West Seattle mystery: Whither the Westwood Village ‘Cornmen’?

Westwood Village‘s manager Stuart Crandall is trying to solve the mystery of why dolls like those two keep turning up around his shopping center. He says he’s been finding them in various places for at least a few weeks. They’re usually accompanied by a simple photocopied note titled “The Death Note of Cornman.” Read on for the mildly macabre text – and the postscript of at least one other place they’ve turned up:

The note reads:

He was a nice Cornman, he served his friends well in the Cornman army. When he was little he liked to go down to the park and play on the little Cornman swings. But now that he has died he is playing on Cornman-heavens swings. While he was growing up he liked to eat cheese and Italian food but he hated corn. He wasn’t the politest Cornman in town but he still opened doors for other Cornmen and tried to be as polite as possible when near young or elderly Cornmen. On his last day which apparently was today he looked right at his murderer and only shed one tear because he knew that he was killed for no reason. But if you took him to your home and you bumped him off the coffee table or something then that’s kind of funny XD.

After reading this please, give a moment of silence for the fallen Cornman.

In loving memory of Cornman

(Yes, we know XD is an emoticon.) The postscript: After talking to Stuart on Tuesday, we noticed one of these dolls behind the counter at Full Tilt Ice Cream on Wednesday. The clerk said it had been left behind by a group of teenagers who’d come in to play video games.

We’ve tried consulting our own teenager, as well as online searches, but we haven’t found anybody yet who knows if this is a meme … or just entirely random. Maybe you can solve the mystery – or maybe you’ve even seen them someplace else?

13 Replies to "West Seattle mystery: Whither the Westwood Village 'Cornmen'?"

  • Donn July 30, 2010 (11:52 am)

    I saw them for sale at the Jubilee Days festival – real cheap.

  • J.See July 30, 2010 (11:57 am)

    Don’t know what it is, but it sure is AWESOME.

  • West Seattle Art Attack July 30, 2010 (2:51 pm)

    Hmmmmm, fits my M.O. (except the dark and kind of creepy note) but it isn’t me or my minions planting cornman around the peninsula.

  • Carrie Ann July 30, 2010 (3:10 pm)

    I love it! This kind of random stuff makes the world a little brighter. Would love someone to “art attack” our yard someday vs the garbage, sacks of dog poop, cigarette butts, broken glass, etc. that I’ve been unearthing as I do yard work. :\ And this is not a case of one man’s trash being another’s treasure.

  • BlairJ July 30, 2010 (3:49 pm)

    The whole thing seems kind of corny to me.

  • Cecelia July 30, 2010 (3:54 pm)

    Reminds me once when I was travelling and went to Stockholm and there were these gnomes that were everywhere (not the travelocity gnome) turned out it was an advertising campaign for some cell phone company. They were stilll a lot of fun to see and watch people try and puzzle out what they were.

  • MAS July 30, 2010 (7:45 pm)

    They’re actually WiFi mesh transceivers, powered by amusement. Free the Internet!

    Or, possibly a rather funny art prank.

  • ttt July 30, 2010 (11:09 pm)

    One reason I love living in the city… random acts of curiosity.

  • cj July 31, 2010 (2:48 am)

    Cornman is a last name when spelled like that. Might mean nothing I just noticed the way its in the note.

  • Keith July 31, 2010 (5:35 pm)

    A very cornfusing mystery!

    • WSB July 31, 2010 (5:56 pm)

      :) or maybe there’s some emoticon that would connote an ear of corn, with a long row of colons in the middle for the kernels …

  • 2k4w July 31, 2010 (11:41 pm)

    Cornman: American Vegetable Hero (2001)

    This wacky comedy is Barak Epstein’s directorial debut about an unusual superhero, Cornman, who’s super powers are the ability to communicate with corn. In this adventure he’s up against the evil Dr. Hoe who is trying to control all the corn in the world. How will the heroic Cornman stop the evil Dr Hoe? It’s time for the American Vegetable Hero to save the day!!!

    • WSB August 1, 2010 (12:03 am)

      Yeah, we happened onto references like this – and a couple Facebook pages kind of along the lines of the aforementioned traveling gnome … but nothing local and nothing with the story on the photocopy. The mystery continues till we find a kernel of truth …

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