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“A beautiful object, whether it be a living organism or any whole composed of parts, must not only have an orderly arrangement of parts, but must also be of a certain magnitude”*…

This huge rocking chair (the world’s largest at 56.5 feet/46,200 pounds) can be found in Casey, IL.

Big things in small towns…

Casey, Ill., is home to 12 of the world’s largest objects, including a swizzle spoon, wind chime and most impressively, the world’s largest rocking chair. The 23-ton rocker took two onerous years to meticulously construct and included fastidious wood carving and diligent staining. The seat was certified as the world’s largest rocking chair back in 2015 after 10 sturdy individuals proved that the chair could actually rock back and forth. Looming at a monumental 56 feet high, Grandma would have to climb the world’s tallest ladder if she wanted to knit in this chair, proving that the town’s motto “Big Things Small Town” is an apropos sentiment…

One one several stops on a tour of massive novelties in small communities across the U.S.: “The Weird World of Gigantic Roadside Attractions,” from @FiftyGrandeMag.

See also: “The World’s Largest Ball Of Twine is a preserved in a gazebo in Darwin, Minnesota,” from @BoingBoing.

* Aristotle, Poetics

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As we muse on the monumental, we might recall that it was on this date in 1859 that the Clock Tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster (the seat of Parliament) in London was completed. It housed, at the time, the largest and most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world. It quickly became known by the nickname of its Great Bell (the largest of five), Big Ben.

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Are we there yet?…

As Memorial Day marks the start of summer vacation season, and memories of family automobile odysseys fly by, readers can thank James Lileks (pre-blog readers will remember his Gallery of Regrettable Food) for a collection of vintage postcards he calls “The American Motel

Yuma, Arizona

Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

Travel further down memory lane at The American Motel.

As we start our engines, we might recall that it was on this date in 1859 that the clock tower of Westminster Palace (aka The Houses of Parliament)– Big Ben, the largest four-faced chiming clock (and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower) in the world– first ticked.

Big Ben

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