Size Does Matter!!!

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  1. freebird

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    What do you do if you are a small town in North America or Australia, and hardly anybody stops to spend $$$, they just whiz by on the highway?

    Well you build a BIG THING!!

    Unlike Europe where there are magnificent 1,000 year old castles, palaces cathedrals, here in North America sometimes there is not much to distinguish one town from the next.

    So we build big gaudy, kitchy, statues so that people will stop and look. The only worse offenders than Americans are we Canucks! :D :D

    >edit< I guess the Aussie's get into the action too....

    Here is my thread for a tour of these landmarks.

    Feel free to post a pic of some monstrosity in your local area. Only Criteria: It should be a super-size statue of some object, animal or figure, but not including natural features, architectural buildings or statues of famous people. It should also be somewhere that you have actually been to. Also please note the city state where its from.


    The first is the "Big Nickle" in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada
     

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    Looking good FB, hope to see some stuff from B.C mate, got relatives there....
     
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    Here is the "Big Dinosaur" from Drumheller, Alberta. {Canada}

    The town is in a river valley, they have excavated lots of dinosaur bones other artifacts here.
     

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    Heres a few from Aus
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    Just for comparison, here is my truck {45,000 kg} parked in front of the big T-Rex!
     

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    That is flaming huge!

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    Good job Heinz, where are they all from? {city, state}

    The big Banana says Coffs Harbour the sign in front of the sheep says Wagin, is that in NSW?
     
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    The guitar is from Tamworth in New South Wales.

    The lobsters from Western Australia.

    The big fish and Koala are from my state Victoria.

    The big Ram is from NSW aswell and the big banana is from Queensland.

    There are more I'll see what else we have made bigger :lol:
     
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    45 tons, is that the heavies in Canada and US? In Sweden we're driving 60 ton and 25 metres.... Great pics, keep 'em coming!
     
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    ok got the giant Captain James Cook, he led the first fleet out to Australia
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    then a giant marlin outside a shopping centre in Cairns, Queensland
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    Next a giant 'Ned Kelly' probably the most famous outlaw or bushranger in Australias history. Located in Glenrowan in Victoria
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    Giant Macadamia nut in Queensland
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    the giant orange in South Australia
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    The big Pineapple in Queensland
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    The big Winch in the mining town of Coober Pedy South Australia
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    Giant Wool bales, a rather odd one, located in Victoria
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    Theres a also a massive Worm about 40kms east of my house, cant really find any photos of it though.
     
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    OK, here it is....

    In the USA almost all states have a maximum 40 tons, a few allow 45 or 50 for a multi axle or twin trailers. In Canada it's 47 tons max for tandem axle trailers, 55 for triple and 63 tons max for Quad axle trailers.


    Now if you want a Really Big Truck


    Here is the world's largest truck, now retired and on display in Sparwood, B.C.

    It weighs a whopping 250 tons, and can carry 350 tons of ore, for a total vehicle weight of 600 tons!

    Thats me standing in front of the wheel by the way....
     

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    Thats massive, infact epic could be better to describe it. Some of the trucks up the big iron ore mines in Western Australia aren't far of that size though.

    Then theres our Road trains..........

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    Here is the giant "Paul Bunyan" statue at the "Trees of Mystery" attraction on highway 101, Northern California. {on the Pacific Coast}

    {Pictured with his bull "Blue"}
     

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    Supposedly Paul Bunyan is one of the most common statues in the USA, he can be found in 20 different states, including California, Oregon, Michigan, Florida, New York, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Minnisota others.

    List of "Bunyan statues"

    Paul Bunyan Catalog. Roadside America

    Below:

    Bunyan in Portland, Oregon

    Bunyan in Los Angeles, California
     

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    And the Wawa Goose, in Wawa Ontario, Canada
     

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    great Pics....!! :D
     
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    Good pics Freebird, thanks for sharing :)
     
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    Good Pic's, Neil..

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