At a sporting event at my daughter's school last year, a boosterish-type mother asked if I could do something for the 2011 homecoming. The symbol of the school, oddly enough, is an aardvark. I deeply pondered the question and 15 seconds later said, "how about a giant burning metal aardvark?" She looked at me, nodded her head, and walked off. The phone did not ring for a very long time.

I was thus rather surprised to receive a phone call recently. "Everyone is crazy about the idea!" said booster mama, "When will it be done?" The results, seen here in a recent video: the world's largest reuseable burning aardvark sculpture. Shhh...don't tell the lawyers.