Roadside Ocean County: The Happy Half-Wits
Seaside Heights–They’re often called “Muffler Men”, sometimes known as the “Happy Half-Wit” and even Alfred E. Neuman, the fictional icon of MAD Magazine. They are usually 18-25 feet tall and can be found all over highways in the United States.
They were manufactured in the 1960′s and 1970′s by Venice, California fiberglass company, International Fiberglass.
While the figures sometimes held mufflers, they were used to promote any business. Just stick your company’s over sized product in their hands and you were ready to go. They were seen holding anything from hot dogs and hamburgers to tires to cars to golf clubs.
Two of these Muffler Men have survived and are still on display in Ocean County.
One is on the boardwalk near the Casino pier at the rooftop Wacky Golf miniature golf course in Seaside Heights and the other is located on Route 537 in Jackson Township, just east of the entrance to Six Flags Great Adventure.