Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fairy Tale Origins

This has nothing to do with SketchUp or 3D design, but it's summer and I'm taking things a little less seriously for a couple of weeks.

I have 5 kids ranging in age from 9 to 2. So we read a lot of fairy tales, Disney books, etc. Many of them are gruesome and depressing in their modern form - lots of slaying, orphaned kids, threats of death. But I didn't know how much worse these stories were in their original forms!

For example: Snow White was supposed to be killed and her heart brought back to the wicked queen as proof. That's hard enough to explain to my 5-year old. But in the original, Snow White's liver and lungs are supposed to be harvested and served to the queen for dinner. And the rape of Sleeping Beauty won't be mentioned at bedtime anytime soon.

It's hard to picture parents in the Middle Ages reading stuff like these to their kids, but I guess there weren't a lot of child psychologists around telling them not to.

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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