The Mystery Object in Douglas Martin’s hand

OK, let’s check the detail in the high-res photo:
mystery object

It’s odd, isn’t it? It’s glowing in parts, and almost looks like it’s been photoshopped in. So what’s going on?

  • Susan Maneck wrote in to say: “Steve, everyone knows using just the feather is so ‘Old-Worldish'”.[Is Susan hinting that Douglas was allowed to take live barnyard animals to Baha’i Conferences. If so, then he was definitely given special treatment!]
  • Baha’i Angst wrote: “Re. Doug Martin’s hand job: The Bahai Angst research team has done a spectrum analysis of the photograph and has tentatively come to the embryonic conclusion that Sir Martin is holding a bag which contains a copy of Church and State by Sen McGlinn. He only reads the book when he is in the bathroom.

    Is that really Susan Maneck in the buffet room? Hey, how come I wasn’t invited?”

  • Stephen Keyes wrote: “I would suggest that it is a take out confection from the Sugar Shaykh.”

mystery object

The Cormorant Baker has commissioned a sub-spectral gestalt analysis of the photo. It conclusively shows that Doug Martin is in possession of startling new evidence for the theory of Flying Spaghetti Monsterism.

This evidence, according to Wiki, was provided to Douglas by Robert Henderson, Secretary-General of the US NSA:

“Bobby Henderson is the “prophet” of this religion.”
Wikipedia—Flying Spaghetti Monster


And the winner is…

…Baha’i Angst, who gets extra points for sexual innuendo, using the word “embryonic” and, of course, for mentioning the “Leiden dissertation”.

Another plump cooked muttonbird is heading your way, Angst. Enjoy!

I hear that Angst’s menagerie went off their seed and became quite subdued around the time Angst unwrapped his first muttonbird parcel.

Maybe it’s just his lunch…

Queen Salote at the 1953 coronation of QEII

EVENTS: On this day in 1953, after being handed the four symbols of authority—the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies—Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London. Watching the Coronation parade, Noel Coward and David Niven wondered who the diminutive man sharing a carriage with the 400 lb Queen of Tonga might be. According to Niven, Coward suggested: “Her lunch”.

Times Online June 2, 2003

Douglas Martin urged scholars to pay attention to the process of learning being undertaken by Baha'is around the world.

52 years later, a new mystery has emerged and you, gentle readers, may be able to supply some creative answers. The new mystery concerns the object in Douglas Martin’s hand. There’s a high-resolution picture available to help you identify the mystery object. You have seven days to solve this conundrum, so get in quick and file your answers using the submission form at the bottom of the page.

Oh, and while you’re examining that high-resolution photograph, have a close look at what’s going on in the background. No, not Susan Maneck having a full and frank exchange of views with Ian Kluge in the buffet room. Look to the left—through the window of Douglas Martin’s guest-room—and check out the top secret plans for a Rainbow Arc pinned to the wall.