Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hay....it's the news!

LONDON (Reuters) - A farmer built an entire mock castle behind a screen of hay bales and lived there concealed for four years to evade planning regulations, officials said on Friday

And the trend is disturbing after a “fourth” pyramid that suddenly turned up in Egypt was discovered as a disguise for a very nice Tudor home built by American ex-patriots hoping to live closer to their Camel Ride tourism business there.

And not a week had gone by when China officials discovered that an extra 100 feet of the Great Wall of China was actually just a mock wall used as a modest Pagoda underneath. The resident always wanted a large fence for free and the Great Wall just seemed like the natural choice…

Then the big stunner is that while we thought the Statue of Liberty was THE statue, it turns out it’s actually just a small lighthouse owned by an ingenious Frenchman who came to America seeking his dream. Apparently he had the real statue sent to a small town in North Dakota that is so remote nobody has noticed it for the last 40 years. It is unclear at this time how he afforded the Fed Ex bill to ship it…

10 comments:

Jen said...

I could never live hidden
in hay bales

I'd be sneezing so much
they would find me..

Kanrei said...

The greatest part to me is that no one bothered to ask either "hey, where did that huge haystack come from" or "hey, where did that mock castle that was being built over there go?"

Few people know this, but my house is really ten times larger on the inside than it is on the outside. I did it for tax reasons. The secret is in the corners.

VE said...

jen - You'd just have to wear this special NASA helmet for four years...no biggie

kanrei - Yeah, I wondered that too. Wow, 10 times larger huh? That's sort of like the tents in the Harry Potter movie that look like they sleep two but you walk in and it's like a four room house. Anyway, you must have some BIG corners.

Serena Joy said...

So, what you're saying is that if I were to run outside and look under some of my back yard undergrowth, I could find my actual castle? I'll be back.

Nessa said...

I have the Golden Gate Bridge in my back yard.

We used to play in tunnels we built in hay bale piles. It was very much fun.

Kurt said...

I can't believe he lasted four years.

VE said...

sj - Tell me what you find. Bonus if you find a family of gnomes!

nessa - You must have a BIG backyard.

kurt - The crazy thing is that they're going to tear it down anyway...apparently the four years didn't count because nobody KNEW it was there to complain about. It was these kind of attitudes that created America! Well, that and high taxes...

Matt-Man said...

I couldn't concentrate on what you wrote because I was highly disturbed by that picture on the side of that...that...egg roll. Cheers!!

VE said...

matt-man - Yeah, that is disturbing, huh? Sort of like Mike Huckabee in office...

GC said...

there's a great book called Vanishing Point that discusses this concept--I mean I found it in the fiction section but the farmer's castle may not actually exist on this plane