Roadside Museum Houses the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things

4. World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum

No cross-country road trip is complete without making a pit stop at the world's largest version of some random object. But if you don't have time to swing by the World's Largest Baked Potato in Idaho or the World's Largest Badger in Wisconsin, you can see them both at once at this Lucas, Kansas attraction, Atlas Obscura reports, albeit on a much smaller scale.

The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things is a museum dedicated to showcasing miniaturized replicas of America's kitschiest roadside landmarks. The smallest version of the World's Largest Ball of Gum made by chewing mini chicklets is on display, as is a recreation of the World's Largest Ball of Rubber Bands featuring tiny orthodontist's versions.

The attraction was born out of founder and curator Erika Nelson's passion for the gaudy behemoths that line our country's highways. She travels all over the U.S. looking for World's Largest Objects to document, and once she finds them, a pint-sized model is produced and added to the museum's collection. If she can, Nelson then returns to the original site to snap a meta-picture of the giant attractions with their mini doppelgängers. You can check out photos of the tiny replicas and their larger-than-life inspirations below.

World's Largest Ball of Gum with WSVoWL Ball of Gum, Lucas KS

big and little albert

World's Largest Badger, Birnamwood WI

lil badger

Randy's Donuts, Inglewood CA

World's Smallest Version of Randy's Donuts, Inglewood CA

Claude Bell's Dinosaurs, Cabazon CA

World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Dinos, Cabazon CA

World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Bottle of Catsup, Collinsville IL, with meta-photo

MetaPhoto:  WSVoWL Otter visits the WL Otter, Fergus Falls MN

MetaPhoto: World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Talking Cow visits the World's Largest Talking Cow, Neillsville WI

World's Smallest Version of Carhenge visiting Carhenge, Alliance NE

World's Largest Artichoke, Castroville CA

World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Artichoke, Castroville CA

Images courtesy of Erika Nelson via Flickr.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State

Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.


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