(GUARDIAN) -- "Let's face it," Mr Thompson continued, "as iconic emblems of kitsch, there are two pillars of cheesy campiness in the American pantheon. One is the velvet Elvis. The other is the pink flamingo."
Real pink flamingos, the kind you put in your lawn (you do have one in your lawn, don't you?), never mind that Wal-Mart sells 250,000 a year, are an endangered species. The company that's been manufacturing them since 1957, Union Products of Leominster, Massachusetts, is going out of business. If no one can be found to buy the molds and continue the line they'll soon be extinct.