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Lobster Betsey Back on Job

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Betsey, who is possibly the world’s largest lobster, has returned to public view in Islamorada, Florida. Most of her, anyway. “Her legs go on tomorrow,” said Betsey’s new owner, “Mangrove Mike” Forster, who is supervising her reassembly. “But the people already coming to see her are just incredible.” Betsey, an over-sized and adored symbol of […]

Roadside News: March 30, 2009

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Big Leather Boot – MN | Woodstock Monument Guy Dies – NY | Museum of Clean – ID | Elvis Presley Haircut Celebration – AR

Sparks Fly Over Nebraska Fry Chair

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

“Well, what do you do with a used electric chair?” That was the question that Duane Tappe of McCook, Nebraska, asked himself. He knew that his state capitol, Lincoln, had an electric chair that it wasn’t planning to use any more. And Duane thought, Why not bring the chair to McCook? It would make a […]

The Last Temptation Of A Souvenir

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

If a tourist attraction succeeds, thrives, and endures long enough, it accumulates a storeroom full of old brochures and souvenirs. While many owners toss yesteryear’s marketing into the trash and merchandise into the 25 cent bins, some hold onto their creations. They open a “museum” about the attraction’s past, to put tourists in the proper […]

Airstream Ranch: Public Hearing Mar. 27

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Frank Bates let us know his Airstream Ranch, Dover Florida, will be the sole subject of a hearing open to the public tomorrow in a Tampa courthouse. The Airstream Ranch, a line of Airstream trailers upended a la Cadillac Ranch, has been under attack as an illegal eyesore by a couple of irate neighbors and […]

Bigger, Broader Patriotism Arrives In Atlanta

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Patriotism is evidently on the rise, as the National Museum of Patriotism has moved to a bigger location in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

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