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Oops! There goes his head

Todd Schmicker man made of round hay bales that lost its head
LOSING HIS HEAD: The deals must have been great at Healey’s hardware store in Winamac, Ind., on Nov. 5. This guy was so excited, he lost his head!
Spotted…in Indiana: Winds played havoc with this seasonal display.

Excitement must have been rampant outside Healey’s hardware store in Winamac, Ind., on Nov. 5. By the time Todd Schmicker drove by, the handsome hardware guy mascot outside the store had already lost his head!

OK, a bit of explanation. The giant character was topped off with a big round bale for his head, decorated with eyes, a nose and mouth. But 35-mph winds with stronger gusts visited Winamac. The character’s head rolled off and came to rest against a giant pole.

Who can’t look at the picture without recalling Mother Goose’s nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty”? You know, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

No word on whether the Healey’s hardware guy was rescued. If so, it wasn’t by horses and the king’s men.

New fence design

Mother Nature redecorated one of Schmicker’s fences during the same wind event. No, this field wasn’t chopped or disked. The field was freshly harvested, and the wind plastered the fence with loose husks, leaves and residue.

Todd Schmickerfence in harvested cornfield covered by stalks

HOW ABOUT A STALK FENCE? Heard of a snow fence? Mother Nature made her own version, a stalk fence, in Todd Schmicker’s cornfield on a very windy day after harvest.

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