Top american roadside attractions
Ave Maria Grotto Cullman Ala
. With discarded building supplies, marbles, bricks, tiles, pipes, seashells, costume jewelry and plastic animals, Brother Joseph Zoettl constructed more than 125 miniature reproductions of many of the worlds most famous religious structures and landmarks. The Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Ala., devoted some 50 years to the project. To pass the time, I started hobbies, he once said. After he made 5,000 small grottoes, which were sold to support the abbeys work, Zoettl began work on his magnum opus, the Ave Maria Grotto. Today, spread out across three acres of the abbeys forested grounds, stand tiny replicas of St. Peters Basilica, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the grotto of St. Theresa, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, an Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine, the Great Wall of China and miniature versions of Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Rome, among others. He even crafted a mini St. Bernards Abbey, complete with the abbeys power station where he once worked shoveling coal.
The Beer Can House Houston
. In 1968, John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, decided he got sick of mowing the grass, at his Houston home. So he laid marble, rock and wood into landscaping features. Not wanting to stop there, Milkovisch then covered his house with aluminum siding made entirely of flattened beer cans. Over 18 years, he attached an estimated 50,000 beer cans, including beer can garlands that hang from the roof and sing in the wind. Why? Were not entirely sure, but Milkovisch said on the houses website, I guess I just thought it was a good idea. And its easier than painting. He said hes tickled with people who drive around the block a few times, then return with a carload of friends. Take a group to Houston and pay him a visit.
Benewah Milk Bottles Spokane Wash
. All thats left of the once booming Benewah Dairy Company in Spokane, Wash., are two bottles of milk: two giant milk bottle buildings, that is. Veer off westbound Interstate 90 and youll see one bottle just off the freeway. The other, on Garland, is home to Mary Lous Milk Bottle, a caf? famous for award winning milkshakes. (The huckleberry and lemon custard milkshakes come highly recommended.) Dairy owner Paul Newport hoped the uniquely shaped storefronts, built in the 1930s, would help draw customers into the retail outlets. While Newport, of course, wanted to sell milk, he also hoped the bottles would help build better men and women by making dairy products attractive to boys and girls. One bottle had a role in the 1993 Johnny Depp movie Benny and Joon.
Biosphere 2 Oracle Ariz
. Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Ariz., is a spaceship like glass facility, elevated on a ridge nearly 4,000 feet above sea level at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. You can learn about the past and future of our planet there, and be sure to visit the Phoenix Mars Lander exhibit, which holds the spacecraft that landed on Mars in 2008. TIME LIFE Books named the site a scenic drive north of Tucson one of the 50 wonders of the world.
The Blue Whale Catoosa Okla
. Drive along Route 66 through a pair of side by side bridges and youre bound to come across an even more bizarre sight: a famous beached whale. Built in the 1970s as an anniversary gift from one man to his wife, Oklahomas grinning Blue Whale is 80 feet long, and rests in a pond that has since become a favorite watering hole for locals and passing travelers. Although the original park which once featured an animal reptile kingdom closed in 1988, the toothy whale has since been refurbished and tourists can stop and enjoy the picnic area before getting back on the road.
Cabazon Dinosaurs Cabazon Calif
. Towering 30 feet above the I 10 heading south to Palm Springs, Calif., a T. rex and an Apatosaurus are part of the Worlds Biggest Dinosaurs museum in Cabazon. More than 12 million drivers pass by the dinos annually, and tourists are invited to stop and wander through a museum, located within the T. rex, or participate in a fossil dig. The dinosaurs have been featured in various media, from Coke commercials to bad 1980s films (see Fred Savage in The Wizard), but the new Creationist owner is hoping to transform the park into a place of worship. How do dinosaurs fit in with the Bible? It might just be worth stopping there to find out.
Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo Texas
. Just west of Amarillo, Texas, 10 sets of graffiti covered tail fins stand as a tribute to the American dream. The art installation, known as Cadillac Ranch, features 10 classic cars, half buried nose first at the same angle as the Great Pyramid in Egypt. Although originally intended as a temporary display, the monument developed by millionaire Stanley Marsh III and an architect trio from a group known as the Ant Farm has been an iconic tourist attraction in the Lone Star States panhandle since 1974. In 1997, however, the cars were unearthed from their original location and moved two miles west to escape city growth. Now located in a cow pasture not far from the I 40 and the historic Route 66, visitors are encouraged to visit, spray paint in hand, to tag the cars.
