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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Nearly six months after current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi announced that he'd be hanging up his Crombie coat at the end of this year, fans have been speculating about who would be taking over the TARDIS. On Sunday morning, BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker will become the Thirteenth Doctor—the first female lead in the show's history.

That's not the only major change the series will see when its Christmas Special premieres at the end of this year; longtime showrunner Steven Moffat is handing off creative duties to Chris Chibnall, who has written several episodes of the series over the past decade. The teaming of Chibnall and Whittaker will be a familiar one, as the two have spent the past several years working on Broadchurch, which Chibnall created and in which Whittaker stars (its stellar final season is airing on BBC America now).

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey—with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet," Whittaker said in a statement. "It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

“After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor," Chibnall added. "I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

Though Whittaker will make history as the first female Doctor, the idea has been floated in the past. When David Tennant parted ways with his role as the Tenth Doctor in 2008, showrunner Russell Davies said that Catherine Zeta-Jones was his first choice to replace him.

When asked what it feels like to be the first woman Doctor, Whittaker said, "It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible."

Fortunately, Whittaker already has a few friends in the Doctor Who family who she's expecting to hear from at any minute. "I’m certainly expecting a couple of calls," she admitted. "I’ve got a couple of mates in there. I’m mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I’m mates with a trio of Doctors. I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston, and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let’s throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I’m hoping I get some calls of advice."

Whittaker will make her debut in the 2017 Christmas Special, which will mark Capaldi's final episode as the Twelfth Doctor—and he couldn't be more thrilled with his choice of successor.

“Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm," Capaldi said. "She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”


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