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America the weird


The real-life Up house sits just outside Salt Lake City, UT. Unfortunately, I did not see any balloons attached.

If you travel America long enough, you'll know there are some pretty strange sights out there: a giant ketchup bottle in Collinsville, Ill., a Superman statue in Wilmington, Ill., a group of beaten-up Cadillacs buried in the dirt in Amarillo, TX, the list goes on and on. The list begs you to wonder why anyone erected these strange structures in the first place. Whatever the reason, the below are some of the photos I took documenting America the Weird.

This I saw just lying in a parking lot one day. The guy left his trunk open, and I thought, huh, interesting. He's not shy about what he's carrying there.

This is a sign outside of a local Best Buy. While I didn't see handicap parking, I did see this. Strange.

This is in Portland, Maine. I started to see the locks on fences around Maryland in my East coast trip, so figured it must be an East coast thing.

This was really cool. The giant forty foot blue bear looks in on Denver's Convention Center. It was a must-stop photo shoot.

This was just outside Camden Yards in Baltimore. They were hosting an anime convention nearby, and I thought it funny that everyone just had to go to Jimmy Johns at the same time.

I believe this lonely buffalo sculpture was in Wyoming. I say lonely because it was in the middle of nowhere. There was just open road behind and in front of it for miles. Like why? Just why?

This is the Cadillac Ranch, created by artists Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels. Visitors can come to the outskirts of Amarillo, Texas to spray paint the cars. Just down the road sat the Big Texan, where if you ate a 72-ounce steak in an hour, you got a free T-Shirt.

While I've seen many other weird places, I either lost the photos, or just haven't taken them. But weird is beautiful. Who would want to be normal, right?

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