Carhenge Alliance Neb
. If you cant make a trip across the pond, your next best option may be the Cornhusker State. On a 10 acre plot in Alliance, Neb., stands Carhenge a monument that looks like the artistic offspring of Stonehenge and Cadillac Ranch. Envisioned by artist Jim Reinders in 1987, Carhenge is an arrangement of 38 autos, painted slate gray and placed in a formation mimicking Englands medieval wonder. In 2009, TripAdvisor gave it the No. 2 spot on its list of the wackiest attractions in America. Unlike at Cadillac Ranch which placed third on TripAdvisors list visitors should leave spray paint behind: those that dont can expect to be fined.
Desert of Maine Freeport Maine
. When you think of Maine, you think of fresh seafood, idyllic sunsets and endless blue water. So a desert is probably the farthest thing from your mind. But if youre around the Freeport area, this natural wonder is a must see. Bad farming after 1797 led to soil erosion and the creation of natural desert like conditions. Surrounded by green hills, this unlikely wonder covers nearly 50 acres and can be explored with 30 minute coach tours or on foot. Stop by the new butterfly park if its a flying visit, or set up camp by the pine forest adjacent to the desert. Think of it as a reverse oasis: a sandy haven in waterlogged Maine.
Devils Rope Museum McLean Texas
. Unless they are incarcerated criminals, most people probably dont spend a lot of time thinking about barbed wire. However, those who do have a clear vacation destination in the Texas panhandle: the Devils Rope Museum, which commemorates the thorny strands contributions to the fields of ranching, warfare and security. Located in a former bra factory, the museum has thousands of strands of barbed wire on display, and demonstrations of how to make your own devils rope. Theres even a collection of sculptures made from barbed wire including a cowboy hat. Ouch!
Dinosaur Park Rapid City
. Jurassic Park this is not. Though they mirror the size of the creatures that once roamed earth, the concrete and iron figurines at this 75 year old outdoor park look more like Gumby than an awe inspiring Tyrannosaurus rex a projection of the 1930s understanding of these near mythical monsters. But while they lack lifelike leathery scales, the reptiles of Rapid City, S.D., dont fail to impress. Its a testament to the dinosaurs ability to hold up into the era of Michael Crichton and beyond that the hillside sculpture park is as popular an attraction as the nearby Mount Rushmore it was built to accompany. The park is also part of a national history of government sponsored edifices Dinosaur Park was created by the Great Depression era Works Progress Administration in 1936.
Forbidden Gardens Katy
. Cant afford a trip to China? See some of Chinas most famous landmarks (in a much smaller scale) at the Forbidden Gardens. The attraction is home to a 1:20 scale Forbidden City; a scale model of Suzhou, dubbed the Venice of China; and a 1:3 scale model of the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, complete with his terra cotta army of 6,000 soldiers. The Gardens location in Katy, Texas, was chosen due to its many rice fields and proximity to Houston, which has a large Asian population. All of the scenery was made in China which will give you an odd international break when driving through the Lone Star State.
General Sherman Tree Sequoia National Park California
. A trip here is sure to be more pleasant than General William Tecumseh Shermans 1864 march through the South that devastated the Confederacy. James Wolverton, a naturalist who had served among Shermans troops, named the tree after the Civil War general in 1879. It stands as the worlds largest tree by volume, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, measuring 275 feet off the ground and coming in at over 52,000 cubic feet. That park, famed for its vast expanses of roadless wilderness, is operated by the National Park Service at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park. Accessed by the Generals Highway, located off U.S. Highways 180 and 198 in southeastern California, the duo of parks also provides a lesson in rank and humility. Even when you reach the apex, you can never stray too far from the boss also found in the parks is the no less imposing General Grant Tree.
Geographic Center of the U S Lebanon Kans
. Apparently, Toto, we are in Kansas. That is, if you are searching for the geographic center of the continental United States, which was calculated to be just outside this northern Kansan town, located off U.S. Highway 281. The calculation, which was made in 1918 by the U.S. National Geodetic Survey, has since been contested over questions regarding the model used to locate the center. But most analysts agree that the physical center would have to be within 20 or so miles of the landmark, which is distinguished by a stone display featuring a plaque. The monument was erected in 1940, so the parties have agreed to let it stand, even if its slightly off. That could change, however, if states like Texas, whose governor has made an offhand remark about secession, were to leave the Union. Such a move might force a revision of the geographic center once and for all.
Golden Driller Tulsa Okla
. At the turn of the 20th century, Tulsa struck oil. The city exploded as entrepreneurs rushed to capitalize on the growing number of oil fields in the area. To celebrate its good fortune, the city erected the Golden Driller in 1953. The 22 ton concrete and iron man, built to withstand a 200 m.p.h. tornado, was declared Oklahomas official state monument in 1979. A plaque at its base reads, To the men of the petroleum industry who by their vision and daring have created from Gods abundance a better life for mankind.
