep or some-such, so it's right into the garbage. Try again. Once you manage to spear one you then have the problem of fitting it into your mouth.

Yeah, right.

Mezzani #3. A thoroughly bad idea. Although I did read about some restaurant that was using them as an environmentally friendly alternative to straws...