My wife and I are on a mission to visit all the oversized local landmarks throughout Minnesota. This blog chronicles those visits and covers other related topics.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Midwestern Tornado Destroys 4 World's Largest Objects

From America's Finest News Source, The Onion

Midwestern Tornado Destroys 4 World's Largest Objects

SAC CITY, IA—A category F4 tornado ravaged large sections of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin Sunday, killing 15 people and irreparably damaging four of the world's largest novelty objects, including a prized 150-foot fiberglass muskie and a two-ton bail of hay in Minnesota. "It's horrifying, there are three-foot wide pieces of popcorn ball everywhere," said Midwesterner Emily Roberts, whose garage was leveled when powerful winds dropped Sac City, IA's record-breaking confection onto its roof. "That damn popcorn ball used to be the pride of our city. It's so senseless." Even as volunteers worked tirelessly to clean up debris from the World's Largest Ball of Yarn in Rockford, IL, the city's mayor had already invited Guinness World Records officials to oversee the dedication of the World's Largest Knot.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Connecticut Big Stuff Map

There really isn't much in Connecticut to stop and look upward at. They have 1 and a half Muffler Men (assuming that either the torso didn't return or the pants didn't disappear) a private dinosaur haven, a car wash with tons of vintage and kitschy stuff, including a giant Santa, and some large frogs on a bridge.

Photo by fzzygalore.

The Wells Dinosaur Haven is a dinosaur sculpture garden, of sorts, on private property. There are over 35 hand built dinosaur sculptures in a wooded setting. It appears to be open to the public as long as you ask permission first.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Map of Rhode Island Big Stuff

I decided to knock out a couple easy maps and what better place to start than the smallest state in the Union, Rhode Island. There isn't much for big stuff in Rhode Island, but they have made a huge contribution to the big stuff community. Rhode Island is home to Nibbles Woodaway, the World's Largest Termite. In fact, he is the world's largest bug.

Photo by stgermh.

Here's another angle of Nibbles.

Nibbles stands on top of New England Pest Control. You can find out more about him at their website,

Providence is home to Hasbro, the toy company who makes Mr. Potato Head. To honor the iconic toy line, a mass community arts project was launched where 37 oversized Potato Heads were distributed and customized by local artists and companies. At least a few are still around. Here is an article about it.