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The Help needs a hay consultant

December 8, 2011

We watched the movie The Help last night. Bob, the girls, and I all loved it. I had listened to the audio book, all 18 discs, driving back and forth to work this fall. It’s a great audio book because there are multiple voice actors and those Southern accents are sweet. It beats listening to bad news about the economy on the radio.

Bob did catch one mistake in the movie, however. There is an aerial shot of Skeeter’s plantation that shows dozens, maybe hundreds, of round hay bales neatly wrapped and stacked at the edge of a field. The movie is set in the early 1960s. I didn’t think anything of it, but Bob immediately shouted out: “That’s wrong! Vermeer didn’t invent that baler until the 1970s.”

By golly, he’s right. Good old Wikipedia says the Vermeer Company began selling its model 605 — the first modern round baler — in 1972. “Previously, round hay bales had been little more than lumps of grass tied together, but the Vermeer design used belts to compact hay into a cylindrical shape as is seen today.”

Bob knows his hay. I wonder if he could be hired as a Hollywood Hay Consultant?


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