Or, rather, Winsted, which is (appropriately in this case) close to Darwin, MN, home of the world famous twine ball memorialized by Weird Al Yankovic. You see, we are awfully proud of our public schools here in Minnesota, because, as somebody MPR would like to forget ever existed used to say, all of our kids are above average.
How much above average? Well, one above average Minnesota girl, 19 year old Kaitlin Strom of Litchfield, figured out a way to get her head stuck in the tailpipe of a diesel pickup. And yes, as you might have guessed, alcohol was involved. She's so smart, she figured out a way around our legal drinking age, too. Thankfully, her only "Darwin Award" is getting that tailpipe sent to the Darwin Tavern for display--and presumably paying the pickup's owner to get a new one welded on.
So if you're proud of your state's public schools, just ask yourself this; when was the last time a graduate of YOUR state's public schools got drunk and stuck her head in the tailpipe of a pickup? You are almost certainly hanging your heads with shame at how poorly your state's schools are performing, aren't you? Thought so. Need a hug for consolation? No luck, buddy, we're going to rub it in DEEP.
One note for the Weird Al fans in my vast audience; the Darwin Tavern is not the Twine Ball Inn from the song. That's this building, and at least when I visited it, it was a great place to get Twine Ball memorabilia, as well as one of very few decent pieces of pie I've ever had in a restaurant.
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