Big Things

Coolest roadside attractions

Courtesy of guyism.com, Coolest roadside attractions | Cadillac Ranch | Largest ball of twine: 10. Martini Drinking Elephant – Fortville, Indiana 9. Bigfoot Discovery Museum – Felton, California 8. Jimmy Carter Peanut – Plains, Georgia 7. 7 POPS Diner – Arcadia, Oklahoma 6. Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum – Jupiter, Florida 5. W’eel Turtle Sculpture-

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Giant Inflatable Dog Crap Escapes Moorings, Wreaks Havoc

I shit you not — Paul McCartney American Artist Paul McCarthy created, for an art exhibit called “East of Eden: A Garden Show” at the Paul Klee Art Center in Switzerland, a giant inflatable dog shit balloon. On July 31, it was the victim of high winds and blew several hundred meters, damaging power lines

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Damn, where’d all my free time go?

I’m sitting here making out our “To Do” list for this weekend, which includes: Putting together new treadmill discarding non-functioning television putting loads of stuff on ebay or craigslist. taking all the recycling to the recycling center laundry, laundry & more laundry Garrett’s birthday Church on Sunday Visit the rental house & install locks and

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Giant Colgate Clock endangered

One of my favorite “Big Things” – the Colgate Clock – may be endangered. The clock is the second largest in the world. Built in 1924, it sits on top of the Colgate-Palmolive plant in Clarksville, Indiana, near Louisville, Kentucky. We visited in April of 2005 and took photos of the giant clock, which can

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Big Things Photos – Back up and Running

My “Big Things” photo galleries are back up and running, finally, after some coding goofiness. In going through all the new photos, I realized I have hundreds of new ones to put online; I’m further behind on this project than I thought. But I have much easier ways to get them online, so that’s good.

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Road Trip

I’m just now realizing that in all of the concern and activity around the house, I totally failed to mention that I’m on vacation for a week so we can drive out to my cousin’s wedding in Pittsburg, Kansas. We’re taking 1-70 across Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri; and from there, we’re taking I-44 down

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Muffler Man Deconstructed

Kyla sent me a link to this picture from the San Fransciso Gate’s Day in Pictures: “Saving face: Gene Lanich normally maintains a brisker pace in Springfield, Ill., but lately he’s been hampered by a large Bunyan. A weekend windstorm decapitated a statue of the legendary lumberjack at a local eatery. ” So sad. Hoping

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Giant Cross in Terre Haute

The Cross Tabernacle Church has erected a nearly 50 cross near U.S. 41 outside Terre Haute. If I’m not mistaken, there are a number of giant things in that area that we’re planning to photograph on a weekend roadtrip already, so we’ll probably grab a picture of it, too.

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Giant Shoes

Cool, a new big thing for me to photograph: Giant basketball shoes being placed around Indianapolis. Update – I caught a photo of one of these; will have them up soon.

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I’m going to be on TV Again

I’m going to be on WISH-TV’s morning news on Friday morning for my “Big Things” photographs again. I did an updated interview with Dick Wolfsie a few weeks ago, and it will air then. So check me out being all famous and stuff. On top of that… I won first place in the Nuvolab 2005

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Cult of the Giant Teapot

A group of people in Malaysia belonging the the Sky Kingdom religion sect reported that their giant teapot, which they built to symbolize the importance of the healing purity of water, was attacked by a Muslim group who were upset at the number of converts they were losing.

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Big Things: Giant Barrel, mechanical puppet in France

Photos of a giant barrel at a Jules Verne celebration in France. Inside is a giant mechanical puppet, that interacts with a strange elephant with a cathedral on it’s back. They parade through the streets, and eventually the puppet puts on aviator glasses and jumps in a giant barrel-like rocket and blasts off. Looks like

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Giant Table and Chairs

In Hampstead Heath, England: 30ft sculpture of a table and chair. And if that weren’t enough, Snapple attempted to create the world’s largest popsicle, but were confounded by the heat and cooling system failure, which caused their creation to melt, flooding Union Square in New York with 17 tons of bright red slush. Iowans were

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So Dick Wolfsie called me this morning…

From WISH-TV morning news. We’re going to do another interview about my “Big Things” photography, on June 29th. This time we’re going to film first and they’ll put it all together and broadcast it, and they’ll go grab shots of some of my favorite stuff around the city. I have to decide which Big Thing

