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Kitsch and Tell, Part Two

John Deiner

A few months back, I shared some news from Hampton Hotels -- that 2007 was dubbed the year of the "World's Largest Landmarks." In short, the company is working to restore some of those giant roadside eyesores (chairs, elephants, etc.) that we all love so much.

Okay, not everyone loves them, and, like I said, they're often just eyesores.

Hampton Hotel employee volunteers paint the World's Largest Teapot in Chester, W.Va. (Robin Weiner/U.S. Newswire)

Now comes word that the company has blown off some steam and finished its first refurbishment of the year: The World's Largest Teapot in Chester, W.Va., about 30 miles from Pittsburgh. I've included a picture here to let you know that the teapot was in good hands.

But it appears that someone out there in blogland may have actually made a difference. After I asked for readers' faviorite giant things, one of you reported on a scary giant mosquito in Manitoba. Evidently, Hampton now has its eyes on the giant bug and is working to determine its refurbishment needs.

Yes, it gets Hampton's name out there, and yes, it's not exactly the same as feeding the hungry or sheltering the homeless or, for that matter, making sure your flight takes off on time.. But still . . . it's something. I'll keep you up to date if the mosquito gets an extreme makeover.

By John Deiner |  May 25, 2007; 9:45 AM ET  | Category:  John Deiner , The Odd File
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