June 01, 1992 12:00 PM

July 4, Stroud, Okla.

In 1959, Stroud, Okla., and Stroud, England, realized that each boasted a brick factory and a nutty need to compete. Later, Canadian and Australian Strouds pitched in (the Aussies suggesting a distaff rolling pin heave to hype a factory of their own). England owns the brick mark at 142 feet, America the rolling pin record at 156.

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