Monday, February 04, 2008

The Enchanted Talking Tea Kettle



That's the kind of day I had. I didn't stick any kettles in my ears though.

What do you think it's saying?
And how did she know to listen in?

13 comments:

Linda said...

I think it's saying: "You've had enough of me. Time to get out the liquor bottle soldier."

Jesse said...

Grumble mumble.. yell into a stethascope ..

sal said...

I hope it's not a tornado siren! 70 degrees and rain here in Feb. does not bode well....

Mean Jean said...

Time to call Dr. Oliver Sachs. He wrote "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat". He'd probably know what to do with a woman who mistook her kettle for a phone.

Namowal said...

I think it's gossiping about the toaster myself.
You may already know this:
The Linking Ring is a publication of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (I think that's what it's called), so I bet the talking kettle was a magic act.

Sally said...

Funny folks around here!

Namowal, how did you know about that? It IS part of a magic act, from a catalog of paraphernalia. In order not to correct the animation I'm doing (which is too hard!) I colored in the picture.

Then I started wondering how it worked. Do you suppose there's a tiny record player inside? And that the boiling water causes the turntable to spin, and thus the record plays and voices come out? (This was from long before mini tape recorders.)

Or is there a tiny ventrilloquist inside. yes, that must be it.

linda said...

Yes to tiny ventrilloquist. (I can remember thinking there were little people who lived inside the TV.)

postscript sal said...

Photo reminds me of a favorite landmark: Boston's steaming tea kettle:
http://bostondailyphoto.blogspot.com/2007/
03/steaming-kettle.html

Namowal said...

Years ago I took some magic classes. I was never very good at the magic, but it was great fun to watch tricks and then to learn how they're done.
Not sure how the kettle worked.
I googled "talking tea kettle" and found a page that claimed it had a radio inside that broadcast answers from an assistant in another room:
http://www.magic-tricks-revealed.com/Magic-Tricks-Revealed.html
(Personally I think a ventriloquist act with a kettle would be more charming.)

Sally said...

That steaming tea kettle in Boston is really nice. Never seen that before.

I still like my science project tiny record turned by steam... but it would always say the same thing.

Mean Jean said...

She's trying to clear her sinuses, but she's confused. One of those people who can't read directions, she has to be shown.

sal said...

Our county was spared the tornadoes, but at least 24 people died in storms in our state yesterday.

Sally said...

sal, very glad to hear you're safe. it was amazing and awful to learn about the tornadoes after what you'd posted here yesterday.

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