Gorilla Holding a VW Bug Leicester
. According to the owners of Pioneer Auto Sales, just south of Leicester, Vt., the conversation that led to their lawns hosting a giant gorilla holding a Volkswagen Beetle went something like this: When they asked local artist T.J. Neil to make a statue for the dealership, Neil responded, How about a giant gorilla? When they asked why a giant gorilla, Neil replied, So I can make him hold a car. The owners conclusion: Sure, but make his other hand stretched down, so people can sit in it. Even if you dont need a new car, you can sit in the gorillas right hand and stare in amazement at the golden VW Bug held 19 feet aloft in his left hand.
Graceland Too Holly Springs
. Paul McLeod is obsessed with Elvis. He named his son Elvis Aaron Presley McLeod, and when he dies, hed like to be buried in a gold lam? suit formerly owned by the King. Ideally, when his casket opens, the box will play the song Return to Sender. Its appropriate, then, that he is the proprietor of Graceland Too, located halfway between Graceland and Tupelo, Elvis birthplace. McLeods home is full, floor to ceiling, room after room, of thousands upon thousands of pieces of Elvis memorabilia. For a mere $5, visitors will be walked through narrow passageways stacked high with old records, postcards and costumes. Graceland Too is open 24 hours a day.
Grotto of the Redemption West Bend Iowa
. You dont have to be religious to appreciate the Grotto of the Redemption, built by West Bend, Iowa, pastor Father Paul Dobberstein after his fight with pneumonia. The grotto was built as a shrine to the Virgin Mary to thank her for healing him. And what a shrine it is. The entire structure is built from agates, geodes and semiprecious stones, and it makes up the worlds largest collection of minerals and petrified material, with a geological value of $4 million. Its a football field in length, and took 50 years to build. Thirty thousand pilgrims make their way to West Bend each year to see the structure.
Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue Plains
. What has to be the strangest monument ever to an American President, the Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue began far from its current home. During the 1976 presidential campaign, members of the Indiana Democratic Party built the statue to honor Carter as he swung through the state. The 13 ft. tall peanut crafted from plaster and mesh pays homage to the 39th Presidents early career as a peanut farmer and features a spot on toothy grin. In 2000, a careless driver smashed into the statue, but it has been restored and now resides not far from Route 45 outside Carters hometown of Plains, Ga.
Jolly Green Giant Blue Earth
. You can tell youve done a good marketing job if you can convince people that they should pay to advertise your product. Thats what happened in 1978, when the town of Blue Earth, Minn. wanting to commemorate the completion of nearby I 90 chose to erect a 55 ft. tall statue of the Jolly Green Giant. (Green Giant has a plant in the area.) The vegetable company gave the town permission to use its symbol as long as the townspeople provided 100% of the funds. They did, and so today the verdant 4 ton Hercules smiles upon travelers throughout southern Minnesota.
Land of Giants Unger
. At a little over two hours from Baltimore or Washington, D.C., the Land of Giants (also known as the Farnham Colossi) is perfect for a purposefully strange day trip. When Mr. and Mrs. Farnham, a former Washington lawyer and a city girl from New York, wanted a change of pace, they moved to West Virginia. Thanks to a satellite dish and the Internet, they were able to order collectible statues. Lots of them. And not just any statues 20 ft. tall ones. Santa Claus; a guy with grocery bags; a surfer sipping a giant Coke. If that doesnt say summer, we dont know what does.
Leaning Tower Niles
. The Midwestern version of the Italian classic is only half as tall (94 ft. to Pisas 177 ft.) and half as leaning (7.4 ft. off of vertical vs. the Italians 15 ft. lean), but the Leaning Tower of Niles makes an outstanding snapshot if you cant fly halfway around the world. Built in 1934, Niles leaning tower once stood in front of a YMCA but is now the center of a park. Couple a visit to the tower with a swing by the first franchised McDonalds in nearby Des Plaines, and you can even catch a flight out of OHare airport, only a 15 min. drive away.
London Bridge Lake Havasu City
. London Bridge was falling down, so it got relocated to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. No, really. It is the very London Bridge built in 1831 that once sat astride the Thames across the pond. But by the mid 20th century, it could no longer handle the load of Londons traffic and got auctioned off to an Arizona oil baron he spent $2,460,000 on the bridge and then an extra $7 million to have it dismantled and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City in 1971. Guinness World Records calls it the worlds largest antique. So you can drive over or stroll along a 950 ft. long piece of history, complete with a Tudor backdrop. Its like being in two places at once.
