Rainbow benches

Today’s Mary, Queen of Scots Not Dead Yet posting, mostly courtesy of Tim Evanson posting on Facebook. Tim posted this photo of three gay park benches:

(#1) TE: Forest Hill Park, Cleveland Heights. Yesterday.
They had one rainbow bench. It was vandalized. Now there are three.

Aric Olnes immediately suggested the obvious explanation for the multiplying rainbow benches:

gay hydra benches!

The Hydra. Background from NOAD:

noun hydra: a minute freshwater coelenterate with a tubular body and a ring of tentacles around the mouth. Genus Hydra, class Hydrozoa. ORIGIN via Latin from Greek hudra ‘water snake’, named by Linnaeus because, if cut into pieces, each section can grow into a whole animal.

(proper) noun Hydra: 1 Greek Mythology a many-headed snake whose heads grew again as they were cut off, eventually killed by Hercules. …

And then the specific bit of mythology, from Wikipedia (Aric-relevant bit boldfaced):

(#2) Gustave Moreau’s 19th-century depiction of the Hydra, influenced by the Beast from the Book of Revelation

The Lernaean Hydra or Hydra of Lerna …, more often known simply as the Hydra, is a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology. Its lair was the lake of Lerna in the Argolid, which was also the site of the myth of the Danaïdes. Lerna was reputed to be an entrance to the Underworld, and archaeology has established it as a sacred site older than Mycenaean Argos. In the canonical Hydra myth, the monster is killed by Heracles (Hercules) as the second of his Twelve Labors.

According to Hesiod, the Hydra was the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. It had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its scent was deadly. The Hydra possessed many heads, the exact number of which varies according to the source. Later versions of the Hydra story add a regeneration feature to the monster: for every head chopped off, the Hydra would regrow two heads.

Hence, the multiplying benches in Forest Hill Park. If there’s more vandalism, the park could become quite crowded with rainbow benches

Outdoor rainbow benches. It turns out that such benches are available in a great many materials and styles, in both (canonical) rainbow (red on top, as in #1) and reverse rainbow (purple on top). Just one example: on Etsy, a ($700) “Buddy Bench” from RoudebushBenches:

(#3) Made of recycled plastic, with personalized (but inspirational) message inscribed, in either canonical (as here) or reverse rainbow


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