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Wageningen Liberation Monument
Here's a strange story. I'm not sure whether or not it's a joke. Supposedly the Dutch village of Wageningen commissioned the construction of a war memorial shaped like "a giant copper obelisk that rises and falls depending on the level of sunlight, and spurts flames out of the top during important festivals." Only after they built it did they realize it looked exactly like a giant penis and hastily decided to scrap it. There are two reasons I'm skeptical about this. First, the source is listed as Ananova. Second, there already is a National Liberation Monument war memorial in Wageningen that's been there since the 1950s.
Posted by The Curator on Fri Apr 01, 2005

I don't know if it's true but I tend to think it isn't. Of all places, the Netherlands is the lest likely country to scrap a monument just because it looks like a penis.
Posted by Enrique  in  Brussels, EU  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  01:00 AM
Wow, dead on midnight where I am, EnMole.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  01:15 AM
No joke!
And btw we allready have a giant penis in Amsterdam on "de Dam" which is our nation monument for the fallen in WW-II.
Wageningen is in the south of the Netherlands which is below the rivers" and is katholic. So any form of obelisk would give problems since religious people see penises everywere.
There is however something else goin on right now that is much more interesting.
If everything goes right tomorrow the world will see it
Posted by Beasjt  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  02:13 AM
Unbelievable, but yes it's true. I live in Ede, a town near Wageningen. The news has been circulating in the national newspapers. In the nineties there has been a statue/fountain of a somewhat fat man with an erection. It stood on a town square. Art has no boundaries
Posted by Tychikus  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  02:13 AM
Ah, to be a religious Dutch woman!

Take that however you want.

Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  02:23 AM
EVERY day is April Fool's Day on Ananova!
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  03:02 AM
Except the first day of April, of course
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  03:21 AM
A giant copper obelisk that spurts flames? Ye gods! It's the penis of Hephaestus!
Posted by Barghest  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  09:30 PM
I've read of towns erecting similar monuments in Shlongfloggen, Beifboppen, and Meinkrankmilche...
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  11:54 PM
Did I hear a whisper of coup-de-tat? Is there a hint of revolution in the Netherlands? Stay tuned for our next exciting episode - On, "As the cheese turns." C'mon, guys, keep making diamonds, Delft, tulips and chesse, and don't forget the hash. Produce, Consume, Continue. Isn't that what the Euro was all about?
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Sun Apr 03, 2005  at  03:46 PM
This website suggests that this is no hoax:
Posted by Johanna  in  Australia  on  Sun Apr 03, 2005  at  08:29 PM
The following site suggests this is no hoax
Posted by Johanna  in  Australia  on  Sun Apr 03, 2005  at  08:31 PM
It's true, it's dedicated to Prince Bernhard.
No hoax. Prince B. was known to screw around a lot, resulting in several bastards. Holland and art: it aint what is used to be.
Posted by Gerrit  in  Holland  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  10:52 AM
I'm sorry, its not a joke. Check this sites as well (Prince Bernhards Dick) and
Posted by Vincent  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  11:30 AM
Oh dear. The world is really something else.. Will look forward to the rebellion smile
Posted by Mari  in  Fine land  on  Thu Apr 07, 2005  at  11:24 AM
Word on the street is that the monument has been effectively mothballed.

According to a press release from the City of Wageningen, on Tuesday the town council decided that -De Lul van Bernhard- "...will be placed in Wageningen at a later time, at a location to be decided upon later."

With this, the council bows towards the reactions of the people of Wageningen. Considering that the principle of "from delays come delays" has been in force in Wageningen for years, this means that the disputed monument is now definitely headed for the scrap heap.
Posted by lsb  on  Tue Apr 19, 2005  at  09:41 PM
Posted by Ben Hard  on  Wed Sep 07, 2005  at  06:46 PM

On the website of the municipality of Wageningen, you will find an image of this monumental penis:
Posted by John  in  Wageningen  on  Thu Sep 08, 2005  at  02:36 AM
quote: Wageningen is in the south of the Netherlands which is below the rivers" and is katholic.

that is rubbish!
wageningen is, for a start north of the rivers and secondly it is not at all catholic, actually it is know to be a very left wing town
Interesting fact: the man who killed Pim Fortuyn worked in Wageningen
Posted by qq1122  in  wageningen, gelderland, netherlands  on  Mon Nov 07, 2005  at  04:01 PM
It's not a hoax. This statue will be erected grin despite protests from local residents, but in a different location than where it was originally planned to be.
Posted by Marnix  in  Netherlands  on  Sat May 31, 2008  at  10:32 AM
Wageningen may vote to the left but it is a small, conservative township.
Posted by QQQ  in  Wageningen  on  Wed Jun 23, 2010  at  08:50 AM
Isn't offering women or young women free on a Yahoo ad against the law?
Posted by faust80  in  Saudi Arabia  on  Thu Sep 19, 2013  at  04:55 AM
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