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Illinois Popeye Pummels The Competition

Monday, September 14th, 2009

For an 80-year-old cartoon character, Popeye has some sea legs. At least three towns promote his immortality with statues, but Chester, Illinois, clearly has wind in its sails. Crystal City, Texas, “Spinach Capital of the World,” was the first to erect a Popeye statue in 1937. It deserves credit for that — but it hasn’t […]

Makeover For Portland Paul

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

A towering statue in Portland, Oregon, of Paul Bunyan — terror of the Beaver State’s many trees — has just received a $12,000 paint job.

Morro Castle: I Was A Death Ship, Too!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Most people know the sad story of the Titanic. A few have even visited its Kate Winslet-inspired memorial in Washington, DC. But the Atlantic had other Ships of Hell as well — such as the Morro Castle.

Hitler’s Pennsylvania Cabin

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

When Adolf Hitler’s yacht was busted up for scrap in the early 1950s, souvenirs wound up all over Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

Roadside News: Sept. 3, 2009

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Burt Reynolds Museum – FL | Heal me, Red Boiling Springs! – TN | Mall Averse to Bison Stampede – WY | Stoogeum Owner Needs Loud Conk on Head – PA

Ft. Worth: Last Supper Wax Back

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

For a dozen years a life-size wax version of The Last Supper has languished in a Texas closet, the heads of Jesus and his disciples stored in boxes. Delays kept it there despite promises of its return in 2005 and 2007 and 2008. Now it’s finally back, the centerpiece of Ft. Worth’s new Christian Arts […]

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