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Laughable Landmarks

Updated on January 13, 2013

Welcome to Laughable Landmarks

Toss your troubles aside because it's time to turn your attention to those tacky tourist traps and ripsnorting roadside attractions.

There are oodles of odd, off-beat and some might go so far as to say outrageous things to take your mind off the woes of the world, like a giant grasshopper, a breathtakingly big badger, or a pink elephant!

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Photo Credit: (www.roadsideattractions.ca reveals a monument to the menacing mosquito in Komarno, Manitoba)

Here Be a Dreadful Doomajig!

Here be one ripsnorting reptile ready to munch for thou art crunchy and even better with ketchup!

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Image Credit: steampunk dragon at the Efteling theme park Netherlands, posted Sept. 28, 2011 in brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/DSC-2910-IJFR

HONEY, I'M HOME...

This colorful catastrophe is a light-hearted landmark to be found in front of an autobody repair shop in Grand Island, Nebraska.

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Image Credit: candleshoe@flickr.com

"With Epcot Center the Disney corporation has accomplished something I didn't think possible in today's world. They have created a land of make-believe that's worse than regular life."

-- P. J. O'Rourke --

WHAT IS A LAUGHABLE LANDMARK?

For those who are wondering what the heck is a laughable landmark, here are ten ways to help you answer the question.

1. Have critics described it as an "enigmatic" if not "ugly ducking" piece of art?

2. Should it be featured in the Museum of Mistakes?

3. Do politicians refer to it as "an entertaining eyesore"?

4. Is it featured in Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" column?

5. Does it stick out like a sore thumb?

6. Do people or pets pose beside it for a funny photo?

7. Has anyone ever tried to sell it on eBay?

8. Does it leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling all over?

9. Do visitors scratch their head in awe at the sight of it?

10. Did Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or the Great Pumpkin have anything to do with bringing it to life?

WELCOME TO THE WONKY WORLD OF WELDING (Seen only at the Burning Man Festival)

WELCOME TO THE WONKY WORLD OF WELDING (Seen only at the Burning Man Festival)
WELCOME TO THE WONKY WORLD OF WELDING (Seen only at the Burning Man Festival)

WELCOME TO WHACKO WONDERLAND - Are you ready to play "I spy with my little eye a silly statue"?

Besides being home to the beloved bald eagle or the curious cowgirl at the Ugly Corner Cafe, "The Land of Stars and Stripes" is also a wonderland of whacko works of art and other laughable landmarks.

Take for instance, highest outhouse in the lower 48 states, you'll have to go all the way to Lone Pine, California to see this hysterical historical monument.

Or how about the singing road in Lancaster, California. If driving is music to your ears, then get a wiggle on over there to catch a bit of "The William Tell Overture" before you run off the road!

For those who can't get enough of higgledy-piggledy and hodge-podge, there's a great little topsy-turvy tourist trap in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

It seems that Wisconsonites take a good deal of pride in showing off their weird and whacko works of art including the world's biggest badger", the world's largest soup kettle, the horrible Hodag, or the troll-infested town of Mount Horeb!

ONLY IN ALABAMA - State Bird - The Mosquito - Laughable Landmarks Make Pretty Postcards!

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Image Credit: 9teen87's postcards.

LAUGHABLE LANDMARK POLL

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A LOVELY BUT LUDICROUS LANDMARK

A LOVELY BUT LUDICROUS LANDMARK
A LOVELY BUT LUDICROUS LANDMARK

CRAZY CURIOSITIES IN CANUCKVILLE

There are some might funny folks living north of the 49th parallel in the Land of Big Bugs, Big Bears, and Bloody Cold Winters!

Just to give you an idea of the curiosities waiting for you in Crazy Canuck Country, you'd best take a peek at all of them on this map of miscellaneous mirth!

Let's see there's plenty to choose from all across this loony land.

Marvellous Manitoba offers visitors a break from their flat-as-a-pancake features with such things as the world's largest cookie jar", Sam and Sarah Garter Snakes in Inwood, Josiah Flintabbetey Flonatin in Flin Flon, a giant mosquito in Komarno, the world's largest Coke can in Portage La Prairie, Chuck the Channel Catfish in Selkirk, Sara the Camel in Glenboro, and last but not least underwear in Winnipeg!

Saskatchewan is home to some hilarious hayseeds and honking great attracations like the world's biggest ball cap, loonie, oil can, gopher, moose, paper clip, still, tomahawk and turtle not to mention one very merry mascot, named Quilly Willy!

Beautiful British Columbia, (a.k.a. the land of nuts, flakes and fruitcakes), is home to some off-beat characters like Big Foot in Creston, cowboy in a bathtub in Clinton, and the world famous light-hearted lake monster, Ogopogo.

And nutty new Brunswick has its fair share of colorful curiosities including "Blowhard" the Bony Horse in Penobsquis, Potato Head in Fredericton, and a fish hook in Blackville.

In "God's Country" (Ontario), there are oodles of outrageous attractions to keep one occupied including a curling stone in Thunder Bay, a Drain Chicken in Tweed, Waldo The Great in Upsala, a giraffe in St. Catherines, and a Flying Saucer in Moonbeam.

In amusing Alberta, why not feast your eyes upon Depression Pete in Legal, Francis the Pig in Red Deer, and the world's largest baseball glove in Heisler, a Ukrainean Easter Egg, in Vegreville and Triceratops in Drumheller, and Starship Enterprise in Vulcan and the U.F.O. Data Center and Landing Pad in St. Paul!

