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Soap Lake

Pulling in the tourists

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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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Baltimore

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Bruinisse

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Fairfax

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Province of New Brunswick

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...




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Bruinisse

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Baltimore

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Bruinisse

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Fairfax

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.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Baltimore

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Baltimore

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Baltimore

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Luxembourg

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Baltimore

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




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Fairfax

Kewl, Larry--thanks.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Cordova

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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