Farmer gives wife birthday message in manure
Iowa farmer spells out birthday message for his wife using 120,000 pounds of manure.
Wed, Jan 06, 2010 at 04:23 PM
It’s not often that a woman will say that her husband gave her a gigantic pile of crap for her birthday — and she loved it.
But Carole Kleis isn’t just any woman — she’s the wife of a farmer, and a little natural fertilizer doesn’t bother her a bit, even if this particular usage is rather unusual.
"He's done weird things before for birthdays," she said. "But maybe not this weird."
It took Dick Kleis of Zwingle, Iowa, about three hours to spell out ‘HAP B DAY LUV U’ — shorthand, he says, for “Happy Birthday, Love You” in 120,000 pounds of manure.
"I was going to put a heart out there after the happy birthday, but I ran out of manure," he said.
"It's not hard. Any manure will work but the good, soft, gushy, warm stuff works the best. It kind of melts the snow."
The scatalogical saying wasn’t Carole Kleis’ only birthday gift from her husband — he also took her out to dinner and a movie.