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Webster’s Condom
In the city of West Hartford there's a statue of the lexicographer Noah Webster. For years, it was a tradition among local high-school students to place a condom on the statue's pointing finger. But then someone removed the finger.

West Hartford resident Nan Glass, who's written a book about the statue, says that "One myth about the finger is that it was broken off by high school students, or that it was broken off by police officers who were tired of taking condoms off of it."

It may never be known who removed the finger, but Webster didn't have to remain permanently fingerless. A replacement digit was added last year. And with the return of the finger has come the return of the condom prank. Courant.com reports:
Town historian Tracey M. Wilson says she heard that a condom was found on the finger earlier this month. Police, though, said they can't confirm reports of any pranks on Webster recently.

I'm sure West Hartford students won't need much encouragement to fully embrace this tradition once again. (via Legends & Rumors)
Categories: Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 11, 2008
Comments (3)
The Rigid Digit of Lexicography.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Tue Mar 11, 2008  at  04:07 AM
Practicing safe lex...
Posted by KDP  in  Madill, OK  on  Tue Mar 11, 2008  at  10:55 AM
Good one, KDP.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Tue Mar 11, 2008  at  08:59 PM
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