Sunday, July 5, 2009

New Abraham Lincoln Statue Cheesy: Literally

"Abe Lincoln, the Big Cheese!"
Oddly Enough, Reuters blog (July 4, 2009)

"Happy July 4th, Blog Guy. I just saw an Abe Lincoln statue made of cheese. Isn’t that disrespectful?

"No. If you know your history, you know Lincoln was a passionate cheese enthusiast.

"It was Abe who pushed the bounds of home entertaining by rolling up cheese and pecans together, creating the popular cheese log.

"HE did that?

"Sure. He called them Lincoln Logs. He also pioneered new forms of smelly Limburger Cheese, making his own pungent recipe...."

What follows is one of the more redolent collection of puns and cheesy wordplay that it's been my pleasure to read. The history of Oddly Enough is, of course, bogus: although I wouldn't be all that surprised to find it in an American secondary school textbook in a few years.

But, I'm getting off-topic.

Historically imaginative as the post is, the cheddar chunk of Americana is quite real: and the third in a series. Cheez-It® did a cheesy sculpture of Mt. Rushmore (more or less) in 2007, another of the founding fathers in 2008: and now a life-size statue of Abraham Lincoln, rendered in Wisconsin cheddar cheese. Cheese sculptor Troy Landwehr's Lincoln even has Honest Abe's trademark top hat.

As Yakov Smirnoff says, "what a country!"

More about this cheesy promotion, including more photos:


robert basler said...

Dear Mr. Lemming,

My account of Lincoln's cheese obsession was entirely accurate. It is a matter of historic record that had he lived, he planned to run for president again with the Havarti Party.

Bob Basler

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

robert basler,

Thanks for the comment.

Replying in the same mold, 'that's cheesy!' ;)

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