Saturday, May 30, 2009

PT Cruiser Club

...came through today on a Mystery Tour, from Wichita. Before that, two exploratory WLT Fans came by with a notepad and an atlas, looking for the best routes. They're hittin' 'em all between Colorado and Mid-Missouri, in a wonderfully zig-zagging route which will take them to the Ball of Twine in Cawker City, the Spur in Abeliene, Shuttlecocks in Kansas City, Goose and Pecan in Sumner County MO, and more. They'd even stopped by to see the World's Largest Cow Hairball in Garden City - brave explorers!

And, they bought a tee-shirt - always a welcomed event.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Waymarking with Zippy the Pinhead!

This is completely brilliant - utilizing the awesome metaphysical powers of Zippy the Pinhead and his appreciation for Roadside Vernacular Architecture, along with the group-think of Waymarking:  Here it is!  Waymarking Category for Sites Featured in Zippy the Pinhead strips
 
Whoop!  Here's the basic idea:
 
The purpose of this category is to locate and waymark specific locations featured in Zippy the Pinhead Comics.

Bill Griffith is the creator and artist of Zippy the Pinhead. Week after week Zippy visits interesting locations worldwide.

In his daily-strip incarnation, Zippy spends much of his time traveling and commenting on interesting places; recent strips focus on his fascination with roadside icons featuring giant beings; Zippy also frequently participates in his long-running conversation with the giant fiberglass doggie mascot of San Francisco's "Doggie Diner" chain (later, the Carousel diner near the San Francisco Zoo). The website encourages people to send photos of interesting places for Zippy to visit in the strip. Source and additional information: Wikipedia

Mark your maps with this new method!  And, we'll start incorporating the links on our own List of What's Large Where

 
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's Official: Bacolicious Artist

Just got the packet in the mail from the Smoky Hill River Festival, with my official nametag.
 
Not only am I now an Official Installation Artist, the important points are in bold:  Erika Nelson: Bacolicious.
 
Meat Man approves.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

New WLCoWSVoWLT signage

Done during tornado warnings (we saw nothing at all here), as a procastination measure (only partially worked - ended up doing both this AND that...).  Visible from our neighbor, S.P. Dinsmoor's Garden of Eden.

Tourist Season is Here!

Four BYVs yesterday, chatted with a large group of Slope Fliers (RC Airplanes - we have good winds here...) this morning, and member packets are off to Arkansas, Ohio, and Kansas new members. The noon whistle just blew, and I see a pack of people headed over from the Garden of Eden... Must have been brought in by the new Home Base signage!

Welcome to Lucas, friends.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jasonville Indiana Yo-Yo

 
New Yo-Yo Info:
 
The the woodworking class of Shakamak High School in Jasonville, Indiana built a giant Yo-Yo.

The world's largest Yo-Yo is 6 feet in diameter and weighs in at 820 pounds.

 

World's Largest Yo-Yo Inquiry

Subject: Inquiry

Can you please tell me if the world's largest yo-yo is officially the one Shakamak High School made in 1990 or the one in a museum in California? Thanks for your help, L.B.
 


In looking at the comparison stats, the Shakamak High School Yo-Yo is the largest.  When interviewing the Chico California Yo-Yo owner, he insisted that the other larger Yo-Yos didn't actually 'yo', but according to the Shakamak HS site, theirs does. 
 
Shakamak HS = Winner!
 
Chico Yo-Yo:  75 foot string, 250 pounds, 50 inches high, 31.5 inch width, 5.5 foot diameter, first used over the bay (which bay, I forgot to ask, but assumed San Francisco) in 1996 using an 80 ft. crane
 
Shakamak Yo-Yo: 6 feet in diameter and weighs in at 820 pounds, March 29, 1990 they dropped it from a crane and watched it yoyo up and down 12 times.
 
Thanks for asking, as it clears up some disputes here, too...
 
-Erika Nelson, Director
World's Largest Things, Inc.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

WLT dot Org

 
Dot Org site now pointing to the right place - thanks to a phone call from a confused woman, who didn't know what she was looking at when typing in the address... Thanks for the warning!  Cyber work never seems to end...

Monday, May 4, 2009

May Weekly What's Large Where

... off to newspapers in the MidWest. 
 
Also, we've just re-installed the WLCoWSVoWLT at the Home Base in Lucas, after the two-month Belger Arts Center Show.  Just in time for tourist season!
 
Up next, a Cabinets of Curiosities Show which will include some WLTs and WSVs, at the Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln KS, opening Friday May 8, 5-7 p.m.  Look for the Art Cars...