Recently came across the TOP image. It is an image of all 128 possible states of a “seven segment” display. It struck me as a fascinating example of the kind of thing I’ve called paradigmatic horror before. This example isn’t quite so monstrous, but the second image shows exactly how weird and random are the numerals we recognize and use. They’re arranged seemingly at random, all out of order, and the vast majority of the possibilities are all but meaningless. Every digital clock you encounter contains this multiplicity.
Everyone’s always like ooo French food is so good, and eww English food is gross, but you’d have to be out of your damn mind to prefer the food in the bottom photo over the food in the top.
"…the Absurd Child, will say, ‘No, I’m not crazy. The world is fucking nuts. My parents are insane. That priest is crazy.’ And that’s the beginning of the comic perspective."