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Man's lost gnome attends Steelers game
AP/Yahoo ^ | Thu Sep 21, 4:34 PM ET

Posted on 09/22/2006 10:02:43 AM PDT by martin_fierro

Man's lost gnome attends Steelers game

Thu Sep 21, 4:34 PM ET

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Allen Snyder's garden gnome is apparently out of jail and now traveling the country. The 14-inch tall red-and-white statue disappeared from Snyder's Morgantown yard in the spring, and Snyder has since received three letters claiming to have been written by "Gnomey."

The latest letter, which Snyder received this week, included photos of the gnome in the company of Steelers fans attending Pittsburgh's football home opener.

"You never took me to any games," the note said. The letter ended: "Have to go now. Boarding a plane. Now, finally, broadening my travels."

An earlier letter included a request for bail money and included what appeared to be booking photos of Gnomey and another of the gnome in the back seat of a police car.

Snyder has no idea who's pulling this prank but said his short list of suspects includes several gag-loving friends.

The plight of his gnome has gotten a lot of attention. Snyder says people are always asking if he's heard from Gnomey.

"I never thought it would go this far," he said.

The story has even caught the attention of officials at Travelocity, which uses a roaming gnome in the online travel agency's advertising.

"While we know that your dear friend, Gnomey, can never be replaced, we're sending the enclosed Roaming Gnome to keep you company in his absence," wrote Michelle Peluso, president and chief executive officer of Travelocity, based in Southlake, Texas. "Hopefully your friend will find his way out of trouble and back to your front yard soon, although we can't help but admire his sense of adventure and love of travel."


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Chit/Chat; Humor; Local News; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Sports; Test Topic, Ignore It; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: gnome; steelers

1 posted on 09/22/2006 10:02:44 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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2 posted on 09/22/2006 10:03:43 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
The 14-inch tall red-and-white statue disappeared from Snyder's Morgantown yard in the spring

Did Joey Porter's dogs eat it?

3 posted on 09/22/2006 10:04:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: martin_fierro

Well, if he couldn't attend a WVU game a Stillers game is the next big thing.


4 posted on 09/22/2006 10:04:37 AM PDT by relictele
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To: martin_fierro; secret garden

SG, maybe your garden gnome is up for a ROAD TRIP!


5 posted on 09/22/2006 10:04:48 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: martin_fierro

Pictures, dude, pictures!


6 posted on 09/22/2006 10:05:20 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: martin_fierro

Now that's funny!


7 posted on 09/22/2006 10:05:32 AM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: martin_fierro

But is it traveling through Travelocity??


8 posted on 09/22/2006 10:05:44 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: martin_fierro

The Roaming Gnome?


9 posted on 09/22/2006 10:10:05 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Peanut Gallery

PING


10 posted on 09/22/2006 10:44:21 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (As a matter of fact, I have been to a Star Trek convention.)
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To: relictele

Damn straight..WVU is going undefeated this year...

Mark my words!


11 posted on 09/22/2006 11:12:59 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous (May God bless Col. Jeff Cooper. Get well soon sir..)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; JRios1968
The story has even caught the attention of officials at Travelocity, which uses a roaming gnome in the online travel agency's advertising.

"While we know that your dear friend, Gnomey, can never be replaced, we're sending the enclosed Roaming Gnome to keep you company in his absence," wrote Michelle Peluso, president and chief executive officer of Travelocity, based in Southlake, Texas. "Hopefully your friend will find his way out of trouble and back to your front yard soon, although we can't help but admire his sense of adventure and love of travel."

12 posted on 09/22/2006 11:43:54 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: lesser_satan; rightwingintelligentsia

GMTA...


13 posted on 09/22/2006 11:45:08 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: xsmommy

It would be more fun to kidnap someone else's and take him to the concert tonight and hockey game tomorrow. Ours is always sleeping!


14 posted on 09/22/2006 11:52:52 AM PDT by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: martin_fierro

Wasn't this storyline in the movie Amelie or something like that?


15 posted on 09/22/2006 12:53:23 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: Armedanddangerous

The WVU-Louisville game will be awesome. hopefully Brohm is back by then. The other RBs have stepped up nicely since Bush went down.


16 posted on 09/22/2006 12:54:26 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Yep,
She took her father's gnome and he got back pictures from all over the world.

Convinced him he needed to get out and travel himself.

(I loved the movie!)


17 posted on 09/22/2006 12:57:08 PM PDT by najida (The internet is for kids grown up-- Where else could you have 10,000 imaginary friends?)
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To: najida

It was a really delightful film. Even if it was French.


18 posted on 09/22/2006 1:15:58 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

I forgave it that.....
It's one of those "I'm in a schlump, need to smile" movies.


19 posted on 09/22/2006 1:19:09 PM PDT by najida (The internet is for kids grown up-- Where else could you have 10,000 imaginary friends?)
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To: martin_fierro

This is a gag that has been pulled before (on someone else I think). Some guy (with bad taste in lawn ornamentation evidently) happened to hear a car drive in, looked out the window, and guys in ski masks were grabbing his lawn dwarf and speeding away before he could do anything.

Around a year later (if memory serves for all this), there was a knock on his door late one night. There was a bag which had the dwarf, plus numerous photos of the dwarf at various famous places, such as Stonehenge, Great Wall of China, whatever. What a weird hobby.

Of course, I also used to work with people who pulled a similar trick (not with a lawn dwarf, but rather some kind of goofy figurine he kept in his office) each time one of them took a vacation. Soooo, there wasn't much of a mystery to the disappearance. But it was pretty amusing.


20 posted on 09/22/2006 9:54:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Saturday, September 16, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: martin_fierro

My question is has anybody seen the garden gnome and Myron Cope together?


21 posted on 09/23/2006 2:42:22 AM PDT by GregB (This family supports The U. S Marines!!!!!!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Fraters Libertas' Travels with Ralphie
22 posted on 09/23/2006 11:13:23 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: lesser_satan

I think we're seeing the makings of another blockbuster reality TV show.


23 posted on 09/24/2006 12:25:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Saturday, September 16, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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