My husband and I were driving down I-65, still in Tennessee but near the Alabama border, when a statue of a giant chicken caught my eye.
It was standing in front of a truck stop near Elkton.
I am grateful to be married to a man who will instantly pull off the highway when someone says, "Hey, let's take a selfie with that chicken!"
That particular chicken is an advertisement for the Shady Lawn Truck Stop's fried-chicken plate. It is wearing a chef's hat.
那个特别的鸡的雕像是阴暗的草坪卡车站的炸鸡的广告 。它戴着厨师帽 。
Its wings hold a giant fork and a giant carving knife underneath them. The combination makes for a troubling message:
chicken as both dinner and diner. It is also covered with graffiti, mostly people's names but also an exhortation to "Read More."
晚餐和用餐者都是鸡 。它也布满了涂鸦，大多是人们的名字，但也有“多读书”的劝诫 。
Unlike the existential conflict at the heart of the chicken's identity, that's a message I had no trouble decoding.
Between Nashville and the Alabama Gulf Coast, where my husband and I were heading, there are quite a few unusual roadside attractions.
An actual NASA Saturn rocket, all 168 feet of it, is posed as if for blastoff at the Alabama welcome center near Ardmore.
The Ave Maria Grotto, where a Benedictine monk built 125 miniature replicas of famous buildings, religious sites,
and shrines—all made in part from found objects such as cold cream jars and toilet floaters—occupies a four-acre park in Cullman.
Fifty-five miles south of this "Jerusalem in miniature," in Birmingham, the cosmology goes back even further.
Rising above the city is a mammoth statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and the forge.
It is the world's largest castiron statue, but during the years when I was growing up there, its fame lay primarily in its peculiar attire:
Vulcan is wearing nothing but a blacksmith's apron and knee-high sandals, and his bare buttocks shine a moon right at the adjacent city of Homewood.
Perhaps because that image is still fresh in mind by the time drivers on I-65 reach Chilton County, center of the Alabama peach-growing region,
it's hard not to see a connection between Birmingham's famous landmark and Chilton County's water tower, which was built in the shape of an authentically cleft peach.
所以，人们不难领会到伯明翰的著名地标和奇尔顿县的水塔之间的联系 。水塔是以一个真正的裂口桃子的形状建成的 。
Ten miles down the road, as if to punish such thoughts, there's a billboard directing motorists to "GO TO CHURCH or the Devil Will Get You!"
that graced the interstate near Prattville for many decades before a storm knocked it down in 2016.
In 2017, heavy rains kept the surrounding soil too wet for the necessary repairs.
"The devil is trying to knock it all down, but we're going to get it back up," the son of the Montgomery man who first erected the billboard told a reporter.
Satan apparently lost the battle last year: The sign is now back in place, the original red-tailed devil intact.
And the monstrous red scythe the devil is holding could surely take even the Elkton chicken's carving knife in a fight.
1.catch my eye吸引了我的眼球
The beautiful flowers catch my eye when I am crossing the city garden.
The National League for Democracy pulled off a landslide victory.
Why doesn't he just knock the wall down?