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Home to everyone’s favorite kind of deep-fried chicken, Kentucky is a southern state that has enough strange roadside attractions to, well, fill a bucket!
So join us as we twister our way through the land of Colonel Sanders and uncover the weirdest and wackiest attractions on offer here.
1. Mammoth Cave Wax Museum: Cave City, Kentucky
These days wax replicas have taken on a whole new meaning, with some so realistic, it’s hard to tell between the wax figure and the real person. However, due to the age of the Mammoth Cave Wax Museum, many of the figures aren’t quite as realistic as one would expect.
From Martin Luther King and Mark Twain, to the cast of Baywatch and Elvis, Mammoth Cave boasts everyone significant to both the Hollywood and History worlds.
2. The First KFC: Corbin, Kentucky
This is where the junk food craze that was to take the nation, and inevitably the world by storm, began. Experience the original recipe in its original setting…fortunately though, you won’t be offered the original chicken!
3. World’s Largest Bat: Louisville, Kentucky
The search for “world’s biggest things” was met with another entry in the country town of Louisville, Kentucky, when we stumbled across a giant baseball bat. In fact, it weighs in at an impressive 34 tons to be exact.
The bat appears to wreck havoc right across town, with a 3D painting of the ball smashing into a window of the local glass shop, and a leathery bat also found at the nearby costume shop.
4. Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum: Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
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.
5. Answers in Genesis Creation Museum: Petersburg, Kentucky
Offering some sort of answer to the age old debate between Evolution and Creationism, the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum is an attraction that is guaranteed to surprise even the most skeptical among us.
From dinosaurs and cave men, to Damnation Alley and the Garden on Eden, this museum has it all, leaving no stone unturned and no myth left without an attempted answer.
Think there’s more to fill the bucket? Leave your ideas in the comments below.
Sweet Home Alabama is home to some pretty sweet roadside attractions, but it’s the wacky ones that stand out the most. Offering world-renowned “big” attractions and historic relics from some of the world’s most well-known names, Alabama is packed to the brim with all things weird.
So join us as we Jurnii across Alabama and discover what is so sweet about it!
1. Hitler’s Typewriter: Bessemer, Alabama
As morbid as Hitler memorabilia may be, it’s hard for many to ignore their inquisitive nature about history’s most reviled maniac. Keepsakes of this hated man are scattered all across the country, but it’s the town of Bessemer, Alabama, that has the most interesting of the lot.
Hitler’s typewriter is the most popular exhibit in this Hall of History and folks around here like to push the point that “orders that marched armies to their death were typed here”. Slightly sinister yes, but it doesn’t stop the crowds lining up to check out this incredible slice of history.
2. African Village in America: Birmingham, Alabama
As far as weird and wacky in Alabama goes, there really is nothing stranger than Birmingham’s African Village. Joe Minter has been developing this tribute to African-America in his backyard since 1989, and all attractions have been built from the likes of old sports equipment, baking pans, footwear, toys and Christmas lawn decorations.
Most of Joe’s creations carry or moral or political message so if you look hard enough you will begin to recognize the hidden messages this park is trying to put across.
3. Ave Maria Grotto: Cullman, Alabama
Finding a Grotto on the roadside that isn’t, well grotty, is a hard feat, but you may just be pleasantly surprised when you come across the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama.
This Grotto pays tribute to the world’s most important religious structures, along with fascinating structures like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Hansel and Gretel’s Temple of the Fairies.
4. DeSoto Caverns: Childersburg, Alabama
More than just a hole in the ground, the DeSoto Caverns are an ideal kiddies attraction, with more novelty attractions than some theme parks. Pan for gold and run around the maze, and be sure to check out the 2000-year-old jaw bone of a 7-foot tall Woodland Indian.
However it’s the caves that are really set to amaze, with their frozen Niagaras and Stalactites never failing to disappoint.
5. World’s Largest Chair Battle: Anniston, Alabama
The ongoing battle for the title of “World’s Largest Chair” has been amusing Americans for over a century. However it wasn’t until 1981 that one was erected in Anniston, Alabama. The chair was set to break all records at an impressive 31-foot tall and was constructed using 10 tons of steel.
This chair is one for the ages and is the town’s claim to fame.
Do you call Alabama home? Tell us about your strangest experiences here in the comments below.
The world just wouldn’t be the same without the great minds of Americans. In fact, our minds have been responsible for some of the worlds most useful and life-changing inventions.
Where would we all be these days without the World Wide Web and the option to swing by a tasty burger joint at 2am? Well, we would probably be a thinner nation, but regardless, these inventions are a winner and should be rewarded more credit!
1. The Internet
I know it may be hard to do, but think back to the days when Internet wasn’t around. Hard, isn’t it?
When it was first introduced in the United States in the 1960′s it could only be accessed on a fridge sized box referred to as a computer. The mind-numbingly slow speed of the connection was seen as the triumph of the 20th Century.
50 years on, it is now one of the world’s most widely used-phenomonem making all things Twitter and Facebook possible.
Any organzation that can put a man on the moon in the 60′s deserves a spot on this list. Sure, they were just trying to beat Russia, and sure we haven’t gone back yet (even though technology these days would allow it to be possible), but NASA’s work truly is out of this world (literally).
Some may argue that other countries are ahead, technology wise, but hey, we got there first!
Easily one of the most recognizable symbols in the world, the giant “M” represents an empire that is still going strong (and fat), 69 years after its founding in San Bernardino, California.
Serving fatty mcfat hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken products (if you can even call them that) and French fries to 47 million consumers each day, business is booming (literally) with sales going through the roof (along with consumer’s cholesterol).
Forget public debates about obesity; this is the McAmerican way of life.
4. The Statue of Liberty
While it may seem an obvious addition to any “Wonders of the USA” list, it is actually largely forgotten. The lady of liberty stands tall in the harbor of New York, and embodies the freedom and liberty all Americans are entitled to.
The lady likes to be climbed, and for just $12 each, you can gain access to whichever part of her you so desire.
5. Elvis and Graceland
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is without a doubt one of the best things to come out of America’s music world. A cultural icon from the minute he stepped into the spotlight, Elvis is incredibly still making money even though he has been long gone for over 30 years.
Today you can experience everything Elvis at his original home in Graceland.
Thank you, Thank you very much!
The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars and The Dark Knight; some of the greatest films of our time. And they all derive from one place: HOLLYWOOD.
Every actor dreams of making it big, and in these dreams this is the only place to do it!
Hollywood expresses everything America is about: big, loud, creative expression, high budget, in your face and sure to be a hit!
7. The Yellow Cab
Before public transport became as good as it is today, where would we be if we were stuck 10 miles from home, in the middle of the night, with no sense of direction and an unreliable friend who forgot to pick you up? A yellow cab is probably where you would find yourself.
Its birth in Chicago, Illinois signified the change of a travelling era. They are the most recognizable car in NYC (perhaps because these are pretty much the only cars on the road) and can be brought to a stop at the simple sound of a wolf whistle.
Think America has invented a few more than these 7 fantatsic, life-chaning things? Let us know about them in the comments below.