I think I may have solved the mystery of what the 4 toed statue is. Maybe not, but you gotta love this idea.
After being led upstairs out of his cell, the combination Ben gave Locke was 36 15 28. Now we all know how clues are hidden and given on this show, so I decided to google those numbers as a latitude (okay, so it was really a DSN search, but you use DNS as a verb).
The search revealed a Mapquest map (of all things) of the Greek island Rodhos...or as it's better known today "Rhodes".
Further research revealed that back a few hundred years B.C. the inhabitants of this island erected a statue of Helios. Helios, according to Wiki, is identified as the god of light (I wonder if it scatterred like it was supposed to back then). Some (apparently wrongly) say Helios is the same person as another one of those god type guys. A guy/god named Apollo
Yep, the same god type guy who gave us that wonderful candy bar.
But enough about Apollo and Helios (for now), what about the statue?
Okay, the statue was known as the Colossus of Rhodes. You might have heard of it since it's one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world. Legend has it standing 50-100+ feet tall.
According to legend the statue was destroyed by an earthquake only 54 years after it was erected. It is said to have snapped at the knees and fell over on to the land (that would seem to rule out the picture you may have in your mind of it stradling the harbour). Now our statue is cut off somewhere below the knee rather than at the knee. If I have to blame something for the difference I'll take the legend being wrong...or maybe erosion.
After it fell there was a monitary offer to rebuild Colossus, but the Oracle of Delphi (she's credited with giving prophecies inspired by Apollo, by the way.......I do love it when things tie together) made the Rhodians afraid they had offended Helios, and they declined the offer.
There is more to the story which if I get time to do further research I'll post later. Some of what I saw a bit of included people coming to see it for over 800 years after it collapsed (it was still that impressive after it fell) and that pieces may have eventually been sold to a wealthy man centuries later (probably still a little too early for Widmore, but then again, if all times converge...). It’s a pretty interesting story and much of it seems like it might relate to the LOST universe.
Now suppose the PTB have decided that the religious aspects of the show are not related to God, but instead are related to The Gods. Nice twist, huh.
There's also a metaphor that goes along with the legend of the Colossus of Rhodes. Seems the destruction of such a great and awesome statue was taken as evidence for the coming apocalypse. Could it be that the upcoming war is the beginning of the apocalypse?
Okay, so there you have it. I don't know if this is right or not, but you gotta admit, this makes sense. It may not be correct, but I’d haven't seen a better explanation for what 4-toe is. Of course it still doesn't account for why there are only 4 toes, but what? You were expecting me to give you everything?
Oh...and if I’m right about this theory, not only will I be impossible to live with, but you each will owe me a gin and tonic. I prefer Sapphire, but will settle for bathtub gin.