Scalzi’s latest post on his Whatever blog is a competition result: someone had to guess what monument he was thinking of in order to win a copy of his latest book.
One reader from Norway correctly guessed it was "The Motherland Calls", a statue in Volgograd.
Scalzi provides a picture, and a link to the wikipedia page about the statue. I looked at the picture, and thought, that’s a cool statue – great pose, lovely and dynamic, and with a sword, too.
But how on earth did anyone guess this answer from all the possible monuments Scalzi could have been thinking of?
I clicked through to the wikipedia page to find out more about it.
commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad … blah .... Declared the largest statue in the world in 1967 … blah .... prestressed concrete blah …
It’s as big as the Statue of Liberty including its plinth!
So I looked back at the main photo and realised that the noise around the base of the statue, which I had barely registered on my first look, is people.
ZOMG!!! The statue is over 80m tall. The sword is over 30m long. It’s amazing. How is it that I have never come across this before?
And now it’s a little more understandable that someone guessed it.