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The Ominous Noodle of the Rive Gauche

Updated on March 26, 2013

Beware the Ominous Noodle

Or, as they say in French, "Prenez garde à la nouille menaçante!".

What is this nouille menancante, you ask?  Well you might!  It is a strange tale of art and artists, of Paris and pasta.  It is a tale of travel through time and space that takes you from present-day San Francisco to the Left Bank of the 1920's and back again.  It is a tale for dark nights by the fire, while the wind wuthers around the eaves like a wild, grieving creature.  It is a tale of talking cats.

It is my entry to the WiWon contest "Telling A Story With Images".

So sit back, imagine you're hearing ominous music, and prepare to be horrified by ... La nouille menaçante de la Rive Gauche!!!

La nouille menaçante de la Rive Gauche - The Ominous Noodle of the Left Bank

Merci beacucoup à Prosperity66

Special thanks to Prosperity66 and WordCustard for their help.

Je voudrais remercier Dom, qui nous appellons Prosperity66, pour m'aider à traduire l'expression "Beware the Ominous Noodle". Je voudrais aussi remercier Word Custard pour s'assistance.

And many thanks to Prosperity66, TheRaggedEdge, and WordCustard once again for the Angel Blessing!

An innocent beginning - In which Addy Procrastinates, CC makes Snide remarks, and Piglet is adorable

In which Procrastination has Surprising Results - Despite CC's requests for her own Wealthy Alpine Country, Addy drifts off and finds herself Elsewhere.

Lost in a Strange City - In which Irony is Employed

Addy meets a Famous Cubist - She decides Not to Ask if being a Cubist means he's from Cuba.

In which Picasso tries to be Helpful - With Mixed Results

Picasso goes on his Merry Way. - He apparently had a thing for ballerinas.

In which Addy meets a Famous Macho Writer - who is a bit Less than Helpful.

In which Addy mocks the Writer - Who makes a most Spectacular Exit.

In which Addy meets another Writer - Who once helped an entire Generation of Lost People. Or the Lost Generation. Or something.

In which Soup is suggested. - And eaten.

The Soup has Surprising Results. - Which is weird, because soup is usually pretty boring. That's why we give it to sick people.

In which the World begins to go a bit Strange... - but it can't be the soup's fault, can it? HA! "can it" ... "soup"... get it?

In which it is Revealed that Alice doesn't know her Mushrooms as well as she Thought. - Oops.

In which Something Ominous occurs. - Ominous, threateneing, menacing, AND portentious.

The Plot Thickens. - But the soup doesn't. We're done with the soup now.

Prenez-garde de la nouille menaçante!!! - !!! !!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (yes, it's JUST THAT SCARY!)

In which the Nature of the Ominous Noodle is Explained - With use of Nesting Recursive Self-Reference.

In which a Tale is told of one of the Ominous Noodle's more Famous Victims. - It explains a lot, actuallly.

In which Gertrude unwittingly Provokes la nouille menaçante - She means well, but she just doesn't know when to shut up.

In which Things get Worse - Noodle Mitosis!

In which things get Much, MUCH Worse - More Noodle Mitosis = More Noodles!

In which the Ominous Noodle prepares to Devour our Heroine!!! - Prenez garde à la nouille menaçante!

In which it is Revealed that it was Just a Dream - A really weird one, but just a dream.

OR WAS IT!!! - C'mon, you HAD to see that coming.

The CLIFFHANGER! - That ominous soundtrack you've been imagining gets REALLY LOUD at this point.

Beware the Ominous Noodle - Prenez garde à la nouille menaçante

The Ominous Noodle - What the heck is this thing?

On the first day of my current art class, my teacher brought in a bunch of objects. We were supposed to choose one and make at least 10 drawings over the next two hours. The idea was to loosen up, let go, and explore the idea of working in a series.

I chose this one, and the first drawing I did made me think of a piece of ziti. A weird, threatening piece of ziti in a color never before seen in the world of ziti, but ziti nonetheless. So I scribbled "Beware the Ominous Noodle" on the page and moved on to the next drawing.

As you can see, it's a soft blue rubber tube, tied in a knot. My teacher has no idea what it is or where she got it. I have never seen anything like it and can't imagine what it's used for. If you have any ideas, post them in the comment section.


The Dramatis Personae played themselves.

Pablo Picasso

Gertrude Stein

Alice B. Toklas

Ernest Hemingway

All other images belong to me and I reserve all rights.

If you want to say something about Picasso, Hemingway, Stein, or Toklas, OR if you know what the heck that blue thing is, write it here.

Enough about the Ominous Noodle. - What do YOU think about the Ominous Noodle?

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Pure Genius. You knw how to get out of your own way, from using your excellence to becoming all of your Genius!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      A truly creative Lens; you're very talented (love your artwork!).

