A lighthouse has replaced the image of
a couple relaxing in Prince Edward Island on the province's tourism guide after
the male party appeared to be sporting an erection.
The original guide cover featured a
picture of a man and woman sitting on a beach. She was reading, he was just
lying back, soaking in the rays, and, who knows, maybe thinking about PEI's
great golf courses or the evening's lobster supper.
Whatever he was pondering, it
apparently led to a visible growth in his crotch area. Or maybe that's just the
way the fabric of his shorts was sitting. It doesn't really matter. Because
once the cat's out of the bag (so to speak) on social media, there's no zipping
it up again.
Charlottetown's Guardian newspaper
queried people about the cover and many didn't notice until they were told about
One woman started laughing as soon as
it was pointed out to her, saying, "Is that what I think it is?"
Another person said “he looks
really happy to be here."
P.E.I.'s Department of Tourism and
Culture did not comment on the cover. Guess not. They printed 150,000 English
travel guides and about 35,000 French ones.
Some might question the wisdom of replacing a
purported erection with a powerful phallic symbol like a lighthouse. But the
original cover was surely a hard act to follow and we think they've risen to
the unfortunate occasion.