Escher style Geometry Art from J. R. Masterman's 9th grade geometry class

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ALFRED by Luca

Here we see the creation myth for Alfred the Hamster. We now know that Alfred the Hamster is the class pet of Mr. Taranta's Geometry Class and Part-Time Geothermal Vent, and was cobbled together from small spare square parts (mainly stale croutons, leftover "pizza bones", square roots, and bacon bits by Tatyana The Great, 9th grade lab assistant in the Geometry Class Particle Accelerator lab. As late as 2011, however, there was a persistent rumor that Alfred had been created in Mrs. Snigglypoofenpahahahapper's Biology Class and Biological Warfare Department at J. R. Masterman Demonstration and Laboratory School. This is Luca's depiction of that creation myth, involving 1,138 test tube hamsters, mitosis, and a spilled KoolAid™. Alfred is easily recognizable as the green-and-white one with the slightly crooked eyes.

This type of tessellation art is known as "translational" ("slide", "glide") symmetry because each tile reproduces by sliding along to a new position without rotating, resizing, or flipping into a mirror image of itself. Luca used our "TRAP" papercut method to make this tessellation. The school's lawyer and part-time stuntman, Mr. Foolyawuns Esq., vigorously adds that Luca did not use a sledgehammer and a pet anthrax germ, as the congressional oversight committee on school pets hesitantly suggested last week.

You'll notice that like most good tessellations and some prison uniforms, this one has strong contrasting borders and alternating colors, so the audience can easily see where one "tile" stops and the next begins.

You'll also notice that unlike most tessellations and prison uniforms, this one has green and white test tube hamsters. Don't try this at home-- there are laws and Geneva Conventions about that kind of thing, and some of the ingredients are radioactive.