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13
Jun '13

World’s Tallest Party Hat

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 [...]

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Feb '13

Lumberjack Lore: Minnesota vs. Maine Bragging Rights

SUBMITTED BY: Erik Paulsen  LOCATION: Bangor, Maine (1995) The lumberjacks of northern and central Maine claim that legendary giant Paul Bunyan was born there. The lumberjacks of Minnesota claim the Land of 10,000 Lakes as Bunyan’s birthplace. Who’s right? Who cares. The more kitschy Paul Bunyan statues in the world, the better. Bemidji, Minnesota has [...]

Wed
14
Dec '11

Cactus Jumpers

SUBMITTED BY: Lisa and John Sarick   LOCATION: Joshua Tree, California (2008) This airborne antique convertible will never be confused with the Dukes of Hazzard‘s General Lee, but it’s where Lisa and John fell in love: Spin and Margie’s Desert Hideaway, “part boutique Inn, part Mexican hacienda and part artist’s palette.” Not sure any of [...]

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Sep '11

World’s Largest Chair?

SUBMITTED BY: Ursula K.   LOCATION: Lake Champlain, Vermont (2011) Oh yes, there’s been a century-long battle to claim the World’s Largest Chair, a virtual arms race amongst fake oversized furniture makers.  Gardner, Massachusetts, aka “The Chair City,” has been making grown tourists look like Munchkins since at least 1910, based on this vintage postcard. [...]

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Jul '11

The Sinister Armadillo

SUBMITTED BY: Brian Henderson   LOCATION: Houston, Texas (2011) The shiny mascot of Goode’s Armadillo Palace — a local BBQ and music joint — looks sweet and innocent by day. But after nightfall, it turns evil. Be forewarned! (Brian Henderson is a photojournalist with an appetite as huge as the Golden Gate Bridge.)

Wed
9
Sep '09

There’s NO WAY this homeowner is married

SUBMITTED BY: Robert Warner   LOCATION: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (2009) Nothing brightens up a Canadian roadtrip adventure more than seeing American cultural imperialism smiling from the natives’ lawns. Chances of an adult woman living in this house: ZERO. Otherwise this guy’s Simpsons fetish would be channeled through a few figurines in the recreation room or [...]