~~GIANTS OF THE PRAIRIES~~ road trip: which one do you visit first?

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Please pick your top must-see out of this tantalising list of 'world's biggest' attractions and other giant roadside curiosities dotted across Canada's prairies.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
World's Second Largest Bee 12
World's Largest Animated Grizzly Bear 2
World's Largest Western Boot 2
Giant Skunk, "Squirt" 2
Giant replica of the Star Trek starship USS Enterprise 2
World's Largest Beaver 2
Giant Gopher 1
Canada's Second Largest Baseball Bat 1
Giant Perogy 1
World's Largest Bee 1
World's Largest Moose, "Mac the Moose" (disputed with Norway) 1
World's Largest Mushroom 1
World's First UFO Landing Pad 0
World's Tallest Indoor Roller Coaster 0
World's Tallest Teepee 0
World's Largest Wagon Wheel and Pick 0
World's Largest Sundial 0
World's Largest Softball, "Susie" 0
Giant Horse 0
Canada's Largest Buffalo 0
Canada's Largest Baseball Glove 0
Canada's Largest Baseball Bat 0
World's Largest Bucking Saddle Bronc and Rider, "The Legacy" 0
Giant Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg) 0
Giant Pumpkin 0
Giant Potatoes 0
Canada's Largest Dragonfly 0
World's Largest Railroad Spike 0
World's Largest Putter 0
World's Largest Piggy Bank 0
World's Largest Dragonfly 0
World's Largest Dinosaur 0
World's Largest Chuckwagon 0
World's Largest Coke Can 0
World's Largest Curling Rock 0
World's Largest Bunnock (horse ankle bone) 0
World's Largest Border Markers 0
World's Largest Blue Heron 0
World's Largest Fire Hydrant 0
World's Largest Geese 0
World's Largest Golf Tee 0
World's Largest Parking Lot 0
World's Largest painting on an easel (reproduction of Van Gogh's Sunflowers) 0
World's Largest Oil Lamp 0
World's Largest Oil Derrick 0
World's Largest Oil Can 0
World's Largest Mosquito 0
World's Largest Mallard Duck 0
World's Largest Kielbasa (sausage) 0
World's Largest Badminton Racket 0


salsa shark, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 18:59 (two months ago) link

At the risk of prejudicing the results, the roller coaster is good, the UFO landing pad is underwhelming, and the giant gopher is worth a visit for the town it's in, which also has a gopher museum and fire hydrants painted to look like a family of anthropomorphic gophers

salsa shark, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 19:04 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 27 February 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

Surprised this didn't get more traction. My serious side would be tempted to go for sundial, nerdy side Starship Enterprise or UFO pad, wilful contrarian side 'World's Second Largest Bee'.

emil.y, Saturday, 27 February 2021 00:05 (one month ago) link

ohhh yeah, welcome back my poor neglected poll. it probably didn't get any traction because I was a bonehead and posted it on inauguration day, and well, not much could compete with bernie's mittens

salsa shark, Saturday, 27 February 2021 00:27 (one month ago) link

Second Largest Bee should win this

sarahell, Saturday, 27 February 2021 00:28 (one month ago) link

compare to "largest bee"

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/images/xc/XABFALbee_chantall.jpg

sarahell, Saturday, 27 February 2021 00:34 (one month ago) link

(disputed with Norway)

visiting, Saturday, 27 February 2021 02:02 (one month ago) link

World's Largest Dragonfly
Canada's Largest Dragonfly

Two different entries, but if they're not the same thing then my head will explode trying to work this one out.

emil.y, Saturday, 27 February 2021 02:25 (one month ago) link

voted Enterprise obv

second largest bee came close tho, not gonna lie

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 27 February 2021 02:58 (one month ago) link

I’ve seen the enterprise. It’s about 2h from my house.

