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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:52 AM
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RIP: Plastic pink lawn flamingos go way of dodo
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 05:53 AM by DoYouEverWonder
Oct 28, 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The pink plastic flamingo, a Florida-inspired icon that has been reviled as kitschy bad taste and revered as retro cool, is dead at age 49.

The pop culture symbol met its demise after its manufacturer, Union Products, of Leominster, Mass., was socked with a triple economic threat - increases in costs of electricity and plastic resin combined with loss of financing.

Production ended in June, and the plant is scheduled to close Nov. 1, according to president and CEO Dennis Plante. Union Products made 250,000 of its patented plastic pink flamingos a year in addition to other garden products.

Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, paid tribute to the infamous bird that has been immortalized everywhere - from the John Waters' movie "Pink Flamingos," to bachelor parties and lawns across America.

"Let's face it," he said. "As iconic emblems of kitsch, there are two pillars of cheesy, campiness in the American pantheon. One is the velvet Elvis. The other is the pink flamingo."

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_PINK_FLAMINGO...




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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:55 AM
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1. NO NO NO not the pink plastic flamingo they have to
live ON.... :rofl:

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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:00 PM
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27. Well, they do, in dollar store knockoffs made in the far east n/t
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:56 AM
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2. I just don't know how I'll cope!
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:01 AM
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3. Now the damn things
are going to pollute e-bay and sell for a small fortune!
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:02 AM
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4. My God hard to think it. I guess I will have to get a butterfly for
my door way. I will not live in fear yet as I am sure yard toys are here to stay and I still do see Pinks around. I think it is more an East Coast thing. I saw few of this when I was on the West Coast.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:25 AM
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6. They make wonderful colored globes now and
there are still those huge plastic sunflowers you see at yard sales and in dollar stores. Tacky will always exist, even if we have to make it happen ourselves. I love what others see as tacky.

R.I.P. pink flamingos. Maybe I will name my next band punk flamingos in memory.
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:47 AM
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8. Amen
I hope the Smithsonian has one; it is Americana.

Tacky is the bird whirligig and the cutouts of the bentover woman and little boy peeing.
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Boomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:19 AM
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10. Ah yes, Victorian gazing globes
Those wonderful deeply hued metallic orbs!

I HAD to have one in my back yard. There's just something so delicious about an item that was once considered the epitome of Victorian middle class status and that has been reduced to ridicule.

Good reminder of how fleeting and arbitrary is the entire concept of "taste." Literally and figuratively, when you consider that lobster used to be trash food that only the poor ate because they couldn't afford better seafood.

/tangent
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:58 PM
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26. My mom has had two of those things...Bears keep gazing into them
then smacking them. I don't think she's trying for #3. Nature is trying to warn us against the gazing globe.
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soup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:34 AM
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12. 'punk flamingos'
I like it. Fitting memorial.

personal note - We planted 2 of the critters in our front flower bed when we first moved down here 20 years ago. I embraced their tackiness, and bought them because nothing says Florida better than a tacky pink flamingo. They made me smile.

No more tacky pink flamingos? How can this be? :cry:


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DawgHouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:49 AM
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15. I did the same thing when I moved here.
I am sad to see this happening. I wonder how many good people will lose jobs?
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soup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:14 AM
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17. After reading the article,
it really is sad.

>>The pop culture symbol met its demise after its manufacturer, Union Products, of Leominster, Mass., was socked with a triple economic threat - increases in costs of electricity and plastic resin combined with loss of financing.<<

Darn it.

Had a velvet Don Quixote a long, long time ago - bought in Juarez (whoa, blast from the past!), but never did have a velvet Elvis.
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Surya Gayatri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:04 AM
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5. A day of national mourning
is in order--flags at half mast.

Let's hope the real things don't go the same way because of climate changes in their habitat! SG
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:27 AM
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7. Such a sad sight.
I just want to adopt them all and populate my yard with the last of the species. Is there an adoption program somewhere? I know I have enough room for a small flock in my front yard.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:00 AM
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9. Goes to show what bad shape the Bush economy is really in
When we can't even afford to make our own pink flamingos.

So sad.

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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:26 AM
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11. This is a sad day.
I knew I should've stocked up while I could.
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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:42 AM
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13. I better get my two
out of my front yard, before they get stolen.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:57 PM
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25. These things go in cycles. This year Cobain outsold Elvis.
But 10 years from now, Cobain will be a micro niche market and Elvis will still be the King of (Dead) Rock'n'Roll.

Pink lawn flamingoes may suffer thru a couple of years of garden gnome resurgence, but there eternal values of our culture must and will endure.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:47 AM
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14. No way!
I love pink flamingos.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:10 AM
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16. Oh, I remember that picture. That's when the bird flu hit Florida.
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La_Fourmi_Rouge Donating Member (878 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:40 AM
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18. Funny story...
I read somewhere, years back, about a couple who had their pink flamingos stolen from the front yard where they had become a fixture of the neighborhood.

Some weeks later the couple began to receive postcards from exotic vacation spots around the globe - Rio, Paris, etc. - showing the flamingos posing in front of familiar sights and the typical message on the back: "Having a wonderful time, wish you were here!"

Turns out some friends had conspired to play a really unique and fun practical joke...
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:13 AM
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19. Now *that's* clever!
You have to wonder about the looks they got at the various customs areas around the world. :)
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:27 AM
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21. The same thing happened with someone's garden gnome.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:35 AM
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23. There was a story about Plame Investigator Patrick Fitzgerald
who had a cat that his friends felt he was neglecting. They 'kidnapped' the cat and then took pictures of it in various locations around NYC, that they sent to him with ransom notes.

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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:20 PM
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29. As one of the people who did the original "roaming gnome" stunt
while in college in 1989, I can tell you it was not a garden gnome. It was a concrete sheep. And our exploits have been all blown out of proportion, distorted, and ripped off over the intervening decades.

I am proud to have started (or helped out with) at least two urban legends that I know of: the roaming gnome and the security camera puppet theater.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:14 AM
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20. I'm sorry about the loss of jobs, but YAY! on the death of the pink
flamingo.

:bounce:

Now, about those velvet Elvises... :evilgrin:
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:29 AM
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22. get em while the gettin's good!
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kineneb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:51 PM
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24. alas
The local Interact (high school-level Rotary) club raised $800 doing "flamingo flocking" of Rotarian's yards. Damn, there goes another fund raising possibility.

http://www.getflocked.com /

And it was really fun, doing a midnight planting of a flock of plastic flamingos in someone's yard. They "landed" with an extortion note on how to make the things go away...

:cry:

Guess I will have to order a set as a memento.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:19 PM
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28. We Shall Overcome!!
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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:38 PM
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30. Baptist churches have been using them
as FUNDRAISERS....

Something about - you donate X number of dollars per flamingo to "FLOCK" a member of your congregation. The more flamingos in your yard, obviously the more popular you are in your church or some such.

My former fundie neighbors - the one who campaigned WITH Bush - had their yard flocked. I told my son to tell their sons he thought the flamingos were Just DIVINE.....

:rofl:

I wonder if they ever got it.

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