In Praise of Wile E. Coyote, Tunnel Artist
One of the biggest problems that I have with popular culture is that we tend to stereotype, or remember various pop culture icons for one thing, forgetting that they are often well-rounded people with a variety of talents. For example, Margaret Thatcher is often made a fool of in popular culture for her politics, while no one cares to remember that she was one of a team of chemists who invented soft serve ice cream. Yes. You heard it here. The Iron Lady invented soft serve ice-cream. Anyway, moving on, today, I am paying tribute to a largely overlooked piece of popular culture. While many remember the popular Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote for his inability to catch the Road Runner and his penchant for purchasing faulty consumer goods, I like to remember him for his spectacular ability to paint tunnels.
Wile E. Coyote was an incredibly talented artist. With a few simple strokes of a paintbrush, he was able to create pictures of tunnels in the sides of rocks so vivid that cars, trucks and even the Road Runner could travel through them. This was despite the fact that Wile E. Coyote appeared to have no formal education and just three cans of paint. Observe:
This is, of course, a truly remarkable achievement. Wile E. Coyote, Tunnel Artist, we salute you.