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Parachute Jump at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York

Once upon a time, in the 1940s, you could stand atop this 262 foot-tall metal structure and parachute your way down. Defunct since 1968, you can still view the tower at Coney Island and stand there wondering if you could take the plunge yourself. ...
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Giant sewing needle threading a button in New York City.

The Fashion Center kiosk at Seventh Avenue and 39th Street in New York City features a giant needle threading what is certainly the world's largest button. This homage to the city's fashion industry was designed in the 1990s by Pentagram Architectural Services. At an impressive 31-feet tall you'd have no trouble trying to find this needle in a haystack...that is, unless it's the world's largest ...
New York: Day Two
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New York: Day Two

Saturday morning I was on my own. Sadie and Jamie and Carrie were off to the Brooklyn Brewery but I a) don't like beer and b) had a ticket to Broadway. On my way out I witnessed someone almost getting mugged. It was this teenage guy standing there with one of those backpacks where the straps are just strings and an older man walked by, punched his arm through the straps and yanked really hard. When it ...
New York: Day One
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New York: Day One

After spending my entire Thursday doing laundry so I'd have something to wear, and not getting enough sleep, and having to wake up way too early for my liking, I hopped a train to O'Hare. I got to my gate about an hour and 15 minutes before takeoff...and believe me, that is probably my record for cutting it close. And then my flight was delayed. Of course. But we still managed to make our way to New York ...
Hello Kitty Statues in New York City
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Hello Kitty Statues in New York City

My number one travel rule (OK, general rule of life) is to always have a camera on hand. Always. Granted I am a little obsessed with taking photos and capturing moments and capturing everything I see. But you just don't ever want to be caught without one when you really want/need/have to have one. ...
Coney Island
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Coney Island

Did ya see me on I'm a Major League Eater? I was the crazy girl standing there when Tim Brown walked in the bar...and the crazy girl standing behind Tim while he was eating at the bar. And, well, that was it! Oh well. At least I was on TV! It was a totally awesome show too! I was hoping to post photos from the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest today, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. ...
Flying from Seattle to New York – 2009 Crazy Stupid Vacation
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Flying from Seattle to New York – 2009 Crazy Stupid Vacation

I spent my day traveling. Two busses to the Seattle/Tacoma airport. Shuttle to my gate. Delayed plane to New York. And finally a cab from JFK to Manhattan. I'm a bit screwed up on time zones but the fact that my hotel is pretty posh (thank YOU Priceline name your own price)and a giant brisket sandwich is now in my belly make everything A-Okay. I honestly don't think I have ever stayed at a hotel this nice ...
Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park
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Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? — Alice in Wonderland



America is filled with so many silly wonders. I love the strange, the weird, the offbeat places and things and events and ...
Astroland with an A&W Happy Family at Coney Island in New York
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Astroland with an A&W Happy Family at Coney Island in New York

Astroland with an A&W Happy Family at Coney Island in New York. Site: Astroland Location: Coney Island, New York Date:July 4, 2008 ...

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip.