Wiki Wednesday #6

9 05 2007

It’s time for a new installment.

1.) Go to Wikipedia.
2.) Click on “Random article.”
3.) Report on the outcome.

Here’s what I’ve got this week:

Ashland, Virginia

Ashland is a town located just north of Richmond in Hanover County, Virginia. The population was 6,619 at the 2000 census. Ashland is home to Randolph-Macon College (1830). “The Center of the Universe” is a popular thematic phrase displayed on signs in the town. Many citizens of Ashland unsuccessfully fought off a bid to build a Wal-Mart just outside of town (using pink lawn flamingos as an anti-walmart symbol), and they were featured in the 2001 PBS special Store Wars – When Wal-Mart Comes to Town.

I’ve spent some time in Virginia, but I don’t think I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Ashland. I’m pretty dang sure it’s not the center of the universe, however. Ashland apparently got that nickname because it’s near the center of Virginia—and early Virginians certainly had a high opinion of their state. Still, they were bucking Copernicus and Galileo???? That is egotistical.

As for Wal-Mart, well, I’m pretty ambivalent. Yeah, it sucks to have some corporate mega-store putting the squeeze on local businesses…but it also sucks to live in a town where there’s really no choice when it comes to food, clothing, auto parts, or anything else. Wal-Mart solves that problem.

Pink lawn flamingos are definitely adorable, though.




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