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Hello, Dalí!

Flying dildos and the New York Times.

Have the standards and practices folks in the New York Times advertising department returned from Christmas vacation yet? A Sotheby’s ad on page A-8 of today’s edition features a reproduction of the Salvador Dalí painting, “Jeune Vièrge Autosodmisée par les Cornes de Sa Propre Chasteté,” from the Playboy Collection that is up for auction on Feb. 4.

“Jeune Vièrge Autosodmisée par les Cornes de Sa Propre Chasteté” roughly translates as “Young Virgin Sodomized on the Horns of Her Own Chastity,” which is the polite way to describe what’s going on with the five flying dildos in the painting.