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Writer's Block: My Town

Describe one thing about your hometown that's unusual or unique -- maybe there's an interesting statue or landmark, a special event occurs there, or it's the Official Home of Something.

I have to answer this one...

My town has a huge bronze statue of a bull.


The bull has a story related here: The Smithtown Bull

Back in the 70s and early 80s there was a sort of tradition among graduating high school seniors. This was in the days when the drinking age in New York was 18 and no one really ever checked ids. It was easy to get alcohol. Sometime during the last couple of weeks of school a group of teenagers would paint the bull's genitalia bright orange.


I couldn't find a picture of the bull from the back and it's raining so I'm not going to take one today but trust me, at twice life-size, it took a whole can of spray paint. The practice fell out of favor in the mid 80s when, after more than a decade of dealing with orange bull balls, the town finally set up a security camera and the last group of graduating seniors to engage in the ball-painting were caught and charged with vandalism.

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