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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The World's Largest. . .

We have often teased on road trips, especially when the kids were young, that we were going to stop and see the world's largest ball of rubber bands, or twine, or aluminum foil. I do remember once seeing a home made sign that said, "See the geyser." We turned off and parked down a dirt road where the man who took our $1.25 said the geyser would blow at any minute. Sure enough, the man disappeared and a geyser sprung up a few minutes later right where he said it would. The kids were impressed.

Lately we have stayed in a lot of Hampton Inns and as the elevator doors close, there are small posters on the inside that depict unusual landmarks throughout North America that have been restored largely through the efforts of the Hampton Inns Save-A-Landmark program. My curiosity got the better of me and I looked up the website for the restored landmarks. It is quite impressive indeed and full of all sorts of unusual places.

Several of the landmarks have to do with the world's largest. . .you name it. In Manitoba, Canada, for instance, there is the world's largest pumpkin. Of course it is just a replica pumpkin, 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide weighing in at 1684 pounds.

The world's largest shoe house is in Hallam, PA, and was originally built in 1948. It measures 25 feet tall and 48 feet long.

And a little closer to my home, the world's largest cuckoo clock in Wilmot, OH. It was built in the 1960s to advertise a restaurant. It stands 23 feet tall and was renovated in 2007.

There's also the largest buffalo, teapot, and Santa Claus. I'm not quite done exploring the website. I'll let you know if I find anything more of interest.

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