Special Report

Strangest Roadside Attraction in Every State

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New Mexico: Very Large Array
> Location: Socorro

You probably don’t know its name, but you’ve seen it in movies such as “Contact,” and “Independence Day.” The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array consists of 27 25-meter radio telescopes deployed in a Y-shaped array. Astronomers have used the VLA to observe black holes and protoplanetary disks around young stars.

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New York: World’s Smallest Church
> Location: Oneida

This unique attraction may be of some use to engaged couples who might want to go ahead with their wedding despite restrictions on large gatherings. The floating church that sits in the center of a pond only has enough space for the two people tying the knot and the person officiating the ceremony.

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North Carolina: World’s Largest Chest of Drawers
> Location: High Point

Originally built in 1926 by the High Point Chamber of Commerce to serve as the “bureau of information,” the chest of drawers has been rebuilt multiple times. The 38-foot dresser has two socks dangling out of one drawer and is proudly displayed in the middle of High Point, nicknamed the Furniture Capital of the World.

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North Dakota: Tommy the Turtle
> Location: Bottineau

Turtles and winter are not a combo that comes to mind — certainly not a snowmobile-riding turtle. But the 30-foot tall Tommy the Turtle is the largest turtle of its kind in the world and straddles the largest snowmobile in the world (34 feet long) while guarding the entrance to Bottineau’s municipal tennis courts. He’s meant to be a symbol for the nearby Turtle Mountains.

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Ohio: As We Are exhibit
> Location: Columbus

It may be the ultimate headshot. The new exhibit, the As We Are exhibit, contains a photo booth capable of taking 3-D pictures. The pictures are then displayed on a construct of a head made from ribbons of ultrabright LED screens. The head is 14 feet high, weighs more than three tons, and displays the faces of everyday people 17 times larger than life.

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