Anyone traveling in Europe has seen Gargoyles staring down at you from high atop cathedrals like Notre Dame in Paris France.
They do have a menacing look to them and, in fact, part of their lore says they protect the churches from evil spirits. In actuality, they have a very useful function. Gargoyles are water spouts which keep rainwater away from the sides of the building where the forces of water would damage them in the same way rivers carve canyons.
Although we usually associate Gargoyles with medieval time they were used during other times until architects started using gutters. We also usually associate Gargoyles as being scary and grotesque but some Gargoyles depict monks, animals and some are even very humorous.
I ran into a humorous Gargoyle while visiting the Munster in Freiburg Germany. As I was looking up at the church, I noticed many Gargoyles dotting the sides. Then I ran into this one. After a double take, I realized I was right. This Gargoyle seems to be mooning everyone! Since it rained while I was in Freiburg, I actually got to see it work too : )
Have you seen a humorous Gargoyle?