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Monday, August 11, 2008

What's the French word for gold again?*

Magnet #171 - Renoir's Le Moulin de la Galette, Montmartre

I haven't used anything from the fridge art gallery lately, so I picked this piece. I know nothing about it, except that supposedly Renoir and his boys used to hang out here at Moulin de la Galette so that they could select models for their work.

Oh, and that he did a couple versions of this, one of which belongs to the Musée d'Orsay, and a smaller version was sold at auction back in 1990 for something like $78 million...making it the fifth most expensive painting ever sold.

But, to tell the absolute truth, the only reason I picked Renoir for today is because I was too lazy to find another French magnet to use today. Why a French magnet?

Oh, just because I wanted to mention the fact that the U.S. won Olympic gold for the men's swimming freestyle relay - despite the trash talking that the one French dude was doing about how they were going to smash the Americans.

Heh. As Bob Costas said, au contraire mon ami.

eta, as of Nov 5:
*Ya'll wouldn't believe the amount of people who land on this magnetpost searching for the French word for gold. I feel terrible that I haven't provided it in this post until now, except for in this other, apologetic post.

Et voila, the French word for gold.

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9 comments:

V said...

Wasn't that awesome!? Don't talk smack unless you back it up! National pride run rampant!

Of course, I didn't notice if the French swimmers were hot. No, not me. Not at all.

jen said...

All four of the American swimmers were my boyfriends yesterday. YAY.

joy said...

Methinks the American swimmers had many, many girlfriends last night.

Glor said...

Hey, leave some swimmer boyfriend for the rest of us!

joy said...

Oh, that leads to a good question. I never see any of them attached to any women...either I just don't follow their coverage enough, or, they're just those superfocused guys who will date when they retire.

And, did ya'll see that weird soap opera-esque story about the two female swimmers who are all over the European papers because they're fighting over a boy? Dang.

glor said...

Lezak's married to a former Mexican national swimmer.

Supposedly Phelps has a girlfriend, but he works hard to keep her off the press radar.

The Laure Manaudou, Federica Pellegrini, and Luca Marin triangle? That is one huge soap opera. Compounded by the fact that Pellegrini not only took Manaudou's boyfriend, but now two of her world records. Those'll be some finals.

joy said...

Ah-hah. Well, it could be worse, they could be settling the squabble out of the water. Though, I saw the two of them, and I wouldn't want to cross either of them.

I think it's sweet that MP would keep his girl under wraps. It's not you, is it? Would you tell us if it were? I'm just wonderin'. :-)

GoldenGait said...

See, I'll take a crack at one of the three not-so-famous relay boys, but you all can keep Phelps. I just don't think he's that cute.

And doesn't it give him an unfair advantage, having ears that big? They should disqualify him--I bet he uses those things as a set of extra fins to go faster.

Joy... are you still trying to offload a Jan 7th Hamlet ticket?

joy said...

Hahaha - my FB status wondered whether or not Phelps covered his ears with his swimcaps. With every note of the national anthem, his ears kept getting bigger and mocking me.

I kinda like that older guy on the team, though.

And, sorry, GG, I literally just sold it (at face value) to a colleague of mine in the London office. Sorry!