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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!
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!
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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"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 WHACKO WONDERLAND - Are you ready to play "I spy with my little eye a silly statue"?
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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LAUGHABLE LANDMARK POLL
Where is the world's largest testicle festival held every year?
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.
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!
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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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He wondered why he was admiring a strange lady on an L.A. park bench.
LUCY THE ELEPHANT - ONLY IN NEW JERSEY!
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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.
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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BREATHTAKING BOOKS ABOUT RIPSNORTING ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS
This is great for those who can't wait to put the pedal to the metal to see what?
Who said visiting odd, offbeat and out-of-the-way places isn't entertaining?
From silly statues to amusing attractions...it seems that the Land of the Lakes a treasury of laughable landmarks.
Welcome to the world of wacky and weird!
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.