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Gnomes: Pop Art Icons

The garden gnome has spent many years leading quite helpful lives in the lawns and gardens of families. Pop art It' been said that the garden gnome first appeared in the times of England' King Arthur and have been helping out humanity ever since, by caring for our animals and children and watching over household issues.

Now it appears that the garden gnome is going where no gnome has gone before, Pop Art. Artists and Manufacturers are selling statuettes of the mischievous creatures like hot cakes. They are popping up just about everywhere, in storefronts, photography and even television ads. Travelocity has been using a garden gnome as its spokesperson for years and they've been doing better than ever.

He' known as the wandering gnome, but is really a delightful British chap with a face for the television screen. The wandering gnome has been seen in a wide range of vacation spots giving travel tips and of course pushing Travelocity' book your own vacation business. Could this be the start of a new race of gnomes known as the ' Gnomes?'

We' see, in other areas of the popular art world gnomes are highly valued for their mischievous and fun nature. Previously shy garden gnomes are posing for photographers in sometimes risqué positions, but they state that the moonings are only for art' sake.

More often though garden gnomes are allowing their likenesses to be used in the making of statuettes for sale on the retail market. Some state that this helps to spread the word that gnomes are really helpful, others believe this makes it easier to hide in lawns amongst their own likenesses. The garden gnome statuette is considered a sign of status these days. They are thought to bring good luck, wealth, and festive times.

The Garden Gnome's Biology

Gnomes, like those found at garden gnomes need homes, are very similar to humans, excepting their size and when one examines the gnomes physiology it is not only found to be interesting but also rather normal. Nothing supernatural about the gnome.

Gnomes have all five senses. They are much better than humans but due to the fact that the gnomes live in closer tune with nature, it can be assumed that their senses are required to be better. The gnome's eye has many millions of cones in it. Cones are the sensors in the eye that register light and thus the gnome is able to see quite well in the dark. Interestingly the ear, which is large, can be pointed much like a cat's in any direction. The nose contains ninety-five million sensory receptor cells which is nineteen times that of a human. Garden picture Thus a gnome has a much greater sense of smell. The sense of touch is especially acute in the fingertips which are said to be as sensitive as those of a blind person.

It has been noted that garden gnomes are extremely fast and strong, in fact seven times stronger than a human. This is achieved because of the gnome's large heart, wider blood circulation, large lungs and special muscles. All gnomes have two types of muscle, white and red. White muscles are of great value in quick sprints and brief lifting and moving. They allow a build-up of extra carbon dioxide which red muscle tissue does not. Though the red muscle tissue is required for long term work and movement.

Also the foot bones and arches of gnomes are extremely strong, probably due to the need for speed, as they say. The gnome also secretes as a special kind of super-adrenaline when in high-level performance situations and when in need of stamina.

Nocturnal Gnomes

Gnomes, especially garden gnomes and house gnomes, do their work at night. Its much easier to move around unseen by curious humans. Since the gnome's helpful nature urges him or her to help all creatures including humans, it is just plain easier to do this at night.

In the nighttime, those odd creaks and groans that can be heard in a house are a house gnome patrolling the home. They check on children to make sure they are safe in their beds and the parents too. They check all the locks on the doors and windows. If they find that one is unlocked they may choose to lock it themselves, but more likely the gnome will use his or her abilities to gently nudge you into remembering that you forgot to lock the door.

At night the garden gnome will tend to the garden, work on his or her own home, or may choose to engage in prankster activity. It is not uncommon for the younger garden gnomes to move plants around in the garden, thoroughly confusing the gardener the next day. Often though they will grow tired of this occupation and begin to feel sorry for the gardener and turn their abilities toward tending to the plants at night.

The farm gnome helps out around the farm at night. Gnomes: example They can keep an eye on the livestock and subtly warn the sleeping farmer if a fox or wolf is nearby. In the past, it was possible for a milkmaid to wake up and find all of the cows had already been milked for her. This done by a helpful gnome under the moonlight.

Dune gnomes will cavort amongst the sand dunes at night, literally moving the dunes hundreds of feet or miles from their original spot. Dune gnomes usually engage in this sort of activity because there isn't much to do on a dune and during the day it becomes so hot that it's uncomfortable outside. These gnomes are typically nocturnal and try to do all of their chores in the evening hours.

Races of Gnomes

Of the races of gnome so far noted by humanity, there are, house gnomes, garden gnomes, dune gnomes, forest gnomes, farm gnomes, Siberian gnomes and underground gnomes. There are likely others that humans just haven't observed or heard about because of their reclusive nature.

The garden gnome lives in old gardens and is sometimes thought to be rather melancholy in nature, though there are many who would state that this gnome is actually rather the prankster and will delight in moving around plants in the garden or striking lewd poses on the lawn.

The house gnome is a more responsible sort and enjoys fulfilling his or her helpful nature by watching over the household, doing light chores and even babysitting the children. This gnome likes to live in the odd holes that are found in an older home, similar to the mouse hole, except that it's a gnome hole.

The dune gnome lives in the dunes on coastlines or in the desert. This gnome is larger than his brethren, except for the Siberian gnome, and apparently wears clothing to match the brown or tan color of the dunes.

Forest gnomes live in the forest and spend much of their time tending to their homes and preparing for winter. A forest gnome is in close contact with the animals in the forest around him or her and will aid or treat an animal in need.

Farm gnomes are similar to house gnomes, except that they are more conservative. This is in all areas of the farm gnome life, clothing, behavior and personal opinions.

Siberian gnomes live in the coldest regions on Earth and are rumored to be inbred due to lack of varied gene pool. This gnome is the largest of all the gnomes and does not have the best of tempers.

Underground gnomes are usually covered in a light coating of dirt because they spend much of their time traveling through it. These gnomes enjoy the cool feel of the earth and watch over lodes of precious metals and stones as well as human miners.