Friday, December 12, 2014


There are doodles 

John Lennon 

and then there are doodles.  

Leonardo daVinci 

They become schematics, artistic expression or in the case of adolescent males, lots and lots and lots of crudely scribbled dongs.  

I am not an expert on doodling, much more of a list maker, but I am an expert on boredom and the rabid drive for self-entertainment. 

Well, perhaps not an expert, but I do go to great lengths to avoid becoming a captive audience. 

Aside from the occasional social entrapment, where a misguided airplane traveler assumes you would enjoy hearing the steps of their accent to 2nd floor, assistant director, there are three danger points.

First, and perhaps the least doodle friendly, involves church services. There are not many doodling opportunities.

Ronald Reagan

Second, is the work meeting where you are guaranteed at least one mind-numbing, attention-starved individual who is determined to share an irrelevant personal story at every turn.  

Dwight D Eisenhower

Once someone has the floor, wrestling the spotlight away takes more managerial skills than most managers possess. 
Theodore Roosevelt 

Apparently a phenomenon relevant even to world leaders.

Third, the doodle bonanza, is the classroom. 

Pen and paper readily at hand . . . 

along with the expectation of note taking . . . 

can lead to some fairly amazing creations.

However, electronics readily at hand, I would hypothesize the golden age of the doodle may have come and gone.  

Sure there are apps, but is manipulating a touch screen to form a Picasso-esque dong can’t be the same thing as sketching a Johonson in the margin of a textbook?

Bill Clinton
See if you can find the incriminating doodle.

(I am sure the government needs to fund a multi million dollar research project on the impact of pre-pubescent male development.)

800-year-old doodle waves hello. 

What is completely fantastic are the doodles done in archaic margins. 

A 15th century doodle in 
Juvenal's Satires (a book teaching children morals.)

 I love the idea of ancient schoolboys, monks or scribes doodling away like their modern counterparts.

A face added later to a manuscript. 

Medieval rockstars

Doodles added to a 1633 King James Bible

A smiley face in a book from the 1200's. 

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