Monday, December 13, 2010 at 8:16 a.m.
Construction permits on new gingerbread homes are not issued until the first week in December, after which the confectionary edifices spring up everywhere.
Gingerbread houses were first built in Germany, Scandinavia, and Russia, and popularized in the 17th and 18th centuries. Gingerbread men, as they were later called, drew up the original blueprints.
When you Google "gingerbread house," you're smacked with thousands of images of immaculately tailored and creative Christmas-oriented goodies -- with lots of icing -- plus a lot of old Victorians near Golden Gate Park.
Not many of these bread-based homes, naturally, are suitable for habitation. But they taste good. And they look cool. Here's a list of a dozen of the weirdest ones we found. Just make sure to click on the picture for enlarged, gingerbread-y goodness.
1. Who made this -- Sid and Marty Kroftt?
Is this supposed to be a cartoon, or a photographic representation of actual food? It appears to be mounted on aluminum foil, which a cartoon would not require. It also seems to contain purple gingerbread, gumdrops, and deformed people. Another weird thing: A glowing object sits just inside the house. Kryptonite, perhaps, for flavor?
In this three-story work that begs multilevel interpretation, one thing seems sure: The architect of such a structure probably didn't plan on peppermint sticks as support posts. Building codes mention something about earthquakes. Other questions: Is the guy on the second floor a "jumper"? Why are there no walls so we can see their painted-on TVs? What are the green things? And is the front of the building some sort of chocolate composite?
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