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Frankfort, Kentucky - Floral Clock
Built in 1961, the clock weighs 100 tons (dirt is heavy) and is somehow suspended over a fountain. Its face, 34 feet across, is regularly filled with over 10,000 plants from nearby greenhouses.[RS, 11/22/2014]
What time is it? Half past Y on the Floral Clock.
- Capital Ave., Frankfort, KY
- The clock is just to the west and behind the Kentucky State Capitol building, just east of Shelby St.
Amarillo, Texas - Giant Black Marble Floating on Water
Located at the Centennial Plaza, this 1,500kg granite marble floats on a film of 10-pounds-per-square-inch of recycled water. Because it floats, it can be spun in any direction with very little effort.[RS, 11/22/2014]
Called a "Kugel Ball," these interactive fountains have been installed in many places as an alternative to traditional public water features. 1500kg is roughly 3,300 pounds; there are some that are 10,000+ lbs.
- S. Buchanan St., Amarillo, TX
- I-40 exit 70. Drive north and bear right onto S. Buchanan St. The plaza with the ball will be on the right, at the intersection of SE 6th Ave. on the left. There's a parking lot on the right just before you reach the ball.
- Port Hueneme, California - Point Mugu Missile Park
At the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Wood Road sits Naval Base Ventura (formerly Point Mugu Naval Air Station). Next to the runway is the Point Mugu Missile Park. This is not a conventional park by any stretch of the imagination. There's no large grass field, few trees, and no place to play ball. But there is a fine collection of various missiles produced from the late 1950s until the present, along with a couple jet aircraft (An F4 Phantom and an F14 Tomcat).
As a bonus, the park is at the east end of the Mugu runway, so you can hang out and watch modern jets take off and land.[RS, 11/22/2014]
One of the missiles in the Park is a "Loon," the late 1940s American version of the Nazi buzz bomb, built by captured German rocketeers.
- Naval Air Rd, Port Hueneme, CA
- On the west side of Pacific Coast Hwy exit 108 (Wood Rd).
- Minneapolis, Minnesota - House of Balls
After almost 30 years the House of Balls will be leaving the North Loop neighborhood for the Cedar Riverside area on the far side of downtown. The new location, 1504 South 7th Street, is adjacent to the Cedar/Riverside light rail stop, as well as a bike and walking path. It also features an outdoor area that overlooks the city and is visible from westbound I-94. Allen looks forward to doing his magic on a bigger scale, so fans of roadside art should certainly watch this space.[Mrs. Lucky, 11/22/2014]
Allen Christian cleared out his old House of Balls on Nov. 21-22, 2014. No word yet when his new House will be open.
- 212 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN
- 3rd Ave. N., in the downtown warehouse district near the Monte Carlo Restaurant. This location closed Nov. 22, 2014.
Anderson, South Carolina - Moonshine Distillery: Otis the Donkey
This was one of the best stops you can make. We sampled all they had available, including jams and Bloody Mary mix. It was a great surprise when we pulled up and were greeted by goats and a sweet donkey named Otis. You can buy animal snacks for $1 inside and it's very worth it. Otis has the softest nose and ears and is especially friendly if you're smoking a cigarette.[Emily, 11/22/2014]
- 200 W. Benson St., Anderson, SC
- Downtown, just west of the courthouse. On the south side of W. Whitner St./Hwy 24 just west of its intersection with S. Murray Ave./US Hwy 29.
- M-F 10-7, Sa 9-7 (Call to verify)