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2017-09-16 01:24:06 PM  
I've been to two of those: Well, I have driven past the smallest city block in Dothan, and been to the Unclaimed Baggage Store. Got a good deal on a portable scanner there.

Surprised they left off the Vulcan sculpture in Birmingham.
 
2017-09-16 01:39:33 PM  
Family trees that ACTUALLY branch?

*ducks, runs*
 
2017-09-16 02:05:48 PM  
I used to have to drive by that damn chicken on my way to my inlaws' house.  If you are in that part of Alabama, you need to lock the doors and floor the accelerator until you stop hearing banjos (so, around North Dakota).

And where is the damn Devil sign on I65?
 
2017-09-16 03:06:58 PM  
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Screw that, I'm going to Minnesota where the real attractions are.
 
2017-09-16 06:32:50 PM  
I wonder how big the dildo section is in that unclaimed baggage store.
 
2017-09-16 06:37:05 PM  
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2017-09-16 06:45:06 PM  
This is what the author thinks a lawn looks like:
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2017-09-16 06:45:16 PM  
Alabama is gorgeous, if you don't like it go around.
 
2017-09-16 06:46:52 PM  
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2017-09-16 06:48:13 PM  
The author also feels that the Eufaula Chamber of Commerce can't necessarily be trusted about how many times it claims to replace trees:

Since then, it has been replaced "several times," according to the Eufaula Chamber of Commerce.
 
2017-09-16 06:58:41 PM  
The only good thing about Alabama is Huntsville, and even then most of what makes up Huntsville is NOT from Alabama.
 
2017-09-16 07:01:42 PM  
Thanks, subby, bookmarked for future RV travels.
 
2017-09-16 07:07:18 PM  
Well as they say in Alabama, dang me! Until I saw the Boll Weevil Monument, I honestly thought WE in Australia had the only monument to an insect in the world!

Here is ours:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cactoblastis_Memorial_Hall

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2017-09-16 07:12:40 PM  
The one thing I've noticed is that mainly in the 'deep south', the incidents of junk 'artists' seems to proliferate explosively. I mean, it seems they're all over the place turning rusty metal into often hideous pieces of 'art' that seem to need to go into the blast furnace to be melted down. usually the 'artist' is a skinny old white hick who apparently has far too much time on his hands, about 50 acres of farmland he has piled high with rusty junk and an endless supply of wielding equipment.

I'm not a fan of 'rusty art' -- did you notice?
 
2017-09-16 07:40:34 PM  
No mention of the Prattville Crosses?
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2019

(Lived near there in Tuscaloola '86 - '94)
 
2017-09-16 07:40:42 PM  

Rik01: I'm not a fan of 'rusty art' -- did you notice?


I use all my paid time off to LARP as a hobo and ride the rails.  When I do, my name is Rusty Art.
 
2017-09-16 08:04:55 PM  

ababyatemydingo: No mention of the Prattville Crosses?
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2019

(Lived near there in Tuscaloola '86 - '94)


Grew up nearby, known as the House of Crosses at the time.  A legendary destination for high-schoolers looking for something odd/edgy after dark on a weekend.

There was also Thirteen Bridges Road, no relation to Seven Bridges... the idea being that this forested, marshy dirt road, with a series short wooden bridges with NO SIDE RAILS, would have only 11 bridges on your way out.  Sadly, this has been gated for safety (I wouldn't be surprised if the bridges are no longer safe, heh, as if they ever were... for crying out loud, some of them even curved).
 
2017-09-16 08:26:08 PM  
I grew up visiting Miss Baker periodically.  She did not do autographs though.  RIP, little lady.

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2017-09-16 08:43:25 PM  
That was as scruffy and pathetic as I thought it would be.
 
2017-09-16 08:46:19 PM  

DubtodaIll: I wonder how big the dildo section is in that unclaimed baggage store.


It's "a" dildo section, not "the" dildo section.
 
