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Wild Card Hump Day, Thursday May 22, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...

In today's picture, Czech artist Harald Eichhorn finishes building a sculpture of the Simpsons' television set at the village of Pera in southern Portugal's Algarve coast. The sculpture is part of a series depicting Hollywood films and characters created by more than 60 sculptors in a park that opens to the public Thursday. (AP Photo) (May 21, 2008)

I have a remarkable collection of pictures of sand sculptures from previous competitions and events held around the world, some of which are quite fascinating, very complex and some extremely beautiful to the eye. Some of the competitions held in the Far East are particularly thought-provoking and utterly without flaw in my opinion. I'll use a few more of these in coming days.

Of course, ever the inquisitive type, I have always wondered what happened to those marvelous sand sculptures from previous years. What will eventually happen to Homer and his family? Once the tourists are gone, will an errant windstorm come along and simply blow the entire Simpson family further on down the coast? Some day when you are walking along the beach, will you unknowingly step on a piece piece of sand that was once Marge's nose from far across the sea?

You have to admit he managed to get quite a remarkable likeness of Homer and Marge. The only downside to this intrinsically unique sculpture, of course, is that one good windstorm could clean poor Homer's clock but good.

And thus, cleaning clocks, we have our Wild Card for Hump Day. Watch out for the sands...


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