The Mystery of the Plastic Flamingos

15 Aug

No matter how much it sounds like it, this post is not a review for a Nancy Drew book. Actually, it’s a mystery that I’ve come across in my own little neighborhood. Read on, and all clues and theories shall be revealed! 🙂

My mom and I were taking an ordinary summer stroll down in the little side streets and neighborhoods that form a sort of network behind by house. Turning down a certain, quaint little lane, we noticed that one house had one of those pink plastic flamingos that has popular in the 50’s and 60’s stuck in the lawn. We laughed about that a bit, calling it a classic “dubious decorative effect”, until we turned to the house across the street and saw that an identical flamingo was perched proudly in the flower garden. Wondering about this, we turned the corner, and after a runner passed us, bam! there was another flamingo in the yard of that house. Now wondering what all this could be about, we kept our eyes peeled and saw several more, all identical and on that street.

Not the same ones we saw on our walk; I got the image from

Not the same ones we saw on our walk; I got the image from

Here are the theories we came up with to explain this phenomena:

  1. Some prankster in the neighborhood bought a cheap lot of flamingos. At some point he/she sneaked out and stuck the infamous birds into neighbor’s lawns. Some left them, others threw them out.
  2. At the neighborhood Fourth of July bash, the flamingos were handed out as door prizes. Only some put them out on display.
  3. Some sort of local gardening club uses the lawn ornaments as a symbol.

Any ideas, readers?

1 Comment

Posted by on August 15, 2009 in Personal


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One response to “The Mystery of the Plastic Flamingos

  1. PlasticFlamingo

    August 15, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Hello! Great story – however I think you saw our flamingos! You can get a picture of them from our site,


    Allegra: Thanks for the information! I’ll have to look into that!


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