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Roadside Museum Houses the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things

Michele Debczak
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4. World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum
4. World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum /

No cross-country road trip is complete without making a pit stop at the world's largest version of some random object. But if you don't have time to swing by the World's Largest Baked Potato in Idaho or the World's Largest Badger in Wisconsin, you can see them both at once at this Lucas, Kansas attraction, Atlas Obscura reports, albeit on a much smaller scale.

The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things is a museum dedicated to showcasing miniaturized replicas of America's kitschiest roadside landmarks. The smallest version of the World's Largest Ball of Gum made by chewing mini chicklets is on display, as is a recreation of the World's Largest Ball of Rubber Bands featuring tiny orthodontist's versions.

The attraction was born out of founder and curator Erika Nelson's passion for the gaudy behemoths that line our country's highways. She travels all over the U.S. looking for World's Largest Objects to document, and once she finds them, a pint-sized model is produced and added to the museum's collection. If she can, Nelson then returns to the original site to snap a meta-picture of the giant attractions with their mini doppelgängers. You can check out photos of the tiny replicas and their larger-than-life inspirations below.

World's Largest Ball of Gum with WSVoWL Ball of Gum, Lucas KS
World's Largest Ball of Gum with WSVoWL Ball of Gum, Lucas KS /
big and little albert
big and little albert /
World's Largest Badger, Birnamwood WI
World's Largest Badger, Birnamwood WI /
lil badger
lil badger /
Randy's Donuts, Inglewood CA
Randy's Donuts, Inglewood CA /
World's Smallest Version of Randy's Donuts, Inglewood CA
World's Smallest Version of Randy's Donuts, Inglewood CA /
Claude Bell's Dinosaurs, Cabazon CA
Claude Bell's Dinosaurs, Cabazon CA /
World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Dinos, Cabazon CA
World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Dinos, Cabazon CA /
World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Bottle of Catsup, Collinsville IL, with meta-photo
World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Bottle of Catsup, Collinsville IL, with meta-photo /
MetaPhoto:  WSVoWL Otter visits the WL Otter, Fergus Falls MN
MetaPhoto: WSVoWL Otter visits the WL Otter, Fergus Falls MN /
MetaPhoto: World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Talking Cow visits the World's Largest Talking Cow, Neillsville WI
MetaPhoto: World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Talking Cow visits the World's Largest Talking Cow, Neillsville WI /
World's Smallest Version of Carhenge visiting Carhenge, Alliance NE
World's Smallest Version of Carhenge visiting Carhenge, Alliance NE /
World's Largest Artichoke, Castroville CA
World's Largest Artichoke, Castroville CA /
World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Artichoke, Castroville CA
World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Artichoke, Castroville CA /

Images courtesy of Erika Nelson via Flickr.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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