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I say, would you be kind enough to pick my nose for me?  I'd do it myself, but . . . well, I don't have any limbs.  Specknose  Fuzzy lip caterpillar?  I don't have lips!

A flying nose and pair of eyes--essentially a comically-oversized, animate pair of "gag" mustache spectacles (hence the "Speck" part of its name). They are a common enemy that can be found in most levels of the 1986 Kid Icarus Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game. Rooms, located behind the many doors scattered throughout Angel Land, often contain small flocks of these creatures. Specknoses float about said chambers in simple patterns, damaging Pit if they make any physical contact with him. Two species, differentiated by color, have been observed by cherubic explorers--the pink version is slightly stronger than the blue. Every Specknose felled by Pit's arrows will yield a large heart pickup, these are worth 10 small hearts (the currency of Angel Land)--slaying groups of these strange foes is a quick, and relatively easy, way to line Pit's pockets.

Newsprint, tissue paper, white glue, nail polish, and acrylic paint.

3.6 cm/1.4 in. x 3.2 cm/1.3 in. (widest point x highest point)

Two days; January 4-5, 2009.

Specknose photo collage.

For comparison purposes, below are two images of Specknoses from various Kid Icarus media (more information on mouse-over).

Pit taking on a swarm of Specknoses in Stage 1-1.

Specknose instruction manual description and art.

(In no particular order of importance.)

  •    Kid Icarus NES game and instruction manual.

  •   Kid Icarus Shrine enemies web page.

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