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      yayas 5 years ago

      Today, we get to name our own holiday and I have decided to name my given holiday "The Ominous Noodle Surprise Day." I love this page an' I think lotsa' other people will enjoy it, too. I hope someone has the pull to let us have a holiday named "The Ominous Noodle Surprise Day." Don't you think that would be a s'prising holiday? :-)

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      yayas 6 years ago

      You know, I'm just glad I lived to tell this tale of the Ominous Noodle or... La nouille menaçante de la Rive Gauche!!! You might have warned me that if I stopped by, I could get attacked an'... oh, I dunno'... maybe, grabbed! Now, I hafta' go back an' try not to have nightmares 'bout La nouille menaçante de la Rive Gauche!!!

      What a fun, fun page! So entertaining an' it even showed me how much fun I could begin to have on Squidoo with my own pages. Thank you. If all works as planned, I shall let you know within 22 hours 'bout my newest page. Wish me luck!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Just stopping back by to leave a blessing on this brilliant work of art.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What an adventure, complete with the literati of The Lost Generation--I loved it! (and now we know what inspired Gertrude Stein!) Fantastic lens!

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      JackalyeYe 6 years ago

      Very interestin - I learn a lesson, thanks for sharing

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      Very interesting and creative lens! Congrats on LOTD.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi, your lens inspired me. I have an idea to make my cartoon.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      such an interesting lens! thank you for sharing! cheers

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This is extremely clever and artistically amazing, in addition to being very funny! Love it. My son-in-law is a comic book artist/illustrator and I love reading story-telling 'panels'! :)

      Big Congrats on LOTD!

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      Thanks to everyone who patiently waited for the images to load :)

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      LasgalenArts 6 years ago

      Gertrude doesn't know when to shut up... LOL Great entertaining.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      what a fun story; a cliff hanger alright! I think your blue tube is the thing they put around your arm when they take are going to take your blood.

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      tw006e6375 6 years ago

      I am spell bound by the pictures its almost a comic lens that tells a storey and done with great skill.Congratulations and, I hope that I can eventually unravel the secrets of the illustrations.tom

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      THIS is the BEST lens I have EVER seen! THUMBS UP!

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      Never came across a lens with so much quality, i see how much time and dedication you have put in it. Deserves to be the LOTD congrats

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      Never came across a lens with so much quality, i see how much time and dedication you have put in it. Deserves to be the LOTD congrats

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      Wow, cool lens and congrats on your LOTD.

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      Bob Druwing 6 years ago from Van Nuys, CA

      How cool! I think this is the most unusual lens I've ever seen.

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      Jereme Causing 6 years ago from Philippines

      wow.. comic lens :)

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LOTD and for creating such a unique and fun lens!! :-)

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      mukeshdaji 6 years ago

      What an original lens, congrats on lens of the day, very appropriate, can't wait for the next one from you.

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      djroll 6 years ago

      Congrats on Lense of the Day. Well deserved.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      So happy you were awarded LotD for this - it's so original and creative.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very cute lens ! Great Job !

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      Fran Tollett 6 years ago

      LOVE it! What a great imagination.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      What an extraordinary, creative lens! This must have taken a LOT of work. I'm so impressed, and you sure deserve that LotD. But I'll let you know if I have nightmares about big, blue ominous noodles.

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      Mayapearl 6 years ago

      J'adore votre "lens".

      Thank you ever so much for brightening my rainy, grey and cold morning. I just love your lens and wish that I could give 10 thumbs up!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Remember me - I was your 100th 'like' on this lens.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Love this - great lens - well worthy of LotD. (Also love the Rive gauche itself!)

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Great work!

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      Maurice Glaude 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      This is tight.

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      Bill 6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Wow! This lens is amazing. You are so incredibly talented and creative Addy. This is unlike any other lens I have ever seen here. Well Done! "Beware the Ominous Noodle" could be a threat towards wayward children who will not do their chores. "Clean your room or you will get whacked with the Ominous Noodle" :-) LOL

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      sujaysen 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens.

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      maxshop2011 6 years ago

      That was awesome. Congrats on the LoTD.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I REALLY loved this lens. A new feature, funny and full of pictures. Thanks a lot and thumb up

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago

      Congrats for the LoTD.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      Ok. Hands down. You are one the most creative lensmasters I've seen so far! :) Love the cat by the way. Congrats on your LOTD! Wonderful!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Very STRANGE!!!!!!!! Wow! congrats!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Started giggling at "tuna or Switzerland" and didn't stop - great lens and worthy LOTD.

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      Congrats on LotD, and kudos for this very well done lens. See you around the galaxy...

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Great job! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Your graphics are top notch. Congrats for LotD with confetti and balloons flying.

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      bingoventura 6 years ago


      I am a new squibler.


      This is the very first lens I've seen....and it certainly raised the bar. Thank you for you story, it made me forget what i was thinking....and that's a good thing, right? You've just added a new fan of your work.

