The Quick 10: 10 Novelty Architecture Buildings

I'm a sucker for interesting roadside attractions, which you have probably noticed from some of my other posts. Anything to chop up a long roadtrip into smaller segments is OK in my book. Here are a few novelty architecture buildings you should keep an eye out for when you're on your travels.

1. Lucy the Elephant, a six-story building in New Jersey that has been around since 1882 to sell real estate and attract tourists.

2. The Longaberger Company's headquarters in Ohio, which is shaped like their medium market basket.

3. Tail 'O The Pup, a hot dog stand in L.A. that was built in 1946.

4. The Brown Derby, another Los Angeles celebrity staple.

5. The Big Pineapple

in Queensland, Australia. It's a souvenir stand for the working farm and tourist attraction that even Prince Charles and Princess Diana once visited.

6. The Big Chicken, built in 1963, was originally home to Johnny Reb's Chick, Chuck and Shake restaurant. The owner sold it to his brother and it became a KFC franchise.

7. If we have a Big Chicken, there must be a Big Duck. And there is - it lives in Flanders, N.Y., and was used to sell ducks and eggs in 1931.

8. The Wigwam Hotel is shaped like, well, Teepees. The first of the chain opened in 1933 in Kentucky and was quickly followed by more in Arizona, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama. You can still find some of them on Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona.

9. King Kone in Perry, Michigan, looks like it could be Paul Bunyan's ice cream desserts.

10. The Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho, is one dog you definitely wouldn't want to lift its leg. I'm not sure that I could walk up stairs and enter a giant dog's butt in good conscience.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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