SUBMITTED BY: Jeff Palmucci LOCATION: Tulsa, Oklahoma (2013)
What kind of party can you throw for $8 million? One where you can afford to build a few more giant party hats, a.k.a. The Oral Roberts University Prayer Tower — but also a party without food.
In March 1987, TV evangelist Oral Roberts told his followers that he was climbing to the top of the prayer tower for a hunger strike. God had told him that if he did not raise $8 million by the end of the month, he would be “called home.”
That’s correct: The subtle fundraising pitch was “Send me money now or I’ll soon be dead.”
Can you imagine NPR or your college alumni fund’s telemarketers trying the same tactic?
But Oral got his money and Route 66 road trippers still get to enjoy one of the country’s most spiritual photo-ops.
If you really want to channel televangelist culture, Oral Roberts University is also home to the World’s Largest Praying Hands. Of course, you can depend on Tacky Tourist Photos to give you the full scoop. Stay tuned!
(Tacky Tourist Photos contributor Jeff Palmucci is a music photographer based in Massachusetts.)