The World’s Strangest Tourist Attractions

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Temples, Churches and Statues Just Don’t Cut it for Some People

Tourism is one of the biggest money making industries in the world – but sometimes getting the tourists in can call for some desperate measures. You know when you sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea and then come morning you realise that maybe it’s not so great? Here are the people that actually followed them through.

The Corn Palace in South Dakota

That’s right, a ‘Corn Palace’ in every literal sense of the word. The original palace was built in 1892 and since then it has been rebuilt three times, with the currently standing monument having been resurrected in 1921. In the good ol’ days when there was no Internet or TV and the only exciting thing about life was the harvest, farmers would display their goods on the outside of the building just to show off the ‘fertility’ of South Dakota soil. Now, we wouldn’t want that to go unnoticed would we?

The Corn Palace

Probably the most fascinating thing about this commendable dedication to the glory of corn is the murals made entirely out of – you guessed it – corn! Ranging from 13 different natural shades, these intriguing artistic pieces are put together by nailing on individual pieces of corn to make the image come together. And all that hard work only lasts 365 days as every year there will be a new one with a different theme. You’ve really got to love the enthusiasm.

The Big Potato vs The Big Poo in Oz

Yes, you have read that correctly. Featured in the quiet area of New South Wales in Australia is a giant, concrete potato, also known as ‘the big turd’. It was built in 1977 by the locals to mark the pasttime of growing potatoes.

The Big Potato

Situated on the side of the road in Robertson, tourists can hop out and walk into the hollow 10-metre long spud. If you really want to see a big turd though, head to Kiama to see the big poo! That really is all it is. Originally put together in order to protest a sewerage scheme, this has now become a less appealing local attraction. But let’s be honest, if you saw a 5 meter foam poop on the side of the road, you’d have your camera out in a flash.

Currywurst Museum in Berlin, Germany

A museum dedicated to the ever-popular curry sausage! For just €11 you can enjoy a guided tour – ‘currywurst in a cup’ included – and be educated about how this German efficient combination came together. Watch an educational film or two, and get a photo shot at a snack bar. Well worth wasting a day in Berlin to be educated on this sausage fest at the Currywurst Museum.

Sulabh Toilet Museum in New Delhi, India

With that Delhi belly, you’re going to form a close relationship with India’s toilets, so why not make the effort to find out more about their history? This insightful lavatory journey was founded by porcelain throne enthusiast Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, who believes that ‘the toilet is a part of the history of human hygiene which is a critical chapter in the growth of civilisation’ – whatever you say doc.

The Toilet Museum

These historic loos at the Sulabh Toilet Museum range in design, height and style; you might even be surprised by how many different types there are considering that they all serve the same, er, job. The museum, which was opened in 1992, hopes to educate people on the evolution of the toilet and to help current toilet manufacturers to improve their products. Well, I guess it’s a start.

Icelandic Phallological museum

Anything with the word ‘phallic’ in it must be interesting. Standing as a homage to the ancient science of phallology (I wonder why that went out of trend?) the Phallological Museum is home to more than 215 penises and ‘penile parts’, 56 of which belong to 17 different species of whale.

The phallological museum

Instead of deer heads mounted on the walls, there are exhibits of the male anatomy. There are even some homosapien offerings – shudder. Located in Reykjavik, this phallic wonderworld is open 10am-6pm so there is no excuse not to have a look!

The Largest Dinosaur in Drumheller, Canada

Drumheller is home to a dinosaur graveyard, so naturally the tourist boards have used this to their advantage, and not on a small scale either. To celebrate the millennium, $1,065,000 was invested in to the building of an 86ft fiberglass dinosaur.

Drummerhill dinosaura

A bit more Art Attack than Jurassic Park, this awkward, paper mache looking dinosaur doesn’t really look a million dollars’ worth. But this isn’t just a tacky looking statue, there are 106 steps you can climb – after paying $3 admission fee (they need to get the money back somehow) – and view the whole of the Canadian Bad lands from a height in the dinosaur’s mouth. If that wasn’t enough, there is a gift shop where you can bring home a souvenir of your mind-blowing dinosaur adventure.

Dog Collar Museum in Leeds, UK

Prepare to be put to shame by your pet’s collar. Thankfully this museum isn’t a stand-alone and is part of the Leeds Castle Museum in Kent – it sure is an interesting exhibition. Behind the glass cases you can gander at over 100 collars ranging from the medieval age to Victorian period. Its £17 entry, but this is to the whole castle with the Dog Collar Museum being a pure bonus. Unfortunately dog lovers cannot just pay admission to the canine section of this historic voyage.

Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum, Hollywood, USA

If you fancy a brainwashing – sorry – an educational experience on the blood thirsty cult of psychiatry, then pop into this morbid museum. Set up in 2005 by the Church of Scientology – you knew that one was coming – this museum exhibits the money making evils of psychiatry. You can even splash out $20 for a t-shirt saying so.

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