The Monolith

April 25th, 2011

The Monolith - Behind The Awkwardness

“This is my sister Shannon on vacation in Ireland. My boyfriend saw this at Thanksgiving and commented that this has got to be one of the MOST horrid things ever!”

(submitted by Tara)

102 Responses to “The Monolith”

  1. Toni says:

    Could be a phallus, but it could also be a finger (what comes to mind is someone raising their finger to get the attention of a water).

  2. Bob says:

    It seems that Father Earth LIKES you!

  3. Serperior the Wise says:

    O o

  4. Amy says:

    Come on people, loosen up. It’s a penis-rock! Laugh at it! I for one don’t visit this site to “learn”. I come for the penis-rocks (and I stay for the free ice cream).

  5. Lizzy says:

    This is an ogham stone if anyone’s interested, the ancient Celts used them as monuments and engraved their weird language ogham into it.

  6. diane says:

    maybe she was getting nervous about her wedding night, if she was thinking anatomy… ?! lol

    and one nickname is the “one eyed snake”

  7. zoolface says:

    Hope she didn’t have to kiss THAT Blarney Stone.

  8. Artemis25 says:

    For goodness sake don’t touch it. You don’t know where it’s been.

  9. Alan says:

    Never take this monument for granite.

  10. Mrs Alda says:

    I’m reading every comment in Craig Ferguson’s Scottish accent and it just makes them even more awesome

  11. Jess K. says:

    And why is the giant monolith caged in??

  12. Mifty says:

    “Notice the girls shoes and then notice the building style of the house in the background. The style of the shoes WAY predate the start of building houses with that construction design.”

    Ah, the light-fixture-doesn’t-match-the-wallpaper person strikes again. How nice that you consider yourself a “sleuth”; I think a more proper term would be “Photoshop troll.”

    Shrieking “Photoshop” is predictable on any photo site, and merely tiresome to anyone other than the person trying to him- or herself feel important. It won’t make anyone buy that you’re any kind of expert on Photoshop. Or on shoes, barns, or light fixtures.

    • momof2 says:

      uh, yeah… the heck can “YiggityBiggity” possibly see what type of “building structure” that house is – it’s too tiny/far away to tell!! From what little you can see of it, it’s a pretty basic, small house – pretty sure they had those in 1980! And the fence is wavy ‘cuz it’s metal and really, really old! Duh.

      other than that – I think it’s awkward that anyone would want someone to take a pic next to that thing! I’d take a picture of it by itself, tho…..just cuz it’s so strange!

    • justme says:

      Yep. I hear ya Mifty. Also……I think people forget styles are different in every country…..and with every parent. I spent a good deal of time with my depression era gramma when I was small. The woman saved EVERYTHING. If mom didn’t pack me a coat and it got cold I ended up wearing one that was 30 years old and used to belong to an aunt or distant cousin. And helloooo…..thrift shops anyone?

      I guess those are just the arguments I would use if everything you said wasn’t true…..but since it is I’ll just say GO MIFTY!

      • Becca says:

        Oh my goodness, the only thing that makes me laugh harder than YiggityBiggity’s spoof ‘photoshop’ posts is the comments by the people who take them seriously. Keep it up people!

  13. YiggityBiggity says:

    Notice the girls shoes and then notice the building style of the house in the background. The style of the shoes WAY predate the start of building houses with that construction design. Either she was wearing some REALLY old shoes or this is another photoshop. Trust me I help the Amish build barns and know my construction specs. An easier sign its PSed for the non sleuths is the waves in the fence. Pixel distortion will occur if you use a sepia filter to heavy with certain colored backgrounds. Since the tone of the grass near the fence on left side is similar to the tone of the fence you get pixel distortion, ie bent fence.

    • justme says:

      Gee….er….thanks. I guess…..

    • rev_jo says:

      Still has to be a few years old, though. New pictures show that the area is kept up more (mowed grass, no fence), and the ground around the stone now has decorative pavers. And since this is Ireland, I don’t believe the Amish would have built the barn. Not saying you can’t be right, but I just noticed a few things.

    • tracy says:

      Why do ppl think EVERYthing on here has to be Photoshopped??? How can you be certain of the construction design of that house when it’s so teeny tiny far away?

      • Tara says:

        Uhhmmn… people this is my family picture…. Taken in the 70s of one of our family vacations…. the shoes and the dress were just the way we did things… I am not saying it is right… it is just the way it was… there is no photoshop… just ugly fashions…

        <3 Tara

  14. Katharine Doris says:

    Ciaran actually lived near by and has a history lesson if people would read first then comment..hahaha THat is posted just a few up from here. if you want to know… Nothing awkward about it at all… ok. moving along.. hahahahA

  15. Seen enuf says:

    If it was winter and I licked this, would my tongue stick to it?

  16. DeeDeeDeeDee says:

    Uh huh…… Shannon’s Mum and Dad saw a great photo opportunity and ran with it. Nice work indeed. A gem for the compulsory embarrassing 21st b’day montage!! Well done Shannon’s Mum and Dad – kudos to you!

