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Mon
4
Jun '12

Father Figure: Sitting on Fred

Mr. Rogers maintains a posthumous presence for children of all ages!

SUBMITTED BY: Al Kaufman   LOCATION: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2012)

It’s always a “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” when you get to sit on Mr. Roger’s lap!

It’s a fitting pose to pay tribute to the PBS sweatered icon. Good thing that sculptor Robert Berks did his research and didn’t believe the urban legend that Fred Rogers was a U.S. Marine Corps sniper or a Navy SEAL.

(Al Kaufman is an Atlanta music writer who recently investigated celebrity underarm odor for Tacky Tourist Photos).

Sat
31
Mar '12

Dominoes Can Be Deadly

The World's Largest Dominoes are part of the "Your Move" outdoor art installation at the Municipal Services Building Plaza (15th Street at JFK Boulevard).

SUBMITTED BY: Traci and Matt Suppa   LOCATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2012)

Imagine getting crushed by a giant domino — like some kind of sadistic Batman trap staged by The Riddler or The Joker?

We’re assuming that steel rods prevent this nightmare from happening.

But the outdoor location certainly make these the World’s Grimiest Dominoes as well!

(Traci and Matt Suppa run the “Go BIG or Go Home” blog, reporting on “What Happens When A Small-Town Family Visits the World’s Largest … Whatever!”)

 

Sat
25
Feb '12

Chocoholic

Voracious Appetite: The World's Biggest Candy Bar?

SUBMITTED BY: Bill Malie  LOCATION: Niagara Falls, Ontario (2011)

In the grand tradition of Eating Big Things (“Golden Gate Appetizer,” “World’s Largest Popcorn” ), Bill takes a chunk out of Canada’s Largest Candy Bar in front of the Hershey Store near the Falls.

Does ANYONE eat the candy bar with the wrapper still on?

(Bill Malie, of Pennsylvania, makes Niagara road trips at least three times a year).

Wed
3
Aug '11

Gonna Fly Now… in Miniature!

Is there ANY other reason to visit Philly?

SUBMITTED BY: Darren Garnick   LOCATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2010)

Everyone knows how to retrace the historical steps of Sylvester Stallone. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a lot more accessible to tourists than the snowbanks of Siberia — if you have your heart set on recreating Rocky IV.

But did you know that you can run the Rocky Steps TWICE?  Oh yes, you can also dart up the stairs of the Philly Mini Golf Balboa tribute in Franklin Square. You can make it to the top there in about three giant leaps.

(Tacky Tourist Photos curator Darren Garnick ranks the Rocky movies in this order: 4, 3, 1, 2, and 6 — with 5 not even deserving a roster spot on Netflix).

Sat
30
Jul '11

Boys Will Be Girls

Young Zach re-enacts a classic advertising moment at Hersheypark.

SUBMITTED BY: Beverly West Leach   LOCATION: Hershey, Pennsylvania (1997)

Beverly’s son Zachary (then age 12) captured the spirit of the classic Coppertone Girl ad so well, that we think the suntan lotion company should sign him to a modeling contract.

Especially since the real Coppertone Girl wants to put her past behind her.

Yeah, Zach’s now 26. But the barrier for age and gender has already been broken in this advertising genre. Isn’t that right, Ernie Boch Jr.?

(Beverly West Leach is a graphic designer, artist and beekeeper from Ozark, Alabama. Watch her “girls” make honey at BevWestLeach.com)

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Sun
29
May '11

Reenacting the Battle of Prada

The Mystery Unravels: What role did fashion purses play in the Battle of Gettysburg?

SUBMITTED BY: Marco Perry LOCATION: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (2011)

Here’s something that Ken Burns neglected to include in his 10-hour Civil War documentary or his coffee table book.

As the stylish South Beach Confederate battalion marched on Gettysburg, they maintained the element of surprise by storing their weapons and ammunition in the latest designer handbags.

If you’re looking for a Civil War cap AND a fabulous purse, Marco highly recommends the Wilderness Lodge Leather and Hat Shop on Steinwehr Avenue.

(Special thanks to amateur historian Michael Ratcliffe for today’s caption!)

Wed
13
Apr '11

Don’t Chew on This: World’s Largest Crayon

Hands Off: Crayola treats the World's Largest Crayon like the Hope Diamond!

SUBMITTED BY: Ari G.    LOCATION: Easton, Pennsylvania (2010)

Lots of kids chew Crayola’s non-toxic wax, so we suppose the plexiglass prevents the World’s Largest Crayon from being decorated with teeth marks.

(Ari G. is a frequent TTP model who recently yanked the Liberty Bell from its hinges.)

Fri
3
Sep '10

Lifting Liberty

Photography Tip: Go to the back of the Liberty Bell (the side without the crack) if you want to get a picture without waiting an hour.

SUBMITTED BY: Ari G. LOCATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2010)

Any chiropractors in the house?