Sugarcreek, Ohio has what they claim is the world's largest cuckoo clock. In fact it had been on display at a couple of different venues for many years. It is quite a lovely and charming tourist attraction.
But what about Mount Rushmore? Are there similarly all kinds of alternative Mount Rushmores tucked away in obscure corners of the world? I would have thought so. After all, it's one of the most famous landmarks in the world and seems ripe for creative re-interpretation.
However, the only alternative Mount Rushmore that I'm aware of is Florence Deeble's Mount Rushmore in her rock garden in Lucas, Kansas. Am I missing something here? There must be more Mount Rushmores out there, but where are they?
The residents of Aroostook County, Maine constructed a scale model of the solar system which you can see as you drive along Route 1 from Presque Isle to Houlton. The sun, located at Presque Isle, reaches up to the third floor of the Northern Maine Museum of Science. The earth, a mile away at Percy's Auto Sales, is a styrofoam ball 5.5 inches in diameter. Drive another 4.3 miles to see Jupiter. And Pluto, forty miles away at the end, is a one-inch-diameter wooden ball.
Everyone seems to use a different mnemonic to remember the planets in the Solar System. The one I learned is "My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Porcupines."
To remember the points of the compass I always have to repeat the phrase "Naughty Elephants Squirt Water".
While others are off at church on a Sunday, why not stay in and have a pagan breakfast celebration, with Baconhenge.
Let Baconhenge be the site of your seasonal celebration! Let bacon stand in for the sacrificed Year King, French toast for the Grain Goddess, the eggs in the frittata for the Cosmic Egg, and the vegetables for the bountiful Earth on which we live.
Ingredients include 12 pieces of french toast, a pound of bacon, a potato, onion, mushrooms, and a dozen eggs. I can't wait to try it! (via J-Walk)
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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