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Pulling in the tourists

by CliffClaven Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 8:24 AM

CNN reports that Soap Lake WA plans to build a giant lava lamp to attract tourists to the declining township. What would you like your town/city to build as a tourist attraction? ***** cnn.com/2003/TRAVEL/01/14/of...

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    Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by littlesam1 Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 8:35 AM

    That is just too bizarre! I can just see it attracting Mothra and the town being destroyed...lol. Lets see...for Baltimore where I live perhaps a giant crab somewhere near the inner harbor. : ) Larry

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by Porteplume Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 8:57 AM

    Bonsoir Cliff, we have a HUGE plastic mossel on the harbour of our little fishermen village! I should think it's enough ART for me... ;-( Viviane

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by soccergrrl Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:01 AM

    I would like to see DC build something to repel tourists . . . (Just kidding, of course. Mostly.)

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    by RobDavis Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:01 AM

    I heard an interview with the guy who is trying to get it built on CBC radio last night. I think it's a great idea. I wouldn't travel too far to see it, but it sounds like a fun project. In my town someone has purchased a life-sized "Theodore Tugboat" that will dock within a stone's throw of my office window. They think it will draw lots of visitors. I, however, see it as another way someone will park in my parking spot.... For info on Theodore: herald.ns.ca/stories/2002/10...

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by Porteplume Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:08 AM

    Want to have a look on the HUGE mossel ? ;-) http://www.bru.nu/ Viviane ;-)

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by littlesam1 Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:13 AM

    Viviane That is really wild looking. Two of my favorite tourist attractions like these are the Giant Elephant on the beach in Margate City New Jersey and the Superlambananna in Liverpool. The Superlambananna is really bizarre. Its a giant yellow lamb in the shape of a bananna. I have a pic on my Liverpool page and several other members have pics on their pages also. I have not seen anyone with the Margate City elephant on their page. Has anyone else seen it here on VT? Larry

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by Porteplume Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:20 AM

    Well... Quite an attraction our mussel! ;-) A lot of our tourists from Belgium & Germany wanted to be pictured there, sitting in the mussel. I don't like it, but the real mussel from Bruinisse is famous & delicious! Viviane

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by soccergrrl Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:28 AM

    Strange, indeed! I love this kind of stuff, though. :-) There is a book called, I think, "Roadside America" that lists all sorts of weird attractions in various US towns. Huge balls of twine, collections of tin foil, etc.

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by littlesam1 Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:29 AM

    I was just looking at that Lava Lamp again. I was wondering how they would heat it up to make the lava move and still keep it cool enough to allow tourists to walk around it? Or am I taking this just a little bit too seriously? Larry

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by littlesam1 Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:32 AM

    Here is a link for Lucy the Margate City elephant I was talking about earlier. I saw this thing twenty years ago and apparently its still standing on the beach. http://www.margate-nj.com/index2.html Larry

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by littlesam1 Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:34 AM

    Here is a better link with the history of the elephant www.lucytheelephant.org Talk about bizarre Americana.

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by CliffClaven Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:37 AM

    Gee whiz, that elephant is prehistoric by US standards. Old Cliffie recalls seeing buildings proudly proclaiming 'oldest building in town - built in 1935'.

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by littlesam1 Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:49 AM

    Dorothy That book you were talking about called Roadside America now has a web site with a site of the week. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/ Larry

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    Re: Re: Pulling in the tourists

    by soccergrrl Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 9:54 AM

    Kewl, Larry--thanks.

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    Lava Lamp

    by kaloz Online Now Jan 15, 2003 at 7:00 PM

    Rob: After reading your reply, I went and found the sound file from "As It Happens", a great show on the cbc! cbc.ca/insite/AS_IT_HAPPENS_... Listen to the story at this link.

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