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Monday, March 4, 2013

Foamhenge


I'm really not sure how to jump into this.  So: This is Foamhenge and it's pretty much what it says on the box.  A henge.  Made of foam.  It sits happily in Natural Bridge, Virginia on a windy hillside, pretending to be Stonehenge, complete with MERLIN CASTING A SPELL.

The first time I ever heard about Foamhenge was a year or so ago and Patrick and I planned to take a day trip to see it.  Because FOAMHENGE.  How could we not?  We'd already seen Stonehenge, so this seemed the totally natural next step in our world travels.  Then as it turned out, we could very much choose the "not" since it was a several-hours trip from Richmond, and gas prices didn't make the trip seem appealing.  Now, however, we're a mere half hour-ish away from this unnatural wonder, and so we figured...FOAMHENGE DAY.

America!  I throw up my hands and shrug!





I feel like the MST3K team watching Manos: The Hands of Fate when I look at this and all I can say is Foamhenge!  Yes it's....Foamhenge!  I give you....Foamhenge.  

Dear friends: HAVE I CONVINCED YOU TO COME VISIT ME NOOOOW?  Foamhenge, y'all.  Foamhenge.

7 comments:

  1. Oh man, America is weird. But awesome. I mean, a foam Stonehenge in the middle of Virginia is kind of awesome.

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  2. Not to steal Foamhenge's thunder, but as a new resident of Nebraska, Carhenge has made my travel must-see list.

    Yes, Carhenge: http://www.carhenge.com/

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    1. I....what.....oh my god, Carhenge. America!

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  3. I think it was Neil Gaiman in American Gods who stated that the the sacred places of America are often marked by road side attractions. Where other cultures would feel drawn to building an altar or a temple, the US celebrates the soul of the land the Biggest Ball of Twine. There is a certain charm and merit in cheesiness too, I think :)

    Obviously, this doesn't always hold true. I remember visiting (the misnamed) Montezuma's well which struck me as very sacred and not at all attraction-ized, but there are plenty of places where, yes, the sacred and the soulful are framed like they're part of a circus.

    Oh, here is the actual quote: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/84775-it-s-perfectly-simple-said-wednesday-in-other-countries-over-the

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    1. Hah! When I went there I was totally like "I wonder if Neil visited this place while writing American Gods". American Gods is my favorite favorite favorite book. I allllmost went back to edit the post but didn't have time to find the quote. You win! :D

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  4. Oh wow ! They made stonehenge out of foam? It's quite amazing and like smittenimmigrant said, there is a certain charm to it.

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