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Alvin Straight’s Riding Lawn Mower
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Origin

Alvin Straight

Type

Riding Lawn Mower

Effects

Will drive the user to the nearest family member recuperating from illness or injury.

Downsides

Top speed is 5 miles per hour.

Activation

Sitting on it

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Ford-1908

Aisle

100826-3149

Shelf

712498-2016-948

Date of Collection

July 13, 2009

[Source]



OriginEdit

Alvin Straight was living in Laurens, Iowa when he traveled 240 miles on his 1966 John Deere riding lawn mower to Blue River, Wisconsin to visit his 80-year-old brother Henry who had recently suffered a stroke. At a top speed of 5 miles per hour, the journey took six weeks. Mr. Straight could not see well enough to get a driver license so he decided his only option was the mower. Setting off in early July, he towed a trailer loaded with gasoline, camping gear, clothes and food, and arrived at his brother's house in mid-August. Henry Straight recovered and moved back to Iowa to be closer to his family.

EffectsEdit

When rode on, it will steer itself towards the nearest family member, or friend if not applicable, recovering from a sickness or injury. However, the journey may take weeks and months, as the top speed is only 5 miles per hour. It will follow the main roads to the destination and requires no gasoline to run.

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