15 thoughts on “Ask A Broadsheet Reader

  1. d

    think its like a scarecrow to scare cat or dogs so they dont poo in your garden. if you fill a 2 litre bottle of water and put it on your front lawn, it has the same effect.

  2. Paulus

    It’s possible that they indicated a swinging household:
    They had the advantage that, unlike pampas grass, you could place them on the lawn only when in the mood.

    I may be wrong though, because I once approached a house where I spotted one of these, but the occupiers seemed perplexed by my enquiries.

  3. Pip

    They mean stay away, off the grass, and echo the much larger defensive thingies on beaches during WW2.

  4. J

    It’s a tank trap. I remember hitting one of those things on my tricycle as a child. It was rough… I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s just say children don’t know how good they have it these days. #IWasThere #ThousandYardStare

  5. Trevor

    For scraping muck off the sole of your boot ?
    ( pretty sure I’ve done that but it may not be the intended purpose )

  6. :-Joe

    It looks a bit like and can be used as a wooden boot scraper and it’s something similar to a Czech hedgehog..

    I think it’s a miniature, less dangerous version of the medieval, anti-cavalry obstacle / barrier called a “Cheval de Frise” but not sure if that is what it was also called too?

    Presumably, a weird trend got out of hand that led to hundreds of these in parks, public spaces and private gardens everywhere..

    Zero fatalities though – afaik, despite the blatent contempt for even considering physics and potential maiming or murder.. a.k.a healthy and safety. People just got used to it (humanity’s greatest strength and weakness) and the fear and omni-present danger was soon replaced by lego bricks in stealth camouflage hiding all over our floors everywhere to this day..


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