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Cold Start: Landscape Or Colonoscopy?

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I realize this isn’t the fault of the art director or the photographer, or anyone other than the cruelty of time and what she does to print inks over time, but the background of this image of a very yellow Chevy Impala is so red and densely textured that, from a distance, it almost looks like a mass of internal organs, like this photo was taken inside a whale, via blowhole endoscope or something.

That tree looks bronchial, that boulder could be a gall bladder, and everything around them looks like healthy, blood-soaked tissue.

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I mean, I think this is because of some aging issues; I guess it’s possible this looked like this when new? Who here was alive in 1965 and has an incredible visual memory?

Happy Friday, champions.

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Fear-O
Fear-O
1 year ago

“blowhole endoscope” – killer band name

Chris Hoffpauir
Chris Hoffpauir
1 year ago

I think the image is a composite. The only parts that look real to me are the people.

The background looks like it may be a painting, though the graininess could be the result of shooting in low light. That would explain the reddish tint, but then a filter would also cause that.

The car definitely looks like an illustration, which was pretty normal for ads in the ’60s. GM employed several artists who painted the cars in their ads. Some of their work actually looked better than the real cars.

Major clues for me are the lack of visible seating in the car and the way the light on it defies physics. The way it’s lit up it should be casting shadows behind it. Instead, all the light behind the car is coming from the right. The lighting on the people is off as well.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
1 year ago

Gosh I was expecting this to be some sort of recurring feature where a particular shit box/automotive transport device maintenance task be voted on as being a landscape or a colonoscopy.

Rotate tires = landscape
Throw out bearing = colonoscopy
Prius cabin air filter = landscape
Mustang cabin air filter = colonoscopy (from what I hear)

Steve P
Steve P
1 year ago

A shot from the unfinished sequel to Fantastic Voyage with a whole new take on the Proteus.

IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
1 year ago

It does look a little like what I saw on the screen during my last colonoscopy. After they were done, the nurse said she was going to put a note in my chart to use a stronger sedative next time.

Dave Horchak
Dave Horchak
1 year ago

First I don’t think this is a final copy of an ad more like one that has only 2 of the 4 colors necessary for photography
Second I’m getting a Total Recall vibe that says this is a car of the future.

Chris Hoffpauir
Chris Hoffpauir
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Horchak

It does have a kind of Mars at dusk feel to it.

Brummbaer
Brummbaer
1 year ago

Alive in 65? So I am told. Incredible memory? Not so much. Sorry, not much help, ‘eh.

Rafael
Rafael
1 year ago

Isn’t that the sky background for the hell levels in Doom II?

Andy Individual
Andy Individual
1 year ago

This makes you really appreciate the great strides we have made in cleaning up air pollution since the sixties.

Jason Douglas
Jason Douglas
1 year ago

Just taking a cruise down the ole Hershey Highway.

Citrus
Citrus
1 year ago
Reply to  Jason Douglas

This reminds me of the incredibly weird way Family Feud censors things. I’ve seen Hershey Highway (for butts) and Peach Cobbler (for vaginas). Haven’t seen anything for penises but I am also not a regular Family Feud watcher.

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
1 year ago

Has a sort of surreal Willy Wonka boat ride feel to it. “There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going…”

Turbo1BDP
Turbo1BDP
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

There better not be any Oompa-Loompas in that Chevy. So creepy.

Chris with bad opinions
Chris with bad opinions
1 year ago
Reply to  Turbo1BDP

But I WANT an Oompa-Loompa!!!

Jason Douglas
Jason Douglas
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

“You know what this kids movie really needs? A bad acid trip!”

Acrimonious Mofo
Acrimonious Mofo
1 year ago
Reply to  Jason Douglas

“College prep”

DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
1 year ago

Why not both! The doctor wants you to see a beautiful Vista, then ram a probe in you while you least expect it.

A F
A F
1 year ago

Proto-Carolina Squat. Or maybe there’s already one body in the trunk.

Dave Wilson
Dave Wilson
1 year ago

Those prep instructions are meant to be followed, or else Yellow Impala.

Chris Hoffpauir
Chris Hoffpauir
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Wilson

And I always thought the prep was the worst part!

Interrobang‽
Interrobang‽
1 year ago

I’m getting real murdery vibes from this. Her defensive posture, covering herself up. His casual blocking of her exit. The psychedelic horror film aesthetic. The size of the trunk.

Vanillasludge
Vanillasludge
1 year ago

Doctor: “Your arteries are blocked here, by a Chevy. You need to cut back on your domestic car consumption.”

Justin Short
Justin Short
1 year ago
Reply to  Vanillasludge

Yes! I saw an aorta, I swear I did!
“This is where it branches off…”

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