"Witness a can of Coca-Cola as it passes through various stages of being:
Stage One: The can exists in physical reality.
Stage Two: The can becomes a power up for the 1988 32-bit arcade game, Bad Dudes.
Stage Three: The can becomes a power up for the 1990 8-bit NES version of the 32-bit arcade game, Bad Dudes.
Stage Four: The 8-bit degenerative form of the can is superimposed over the original.
This is a physical manifestation of a pataphor – essentially an extention of a metaphor in which the degree of separation from reality is taken a step further.
An example of a pataphor from the Wikipedia entry on ‘Pataphysics:
Tom and Alice stood side by side in the lunch line.
Tom and Alice stood side by side in the lunch line, two pieces on a chessboard.
Tom took a step closer to Alice and made a date for Friday night, checkmating. Rudy was furious at losing to Margaret so easily and dumped the board on the rose-colored quilt, stomping downstairs.
Thus, the pataphor has created a world where the chessboard exists, including the characters who live in that world, entirely abandoning the original context.”“