Saturday, January 28, 2012

Beer Can House, Houston, TX

BEER CAN HOUSE. What else do you do when you personally drink 39,000 beers. Flatten them and decorate your house on the outskirts of Houston Texas. That's what John Milkovisch did after retirement. Took 18 years (a six pack a day) This is a must see and a Houston landmark. Check out the pull tab curtains. I met a fellow #Roadside America junkie at this that day.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Nutty Car Wash, Cromwell, CT

 NUTTY CAR WASH near Cromwell, CT. This is only a few examples of the hundreds of crazy statues on and about this car wash. I pushed the "Talk to Santa" button but it was apparently not working that day. I was going to tell him to double up on the wax. This place is great and the people actually washing their cars didn't seem to mind me enthusiastically running around snapping pictures of the dinosaurs, zebras, mounted T-Rex head, snowmen, pirates, windmill.  I even saw Clark Kent in the car washes phone booth.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mayberry Andy and Opie Statue, Raleigh, NC

STATUE OF ANDY AND OPIE - Visited this site several times during our swim meets at the Pullen Aquatic Center next to the campus of North Carolina State in Raleigh, NC. TV Lands tribute. Apparently an identical statue resides in Mt. Airy, NC. the town that the TV show was based on and has the Mayberry Sheriff's Office, Wally's Service Station (Goober) and an authentic Mayberry Police Car, Floyd's Barber Shop

(Formerly) Worlds Largest Rotating Globe, Wellesley, MA

Babson College in Wellesley, MA boasted, but has since, relinquished its title of WORLD'S LARGEST ROTATING GLOBE. It was built in 1955 and is 28 feet wide and weighs 25 tons. It is on the front lawn of the Coleman Map Building. Unfortunately, it was not rotating at the time of my visit. Apparently it went through a 9 year renovation when in 1984 all of the tiles fell off that represented the continents. I think the Mayans predicted this also.

Sky Line Chili, Ohio


This was my first and last encounter with Cincinnati’s Famous SKYLINE CHILI. This concoction was introduced by Nicholas Lambrinides who served this dish at his first restaurant overlooking the Cincy skyline in1949. A must try if in Cincinnati or Ohio in general. My Cleveland cousins call this a food group.




The Cincinnati "Skyline" Chili Ordering Code
1-way: just the chili
2-way: chili served over spaghetti
3-way: chili, spaghetti, and grated Cheddar cheese
4-way: chili, spaghetti, cheese, and onions
5-way: chili, spaghetti, cheese, onions, and beans
All "ways" are served with oyster crackers


Prima Cowerina, Hartford Childrens Museum, Hartford, CT

MAJESTIC "PRIMA COWARINA" dancing with delight at the entrance of the Hartford Children's Museum.

Giant Teddy Bear, New York, NY

 
In my travels around Manhattan I came across agigantic YELLOW TEDDY BEAR leaning up against a table lamp. It is in front ofthe Seagram Building in Seagram Plaza. Apparently it is to be or was auctioned off by Christie's. (Expectedprice $10 million)  It was created bySwiss artist-turned-New Yorker Urs Fischer. 

Walk Through Whale, Hartford Childrens Museum, Hartford, CT

 In West Hartford, CT.  I was able to walk through a 60 foot OUTDOOR WHALE at the Hartford Children's Museum. Affectionately known as "Conny",  He is CT State Animal. Too cold on my visit there but he apparently can spout water from his blowhole.


Winnie the Pooh and Friends, New York City Public Library, NYC

Winnie the Pooh
Original WINNIE THE POOH AND FRIENDS at the New York Public Library across from Bryant Park in Mid-Town Manhattan NYC. A. A. Milne gave a small stuffed bear  to his son Christopher Robin Milne on his first birthday. He named him Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh) and the rest is history.
Tigger, Owl, Eeyore, Piglet and Pooh

Piglet

Big Milk Bottle. Raystown, MA

BIG MILK BOTTLE, visit Raystown, MA for the Frates Dairy.  If you look the red topped bottle is painted white with a cream color close to the brim.

