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Ravaged Serbian Village Unveils Monument to Rocky Balboa

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Ravaged by floods, landslides, unemployment, murder, and diseases on farms in recent years, the village of Zitiste, north of Belgrade in Serbia, has gained a "disaster-prone" reputation, according to the Associated Press.

So locals came up with the idea of creating something that might both attract tourists and stand as a symbol of strength, courage, and victory — a good luck symbol, if you will.

The solution: a 9 ft. monument to Rocky Balboa. And on Sunday, they had the unveiling:

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  1. Louise Nevelson wept.

    Posted by: Becks07 | Aug 21, 2007 10:41:43 AM


  2. so it's twice the height of sly stallone?

    Posted by: A.J. | Aug 21, 2007 10:45:54 AM


  3. Maybe they can trade the statue for some tents and food.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 21, 2007 10:50:05 AM


  4. What does Rocky have to do with the Serbia? How is it suppose to attract tourists? What's the logic here?

    Posted by: Bryce | Aug 21, 2007 11:31:07 AM


  5. Will it block landslides?

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 21, 2007 11:32:49 AM


  6. REALLY?

    Posted by: Chux | Aug 21, 2007 11:42:51 AM


  7. Poor Serbs, that statue is the biggest disaster to befall them yet. I suppose the much anticipated Rocky Balboa theme park is next?

    Posted by: the queen | Aug 21, 2007 11:43:08 AM


  8. ...wow... no words...

    Posted by: sam | Aug 21, 2007 11:51:07 AM


  9. The full story is even more interesting: the unveiling comes during the Žitište Chicken Fest -- a rock and culture festival sponsored by the local meat packing plant, which is the largest in Serbia. They have a full webpage devoted to the Rocky- Žitište project, including some chickens!

    http://www.rocky-zitiste.com/

    The statue is obviously a follow-up to the gilt bronze statue of Bruce Lee erected two years ago in Mostar: Bruce Lee was the only hero all sides could agree on!

    http://www.projekt-relations.de/pix/pressematerial/download/56_24.jpg

    Unfortunately blogger Balkan Baby found that the statue has now been vandalized or stolen, and only the stone base survives:

    http://bp1.blogger.com/_ex5PdoT0PXg/RlmQzFUuoaI/AAAAAAAAA1g/T-oX3ULQv04/s1600-h/DSCF0205.JPG

    Posted by: kevinVT | Aug 21, 2007 1:14:42 PM


  10. There's even an official chicken-fest site with all the bands listed:

    http://www.chicken-fest.com/program.html

    Posted by: kevinVT | Aug 21, 2007 1:35:09 PM


  11. As stupid to Americans as it may seem, to Serbs, Rocky Balboa is a symbol of hope and aspiration that they can rally around.

    Having been to Serbia the past three years, I can safely say they need all the hope and aspiration they can get. But it's easy to judge people you know absolutely nothing about.

    Posted by: Tread | Aug 21, 2007 3:28:01 PM


  12. Unfortunately just hours after the unveiling the statue fell over, causing a school bus full of orphans to drive off a bridge.

    Is Serbia so bad they're reduced to starting Cargo Cults?

    Posted by: ohmy | Aug 22, 2007 3:53:26 AM


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