Longaberger Basket Headquarters Newark
. For 500 lucky employees of Longaberger Basket Co., every day is a picnic. Between 1995 and 1997, the Ohio based company spent $30 million to build a new home office modeled after one of its baskets. According to the companys website, the structure is 160 times longer, wider and taller than its Medium Market Basket. The seven story replica, which sits on 25 acres of land, even features 150 ton handles and two 725 lb. gold leaf painted tags. Not surprisingly, it is considered the worlds largest basket. Recognizing the sightseeing appeal, Longaberger offers tour and vacation packages.
Longhorn Grill Amado
. A pair of giant white horns pierce the sky alongside Interstate 19, calling drivers back to the days of the Wild West. The horns are part of a larger longhorn skull, which serves as the entrance to the Longhorn Grill in Amado, Ariz. Slightly south of Tucson, the skull was built sometime in the early 1970s, but locals are strangely mysterious about its origins. Its attached to an adobe building that is occupied by a bar and restaurant, reached by walking through the nasal cavity of the skull. Right across the street is the Cow Palace Restaurant. Cue tumbleweeds.
The Lost Sea Sweetwater
. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Americas largest underground lake is tucked away underneath Tennessee. First, you embark on a tour of giant caves 140 feet below ground, and then hop on a glass bottom boat to float across The Lost Sea . Rare collections of cave formations and 20,000 year old jaguar tracks await you. (The ancient cats bones have been preserved at New York Citys Museum of Natural History.) Another plus; the temperature is always 58 degrees, so whether you want to escape from a sweltering summer day, or a chilly winter, this is an ideal pit stop.
Lucy the Elephant Margate City
. Ever hear about the wave of animal shaped buildings that swept the nation in the 1800s? No? Thats probably because it never happened. But it wasnt for a lack of effort from Victorian speculator James V. Lafferty, who hit upon the idea of driving up interest in beachfront property he owned by constructing Lucy, a building shaped like an elephant. Though zoomorphic architecture failed to take off, Lucy became a popular tourist attraction, her belly serving variously as a restaurant, summer home and speakeasy. Though she fell into disrepair in the 1960s, Lucy was soon saved from the wrecking ball, moved onto public land and designated a National Historic Landmark. For visitors, shes one elephant theyll never forget.
Miracle Cross Garden Prattville
. On two small hillsides abutting County Road 86 in Alabama stand thousands of wooden crosses and a smattering of old washing machines, fridges, and other pieces of scrap metal. They all hold messages of despair. Hell is hot. You Will Die. Stuff like that. William C. Rice, who died in 2004, built this garden as a testament to his salvation by Christ in the late 1970s. While frightening in its fervor, the collection is an example of folk art at its most primitive.
Mystery Spot Santa Cruz
. During a drive through the redwood forests of Santa Cruz, California, tourists often stop to witness firsthand the effects of suspending their own disbelief. The Mystery Spot is 150 ft. in diameter and features a slanted shed that visitors wander through and witness strange variations of gravity, such as an object rolling up a plank rather than down it. The Spots web site speculates that aliens planted metal cones in the ground, scrambling the areas terrestrial physics. After taking a guided tour, visitors can puzzle over whether this is truly paranormal or an optical illusion, and then trek on through the Redwoods.
Oldest Bobs Big Boy Burbank
. Just an exit away off the Ventura Freeway sits the oldest Bobs Big Boy restaurant in Burbank, California. Built in 1949, the diner features 1950s coffee shop architecture, an oversized roof and curved windows. Its glowing neon sign stands 70 feet tall. Now a State Historical Point of Interest, the restaurant features car hop service on Saturday and Sunday nights and a classic car show in the parking lot every Friday night. The Burbank restaurant also has a plaque in one booth commemorating a visit by The Beatles in 1965 while on tour; regulars call the table The Beatle Booth.
Paper House Rockport
. Newspapers across the country are losing money. New home construction has yet to recover from the bursting of the housing bubble. Heres a solution to both problems: Make houses out of newspapers! It may seem ludicrous, but the idea has a precedent: In 1922, engineer Ellis F. Stenman began to construct a summer home using newspapers as insulation. Curiousity got the better of him, however, and he began to make the entire house out of paper, holding it together with glue and protecting it from the elements with heavy layers of varnish. (The framework of the house and the floor are made of wood; the roof is shingled.) Eventually, Stenman even made paper furniture for the house using all the news fit to sit upon. Stenmans great niece still operates the house as a tourist attraction, but admits that even she doesnt know what exactly made Uncle Ellis choose to live in a paper house.
