Spud made his virgin
visit to Virginia in August of 2004. He had been procrastinating in
making the trip and the locals in the small hamlet of Burnt Chimney,
VA knew about it. A group had conspired to set a road block up for
the potato and introduce him to their local form of punishment: The
Developed by shadetree
engineer Bob Booth in 1988, this water powered wheel has a significant
work boot attached that is capable of delivering over 100 swift 'boots
in the rear' per hour.
The surly gang encouraged
Spud to take his place and pay the price for taking so long to visit
one of the USA's first states.
bruised buttocks, Spud sheepishly climbed back into his car. Scanning
the net for other notable sites nearby, he came across the town of Winchester,
which claimed to have 'the world's largest apple'. Having previously
seen the gargantuan spartan in Ontario, Canada, a claim for a larger
apple seemed quite a stretch. Time would soon tell how it measured up.
Sadly, the claim
was far from reality. While it's big, it is dwarfed by its Canadian
Sitting in the car
seat for a long period of time proved to be rather uncomfortable that
Spud decided to wind up this trip to Virgina early. His return visit
would be in October of 2014, when he made his pilgrimage to Mount
Vernon. Although he had been to nearby Washington DC on a number
of occasions, this was his first time to visit the home of the original
president of the USA: George Washington.
Spud would learn
that Mount Vernon was a bit of a misnomer given that there isn't a mountain
in sight. No doubt a presidential ruse to throw off his detractors.
Presidents have been known to fib once or twice...
The Estate known
as Mt Vernon is situated on roughly 500 acres and the presidential home
was built between 1758 and 1778. Sounds like he had as dependable and
timely contractors as there are in Arizona today, but I digress...
at the Estate up until his death in 1799. Of course, all the history
of the estate and its guests was interesting, but it all paled in comparison
of the place's true showpiece: The last surviving full set of Washington's
Spud had visited
George's fake eyelashes at a Museum
in Maryland some years previously, so this was another key part
of the man that was the US' first leader.
The choppers are
on display behind glass and so revered are they, that photographs are
strictly forbidden. Who knows what untold damage could be done by photographing
a set of old teeth....
Dosents will spin
a tale of how Washington lost his teeth from decay due to poor diet
and nutrition, however Spud figured it was more likely he was talking
smack down at a local watering hole and a surly Brit literally wiped
the smile off his face.
Whatever the reason,
the dentures themselves were quite a sight. The Pres must not have had
insurance as he declined porcelain in favour of a more radical approach.
used hippopotamus ivory, a combination of animal and human teeth all
set in lead with brass screws. It was not sure if the lead came from
Not only was he
a forefather of the country, but he was also the forefather of dental
Spud was bummed
that he couldn't take a photo of the real thing, however his feathers
were smoothed over once he visited the gift shop and found 'replicas'
It didn't take long
before the tato was rockin' his new presidential grill...
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