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Roadside News: June 12, 2009

Superman statue.Lady of Steel: The city of Metropolis, Illinois — Hometown of Superman — has broken ground for a Lois Lane statue (It will be a companion for the Man of Steel statue already in town). We wonder if it will be based on the comic gal, the original TV show Lois, or one of the subsequent flash-in-the-flying-pans. According to CNN, however, it may take years before whatever Lois is completed, because the anticipated kick-in money from Metropolis’s casino has failed to materialize. Isn’t a casino in Metropolis the kind of thing that Superman would have smashed?

Obelisk Whisked: A cell phone tower in Ridgeland, Mississippi, that’s disguised as the Washington Monument — or possibly the Jefferson Davis Monument — is going to disappear temporarily. This has nothing to do with Lost Cause conspiratorial politics, but because the adjacent interstate plans to build a frontage road where the tower currently stands. According to the Madison County Journal, the tower “will only be moved 400 to 500 feet from where it is now.”

UFO Clone Cult May Land in Vegas: The Raelian Movement, famous for cloning human babies, now plans to build “a UFOLand in Las Vegas,” according to KLAS-TV, “where visitors can attend a Happiness Academy and see a full-size replica of a UFO.” The attraction will also have a 1000-seat theater where prophet Rael can give lectures, and a museum. The Raelians’ North American leader reportedly “expects the UFOland to become one of the most popular destinations in Las Vegas within the next five years,” although it may face stiff competition from the proposed Alien Theme Park in Roswell, New Mexico.

Carved For Your Examination: A new public sculpture garden titled Body of Evidence is being built in Scottsdale, Arizona, “inspired by the forensic work being done at the new municipal complex,” according to the Arizona Republic. The garden will include “decomposed granite and tile” as well as tracks, footprints, fingerprints, and “images of DNA supplanted on landscape.” It sounds promising — we just hope that it doesn’t turn out so abstract that the blood trail looks like paving stones.

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