Day 75

Big Ole

June 10th, 2010

This statue raises a couple of questions. They're answered here and here, and also here, sort of.


  1. Amanda in WA says:

    nice legs!!

  2. mari says:

    Interesting, and thanks for the links!

  3. Karen Too says:

    Seems to me all of this raises more questions than are answered.

    For example: Why does he look like a cartoon character, instead of someone/something a bit more dignified, perhaps?

    This is not meant to be insulting; I’m just wondering why this particular visage was chosen for this statue.

  4. Jeff says:

    Xlarge Toy Slayer?

  5. Jeff says:

    Paul Bunyon’s Swedish cousin?

  6. Sandra says:

    my question wasn’t answered… why is his skirt so short…..

  7. Sandy says:

    Jeff – that’s Norwegian, not Swedish. BIG difference, especially in Minnesota!

    • Sven says:

      Actually the Kensington stone says there were both Norsemen (Norwegians) and Goths (Swedes) in the area. Vikings were mostly famous as Norwegians, but the Alexandria area had many Swedish immgrants, like the Swedish guy who made….oops I mean “discovered” the Kensington runestone. So Swedes need to be included in the local Viking legends as well. I always thought it was funny that the stone was “discovered” on a Swedish immigrant’s farm and included text about Swedish Vikings. Just a coincidence I am sure…hahaha.

  8. John says:

    Hmmm… Lakes full of fish AND a giant Viking statue… might just be enough to make ME walk to Minnesota!

    • Kris in MN says:

      Speaking of giants and fish, you can visit Madison, MN to see Lou T. Fisk, a giant lutefisk on display in town. See it here:{4FF88DEE-0E53-4360-A846-8EF1DD44ACCD}

      It’s about 90 miles southwest of Alexandria.

      • JuJu says:

        Just don’t eat any of the lutefisk if your hosts offer it to you. While you may have had your fill of Lena and Ole jokes by now, do keep in mind that you can get a good meal to fill your belly at the local Taco Ole *ba*dum*dum*

        No, in that part of the country Taco Johns rules when Taco Bell calls. And on that note…*boof* is the regional name for what follows.

  9. Lois says:

    My immediate question: what’s under the skirt!?!?!

  10. Mimi says:

    I married one of these guys….

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