Guys don’t @ me because I tazed my own balls alright? (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 27 February 2021 05:11 (one month ago) link

hero ^

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 27 February 2021 05:20 (one month ago) link

more photos are needed itt

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 27 February 2021 05:21 (one month ago) link

But I have never seen the 2nd largest bee

Guys don’t @ me because I tazed my own balls alright? (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 27 February 2021 06:11 (one month ago) link

*points to door*

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 27 February 2021 06:29 (one month ago) link

After googling some pictures, I am going with my initial choice of World’s Largest Beaver.

MrDasher, Saturday, 27 February 2021 06:30 (one month ago) link

Second Largest Bee is 7 feet tall and 16 feet long, lol at these carefully angled photographs designed to make it look bigger

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/09/20/87/0920877f7ac24f0f40810cec9f451160.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/09/20/87/0920877f7ac24f0f40810cec9f451160.jpg

soref, Saturday, 27 February 2021 09:55 (one month ago) link

World's Largest Dragonfly
Canada's Largest Dragonfly

Oops. This is the same thing, but I can't imagine there'll be so many dragonfly aficionados that there's a risk of vote-splitting

There are pictures for a lot of them in the wikipedia article where a bunch of the list comes from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giants_of_the_Prairies

salsa shark, Saturday, 27 February 2021 10:44 (one month ago) link

I like the wacky/dopey cartoony-ness of these ones:

suzie the softball
https://www.todocanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/Sooftball-Village-of-Chauvin.jpg

giant potato lads
https://southernalberta.com/business/datapics/photos/vauxhalltown.jpg

I'm so disappointed that I didn't know there was a world's largest freestanding banana in Manitoba when I put together the list - late write-in entry for this guy imo
https://media.winnipegfreepress.com/images/600*432/150810-melita-banana-c.jpg

salsa shark, Saturday, 27 February 2021 11:08 (one month ago) link

I voted for the skunk because I misread the town name as Berserker. It's a pretty terrifying statue of moderate size anyway.

your passion oozzes from the (ultros ultros-ghali), Saturday, 27 February 2021 14:44 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I know it's not Canada, but we're planning a trip to downstate Illinois, where there is all sorts of giant stuff, from:

World's Largest Geriatric Walker
https://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/images/il/ILEDWwalker_snoddy.jpg

to the World's Largest Ketchup bottle

https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/0f/bc/54/c3/world-famous-brooks-catsup.jpg

To the world's largest statue of the world's tallest man (the proverbial Giant of Illinois)

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/images/il/ILALTwadlow_dk1_360x540.jpg

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 27 February 2021 15:03 (one month ago) link

I'm looking up pictures now and a lot of these aren't that impressive size-wise. I guess the competition for "world's largest" is only fierce when it comes to certain subjects. The USS Enterprise looks very disappointingly small too.

emil.y, Saturday, 27 February 2021 16:27 (one month ago) link

This genuinely looks cool, though: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegreville_egg

If I hadn't already voted I would vote for this guy, I think.

emil.y, Saturday, 27 February 2021 16:29 (one month ago) link

https://i2-prod.examinerlive.co.uk/incoming/article4898940.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/dickie-bird-cuts-open-the-2000-denby-dale-pie-667897979.jpg
They have a tradition of making giant pies in Denby Dale, at one point they held the world record for biggest ever meat and potato pie. I thought the thread could do with a pic of Dickie Bird thrusting a sword into a gigantic pie.

calzino, Saturday, 27 February 2021 16:52 (one month ago) link

Not gonna lie, I regret my vote.

https://i.imgur.com/dnUodmo.jpg

pplains, Saturday, 27 February 2021 17:02 (one month ago) link

I mean, I read "World's Largest Animated Grizzly Bear" and got way too excited about the possibilities.

pplains, Saturday, 27 February 2021 17:03 (one month ago) link

World's Largest Bunnock is...kinda sexy?
World's Largest Kielbasa is definitely not.