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Louisville, Kentucky

It’s been a couple of weeks, but I finally got my pictures edited from our Big Things photography trip to Louisville, Kentucky. I love this city! In a lot of ways it’s more sophisticated that Indianapolis. Much better arts. Their historic areas are huge and much better preserved than in Indianapolis, and their downtown is

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Big Things Louisville Trip

Stephanie and I took a trip to Louisville this weekend to take some Big Things pictures. On Saturday, we visited the giant Colgate clock, the giant bat at Louisville Slugger Museum (another giant bat at the costume shop down the street) and a huge coffee pot at the Lynn’s Paradise Cafe. We also went to

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Lazy Sunday Afternoons

Yesterday, Stephanie and I curled up in the living room under the quilt, next to the Christmas tree, and watched TV while sipping hot chocolate and eating popcorn and cookies. We watched five hours worth of Survivor (including the season finalé) and one of Joan of Arcadia. I love lazy Sundays. On Friday night, a

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Big Things Updated

I’m being interviewed by a reporter from Nuvo tonight about my “Big Things” Photo Galleries, so in honor of the occasion, I’ve added tons of photos to the galleries. I’d been behind in adding things for awhile, even though I’ve been taking photos constantly over the last year. Now all my new pics are added,

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Say It Ain’t So!

Virginia county tries to remove giant fiberglass pig from Barbecue business because it’s tacky and makes the area look bad. Sadly, story doesn’t include a picture of the pig.

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Thanksgiving 2003

I drove to my grandmother’s house in Brighton, Iowa on Wednesday last week. Brighton is in south eastern Iowa, an hour north and west of Burlington. My younger brother Gary went with me, and he was very cool to ride with because he’s interesting and funny, despite the constant backseat driving. 🙂 He’s twenty-five, single

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Rock in Tree (Gobbler’s Rock)

In Yellowwood State Forest, there’s a giant limestone boulder in a tree. Back in 2001, I went looking for this, because I had heard of it on RoadsideAmerica.com. A refrigerator sized limestone rock, 40 feet high in a tree. This 1,000 pound wonder sways with the wind way up in an oak tree in the

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I have a new truck

A shiny red Ford Ranger that I bought on Saturday. I love it. I got a very good deal on it from Paul Harvey Ford, especially since my younger brother Todd bought one from there Saturday, too. I was originally just looking, but they had what I wanted, and I needed to trade in my

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If she goes, I’m going with her!

Looks like my suggestion that France might take back the Statue of Liberty is being taken seriously by some Americans who want to give the Statue back to France. There’s nothing more ironic and, well symbolic of the moronic nature of the right-wing that this. I tell ya, if the statue goes to France, I’m

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weekend update 2002-08-19

It wasn’t the best weekend I’ve ever had. My sister’s going back to England to live, and I had to say goodbye to her Saturday. I’m happy for her that’s she’s going back, because she really likes it there, but I’ll miss her. On Sunday, I went to Kokomo and Peru Indiana to photograph big

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Sky City / Pyramid City urban development projects

Some stuff I’ll have to photograph – Discovery Channel’s Engineering the Impossible – someday. Tokyo’s Sky City It would house 35,000 residents and host 100,000 daily workers, students and visitors. This space-age city in the sky might seem like science fiction, but it answers some questions about where humans might live as our most crowded

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I’m Going To Be on TV

So, yes, I’m going to be on television at 5:50 am tomorrow morning, on channel 8 Daybreak news, with Dick Wolfsie and Barney the Dog. He’s interviewing me about my Big Things Photo Gallery from the Ralph’s Muffler shop on 16th street where Mr. Bendo is located. Set your VCR!!!

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Me on TV!! Woo Hoo!!

My wackiness is finally paying off… I talked with Dick Wolfsie of Channel 8 news this morning about doing a news story on my “Big Things” photo galleries. Woo Hoo! It seems he’s also writing a book on wierd and interesting stuff around Indiana… which is exactly the kind of stuff I like; that’s a

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My sister’s home from England

My sister’s home from England and staying with me. Cool. I took a road-trip to Muncie, Indiana to take pictures of big things — found a few. 🙂 I started packing to move last night. I’m getting excited about the new place.

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Big Things Photos

Giant horses, enormous cows, men that tower over the skyline… some of them are permanent fiberglass structures, some temporary inflatables, almost all of them are advertisements for a business. They’re cool, and I take pictures of them. Where Are They? So far, I’ve covered Indianapolis with the help of family, friends and helpful strangers who’ve

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