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The US is home to some incredibly weird and wacky things. I fact, we have almost dedicated our entire blog to it!
For those among us who enjoy things that are just a little bit strange, this new guide to the Odd Attractions of the US will be just the treat. Covering all the states and regions of the US, this brand new guide will take you to some of the strangest destinations and attractions that call America home.
So come along for the Jurnii and start exploring the weird and wacky of the US today!
Behold a land where objects fashioned out of recycled metal farm implements roam free.
It may not sound like a premise for a blockbuster movie, but it’s none the less a place worth digging in to.
Montana Testicle Festival
Tantalize your taste buds at the Montana Testicle Festival: home to the tastiest testicles in town. The annual event attracts a titillating 10,000 people all seeking to sample the world’s finest bull testicles in a testy festy fashion.
One of Route 66’s more offbeat attractions, Tinkertown blends folk art with nostalgia and is an unbeatable display of items from the mid-west, packed into a confusing structure that will leave you in awe of just how wacky some people can be.
Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum
Ventriloquism is something that has intrigued the public for many years, and as fascinating as it may be, many of us are still wary of just what these “dummies” can do. This museum really puts you right in the thick of it, as you walk through endless rooms of silently grinning dolls, it’s hard not to get a slight feeling of the “heebie-jeebies” and wonder just what’s going on in their little wooden heads.
While many haunted houses tend to be on the corny and cheesy side, the Ghost Outpost in Wisconsin Dells tries to move past this and create an experience that will truly terrify its visitors; emphasis on the “tries”.
Museum of Bad Art
There aren’t too many art galleries one would visit expecting to see bad art; but this place is one of them. While some would consider the artwork here masterpieces, most would agree it’s tragic beyond words and there is no other place for it.
Bread and Puppet Museum
Home to some truly creepy puppets, this museum takes weird and wacky to a whole new level. Many of the puppets here are deformed, adding to their creepiness, making for a perfectly freaky day out.
Think we’ve missed some? Check out our Guide to Odd Destinations in the US to find out.
Here at Jurnii we like our things odd. In fact, we have dedicated an entire series of blogs to the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful attractions of the US.
Now, we’ve taken it one step further and have branched out to strange festivals. Sure, attractions are nice and interesting to look at, but a festival allows you to immerse yourself in the weird and wacky and make your strangest fantasies a reality.
So why not take a look at our brand new guide to America’s Oddest Festivals? But in the meantime, here’s a taste of what you can expect:
Tattoo-clad bodies unite each year in Tampa at the annual Tattoofest to compare ink and add to their collection. This festival attracts a rare kind of crowd, but don’t let that deter you. With competitions and entertainment throughout the day, there is enough to keep visitors amused for hours.
Not a fan of fruitcake? Well there’s no better way to get rid of it than at the annual Fruitcake Toss festival in Manitou Springs. Either throw or catapult the damn thing as far as you can, before checking out the art show or taking part in a relay.
International Rotten Sneaker Contest
Definitely one of America’s more strange festivals, the Rotten Sneaker Contest allows participants to content for the smelliest shoes, with the winner having their prized possessions placed in the prestigious “Hall of Fume”.
Interstate Mullet Toss
If you get your kicks throwing fish around, boy is this festival perfect for you. Competition heats up every year in April, where the person who can throw a one-and-a-half-pound fish the furthest, wins the title of the day!
World Cow Chip Throwing Contest
Cow chip throwing is a popular past time throughout the state of Oklahoma but the concentration of experts can be found within the town of Beaver. The stories you will hear are all true, so when you visit be prepared to duck to avoid the need for facial reconstruction.
Pillow Fighting World Championships
While it may not be your traditional pillow fighting, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun. This festival is all about getting dirty…literally. Throw in some pillows, good food and hilarious entertainment and you’ve got yourself one festival you really don’t want to miss.
Intrigued? Check out Jurnii’s guide to America’s Oddest Festivals to find out more!
Maryland is a unique state, offering a handful of attractions seemingly everywhere you turn. While many of they seem perfectly normal, a small collection of them are a little on the strange side.
Want to find out what one’s we’re talking about? Read on to find out more.
1. Geppi’s Entertainment Museum: Baltimore, Maryland
Comic book fans will go nuts at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum; a big kid’s paradise.
The heart of the museum is the shrine of comic books “A Story in Four Colors”, which showcases pristine copies of some of America’s most loved comic books.
Other highlights include the showcased box of Mr. T Cereal and a battery powered Great Garloo.
2. National Museum of Dentistry: Baltimore, Maryland
A visit to the dentist generally isn’t a pleasant experience however the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore may be the exception to this rule.
Learn about the development of drills and the evolution of extraction instruments, before inspecting the dentures of George Washington and the regal set of picks and tooth scrapers used by Queen Victoria.
It’s sure to bring a toothy grin to your face!
3. National Great Blacks in Wax Museum: Baltimore, Maryland
This museum is practically overflowing with Great Blacks such as Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King, with many more planned for the future.
Each exhibit tells its own unique and individual story, providing visitors with a informative look into America’s rich past.
4. Army Ordnance Museum: Aberdeen, Maryland
Calling all big kids! The Army Ordnance Museum is a playground for those who love rockets, tanks and bombs; and the great news is, is that there are a whole 25 acres full of them.
The entrance to the museum is guarded by 30-foot-tall bomb, which gives just a slight indication of what is to follow.
5. National Vigilance Park: Fort Meade, Maryland
Keeping with the theme of aircraft and bombs, the National Vigilance Park in Fort Meade is also guaranteed to be a hit with the big kids among us.
The centerpiece of the park if the C-130 aircraft, which encompasses everything this park is about.
Visited Maryland lately and come across any other strange attractions? Tell us about them in the comments below.