Paul Bunyan Statue Bemidji
. As the mythical hero of lumberjack camps nationwide, many Paul Bunyan statues dot roadsides across the U.S. But there is one that stands out among the pack. The boxy Bunyan in Bemidji, Minnesota is rumored to be the first in the nation. The 18 ft. tall, 2.5 ton shrine, erected in 1937, honors the mythic man who became a symbol of strength and vitality from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin to the Western frontier. And what Bunyan statue would be complete without his trusty sidekick Babe the Blue Ox? Babe joined Paul in Bemidji in 1939 after an illustrious career as a traveling carnival star.
Porter Sculpture Park
. In 1983, Wayne Porter began to focus less on sheep, and more on sculptures. The result is South Dakotas Porter Sculpture Park. Located 25 minutes west of Sioux Falls in the town of Montrose, Porter Sculpture Park features over 40 larger than life, recycled metal structures from swimming goldfish to the hovering vultures perched at the 10 acre parks entrance. Porter reportedly sold his sheep to pay for the most famed structure on the property a 25 ton, 60 foot tall longhorn bull that rivals the size of one of the Mount Rushmore heads. The park welcomes visitors, who Porter once described as a little bit bent, in the summer season (from Memorial Day to Labor Day) and offers tours with the man himself.
. On U.S. 50 near Middlegate, Nevada, blink and youll miss a cottonwood tree with some distinctive decoration. Its called (cleverly) the Shoe Tree, and more pairs of shoes than you can count hang from its branches. Tourists and locals alike drape the trees branches with footwear of all kinds. Highway 50 is often called the loneliest road in America, so a stop at the Shoe Tree might give you a taste of the social interaction you just might need at this point in your road trip.
. San Francisco, Schmam Francisco. If youre looking for steep and winding roads (and the bicycle ride of your life), head to Snake Alley. Ripleys Believe It or Not, noting the roads sharp turns and slope, dubbed Snake Alley The Crookedest Street In The World, ahead of San Franciscos famed Lombard Street. The alley developed in 1894 by German immigrants has a total of five half curves and two quarter curves spanning a 275 foot distance. Ironically, the street was intended to provide a more direct link between businesses and shops, according to the roads website. However, Snake Alley, once considered a triumph in practical engineering, proved to be impractical for horse carriages. The town abandoned plans for more roads with the same design, making Snake Alley one of a kind (at least in Burlington).
The Spud Drive
. Precious few drive in movie theaters remain in the U.S., holdovers from the 1950s and 60s, when high schoolers went on first dates and families enjoyed cheap, kid friendly entertainment. But, thankfully, not all of the outdoor theaters have met their demise. The Spud Drive In has been showing flicks since the summer of 1953. But whats really notable about Spuds is Old Murphy, a 1946 Chevy truck that has a 2 ton potato on the back. Its parked in front of the screen and is more of a draw than the movies. Its not a real potato, of course, just a painted potato shaped blob of concrete, but that doesnt stop tourists from snapping photos with the famous spud.
South of the Border
. What do you call a 97 foot tall statue of a mustachioed Mexican wearing a sombrero? (Besides probably a little culturally insensitive, of course.) In South Carolina, thats just Pedro, the mascot of the famous South Of The Border rest stop. The complex was the dream project of one Alan Schafer, who in the 1950s realized the business opportunities available to any establishment with a liquor license across the border from North Carolinas dry counties. As his business expanded from a simple beer stand to include a restaurant and motel, Schafer began to give South Of The Border a Mexican theme, importing souveniers and some workers from south of the (more famous) border. Today, the 135 acre complex features restaurants, hotels, an amusement park and the 200 foot Sombrero Tower, which locals call The Eiffel Tower of the South, tongue firmly planted in cheek.
The Thing Dragoon
. Billboards line Arizonas I 10 highway asking you, What is The Thing? If you dare find out, pull off exit 322 to check out this incredibly kitschy tourist site. It costs a dollar to walk through a creepy door, follow yellow footprints, and finally see the Mystery of the Desert. We wont spoil it and reveal what The Thing is, but you may be disappointed after all the hype.
World s Largest Ball of Twine
. Anyone who thinks rugged individualism is the only way to make it in the American heartland has yet to visit the Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas. What began as an exercise in thriftiness for one farmer in 1953 has since been spun into a community project for the 500 person township in northern Kansas. Each year, a twine a thon is held on the third Saturday in August when anyone who wants can add more thread. At last official count, the yarn was the equivalent of more than 7.8 million feet and came in at 40 feet in circumference. While other balls of twine compete for the title of largest, Cawker City has long been looked at as the standard bearer among twineheads. The sight to behold is located off U.S. Highway 24, in an area referred to by local officials as downtown Cawker City.
