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Sin City Sindy: A Woman With Altitude

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

“I just got carried away,” said David Saxe, creator of Sin City Sindy in Las Vegas, Nevada. That explanation might sound lame in some Las Vegas situations. In David’s, however, it’s perfectly justified. Sin City Sindy is a cartoonish stripper, reportedly 31 feet tall, possibly the largest fiberglass lady in the world. She’s a logical […]

Let’s Go Day Glow (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Now that we’ve absorbed a bit about the science behind fluorescence, let’s see how black lights and glow-in-the-dark effects add psychedelic pageantry to many leisuretime activities. Eerie day-glo exoticism is a popular feature at haunted houses, mystery spots, and classic amusement park “dark rides” (many of which have undergone klutzy re-branding, Kennywood’s “Garfield’s Nightmare” being […]

Let’s Go Day Glow (Part 1)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Black light adds a trippy glow to a host of otherwise unenlightened tourist attractions. For many decades, fluorescent enhancement has brought a dramatic beauty to your average mini-golf course, common cavern, or mundane mineral display. But how does black light really work?

Ghost Town In The Sky Isolated By Landslide

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Ghost Town in the Sky, a Wild West theme park on top of a mountain in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, has had a sometimes bumpy career as a tourist attraction. Its latest trauma has been an impending foreclosure, threatened for as early as June 2010. But that awful fate is now on hold, because the […]

Cathedral of Junk Faces Untimely Junking

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

From the scrap heap it came, and to the scrap heap it will eventually return. But fans of the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas, just don’t want it to go there right now. The Cathedral of Junk has, like medieval cathedrals, risen slowly over many decades. It’s the creation of Vince Hannemann, who in […]

Raising Dough – Giant Pierogi

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Jeff Lohaud is a Minneapolis-based artist with a dumpling dream: a vision inspired by the Eastern European version of stuffed dough called a pierogi. His ambition is to raiseĀ  $100,000 to fund the creation of a 17-foot-tall cast bronze sculpture of a pierogi, perched atop a formidable metal fork. The masonry base will display the […]

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