  17. scooter says:

    monolith envy

    • justme says:

      I was feeling too lazy to comment on this yesterday but it’s brilliant, just so ya know! Made me LOL for real 🙂

  18. Snowrider says:

    Ok, here’s a question: If she were leaning on it what kind of “shelf” would we call it? The mind races….

  19. RICHARD says:

    and women LEFT Ireland when they had THIS in their back yard?

  20. Carmen says:

    This is probably a cattle rubbing stone, so of course it inside a pen. Geesh, people!

  21. Ay yi yi. People see a rounded-off cylinder and call it phallic. Never mind that it could just as easily be a finger, a thumb, or something completely unrelated to the body.

  22. Smush says:

    2011: An Ireland Odyssey

  23. whistlepig says:

    At least she isn’t hugging it!

    • MomofBoys says:

      Good one!

    • ScoutC says:

      Somewhere in our family’s archives is a pic of me taken ages ago sitting on a large rock in Hawaii, which we discovered after the fact is called “Phallic Rock.” There was no sign or anything — it was out in the “jungle” somewhere and we just happened upon it while hiking. In retrospect it was very aptly named and represented the “whole package,” if you will. I’m reclining on it with my hands behind my head as if relaxing on a lounge chair. It was an ancient religious site of some sort and I feel terrible for having defiled it. I’ve been trying to find it for years, but given the thousands of pix Dad took it may never be found. For all I know, Mom may have torn it up after finding out what it was.

      • Carolyn says:

        Hope you find it. Can’t wait to see that picture!

      • Sidney says:

        The “Phallic Rock” is on Moloka’i. We were there a few years ago, and they actually have a tour bus that will take you there. Don’t feel bad, they let people climb all over it. Supposedly if you touch it, you will become very fertile and will get pregnant!

        • ScoutC says:

          Great! I was nine! Thank goodness it didn’t work. I’m sure it’s all built up around there now. There was NOTHING around it back when I was there “several” years ago. Thanks for the info on its location; that might help me narrow down my search.

    • Ang says:

      If she had been, it would have been reminiscent of the old Bob Segar albums.

  24. Scott says:

    When taking pictures of my loved ones, I always attempt to have them pose next to a towering granite phallus. These are the memories we treasure.

  25. Erin says:

    Why is it caged? Did they think it was necessary to put a pen around it? I mean, a PEN-IS around it….. hahahahah. Subtle humor….

  26. I used to live a few miles from this stone actually. There are usually a few druids or tourists hanging around the Hill of Tara.

    Now for a history lesson:

    The Lia Fail or Stone of Destiny at The Hill of Tara was an ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland until the 6th century AD. In legend, the stone was supposed to have been brought to Ireland by the Tuatha Dé Danann – a magical race who once ruled Ireland. The Lia Fail itself was supposed to have magical properties – when a rightful king put his feet on it, it would roar for joy, and would rejuvenate a king to give him a long reign.

    • Katharine Doris says:

      Love it when some one actually KNOWS… thx

    • Ann says:

      Super interesting! Glad to have a bit of background. 🙂

    • binkymae says:

      Why do they find it necessary to fence it in? :’)

      • Orchidlover says:

        First…Why do so many people think things are ‘photoshopped’?! Second…not sure if the ‘rightful king’ would be wishing for a long reign…or a long something’.

    • TexAirhead says:

      Kings would sit on that? I would think they would “place” their queens on it to keep them busy while they ruled the land. But that’s just me maybe.

    • Sin says:

      Interesting indeed, but this isn’t the Lia Fáil… the Lia Fáil has never been fenced in like this, and there isn’t a house _that_ close to it. it could be one of any number of standing stones in Ireland though

    • tomek says:

      apart from roaring for joy, would the stone also erupt when touched by a rightful king?

  27. justme says:


  28. Kim says:

    One can just imagine an Irish hill giant asleep under the earth somewhere ^_^

  29. Rod says:

    I don’t get it either. This isn’t awkward.

  30. Stacy says:

    That’s totally photoshopped. You can tell because she’s just sitting there on the grass, not even looking at or leaning on it. Also that fence is totally fake.

  31. Lisa McKinney says:

    I like the sturdy shoes with the frilly dress. Very well-rounded, which you don’t see a lot of these days.

  32. rachel says:

    why is this so bad?

  33. bowers says:

    It’s a big phallic symbol for crying out loud.

  34. peggy says:

    wonder why they needed to corral that rock, apparently it was not through doing what wild rocks do, be careful sister this could be dangerous.

  35. Steph says:

    Wait…I don’t get it. It’s just a round rock. Is it really that bad….?

  36. Kim says:

    Are you happy to see me??? This is one of the most awkward I have seen in quite some time. Poor Shannon!

  37. ps1 says:

    Maybe Tara’s boyfriend felt some kind of envy looking at this “horrid thing”…?

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