Worlds Largest Baseball Bat
. In Louisville, Kentucky, a carbon steel baseball bat leans against and towers over a five story building on West Main Street. The enlarged replica of a bat used by Babe Ruth in the 1920s marks the site of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. But this is no bambinos bat. Weighing 68,000 pounds and measuring 120 feet tall, the bat which has been a downtown fixture since 1995 is considered the worlds biggest. In addition to viewing the sizable slugger for free, visitors can participate in a 25 minute guided factory tour for a small fee.
Largest Bottle of Catsup
. Its said this 170 ft. tall (50 m) water tower could hold up to 640,000 14 oz. bottles of ketchup. The Collinsville, Illinois water tower was built in 1949 for the G.S. Suppiger ketchup bottling plant, bottlers of Brooks Rich & Tangy Ketchup. It reads catsup after the original Brooks bottle. Brooks left the town in the 1970s, but the well loved bottle remains. Its so cherished, in fact, that the town gathers each summer to sing it Happy Birthday at the annual Catsup Bottle Festival. The daylong event features a ketchup tasting, a water balloon toss, a hula hoop contest, a (smothered in ketchup) hot dog eating contest and a contest to crown kids as Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup.
. This concrete sculpture has been around for tourists to pose with since 1959. Its 26 feet tall, 46 feet long and weighs 60 tons. And while it went without a name for more than 50 years, it was finally dubbed Dakota Thunder earlier this year. After you take your pictures, theres more. The National Buffalo Museum is in Jamestown as well, and a Frontier Village complex is nearby with tourist shops and an old fashioned soda fountain.
Largest Light Bulb
. If youre ever taking a scenic drive across New Jersey (it is called the Garden State after all) look for the 134 foot tower in Edison, New Jersey housing the worlds largest light bulb. The Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower stands on the site of Edisons Menlo Park laboratory where he perfected the first commercially practical incandescent light bulb. The 13 foot tall bulb at the top of the tower is meant to represent Edisons most famous invention, and a museum tells the story of Edisons work.
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Largest Rocking Chair Cuba
. Need a break after a long drive on Route 66? Sit back in this 46 foot tall rocking chair, located four miles west of Cuba, Missouri. It was built by the owner of a nearby general store who was looking to draw attention to his business. The rockers at the base of the chair are more than 31 feet long and weigh about 2000 pounds each certainly sturdy enough for a few tourists to relax on. Though if you cant climb quite that high, there are handy benches nearby.
Largest Santa Claus
. The tiny town of North Pole, Alaska is not actually located at the North Pole. However, that doesnt stop the town from capitalizing on the thousands of letters to Santa Claus it gets sent each year. The center of the regions holiday cheer is The Santa Clause House, which offers Christmas souvenirs and personalized letters from Santa and is the site of the worlds largest Santa Claus statue. Standing 42 feet high and weighing in at 900 pounds, this Santa is big enough to fit dozens of children on his lap (if he ever sat down, that is.) He was built for the 1962 Worlds Fair in Seattle and had a second career as a travelling promotional statue before ending up in North Pole, where he has stood since 1983. Any shopping list for his upkeep would certainly have to be checked twice: He takes 10 gallons of red paint, five gallons of white and three gallons of black.
. Want to see how ridiculously hot this summer has been? Drive to Baker, California and read the temperature on the worlds largest thermometer. The 134 foot tall gauge is housed near the gateway to Death Valley, where temperatures soared to 134 degrees in 1913. While its an electronic sign rather than an actual thermometer, its known as the biggest on the planet. Next time youre in the area, it might be fun to keep a frying pan and some eggs handy.
Largest Truck Stop
. When the original Iowa 80 truck stop opened for business in 1965 it had just one small store, an oil change and a restaurant. Now, the truck stop located off exit 284 on Interstate 80 in Walcott, Iowa boasts a 300 seat restaurant with a 50 ft. salad bar, a movie theater, a laundromat, a barber, a dentist, a game room, an embroidery center, a drivers den (complete with a fireplace and private showers), the Truckomat truck wash and a slew of fast food franchises. It serves more than 2 million cups of coffee each year and an average of 53 tons of beef. The truck stop employs some 450 people and can park up to 800 trucks. It is also home to a trucking museum and hosts an annual trucker appreciation event with a pork chop cook out, beauty contest and live entertainment. In its 45 years, the truck stop has served 64 million customers.
. The precariously named Cross Island Chapel actually sits on a dock in the middle of a pond near Syracuse, New York. Built in 1989, the nondenominational church is only about three feet by six feet and has only two seats. For a 1990 wedding, there was only enough room in the chapel for the minister and the betrothed, leaving the guests to sit in boats outside. Although there are no regular services, the church is available for special occasions and meditation, just dont expect to be able to stretch out too much during your contemplation. Is 50 not enough for you? Head on over to RoadsideAmerica.com for hundreds more roadside attractions.
