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Angel Statues – Divine Protectors?

Friday, October 24th, 2008

We’re hearing more about Angels recently, perhaps as a hint that we’re ready for some heavenly intervention. “Christmas Box Angel” statues are popping up all over, a kind of somber variant of the Cancer Survivor Gauntlet franchise that was all the rage a few years back. And a new human antibody as protective angel sculpture […]

Titans Threaten Greatest Liberty

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

You may not realize that the Statue of Liberty is the tallest statue in North America: 151 feet from sandal-bottom to torch-tip. Other people, however, are keenly aware of that measurement. They intend to top it. Last year David Adickes was in the news, with his dream of building a 280-foot-tall cowboy. This year Ted […]

Grinding Rocks Bring Friction To The Golden State

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

We have been ignorant of the tourist potential of the Grinding Rock. We only became aware of its existence last week, when the Grass Valley Union ran a story about the unveiling of a Grinding Rock tourist attraction in Nevada City, California. Charismatic rocks have always had their fans, and this ancient Indian food preparation […]

Colossal Kissers Back in Sarasota

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Those who follow the sometimes-elusive Muffler Men know that roadside giants sometimes shift locations. But 26-foot-tall statues are rarely as mobile as “Unconditional Surrender,” an over-sized depiction of a sailor embracing a nurse at the end of World War II. The public spooners were in Sarasota, Florida, in 2005, then moved 3,000 miles to San […]

Lord Dooley Mascot Statue No Boner

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

It’s always encouraging to see college students get their act together and permanently enshrine their oddball mascots, whether they be a bronze turtle or a lumberjack Muffler Man. But Lord Dooley, at Atlanta’s Emory University, is not your typical mascot — and neither is a statue depicting him. Dooley, “the Lord of Misrule,” is a […]

Giant Jack-In-The-Box Unveiled In New England

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

The World’s Largest Jack-In-The-Box has made its debut in Middletown, Connecticut.

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