In "not-all-there" Newfoundland and Labrador, you'll find a giant squid in Glovers Harbour, Joey's Lookout in Gambo and a Whale's Head, in Dildo!

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Image Credit: andrew19933@flickr.com

He lost his head but not his shirt in Toronto!

He lost his head but not his shirt in Toronto!
He lost his head but not his shirt in Toronto!

THE LAUGHABLE SIDE OF LIBERTY

...'TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY ISN'T IT?

What did the turkey say before crossing the road?

I hope that Santa Claws or the Fickle Finger of Fate don't pluck me naked before I get to the other side!"

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Image Credit: www.clipartof.com - image 59488

He wondered why he was admiring a strange lady on an L.A. park bench.

He wondered why he was admiring a strange lady on an L.A. park bench.
He wondered why he was admiring a strange lady on an L.A. park bench.

LUCY THE ELEPHANT - ONLY IN NEW JERSEY!

Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped architectural folly constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1882 by James V. Lafferty in an effort to sell real estate and attract tourism. It is located in Margate City, New Jersey, two miles (3.2 km) south of Atlantic City. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Image Credit: magoomus@flickr.com

WELCOME TO PREPOSTEROUS PRAGUE!

This gigantic public sculpture by David Cerny is a parody of the monument to Wenceslas (the patron saint of Czechoslovakia) straddling an expired horse, hanging upside-down outside the Lucerna cinema in Prague.

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Image Credit: Sculpture by David Cerny, Prague, Czechoslovakia, villageofjoy.com

WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON'T GIVE A HOOT ABOUT FAMILY ROOTS?

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Image Credit: http://tweaktoday.com/uploads/submission_photos/4213/3523983541_5672960418.jpg

BREATHTAKING BOOKS ABOUT RIPSNORTING ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Roadside Attractions: Cool Cafes, Souvenir Stands, Route 66 Relics, & Other Road Trip Fun
Roadside Attractions: Cool Cafes, Souvenir Stands, Route 66 Relics, & Other Road Trip Fun

This is great for those who can't wait to put the pedal to the metal to see what?

 
Roadside Giants
Roadside Giants

Who said visiting odd, offbeat and out-of-the-way places isn't entertaining?

 
Minnesota Marvels: Roadside Attractions in the Land of Lakes
Minnesota Marvels: Roadside Attractions in the Land of Lakes

From silly statues to amusing attractions...it seems that the Land of the Lakes a treasury of laughable landmarks.

 
To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism
To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism

Written by the former editor at Maxim and Travelocity with oodles of wit and wild enthusiasm, this book is a "must" for anyone who has always wanted to go to the African Congo, India, Mexico City, and Walt Disney World.

 

FEEDBACK FROM THOSE WHO LOVE LAUGHABLE LANDMARKS - Here's your chance to add to our list of utterly ridiculous but ripsnorting roadside attractions!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How did you miss the Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise Alabama?

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      As one of the nuts, flakes and fruitcakes from BC, I want to commend you for a really fun lens. I am going to share it on Facebook.

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 5 years ago

      Somewhere upon entering Illinois there's a big fish, a family of elephants, and some buffalo. Where is this located? Thanks!

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      JasPlayer 6 years ago

      Wow, neat lens

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      Michael Shepherd 6 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Great lens! Very entertaining.

      I was especially glad to see Cerny and Prague mentioned. Have you seen his kinetic piece of pissing men?

      Vote for your favorite places in Prague on my lens: http://www.squidoo.com/prague-favorites

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      Love to find stuff like this when we're traveling.. Nice lens chock full of suggestions.

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      Kathryn002 6 years ago

      There are lots of quite strange and dubious landmarks I've seen. Good lens. :)

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      These landmarks are strange.... but fun! I'll be keeping my eyes open for quirky landmarks around here now. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I bet there a loads more that could be added to this!

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      fun and interesting. There are a couple odd attractions in my neck of the woods. Basshenge is a roadside artwork featuring bass violins cut from sheet steel and mounted on concrete pillars in the rough formation of Stonehenge. It is near Birchdale, Minnesota. The others are par-for-the-course big statues, such as Smokey Bear, a big Black Duck, at least two 30 foot tall Voyageurs and a couple large Walleye. (all in northern minnesota)

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      TriviaChamp 6 years ago

      This was a fun lens! Quite interesting. Kudos.

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      Bradshaw LM 6 years ago

      These are so cool! We used to see an elephant landmark made of concrete tubes when we traveled up north in Ontario and always looked for it when we passed.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done & blessed.

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      We humans are soooo creative! 5* and an angel blessing. I didn't know about most of these strange sites.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Welcome to the road trip group!

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      I totally enjoyed this lens. Great stuff.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I love it! Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group. We look forward to seeing your other travel related lenses in our group. Keep up the good work.

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      inkserotica 8 years ago

      Woah! Classic lens and a good idea :) Made me chuckle! 5* Thanks for joining my Add one Lens Group

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      olivia_b 8 years ago

      Hi Queen! I'm Olivia, the groupmaster of We Have Way More Fun! Very funny and informative lens, it's a joy people still take the time to come up with something some this. Thank you for adding your lens to my group. I gave you 5 stars for this one. Please try to visit the rest of the lenses in this group and rate if you like. We're on our way to 100000!!!

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      Minman 8 years ago

      Very Funny!