WTF Weds: The Scarecrow of Anne Boleyn, Boise, Idaho

Posted on
Oct 10, 2012
Posted in: WTF, WTF Wednesdays

I am well aware that I owe you guys tons of posts. I need to tell you all about Ireland, and Northern Ireland (yes, the two are different. Don’t for a second think that they aren’t very, very different), and I have gobs to tell you about Milwaukee. Because, man, did I love Milwaukee (it is a town full of cheese and Packers fans. Damn right, I loved it.)

But before I get on with any of that, I would like to share with you the one photo I took last weekend while we were in Boise (yup, we went to Boise, too. Rand and I actually had about 12 hours between getting back from Wisconsin and heading off to Idaho. Flight attendants have started recognizing us. I’m not entirely sure that we should be proud of that).

We headed to the Old Idaho Penitentiary, which was closed sometime in the early 70s. The grounds have since been turned into a lovely botanical garden, and on the weekend that we were there, they were having a Harvest Festival.

Harvest Festival at the Old Penitentiary: it’s just about as awesome as you can imagine. They had these little fried doughnut thingies and candied pecans and bison burgers.

And they had a scarecrow contest. While I told everyone that I thought the scarecrow featuring Rosa Parks and an evil bus driver was my favorite (and it certainly was the most socially conscious of the lot), I think I might have actually enjoyed this one more:

My apologies for the quality of this image. It was taken on my phone, which has spent a period of time in a lake and now acts like it is demonically possessed and takes somewhat shitty photos.

It is a scarecrow of a beheaded Anne Boleyn. And, in a move that was both perverse and darkly brilliant, HER DECAPITATED CORPSE IS HOLDING A PHOTO OF HENRY VIII.

When I saw it, standing as we were in the grounds of the former penitentiary, I did not know whether to cry or laugh.

So I took a photo, instead.

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  • Uh, that’s kind of disturbing — but I’m not sure the crows get it.

  • natashia

    Yes, you should be proud if flight attendants recognize you. We see a bajillion people a day. And say hello and buh-bye to most of them. We don’t even recognize other flight attendants, much less the pilots, if they are out of uniform. BE PROUD! HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH! Buh-bye!

  • Haha! The too-big hands holding the photo of Henry VIII are super creepy though

  • Mark Davidson

    Maybe you’ll like this old recording of a music hall song about Anne Boleyn – if you can understand the heavy Northern England accent, that is.

    In the Tower of London, large as life,
    The ghost of Anne Boleyn walks, they declare.
    For Anne Boleyn was once King Henry’s wife,
    Until he had the headsman bob her hair.
    Oh, yes, he did her wrong long years ago,
    And she comes back at night to tell him so.

    Chorus:
    With her ‘ead tucked underneath her arm,
    She walks the bloody Tower,
    With her head tucked underneath her arm,
    At the midnight hour.

    With ‘er ‘Ead tucked underneath ‘er Arm – Stanley Holloway
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTkDGpcWnmU

  • houseoffools

    I really hope if a king ever takes off my head, I have pink curly ribbon spew from my neck as well!

  • BRILLIANT!!!

  • Hhahaha, this is amazing 😀 Personally, I laughed! x

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