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1:25pm on Saturday, 12th August, 2006:



Every day for the past couple of weeks, The Independent has been giving out posters that show paintings by famous artists. On one side is a collection of smaller images and some text describing the artist's work and life; on the other side is one of the artist's most famous paintings.

Yesterday, we had Magritte. I looked at the biographical side first, and saw eight pictures, four of which I recognised. The opening line of the text was: "You know the one about the pipe".

Ah, so that means the masterpiece shown on the other side of the poster must be ...

Uh? What gives?!

This is not Ceci n'est pas une pipe.

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