Going with World's Largest Animated Grizzly Bear. The 2D-ness speaks to me, I guess. It reminds me of this giant miner ("Big John") from Upper Michigan that I used to see when I visited my grandparents.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/WxxWLD_wdE8mu489ndjWgWAXFbcRYBSSijD5U3-pNiPFWgdYNBEfgleaph9TH1ZwX2UPZ7el90oUYsQdFcbqnH7zHLGOl2mwaGJxIRQ_9yu3hLdO77gOpkr_YqLep6oZKRqyrSr4yv9Sr6aBtGQZRfjn

peace, man, Saturday, 27 February 2021 17:11 (one month ago) link

This facebook (sorry, sic) video of the giant animated bear shows that it is impressively noisy! Plus the two guys on camera do a pretty convincing Wilhelm.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=261796425029888

peace, man, Saturday, 27 February 2021 17:14 (one month ago) link

I'm looking up pictures now and a lot of these aren't that impressive size-wise

Second Largest Bee is 7 feet tall and 16 feet long, lol at these carefully angled photographs designed to make it look bigger

Okay but it's still a pretty fuckin huge bee.

Me I've always been partial to the Longaberger Basket building

http://slickmen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Longaberger-Basket-Building-Newark-USA.jpg

Note: last I heard this is for sale! We can pool our savings and buy it together.

display names are for n00bs (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 27 February 2021 17:35 (one month ago) link

Don't put all your ilx0rs in one basket.

emil.y, Saturday, 27 February 2021 17:59 (one month ago) link

I'm a big fan of novelty architecture. Like, look at this crab! Look at it! A crab that you can go inside! How wonderful.

https://video-images.vice.com/_uncategorized/1537875518472-Weird-Novelty-Architecture-6.jpeg

salsa shark, Saturday, 27 February 2021 18:46 (one month ago) link

Poll results would probably be pretty different if picture polls were a possibility though, yeah... spare a thought for all the people in the pre-internet age who may have read about some of these 'world's largests' in a guide book and got to experience the disappointment of e.g. the animated bear in person after taking a detour to see it.

salsa shark, Saturday, 27 February 2021 18:56 (one month ago) link

I guess I was imagining a 50-ft version of this thing:

https://i.imgur.com/nxy1AnD.png

pplains, Saturday, 27 February 2021 19:42 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 28 February 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

an absolutely stunning result for the world's second largest bee

the thread starter is currently busy playing Hitman but has indicated that she sees this as "evidence of a hive mind mentality"

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Sunday, 28 February 2021 00:02 (one month ago) link

I myself voted for the 2nd largest bee, because the question is which one you visit first, and it makes sense to work up to the larger bee

I have already ridden the world's largest indoor rollercoaster and seen the gopher. I would not immediately prioritise doing either again, partly because of the redundancy and, in the gopher's case, because the whole gopher-centric vibe of that town is frankly a little unnerving

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Sunday, 28 February 2021 00:08 (one month ago) link

Oh my God, you're not kidding! From the Torrington Gopher Hole Museum:

https://s3-media0.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/gI6z7FjGbz1ZDMAi7o7iWw/o.jpg

peace, man, Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:29 (one month ago) link

You gotta play to your natural ... ah ... advantages

Or, When life hands you gophers you make ...

nightmares. you make nightmares.

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 28 February 2021 15:51 (one month ago) link

Torrington was aghast in 2013 when Clem was found toppled from his pedestal, the victim of what the town called "inherent design flaws" and possibly some gopher-hating fiend giving Clem a hard push. The smiling fiberglass rodent was rebuilt, repaired, and reattached with enhanced nudge-proof anchoring in 2015.

peace, man, Sunday, 28 February 2021 16:05 (one month ago) link

i love ilx

sarahell, Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:09 (one month ago) link

thank for the new display name

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 28 February 2021 21:18 (one month ago) link

Taxidermist humor is all about getting mounted and stuffed.

peace, man, Monday, 1 March 2021 11:49 (one month ago) link

i know it's not prairies but

Just learned there is a giant pistachio in Alamogordo, NM pic.twitter.com/4g9qkFWUD7

— Godzilla vs Bong (@Grief_Eater) March 1, 2021

The Scampo Fell to Earth (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 09:17 (one month ago) link


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