Here's the first Friday Funny for a new month, just a bit of humor in the midst of a worldwide heatwave and other distressing news events.
NO, this is not footwear made to fit a large person, even a giant would have a tough time.
As you can see, this boot has wheels and it's motorized too. This is a 13-foot-high, 20-foot-long, road-ready replica of the footwear dubbed the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, modeled after the famous Maine Hunting Boot.
This now-10-year old 🥾 vehicle was made for travel and is currently on a road tour.
Can you imagine the surprised look of motorists seeing it near them on a roadway?
Built in 2012 for L.L.Bean's centennial, it has traveled over 350,000 miles in North America, as far west as Utah, as far north as Toronto and even up Mount Washington (the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S.) here in New England.
When I saw it in mid-July, it was parked at home base on the plaza of L.L. Bean's flagship store in Freeport, Maine. BTW If you're ever in Freeport and need a shopping fix, this store is open 24 hours, 7 days a week since 1951 (not sure how that schedule was affected recently).
The boot mobile is made of aluminum and fiberglass. It was built on the frame of a Ford F-250 by a six-person team working 2,500 hours over seven weeks. The process included concept sketches to determine the layout, 3-D scans built on the drawings, and the use of cut-up Bean boots on the back of model trucks. The dual-colored lacing was made with two-inch mooring rope used on tugboats and can pull over 100,000 pounds. The metal eyelets around the laces are made from upside-down Bundt-cake pans.
But Wait there's more. The boot mobile isn't the only BIG shoe at L.L. Bean. This famous 16-foot-tall rubber-bottom boot, size 410, still stands in front of the Maine store and has become a popular selfie photo stop. Inside the store, you can buy a normal-sized pair of these boots.
To answer a question from David G. (and perhaps others who wonder, as I did)
Are L.L. Bean Boots Made In The USA?
According to its the company online: We are one of the last US multi-channel merchants to still own and operate a manufacturing facility in Brunswick, Maine where we make iconic products such as the Bean Boot, Maine Hunting Shoe, dog beds, Boat and Totes, leather belts, and more.
All USA-made boots are listed on the website and can be found by filtering a search by product type and other features. L.L. Bean footwear makes up around 21% of its USA-made products. American-made products of only make up about 10% of the entire product line which includes over 5,000 products.
Here's the end of the week forecast in Nashua, NH. While the temps are unseasonably warm for here, it's better than other places where temps are much hotter and more humid too.
The forecast of rain shown above has happened several times over the past couple of weeks, but then storms have broken up before getting here. Hopefully, this pattern will be broken.
Enjoy Your Weekend, Everyone
Keep as 🆒 as possible in 🥵 weather