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The only monument in the world built in the shape of

a bug, to honor a bug is located in Fort Rucker,

Alabama. In 1915 the Mexican boll weevil invaded

Southeast Alabama and destroyed 60% of the cotton crop. In

desperation, the farmers turned to planting

peanuts. By 1917 the peanut industry had become so

profitable that the county harvested more peanuts

than any other county in the nation. In gratitude,

the people of the town erected a statue and

inscribed these words,

"In profound appreciation of the boll weevil, and what it has done as the

herald of prosperity." The instrument of their suffering had become the

means of their blessing.

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