And then I saw it. It needed no further identifiers. Here on the side of the road, gleaming white in the midmorning sun, was the heart of Iowa, nay the very heart of America itself: the quaint little farmhouse pictured in the background of Grant Wood's oft-parodied painting "American Gothic." (see previous post)
We have a couple of winners in this non-contest, and they both come by way of the Wigshop. Stan takes the non-prize in the Best Comment-Bullshit category for his vivid description of an evening with his good friend Chester. It may not actually be bullshit, and I can't say for sure that someone named Chester is not the current occupant of this house, but I did enjoy the imagery.
While no one has yet come up with a correct answer, C.K. was frighteningly close, with his comment actually containing the word gothic. I can only imagine his obsession with all things design (or perhaps his love for Robert Smith) allowed him to recognize the style of the house as, in fact, gothic.
Congratulations to both Stan and C.K. for their fantastic efforts, even though, having won nothing, you are not any better than the losers, and don't you forget it.
Aside from the house, here is the only other photo I took at the site:
There wasn't actually any parking there. Here's the benchmark for all parodies of Wood's most famous painting:
Incidentally, here's my favorite Chester to complete this multimedia extravaganza: