Monday, September 19, 2016

Popeye and Lil Dude Troll in Alma, Arkansas

Remember Popeye the Sailor Man? Alma, Arkansas does and it erected a statue of everyone's favorite sailor to prove it. If you're a big Popeye fan like Lil Dude Troll is, you can also check out the spinach can water tower that proclaims Alma the spinach capital of the world.

The first Popeye statue was built in 1987 out of paper mache and fiberglass. Tourists in cars and buses would stop by to see it, laugh and leave. Residents of Alma were embarrassed that people were laughing so they decided to either get rid of the statue or make it into something to be proud of. After much discussion, paper mache Popeye was retired in 2007 and replaced with the bronze statue and fountain now in Alma's town square. The original statue is in a store called Kustom Kaps right up the street.

Why all the Popeye love in Alma? Alma is the home of Allen's Canning Company, which cans spinach. They are also home to the annual Spinach Festival held the 3rd weekend each April.

To see Popeye for yourself like Lil Dude did, take exit 12 on I-40 and go south on US 71. Go through the traffic light, bear left, then turn right onto Fayetteville Ave./Hwy 162 into downtown. The Park is near the end of town, on the right.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Troll at the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City. The statue was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and was built by Gustave Eiffel. Dedicated on October 28, 1886, it was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

Monet Troll visited the statue and found the following facts:
  • Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches
  • The height from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches
  • She has a 35-foot waistline
  • Her weight is 450,000 pounds
  • There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring about 9 feet in length and weighing 150 pounds
  • Her face measures more than 8 feet tall
  • The tablet held in her left hand measures 23' 7" tall and 13' 7" wide inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)
  • At the feet of the statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny
  • There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the statue
  • Her exterior copper covering is only 3/32 of an inch thick and the light green color is the result of natural weathering of the copper.

Thanks for the report, Monet!

On the pier on Liberty Island.