Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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Lawns are one of my pet peeves about American culture.
You know why we have lawns? Because Frederick Olmstead studied the English country estates and thought the "lawns" (often the commons) were grand. Those lawns were maintained by over-grazing sheep, but that's another story (read "Tragedy of the Commons").
So he began incorporating lawns into the megawealthy estates of the eastern seaboard. See, our plutocrats, for all their money, had English nobility envy. If some clown with a title in England had a lawn then the plutocrat should have one, too. And speaking of sheep, the American middleclass wanted to feel like a Cabot or a Vanderbilt (a second derivative English Nobleman) so he had to have a lawn, too. Nevermind that the lawn is an imitation of an overgrazed sheep pasture. Did the Vanderbilts and the folks in Levitown have sheep to keep their pasturage over-grazed? NO! So being innovative Americans, we develop mechanical sheep. Also had to develop artificial poop because well, artificial sheep don't make anything more than atmospheric pollutants.
So every week you go out there and push your mechanical sheep across your overgrazed pasture, thank Olmstead.
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