Sticky Situation, Boston Molasses Flood, Boston, MA

Sticky Situation, Boston Molasses Flood, Boston, MA


Across the bridge from Charleston, MA in the North End this small (hard to find) plaque is dedicated to the memory of 21 Bostonians that lost their live is the Great BOSTON MOLASSES FLOOD of 1919. According to news report of the day, the Molasses was waist deep when a storage tank from the Purity Distilling Company facility burst sending gooey stickiness into the street below. along with the deaths over 100 people were injured. Residents of the area say that on a warm day they can still smell the molasses in the street.

Big Coffee Pot, Lynns Paradise Cafe, Louisville, KY

BIG COFFEE POT in front of  Lynn's Paradise Cafe, a unique restaurant in the The Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. The restaurant sponsors a Ugly Lamp Contest
(Born Ugly or Made Ugly) each year at the Kentucky State Fair. By the decor inside I am guessing the past winners are displayed at each table throughout the restaurant. According to Wikipedia the restaurant also has a New Year's Day pajama party.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Unconditional Surrender, San Diego, CA

Next to the Aircraft Carrier The USS Midway in the San Diego, CA Harbor stands a statue patterned after the famous kiss between a nurse and a sailor in Times Square on VJ Day.

National Christmas Center, Paradise, PA

Greeted at the door by actual Santa Claus at the NATIONAL CHRISTMAS CENTER in Paradise, PA (Lancaster) . Visited the museum inside of Christmas History and Traditions, the beautiful Nativity and the Train Exhibit. They also had a replica of a old Woolworth's Department Store. There is a cost to go through the museum and Santa can be very persuasive. No naughty or nice conversation just put up your dough and I'll let you through the turnstile.

Wall of Saints, Boston, MA

 Nestled in the North End of Boston. This alley called ALL SAINTS WAY AND THE WALL OF SAINTS.Behind an iron gate you can see a tribute to Roman Catholic Saints placed there by Peter Badassari













Montclairs Man on the Moon, Montclair, NJ

 Original Boyhood Home of Buzz Aldrin with the BUZZ ALDRIN BIRTHPLACE STONE out front in Montclair, NJ. A tribute to Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. who is called "Montclair's Man on the Moon". Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon during the Apollo missions.






Giant Apple Truck, Chambersburg PA

GIANT APPLE TRUCK right outside Chambersburg, PA where I live. Located on Route 30, the Lincoln Highway, and part of the Heritage Corridor's Roadside Giants Project It is a replica of a 1921 Selden Apple Truck and built by the local Franklin County Career and Technology Center. Look for the Shatzer's Fruit Market

Fork in the Road, Centerport, PA

This is an actual FORK IN THE ROAD. Located in Centerport, PA The funny thing is, look at the sign behind it, every town is exactly 3 miles away regardless of the town. This is a little off the beaten path but worth the trip. Parking is directly behind it.

Who's on First, Statue of Lou Costello, Paterson, NJ

Paterson, NJ  tribute to hometown celebrity with a STATUE OF LOU COSTELLO. The statue is titled "Lou's On First". Tip: Visit during the day as the neighborhood and parking on the street are questionable.


Giant Armadillo, Houston, TX

 Outside of Goode's Barbecue in Houston, TX stands this 14 foot long, 22 foot high stainless steel plated GIANT ARMADILLO that has glowing red eyes, long horns, and smoke coming out of his nostrils. (Great BBQ, excellent drinks and one hell of a photo opportunity)




Fulton Steamboat Inn, Strasburg, PA


Visited the FULTON STEAMBOAT INN in Strasburg, PA. while traveling to Lancaster up US Route 30. Built in the shape of a Mississippi River Boat. Robert Fulton was born very close to this site in Lancaster's Amish Country

Pickle Man Statue, Dillsburg, PA

PICKLE MAN STATUE in Dillsburg, PA. Carved out of an old tree stump, the pickle man with a top hat officially welcomes you to the town of Dillsburg. Right off the Harrisburg Pike (Rt. 15) This is the same town that drops a Giant Pickle on New Year's Eve to welcome the New Year.

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