Show the Dogs!
November 9, 2019 11:23 AM   Subscribe

"Ever look at Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's seminal chef d'oeuvre Dogs Playing Poker and think, 'this is okay, but wouldn't it be nice if I could see the painting with any of 6.6 quadrillion possible card combinations?' No? Too bad, buddy: because here it is."
posted by Copronymus (17 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I briefly thought that I might be losing my mind because the "Dogs Playing Poker" painting that I distinctly remembered had them holding their hands. Turns out that Coolidge did several paintings on that theme, plus billiards and sundry other subjects.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:42 AM on November 9, 2019 [1 favorite]

fold pre (kibbles)
posted by lalochezia at 11:44 AM on November 9, 2019 [1 favorite]

I am astonished that this wasn't posted by cortex. Well done.
posted by loquacious at 12:55 PM on November 9, 2019 [2 favorites]

posted by DoctorFedora at 1:41 PM on November 9, 2019 [3 favorites]

I feel like A Friend In Need is the definitive Dogs Playing Poker painting, but you can't really see all of the dogs' hands (paws?) in that one.

Also, including the discard pile there are occasionally duplicate cards. I assume because the dogs are cheating.
posted by ckape at 1:42 PM on November 9, 2019 [5 favorites]

How do I set it up for the closest thing to a Royal Straight Flush? My grandfather had this painting, or one like it, in his kitchen. Alongside his no-wildcard Royal Straight Flush signed by all the other players. I'd make a poster and give it to the other grandchildren, since both of the original artifacts have been lost in the sands of time.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:00 PM on November 9, 2019 [2 favorites]

Forget cats, this is why the internet was created.

For the title, I would have gone with "The Nine Billion Hands Of Dog."
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:01 PM on November 9, 2019 [22 favorites]

I poked around and couldn't figure out who owns the original of "A Friend in Need", which is slightly annoying. I assume it must still exist given the number of high quality scans of it, but it also doesn't seem to be owned by a museum. Brown and Bigelow still exist, so maybe they still own it?
posted by tavella at 3:39 PM on November 9, 2019 [2 favorites]

The first trillion seeds are dull, but there are some gems in the 2nd and 43rd trillions
posted by zompist at 4:22 PM on November 9, 2019 [3 favorites]

Theyre good cards Brent
posted by chavenet at 5:08 PM on November 9, 2019 [2 favorites]

posted by clew at 9:28 PM on November 9, 2019

Isn't it 6.6 quintillion?
posted by Literaryhero at 2:16 AM on November 10, 2019

The discard pile is distinctly off white, come on.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:19 AM on November 10, 2019

This is the shit I come to Metafilter for
posted by babelfish at 9:15 AM on November 10, 2019

"You've got a tell. Your tail wags."
"Our tails are ALWAYS wagging, buddy."
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 9:20 AM on November 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

Here is a picture of myself wearing what is perhaps the best sweater ever.
posted by slogger at 6:43 AM on November 11, 2019

If you hit "reset" and enter "1" and "show the dogs," you get cards starting with A, 1, 2 etc of clubs. So the rest is a simple matter of engineering--I leave it to you Sticky Carpet.
posted by Gilgamesh's Chauffeur at 7:04 PM on November 11, 2019

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