Does this double serpent-tailed siren look familiar?
If you are a coffee drinker, visions of a green mermaid-esque logo affixed to a white paper cup are probably forming in your mind. That's because this 16th century Italian bronze statue -- photographed by Reddit user jmay69 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City -- arguably resembles the Starbucks logo.
According to Starbucks, the design is based on "a 16th century Norse woodcut of a twin-tailed mermaid, or Siren."
Terry Heckler, the artist who created the Starbucks mermaid, told The Seattle Times: "It's a metaphor for the allure of caffeine, the sirens who drew sailors into the rocks."
A side-by-side comparison.
And look -- more mermaids at the Met! We're beginning to think this "Nordic" design is pretty common...