Kitsch and Tell
Got some big news from Hampton Hotels yesterday: The chain has dubbed 2007 the year of the "World's Largest Landmarks."
It's actually good news if you're a decrepit giant roadside attraction in need of some work.
For eight years, Hampton has been refurbishing landmarks across the country, and then promoting the bejesus out of it on its Web site devoted to the program. But I'm not complaining. Who among us hasn't been moved by this area's giant chair? I'm a huge fan of roadside crap, and I still stop to look at Lucy the Margate Elephant anytime I'm in the Atlantic City area (there's also a creepy giant woman on the road connecting the Jersey Turnpike to the Atlantic City Expressway -- I'd avoid her if I could. And don't get me started on the giant Amish couple near my mother-in-law's house in Delaware).
Hampton is asking for the help from the public (that's you) for "World's Largest" nominees. It cites some of the attractions already in its databank, including the Big Duck (a 20-foot-tall quacker in Flanders, N.Y.), the World's Largest Santa Claus (a 48-foot-tall Father Christmas sure to frazzle any youngster in North Pole, Alaska) and the Giant Prospector (he's kneeling next to a candy factory north of Carson City, Nev.)
Just go to the Web site listed above and post your nomination by clicking the Save-a-Landmark icon. If you need some help jogging your memory, check out RoadsideAmerica.com, a catch-all for everything kitschy in America.
And do share: What are your favorite ginormous things straddling the highways? Any bring back some particularly large memories?
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