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Bitter gourd reverses insulin resistance
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Movie Plot Holes and Paradoxes
The Avengers Why dont they bother keeping an eye on Bruce Banner
. So, SHIELD takes the trouble of taking their top agent, Natalia, off a vitally important mission (right in the middle of a dangerous situation too, and violating what appears to be Russian sovereignty with the threat of blowing up the building with m
Benefits of Avocado
. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that boost heart health and help lower blood pressure. Avocado monounsaturated fats contain the phytonutrient beta sitosterol, which was clinically proven to lower LDL and triglyceride blood levels while rais
Easy Vastu tips for your home
Picture frames that depict tragedy
. Picture frames that depict tragedy, war, anger or have an eagle or an owl are not good for a home. They invite trouble and are inauspicious. If you have these in your house, remove them immediately.
Longest Bridges In The World
Baluarte Bridge Mexico
. Height of 403 m (1,322 ft). A cable stayed bridge, located along the Durango Mazatln highway. The bridge has a total length of 1,124 m (3,688 ft), most of which passes above the valley below. the Baluarte Bridge is the highest cable stayed bridge in
Benefits of Nectarine
Cutting or peeling
. Cutting or peeling a nectarine releases an enzyme that causes darkening of flesh. The fruit might not look a bit appetising but this does not alter its nutritional value in any way. You can also slow the discolouration by dipping the nectarine in aci
How to Be Chill
PUMP SOME PEACEFUL TUNES
. The right music can melt away stress in a matter of seconds. Keep a few of the tunes that you know make you feel good on your phone so you can pop in your headphones and relax at a moments notice. Not sure what pushes your chill buttons? According to
Benefits of Radicchio
Radicchio is a red leafy type of vegetable
. Radicchio is a red leafy type of vegetable and it originates from Italy, so that is why it is also sometimes referred to as the Italian chicory. It is used for various types of salads because of its spicy and bitter taste. It can also be roasted, gri
. Finance, Corporate Affairs, DefenceArun Jaitley (born 28 December 1952) is currently the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Defence of the Union cabinet of India in the 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has a
Tips to get ready for Job Interview
Be On Time
. Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Here's more on preparin
Crazy Facts About The Universe
There May Be More Universes
. The idea that we live in a multiverse, in which our universe is one of many, comes from a theory called eternal inflation, which suggests that shortly after the Big Bang, spacetime expanded at different rates in different places. According to the the
Forever Young Naturally Exercise
Which Exercise Train to run a marathon
. The average age for competitors in the London marathon is 39. Many older people embark upon a half or full marathon as an opportunity to prove to themselves and others that life truly does begin at 40, 50, or more. Completing the course is a great wa
Fashion Designers of all time
. Being a New Yorker born on April 9, 1963, Marc Jacobs suffered a lot with the dead of his father at the age of 7. He would eventually move in with his grandmother and that made all the difference. Marc entered the Parsons School of Design and later p
Most Extensive Metro Systems In The World
Mexico City Metro
. Its the second largest metro system in North America after New York City with 195 stations and 140 miles of track.
Benefits of Durian
Improves the general wellbeing
. Durian consists of higher quantities of amino acids particularly tryptophan. This is particularly recognized to relieve signs and symptoms of sleeplessness, depression and anxiety. It may also help in increasing the amount of serotonin perfectly loca
Benefits of Tomatoes
. Beta carotene consumption has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population. High fiber intakes from fruits and vegetables are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer. According
Make a stop doing list
. Sometimes it isn t what you do, it s what you need to stop doing that can help you achieve fitness. What behaviors are sabotaging your health? Make a list and then stop doing those things.
Beauty Skin Care Tips
. Being that its so closely linked to genetics, there isnt a surefire cure to reduce dark undereye circles, says Ren?e Rouleau, skincare expert and celebrity esthetician. Try using circular motions to stimulate blood circulation when applying your eye
Benefits of Bananas
Good for Ulcers
. Eating bananas regularly may help protect against stomach ulcers. Compounds in bananas seem to create a thicker protective barrier in the stomach against hydrochloric acid. Bananas also contain protease inhibitors that work to eliminate certain bacte
Benefits of Cumin
Iron for Energy and Immune Function
. Cumin seeds, whose scientific name is Cuminum cyminum, are an excellent source of iron, a mineral that plays many vital roles in the body. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is a
Ice Cream Flavors
Miso Ice Cream
. Miso bean paste, together with soy sauce, is said to be the flavor of Japan. Miso is an essential element of many Japanese foods and is indeed delicious when served with the correct dish. But when it comes to ice cream, its best to give miso a miss.
