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Be It Ever So Humble, There’s No Place Like A Bottle House

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

“I just woke up one day and told my wife, ‘I want to build a bottle house.'”

Spook Hill Monument: An Uphill (Or Is It Downhill?) Battle

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Lake Wales, Florida, is the site of Spook Hill, among the most famous “gravity hills” in the world. You park your car at the bottom — the town has painted a helpful line on the street at the starting point — put it in neutral, then sit in amazement as you roll uphill.

R.I.P. Queenie, World’s Last Water Skiing Elephant

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

For a brief two years, a Thailand-born elephant named Queenie became the last known live pachyderm to master water skis.

Quantum Mechanics And Mr. Chicken

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The next time you hear or read someone dismissing roadside attractions as a waste of brain space, tell them about Mr. Chicken. Mr. Chicken — who happens to be an alligator* — lives at Gatorama in Palmdale, a classic Florida attraction started by the legendary late Cecil Clemens. It’s an unlikely place for anything cerebral, […]

Gator Zip Lines: Let The Reptile Snack Rivalry Begin

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

It was only a matter of time before some entrepreneur saw the possibilities in combining an aerial obstacle course with a pit of toothy alligators.

Circus Memories in a Giant’s Boot

Monday, October 4th, 2010

For over 40 years, a rotting rubber boot was the unofficial civic symbol of Gibsonton, Florida.

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