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      67Shelbygal 6 years ago

      Very creative and funny. Great Lens. Congratulations on LOTD! Great job :)

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles


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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      Fun, and a little weird....but I guess that goes with the territory of the ominous noodle. Congrats on LOTD,

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What a fantastic LOTD!!! Congrats on this very original and creative lens!

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

      It looks a little like something that I used in physical therapy for stretching - that is my guess. :)

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Many people take noodles for granted. They won't now that they have met your ominous noodle! I am quite impressed with your creativity. I'm thinking I need to get a little wild with my imagination after experiencing this tale of hallucination, bent artists, droll felines, and time travel. Congrats on a fabulously successful expression of artistic genius. Your LOTD is just the first of many awards I am sure.

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Smiling here with your famous noodle....a big Congrats on your LOTD, and glad others get a chance to enjoy this great adventure.

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Very creative.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fabulous creativity! Congrats on your LOTD!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      That was just hilarious and excellent!! So original

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, congrats on your well deserved LOTD. This was so much fun and so very creative!

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      Allan R. Wallace 6 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Beautifully told. If I'm ever asked the difference between comics and a graphic novel I'll send the inquisitor here.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! what a fun and entertaining lens...

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      BrahmM 6 years ago

      Great lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      Unique lens and congratulations

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Ah, finally! You made Lens of the Day! Took some time but this lens deserved the status and it's luckily done!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Fantastic storytelling with pictures! Congratulations on Squidoo Lens of the Day!

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      ligunka 6 years ago

      You got it!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      That famous Ominous Noodle is LOTD! Congratulations Addy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice looking page. You have a talent for design.

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      ResearchAddict 6 years ago

      Oh, this was so fun! I'm definitely going to be on the look out for blue ominous noodles...ahh....out of the corner of my that...BLUE????

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Great execution! Thanks for sharing.

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!!!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      What a trip this lens is! Love it - you did a phenomenal job of it. Congrats on LOTD -:))

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never ever turn your back on the Omnious Noodle! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Came back to see this fun lens on the Ominous are sooooo creative :) Hope all is well and interested to see your new projects.

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      Rita-K 7 years ago

      What a wonderful early morning find! I so enjoyed your art and your imaginative story. Thanks so much for sharing your great talent.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Amazing! 15 stars and a fave!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I think my brain is on the wrong side, but this was amazing!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      This was the best thing I read all day. Wonderful!

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      So glad I stopped over here, today. What a fun tour of "famous people ala Paris" through your talent! Thoroughly enjoyed myself, ergo Angel Blessing and featured on Angel Wings November 2010. BTW: I have no idea what your noodle is!

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      Lou165 7 years ago from Australia

      Best lens I've read today, a really enjoyable visit :)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      @indigoj: Now featured on the top of my Angel Blessed lens -- thanks for the reminder to include this fantastic lens. :)

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I'd love some soup, mushroom or otherwise, with Alice B Toklas. Dream or no dream, your noodle doesn't strike me as baleful. Blessed by an angel today

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Stopped by to leave an ~*~* Angel Blessing *~*~ for what must be the most original lens on the whole of Squidoo! :)

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      It's Purple Star Day and a Giant Squid Lensmaster nominated this worthy lens for a Purple Star! Congratulations!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Fantastic, surreal and completely off the wall! Adding some Angel dust to the mix :-)

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      You are one of Fresh Squid December 2009 graduates! Come by and answer few questions to show the way to those who will follow! Wish you many, many more great lenses!

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      lakshyaa 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. How creative! I loved it :)

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      CleanerLife 8 years ago

      Picasso met the Ominous Noodle 9 times? Now I'm beginning to understand...

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      I'm back to give this wonderful lens a little boost because I strongly feel that it needs to be seen by more people! *blessed by an angel*

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      Hi Addy :)

      Your lens is definitely too much ;) Can't stop laughing when I think about the noodle!

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :-)


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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      Thank you for this very entertaining story! Love, love, love the offbeat humor and the creativity. Looking forward to reading more stories like this from you (so did you finally give your kitty Switzerland?). (:

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      sheriangell 8 years ago

      OK - This is incredibly original and creative. I loved this - every lens I've seen by you has been so unique.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I love this lens, it made me smile and laugh all the way through. Brilliant! Blessed by an Angel.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 8 years ago

      Stunning and quirky! Blessed

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Nice use of pictures with the comic book format.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is another fabulous one, I'm putting it in the 'nominate other people's lenses for a blessing' thread at squidu. You are absolutely amazing.

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      Sensational! I've never seen a lens quite like it before - what a creative mind. Very funny too!

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      Rachel Field 8 years ago

      This lens is so awesome! In fact I think it's made out of awesome!! What a great job! I've been entertained, I laughed, I choked on my cup of breakfast tea! I hope there are more to come like this :D