Easy Tricks To Do Professional Makeup
. Have Q tips (cotton swabs) close at hand when applying liquid eyeliner. Its much easier to correct a mistake or a too thick line before the liquid dries.To avoid dulling the line, liquid liner should be applied after eye shadow but always apply masca
Tips to get ready for Study Abroad
Understand how your travel insurance works
. so you will not stress when you need it most and live in a place you find comfortable not just convenient. It's not a hotel, it is your temporary home so be comfortable, safe and happy.
Trips And Things To Strike Off Your Bucket List Before Getting Hitched
Explore the caves before you explore the depth of a married life
. Caves hold so many mysteries with every turn and tunnel. Explore the many caves that Meghalaya has to offer, and discover the beauty of nature among underground rivers, hidden tunnels and formations. The darkness and silence of the caves with just th
Moisturize your cheeks
. Use a facial lotion or moisturizing cream on your cheeks after every shower and every time you wash your face. Let it dry naturally and do not rinse it off. If possible, look for an emollient cream. These creams are specially formulated to soothe the
The Highest Speed Cars in the world
Hennessey Venom 1000 Twin Turbo
. TheHennessey Viper Venom 1000 Twin Turbois an upgraded version of theDodge Viperoffered for sale as a whole car or as an upgrade byHennessey Performance Engineering, also known as HPE. It comes in two variants, acoupeand a Hennescrewed. It has a theo
Why do we celebrate Independence Day
. Everyone in India knows that India got freedom from the 300 years of British Rule at the stroke of midnight as India moved towards August 15, 1947. Many of us know even the stories of struggle for independence as well. There have been millions of liv
Worst Movies Ever
Disaster Movie 2008
. Living up to its title, Disaster Movie is the latest bomb coming to us from the creators of Epic Movie, Date Movie, and Scary Movie. William Goss of Cinematical was even quoted as calling it a disaster first, and movie
Benefits of Zucchinis
Keeps You Disease Free
. Your overall health will surely improve if you consume zucchini regularly. It helps you prevent all kinds of diseases in a general sense. Studies have already declared that fiber rich foods help to alleviate cancer conditions by washing away the canc
. Handprint paintings are always fun, and this one transforms your childs hand into a goat perfect for a farmyard theme, or for Chinese New Year in the Year of the Goat!
Tips to Feng Shui Your Home
Keep your toilet lid down
. Why? Its like inviting a sewer into your home Theres nothing inviting about an open toilet A traditional feng shui perspective on this is that the toilet is a drain and by leaving it open you allow good energy (and money) to literally drain out of yo
Benefits of Grapes
. Due to its nongreasy texture, grapeseed oil does not leave a residue on the scalp. It is light, has good emollient properties and is suited for all skin types making it an oil which is apt to be used in aromatherapy. Dry grapes (raisin, currant, and
Marriage is associated with a lower mortality risk
. ompared to married individuals, those who have never been married had nearly twice the mortality risk. Divorced or separated individuals ran a mortality risk more than 50 percent higher than those who were married. The black white mortality gap narro
Benefits of Turmeric
Embellish temporary tattoos
. Use turmeric to create golden?Mehndi, the temporary tattoos made with henna, or to add a?pretty second color to an extant henna tattoo.
Rules to play Yoga
How to Practice
. Bare feet are ideal when you practice yoga and actually serve a dual purpose. First, you need to have traction for the standing poses so that you wont slip. Second, working without shoes helps you fully exercise and articulate your feet. An exception
Hit the ball twice
. If a batsman hits the ball twice, other than for the sole purpose of protecting his wicket or with the consent of the opposition, he is out.
Dwellings Perched Incredibly Precariously
Takasugi an Teahouse Japan
. It looks straight out of Dr. Seuss but there s nothing fictional about this tea house on stilts designed by modern architect Terunobu Fujimori.
Benefits of Cardamom
Constituents of garam masala
. Cardamom is one of the main constituents of garam masala, a combination of spices used in both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. It is also an important ingredient in the preparation of curry powder commonly used in Indian cooking.
. This brilliantly purple fruit thrives in northern Japan, in the Tohoku area, but only briefly, making an appearance for about two weeks in early autumn. It grows on a wild vine and, for many Japanese people, is a symbol of the changing seasons. When
Amazing Staircases Around the World
External staircase of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Venice
. Adorned with a plethora of arches and resembling the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the external spiral staircase of the small Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in Venice is the buildings best known feature. Known as the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (of the snail),