TWX
2017-09-16 08:47:47 PM  

Rik01: The one thing I've noticed is that mainly in the 'deep south', the incidents of junk 'artists' seems to proliferate explosively. I mean, it seems they're all over the place turning rusty metal into often hideous pieces of 'art' that seem to need to go into the blast furnace to be melted down. usually the 'artist' is a skinny old white hick who apparently has far too much time on his hands, about 50 acres of farmland he has piled high with rusty junk and an endless supply of wielding equipment.

I'm not a fan of 'rusty art' -- did you notice?


Art made from found objects can be good, but most of it isn't. I'm acquainted with someone that makes insect-themed art with machine parts like old engine and transmission components, and most of what he's made is pretty good, but he does clean-up everything thoroughly and doesn't add that shabby-chic crap either. Even he has his moments of questionable results though.
 
TWX
2017-09-16 09:10:18 PM  
Or maybe this will serve as a warning and you'll change your mind

After having seen the Top Gear US Special, I don't think I need another warning to avoid Alabama.
 
2017-09-16 09:14:45 PM  
I wouldn't mind seeing that little bamboo forest.
 
2017-09-16 09:42:25 PM  
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How the hell could they leave this out? (Is it still down for repairs? I haven't driven north on 65 in like 6 months).
 
2017-09-16 09:45:03 PM  
Wut, no Stuckey's?
 
2017-09-16 10:51:55 PM  
They forgot Roy Moore.
 
2017-09-16 11:56:18 PM  
Ah... The Montevallo godswood is on the list.
 
2017-09-17 12:19:43 AM  
I love this! I spent six months crisscrossing the country in an RV specifically looking for quirky attractions. Back in those days, I was using Roadside America. Biggest chicken egg ever, Millard Fillmore's childhood home, etc. That's what America is about!
 
2017-09-17 12:19:55 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: This is what the author thinks a lawn looks like:

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"I'm ready for you, Kwame"
 
2017-09-17 12:27:07 AM  

DubtodaIll: I wonder how big the dildo section is in that unclaimed baggage store.


*Rushing out to get a deal on a used dildo*
 
2017-09-17 12:29:14 AM  
Haven't read TFA, but I remember going to Helen Keller's house (not really an "oddity") and a coon dog cemetery. There were actually people there visiting.
 
2017-09-17 01:15:30 AM  

2chinz: Haven't read TFA, but I remember going to Helen Keller's house (not really an "oddity") and a coon dog cemetery. There were actually people there visiting.


I originally read that as "corn dog cemetery."  I suspect such would get few visitors.
 
2017-09-17 02:40:58 AM  
Honestly Little Nadine's Playhouse Mausoleum really hit me, if you aren't a parent you just won't get it
 
2017-09-17 07:37:02 AM  

2chinz: DubtodaIll: I wonder how big the dildo section is in that unclaimed baggage store.

*Rushing out to get a deal on a used dildo*


Many years ago, there was an adult store billboard on Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando that read, "Videos. Adult Toys. Sales. Rentals"  And the way it's set out, "Videos" is on the left margin "Sales" on the right and the next line has "Adult Toys" on the same line as "Rentals" so my initial reaction is "Ewwwww."
 
2017-09-17 11:49:57 AM  

phalamir: I used to have to drive by that damn chicken on my way to my inlaws' house.  If you are in that part of Alabama, you need to lock the doors and floor the accelerator until you stop hearing banjos (so, around North Dakota).

And where is the damn Devil sign on I65?


The chicken statue is gonna because Art Wurks is no longer there. Went out of business I guess. And unless it's been put back up, the devil sign felt down after a storm a few months ago. I found it very ironic.
 
2017-09-17 11:51:39 AM  

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How the hell could they leave this out? (Is it still down for repairs? I haven't driven north on 65 in like 6 months).


Last time I went by it wasn't back up yet.
 
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