Monday, August 22, 2005

A Dream Come True

From MSNBC (Via DQ reader Don Slevin):
AMSTERDAM - A replica Viking ship made of 15 million ice-cream sticks is to be launched in Amsterdam on Tuesday by a former Hollywood stuntman who hopes eventually to sail it across the Atlantic.

The Viking longship, which is 15 meters (about 49 feet) long and took Robert McDonald and two volunteers two years to build, is to be launched in Amsterdam harbor with a crew of around 25 for what is intended to be a 90-minute excursion in a bid to set a world record for the largest sailing ship made of ice-cream sticks.

“It’s a dream come true. It’s truly worth all the hard work,” McDonald said Monday of the painstaking two-year effort to assemble the birchwood sticks into a vessel.

Aim high, my man. Aim high.

I don't know what's more bizarre--that a man's dream is to build a Viking ship out of ice cream sticks, or that there's already a world record in that category.

The Vikings, of course, were known to make most of their longboats from ice cream sticks, and also founded the popular retail chain Bäskin Rðbbins.

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