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Humpty Dumpty really does fall off the wall at amusement park

Real-Life Humpty Dumpty Statue Falls Off The Wall

On Saturday in Turner, Oregon, a statue of nursery rhyme character Humpty Dumpty took a tumble off a wall at the Enchanted Forest amusement park. Talk about life imitating art ... or perhaps life imitating nursery rhymes.

KOIN reports that, "Two men tried to climb up for a picture with the sculpture. They accidentally pulled the wall down ... and Humpty down with it."

The Enchanted Forest was created, built and opened by Korean War veteran Roger Tofte in 1971. Tofte took to Facebook to inform fans of the statue's demise, writing: "A sad day at EF! Hopefully we can put him together again! (Thankfully, no one was hurt, except Humpty)."

Tofte crafted the idea and the majority of the park himself with help from his wife, four children and friends when he realized that there wasn't very much for a family to see and do in the area. Construction began in 1964, with Tofte repairing watches on the side to pay for loans and building materials.
Tofte, now 84 years old, told KOIN about rebuilding the structure: "It's going to take a few hours to start from scratch again," but he said he has "some creative juices left."

It may have been a sad day for the Enchanted Forest, parkgoers, and Tofte, but some news outlets took the chance to make some easy puns.

The Oregonian noted "Calls to Mother Goose were not immediately returned." ‚Äč

KTVB also joined in, writing, "All the king's horses and all the king's men may be required for this repair job."

If you're unfamiliar with the nursery rhyme, it goes something like this: "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall / Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. / All the king's horses and all the king's men / couldn't put Humpty together again."

But here's another interesting fact: did you notice that nowhere in the rhyme is Humpty Dumpty referred to as an egg?

Leading theories, like on Knowledge Nuts, suggest that "Humpty Dumpty" was actually a cannon used during the English Civil War in 1648 during the seige of Colchester. The cannon apparently fell off a battlement and was unable to be saved...much like our egg-shaped friend.

Today I Found Out reports it wasn't until 1872, when Lewis Carroll illustrated Humpty Dumpty in his book Through the Looking Glass, that Humpty came to life as an egg.

The park posted again Sunday, explaining the situation, and noting the piece was original art by Tofte from when the park first opened.

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ranger197172 July 08 2014 at 8:14 AM

Hope they make those idiots pay for the damage.

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onionson July 08 2014 at 6:34 AM

I saw the fall! Mr. Dumpty was handed business cards from eight lawyers before he hit the ground and four of them asked the king's men to be witnesses.

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skitzlpk July 08 2014 at 11:00 AM

So why not hold the two idiots responsible for climbing an unsecured wall? If people were forced to pay restitution for their actions, idiots wouldn't proliferate so much..

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phpoling July 08 2014 at 8:36 AM

Great Enchanted Forest amusement park for all ages

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Rock Ranger July 08 2014 at 1:00 PM

Were these the same idiots who rearranged rock formations?

The growing disrespect for others' property among those old enough to know better is appalling.

Had a few iron-clad rules for my children: if it isn't yours, don't futz with it. or look with your eyes, not your fingers.

Respect and responsibility are becoming frightfully scarce.

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muffin July 08 2014 at 12:00 PM

The 2 who caused the damage should have to pay for the replacement. However, they would probably countersue for the park having an unsafe wall. How, have you noticed that aol puts only a few HUFF posts? Seems to me they do not want the mountains of comments on the articles (limits those not on Facebook). Today there was one on HClinton. There have been several on her only on HUFF.

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Hippie July 08 2014 at 4:46 PM

This story says that Roger Tofte crafted the idea and the majority of the park himself.....Not true! He stole the children’s nursery rhyme and storybook character idea and copied the park design from the “original” Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City , Maryland, which was the first Theme Park on the East Coast, and the second oldest Theme Park in the USA, Disneyland being the oldest. It opened Monday, August 15, 1955. The park began on 20 acres, and later expanded to 52 acres. This park closed in 1988. The magnificent white castle at the park's entrance has been declared a historical site and has been preserved. Many of the original buildings, and characters were relocated several miles away to Clark's Elioak Farm, where they were restored and added to the children’s petting zoo located on the farm. http://theenchantedforest.ellicottcity.net/

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Lisa Hippie July 08 2014 at 8:53 PM

Thanks for the info! We went to the MD one when I was a child in the 70s - and I kept re-reading the article to figure out why it wasn't that one.

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alspoolhall July 08 2014 at 3:50 PM

More bad actors from Generation Whatever. "I'll just jump up here and do whatever I want to just because I want to." Self-entitled priggs at large again.

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libsfault July 08 2014 at 7:30 PM

Poor Humpty Dumpty ....couldn't take anymore of Obama's economy.

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randmhunley July 08 2014 at 5:34 PM

worst accident at an amusement park
back in the mid 70's they had a ride called
lion country safari ,you rode a enclosed mono rail train
thru a fenced area covering 12 -15 acres
that had separate enclosures for different animals
one day a park attendant with stomach problems
left his jeep to relieve himself and was attacked and killed
by one of the lions he was hired to take care of
wasn't too long after that the ride was dismantled

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