Happy Saturnalia To All!

SaturnaliaA celebration dear to the hearts of the Disinformation team at this time of year is Saturnalia, one of the most popular Roman festivals. It was marked by tomfoolery and reversal of social roles, in which slaves and masters ostensibly switched places, with expectantly humorous results. Saturnalia was introduced around 217 BC to raise citizen morale after a crushing military defeat. Originally celebrated for a day, on December 17th, its popularity saw it grow until it became a week-long extravaganza, ending on the 23rd.

Our favorite exposition of Saturnalia has long been the Electric Sheep comic strip, no longer easily available on the web, but we dug in the crates and are pleased to bring it to you. We did find it here and in a video created from the original website posted to Funny or Die:

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  • Ahh_The_90s_How_I_miss_Them

    The artist is Patrick Farley here's some URL's Merry Saturnalia!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Farley
    http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Patrick
    The site is archived here. Pages may load slowly. Just have patience
    http://web.archive.org/web/20030324211705/e-she

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derrick-Pohl/518801794 Derrick Pohl

    Original strip in comic book form is available at http://krack.org/2009/12/saturnalia/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derrick-Pohl/518801794 Derrick Pohl

    Original strip in comic book form is available at http://krack.org/2009/12/saturnalia/

  • Anarchy Pony

    And here I raise my glass to all the other pagan and heathen holidays lost forever to the void of time because of the Christian invaders and usurpers.

    Stay Proud, Stay Pagan.

    • http://twitter.com/salwilliam Salvatore Delle Palme

      Lol, can’t we just be modern smart people who believe truth?

      • Anarchy Pony

        Can’t we not be arrogant fools that think we have a monopoly on truth?

        • http://twitter.com/salwilliam Salvatore Delle Palme

          YES! Precisely. All these beliefs are making my head spin mate.

  • Anarchy Pony

    And here I raise my glass to all the other pagan and heathen holidays lost forever to the void of time because of the Christian invaders and usurpers.

    Stay Proud, Stay Pagan.

  • Anarchy Pony

    And here I raise my glass to all the other pagan and heathen holidays lost forever to the void of time because of the Christian invaders and usurpers.

    Stay Proud, Stay Pagan.

  • http://nosoundmind.com Salwilliam

    Lol, can’t we just be modern smart people who believe truth?

  • http://nosoundmind.com Salwilliam

    Lol, can’t we just be modern smart people who believe truth?

  • Anarchy Pony

    Can’t we not be arrogant fools that think we have a monopoly on truth?

  • http://nosoundmind.com Salwilliam

    YES! Precisely. All these beliefs are making my head spin mate.

  • mrtastycakes

    Why was this posted after the end of Saturnalia? Happy Thanksgiving!

  • mrtastycakes

    Why was this posted after the end of Saturnalia? Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Curizen

    I read this comic every year! thanks for posting it again its one of my favorite finds through this site 

  • Curizen

    I read this comic every year! thanks for posting it again its one of my favorite finds through this site 

  • Tango12

    I met him once.

  • DeepCough

    IO SATURNALIA OMNES

    BIBITEMET GAUDETE

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