Wednesday, April 25, 2012

But 'Twill Serve,'Twill Do...

Last week we offered a passing salute to the world's deepest largest hand-dug well.* It's at Greensburg, Kansas.  Evidently a tornado  blew through town a few years ago and knocked down almost everything above ground but the well is, as they say, still standing.  My friend Steve says there's a gift shop.

They could twin  with wherever-it-is in Tajikistan that boasts the world's tallest flagpole.  Tajikistan is also the poorest country in the former Soviet union; perhaps the one most addicted to the opium (trade; not consumption); and the most dependent in the world on foreign remittances. (link).   Greensburg ranks a thriving 129th (out of 632) in Kansas per capita income.   The county collected $35.5 million in wheat subsidies in the 15 years up to 2010, though I'm betting most of those checks go to drop boxes in San Francisco.  Or the Cayman Islands.

No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a
church-door; but 'tis enough,'twill serve.


*Except it isn't.  Link.

1 comment:

Jimbo said...

Used to be that the flagpole at Panmunjom on the DMZ between N and S Korea was the world's tallest. The two Koreas were in a long-term competition to see who had the biggest pole. I think S. Korea gave up on that pointless pissing contest.