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The Remains of Virginia’s Presidents Park

In Croaker, Virginia stands a sight that would make just about anyone stop in their tracks. 43 ghostly effigies of presidents past crowd together in the tall grass. Some of the 18-to-20-foot busts have crumbling noses. Tear-like stains fall from the eyes of others. All have bashed-in heads to some degree. This could be a scene from the world’s most patriotic horror movie, but it’s all too real—and Howard Hankins’ family farm is just the latest stop on the busts’ larger-than-life journey from iconic pieces of art to zombie-like markers of America’s past.

The busts are all that remains of Virginia’s Presidents Park, a now-defunct open-air museum where visitors could once walk among the presidential heads. Presidents Park first opened in nearby Williamsburg in 2004, the brainchild of local landowner Everette “Haley” Newman and Houston sculptor David Adickes, who was inspired to create the giant busts after driving past Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

Read the full Smithsonian article: How 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Ended Up in a Virginia Field. The images above by David Ogden (featured on the Instagram account @abandonedearth) show the presidents at their currently location

Presidents and Popes

Images:

Pope Benedict XVI in the Popemobile outside the White House. 4/16/08

Lyndon B. Johnson introduces a member of his staff to Pope Paul VI. NY, 10/4/65.

Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II in conversation at Vizcaya Museum in Miami. 9/10/87

Richard and Pat Nixon at the Vatican with Pope Paul VI. 9/28/70.

Pope John Paul II with George Bush in the papal apartment, Vatican City. 11/8/91.

Dwight D. Eisenhower met with Pope John XXIII at the Vatican on 12/6/59.

TOP TEN MOST PUNCHABLE US PRESIDENTS

1. Andrew Jackson (an actual attempt to punch Jackson is not recommended due to his erratic and violent nature, but c’mon. he committed genocide. you wanna punch Jackson)
2. Andrew Johnson (he’ll break down cowering and whimpering after one solid hit to the jaw like the crybaby he is. loser)
3. James K. Polk (All portraits of Polk bear a striking resemblance to Lucius Malfoy, strongly implying that Polk was in life almost inherently punchable)
4. Richard Nixon (Be warned: Nixon was deceivingly agile, meaning that actually landing a punch may be a taller order than initial observation would suggest) 
5. James Buchanan (also surprisingly difficult, as the majority of Buchanan’s face was composed of a single stone slab)
6. John Adams (knows good and well what he did)
7. Ronald Reagan (Due to his experience as an actor and in the military, a sneak attack on Reagan is recommended - but keep in mind, Reagan had an unusually high Perception score for someone of his build) 
8. Warren G. Harding (but you won’t feel good about it)
9. George W. Bush (doing so will also inflict harm upon Dick Cheney due to the Blood Magic link the two share, making this a highly recommended punch)
10. Woodrow Wilson (an ultimately futile gesture: Wilson will simply rise again after you deck him, his stern look of paternal disapproval unchanged)

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Presidents in Alaska

While President Obama is wrapping up his tour of Alaska, our archivists searched our collections for past Presidential trips to the region. We found photos from visits before, and after Alaska joined the Union.  

FDR fishing for trout on Buskin Lake.  Kodiak Island, Alaska.  8/7/44.

President Eisenhower waves to crowds lining Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, during his visit to the city. 6/12/60.

FDR and his party embark on a troup fishing expedition on Buskin Lake. Kodiak Island, Alaska. 8/7/44.

Vice President Nixon wears a hooded fur coat in Fairbanks, Alaska. 11/03/58.

President Johnson during a stopover in Anchorage, Alaska. 11/2/66.

Jefferson made up for his lack of stage presence in the same way that bad metal bands do – by wearing ridiculous clothes. His pants were a hideous shade of red, and he often looked like he had dressed in the dark. He’d intentionally wear ridiculously out-of-fashion clothes, with different styles randomly thrown together in a way that was impossible not to notice.

That’s right, Thomas Jefferson was a hipster.

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