This is an anecdote which has been circulating on various American & Australian blogs in various forms lately*. Reckon it bears repeating here.
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While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Queensland station-hand whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Kevin Rudd’s performance as Australia’s new Prime Minister.
The old station-hand said, “Well, ya know, Kevin is a ‘post turtle’.”
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘post turtle’ was.
The old station-hand said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’.”
The old station-hand saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain.
“You know he didn’t get up there by himself,
he doesn’t belong up there,
he doesn’t know what to do while he is up there,
and you just wonder what kind of a dumb ass put him up there.”
. . .
Now – here’s a request for The Frollicking Mole or anyone else interested in “a little bit of country fun.” Beg borrow or steal yourself a soft-toy turtle and go out and get some photos of it “in the wild” (sorta like these) on top of a fence-post, and put them up on our blog here.
*First sighting for me was Theo Spark, April ’08
UPDATE: We have an in-the-wild sighting of Kevin, The Fence-Post Turtle! Photos here.
UPDATE #2: In possibly-related news, Boy on a Bike reports on a missing turtle… Hmmmm…
UPDATE #3: I don’t know what’s up with all of the turtle-related posts lately, but mylesfromnowhere gots one too…
July 6, 2008, 12:41 am at 12:41 am
I’ve got a toy turtle somewhere. I’ve just gotta find the guy now.
July 6, 2008, 1:05 am at 1:05 am
I knew someone would 🙂
July 6, 2008, 1:29 am at 1:29 am
Dammit ive got to find a toy turtle now, and a spraypainted sign calling it Kevin. Get a few of these around and people are going to start asking why..
July 6, 2008, 4:06 am at 4:06 am
I love boondock logic. It doesn’t matter what country you live in, folks in the boondocks always have metaphors like that. Wonderful.
July 30, 2008, 1:36 pm at 1:36 pm
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August 11, 2008, 1:22 pm at 1:22 pm
The post turtle is also a metaphor for progressive thought
October 29, 2008, 5:13 pm at 5:13 pm
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