Friday, February 06, 2009

Only in Minnesota

The other day I commented on a picture Margaret had posted of a set of Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox statues. At first I thought they were the ones here in Bemidji, Minnesota, but it turns out hers are actually from Eureka, California.

Sorry Margaret, even though your Babe indeed has a serious set of nads (unfortunately blue ones), Paul Bunyan is Midwest folklore and CA is just trying to capitalize on the huge roadside attraction opportunity we invented.

(Minnesota's Paul Bunyan could kick California's ass)

Anyway, this whole episode caused me to look up it up on Bemidji's home page to get this picture, and in doing so I noticed they had an actual live "Paul and Babe cam."

Only in Minnesota will you find a webcam that gives you the opportunity to watch nobody visiting inanimate objects in the middle of winter. Go ahead and click here to see for yourself.

And if you watch carefully you might just see a wayward crow land on one of Babe's horns. I did, and it only took 45 minutes.

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Help... I've fallen and I can't get back up! If this post gave you a chuckle please give me a smile.

26 comments:

VE said...

I think the signficance is that there are actually still tall trees in California...

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

I can't see clearly, but it looks like the CA bull has balls and the MN one doesn't. What do you make of that?

Jeff said...

ve - And tall tales.

prefers - No one ever said MN Babe was a male ox. Maybe those two should get together.

The oxen I mean, not Paul and Babe.

Sandy said...

Maybe California was capitalizing on the little known tale of when Paul and Babe took that crazy vacation-- a little surfing, a swing around Disney, that sort of thing?

And someone needs to cover up the ox. That's just...wrong.

Roger said...

California Bunyan looks a lot more casual, whereas Minnesota's looks a bit stiff.

If you got the the web cam right now, you can see the lights from cars in the background. So freaking cool. Almost like the webcam from the savannah, watching a pond/watering hole. Very relaxing.

I can't believe you watched this for 45 minutes. No doubt while on the clock. :)

Roger said...

I pushed the Paul Bunyan Telephone button, and nothing happened. Does that mean no one is home? Or did they forget to pay their phone bill?

I waiting to see if it lights up when it gets dark - I'll let you know. :)

Mooselet said...

The California Babe looks as if someone has poked him in a sensitive area with a cattle prod, whilst the Minnesota Babe looks very sad, as if he's just learned he's been castrated.

Jeff said...

sandy - It would have been fun to watch him ride It's a Small World. And I agree about the ox.

roger - Leave it to you to sit and watch the webcam. I'm looking forward to your review of the nighttime viewing experience.

mooselet - I'm just trying to imagine the construction process of the CA Babe. "Hey... we need more paper maché here!"

Michelle said...

Uhhhhh... you actually watched the cam for 45 minutes? Tell me work isn't that slow for you!

Jeff said...

michelle - Boy, I hate to disappoint you and Roger when I had a perfectly good lie going, but no... that was merely a joke.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

You didn't even mention the captivating lakefront webcam. Man, my evening is set!

Elizabeth said...

Ahhh, I can't get it to work! You're all haing fun without me! I feel so left out.

Jeff said...

ed - Make sure to grab the wife and kids and order a pizza. It's going to be a wild night out there!

elizabeth - Oh, do keep trying. I just saw several cars drive by and a tree blowing in the wind. Plus, there was a snowmobile on the lake! I'm going to start recording this!

Heather said...

That is some scintillating viewing. I had no idea that I could sit and watch inanimate objects in other cities all day.

Travis Rassat said...

It's stuff like this that makes me proud of my Minnesota heritage.

Sure, it might be weird, but it's also unique and differentiates Minnesotans from the rest of the Midwestern flyover states. Here in Indiana, when I mention that I'm originally from Minnesota, I instantly get asked questions about snowmobiling, ice fishing, lutefisk, cold weather, etc. They usually launch into some sort of Fargo imitation, ya know der. I have been away long enough now that I can hear the accent.

The fact that they even recognize and can try to imitate the distinct Minnesota culture is a testament to how unique it is - when was the last time you heard somebody do their Hoosier impersonation without it turning into a scene from Deliverance?

I miss Minnesota - it's a dry cold.

People in the Sun said...

Lonely webcams, for me, are like Tetris. I can live the rest of my life not playing again, but if I play one game I'm going to continue until I dream about falling bricks.

Which means that now I'm going to stare at this thing until people visit in the summer.

Jeff said...

heather - scintillating? Please... this is a family blog.

travis - I must say it's fun to see you around. You sure you don't have one of these here blog things? Hey, have you written any head-bangers lately on that alto-electric?

people - Too funny. I laughed out loud at your last comment. But hey, Paul had snow on his shoulders this morning and it's gone now. So don't tell me that place ain't happenin!

Theresa B said...

I have to admit (and there may be some bias here, because I'm writing this from CA), I like the California Paul better. Yours looks sort of ... French.

(Running and ducking ;-)

Oh, and I'd have to say that CA Babe is probably anatomically to scale, or possibly even slightly on the small size. (No, I don't own large enough calipers to do a breeding soundness exam.) Have you ever seen a real bull? They aren't subtle.

Windyridge said...

Bemidji? That's worse than South Otselic.

cathouse teri said...

I think California Paul can kick Minnesota Paul's ass. He's much taller.

As it turns out, there are lots of Pauls all over the country. Are you gonna try to get this webcam guy moving all over to kick ass? ;)

(I think they all might be bigger than yours. Hee.)

Jeff said...

theresa b - I'll trust your judgment on CA Babe's anatomical correctness being that you're a veterinarian and all. The "French-ness" of our Paul may come from the fact that our region was inhabited by French fur traders in the early days. But no need to run and hide. You're perfectly entitled to your opinion. Even if it is wrong. ;-)

Windyridge - Bemidji is Chippewa for "Ox with no balls."

Teri - No, CA's Paul isn't taller... the tourist in that picture are tiny circus people.

Mom Thumb said...

See, like Travis, that accent never leaves you. I was in a store the other day when it was really cold and I said at least it's not as bad as when we lived in Minnesota, and this dude asked me if I had JUST moved here. I'm like, I've lived in Oklahoma for thirteen years, and you can still hear that?! Or when I did Worldstrides and we were in D.C. waiting to get into the capitol, Jess and I were talking and the gatekeeper said he thought this group was from Oklahoma, not Minnesota. I'm cursed forever.

Jeff said...

* * * WEB CAM UPDATE!!!* * *
At precisely 10:36 this morning a father and his toddler-sized son visited Paul and Babe. The child climbed onto Paul's foot and played there for about 2 minutes until the father pick him up and carried him off camera while the boy flailed his arms and legs in protest.

Jeff said...

mom thumb - So does that make you bilingual?

JD at I Do Things said...

I'm 8. The first thing I looked for on the "authentic" ox was a pair of nads. But there aren't any. So I must deduce that the California version is more realistic.

Beetle said...

I thought if I waited and watched for long enough the snow might melt, but it didn't.