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Pink Flamingo couple wear matching clothes for 35 years (photos)

by | 12th, June 2013

**FILE** Don Featherstone, creator of the original pink flamingo, sits surrounded by many of the plastic creatures in this file photo taken June 25, 1998, at Union Products, Inc., in Leominster, Mass., An upstate New York manufacturer said Thursday, May 31, 2007, that he has bought the copyright and plastic molds to restart production of the Featherstone-designed flamingo, which ceased after the demise of the Leominster, Mass.-based manufacturer in fall of 2006. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

LOVE is… Donald Featherstone and his wife Nancy have been wearing matching outfits for the past 35 years.

Don is also noteworthy for inventing the Pink Flamingo Lawn, for which he won the Ig Nobel Prize for Art in 1996. Estimates put the number of sold pink flamingo lawn ornaments at 20 million.

The 1957 Sears sold of the bird retailing at $2.76 a pair: “Place in garden, lawn, to beautify landscape.”

But he once said of his invention:

“I always said if you put six of them around a tractor tire painted red, white, and blue and put petunias in it, in front of a nice house, it looks pretty tacky.” 

If you can get an orignal pink flamingo, good luck. Union Products, shut down the factory in Leominster, Mass. in 2006.

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Artist Don Featherstone, 1996 Ig Nobel Prize winner and creator of the plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament, poses with his Nancy while being honored as a past recipient during a performance at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. The Ig Nobel prize is an award handed out by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for silly sounding scientific discoveries that often have surprisingly practical applications. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Artist Don Featherstone, 1996 Ig Nobel Prize winner and creator of the plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament, poses with his Nancy while being honored as a past recipient during a performance at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. The Ig Nobel prize is an award handed out by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for silly sounding scientific discoveries that often have surprisingly practical applications. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

 

**FILE** Original pink plastic flamingos are seen on display at the National Plastics Center and Museum in this file photo taken Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, in Leominster, Mass. An upstate New York manufacturer said Thursday, May 31, 2007, that he has bought the copyright and plastic molds to restart production of the orignial Don Featherstone-designed flamingo, picking up where Union Products Inc., left off last year when it shuttered its plastics factory in Leominster. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)

Original pink plastic flamingos are seen on display at the National Plastics Center and Museum in this file photo taken Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, in Leominster, Mass. An upstate New York manufacturer said Thursday, May 31, 2007, that he has bought the copyright and plastic molds to restart production of the orignial Don Featherstone-designed flamingo, picking up where Union Products Inc., left off last year when it shuttered its plastics factory in Leominster. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)

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