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Happy Birthday Twine Ball Man

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

JFK – that’s James Frank Kotera, not John F. Kennedy – turned 70 on Groundhog Day, 2017. JFK is the creator and solitary roller of what may be the World’s Largest Ball of Twine.

Gods In The House

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Author Neil Gaiman is a fan of Roadside America, particularly when it comes to his fantasy novel “American Gods.”

Evolution of the Cow Chip Toss: Wisconsin

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The twin villages of Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, proud as they are of their annual Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival, admit they were not the first to celebrate the bovine natural resource.

R.I.P. Wilbert Behn

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

On March 29, 2011, Wilbert Behn passed away, days shy of his 92nd birthday. He was the self-proclaimed world’s oldest lion tamer and the last living member of RoadsideAmerica.com’s Hall of Immortals.

Rhinelander Welcomes New Monsters

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Community art projects, the temporary scattering of custom-painted-but-identically-formed fiberglass cows or bears around a town, rarely appeal to us. Good for the fiberglass sculpture industry, good for civic fund-raising, but too mass-produced, too normal.

Flamingo Flap

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

The proud pink flamingo which adorned a steel fire escape above Baltimore’s Cafe Hon has triumphed in its bureaucratic battle with city officials. Back in early October — after the decorative bird had spent about seven years minding its own business — city inspectors made a big stink over the giant pink waterfowl. A governmental […]

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