The Weirdest Roadside Attractions

The Weirdest Roadside Attractions

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There's nothing better than a great American cross-county road trip: soaking in the nation's majestic beauty, eating in tiny roadside diners, driving 150 miles out of the way to take a selfie in front of... a giant ball of string!

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    You'll recognize this 135ft peach-shaped water tower that resembles a giant butt from its cameo in House of Cards, where it was the subject of a potential legal battle between Frank Underwood and one of his constituents.
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    Almost as sad as an abandoned water park... oh wait, that's exactly what this is.
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    Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle at the birthplace of your favorite Thanksgiving fruit salad and hospital dessert.
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    Lucy is not only the world's largest fake elephant, but also the only one in the country designated as a National Historic Landmark.
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    Alien-themes brothel. That is all.
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    Collecting stamps? Not exactly a hobby that's landing you a cheerleader girlfriend. But use 4,655,00 of those stamps to make a giant ball and suddenly you're the coolest dude in the 10th grade, and proud owner of the world's largest ball of stamps.
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    This not-very-PC roadside restaurant was founded in 1940 and repainted in a lighter skin tone during the Civil Rights Movement. Also, yes, you're eating breakfast underneath the woman's dress.
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    Apparently there are six such frying pans scattered around the country, all claiming to be the world's largest.
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    A trippy, 50ft hill in the California desert that's been covered in 100,000 gallons of paint, Salvation Mountain's an art exhibit slash "tribute to God" from artist Leonard Knight.
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    This little souvenir shop/convenience store -- with its mural and amateurish cutout in front -- pays homage to the Boggy Creek Monster, a Sasquatch-like beast said to have roamed the area since the 1940s.
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