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7 Incredible Monuments to Truly Ordinary Things

Boll weevils, the Fonz and even filing cabinets: If it exists there’s probably a monument to it somewhere in the world. We take a look at some of the strangest public monuments, to some of the weirdest, and most ordinary objects out there.

 
The small Minnesota town of Glendon boasts a truly impressive sight–a 6,000 pound perogy. Usually filled with meat or sauerkraut, this giant dumpling is made of steel and fiberglass. A fork was added to the sculpture after confused visitors thought it was a cow pie.

 
 
With the exception of a catchy song by The Presidents of the United States of America, the boll weevil is a creature that’s rarely celebrated. Partly because it’s an ugly beetle, but mostly because it has a nasty habit of destroying crops and ruining lives. When the boll weevil arrived in Enterprise, Alabama, farmers didn’t panic–they diversified, replacing cotton crops with peanuts and rejuvenating the local economy. By 1919 they felt the meddlesome bug had earned a statue.
 
 

The Bronze Fonz

Ever wonder how much it would cost to erect a life-size bronze likeness of Fonzie from Happy Days? Citizens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin found out the answer was $85,000. And then they paid for it.
 

 

 

 

Stonehenge tends to spark a lot of questions. How old is it? Who built it? What does it mean? For an industrious Texan named Alfred Shepperd, only one question mattered: “I wonder if I could build another one?” With the help of his neighbor Doug Hill, he created a 60% scale replica in the field behind his house. Made of plaster and mesh wire, “Stonehenge II” envisions Stonehenge in its original glory, before thousands of years of weather and erosion took a toll. 

 

 
As if traditional two-drawer filing cabinets aren’t stressful enough, Vermont artist Bren Alvarez created one 38 drawers high.
 

 

 

 

 
 
Outside of a Russian spa, a beautiful bronze statue depicts 3 cherubs gracefully cradling a giant…rectal bulb? Yep, this 770-pound work of art is undoubtedly the world’s most majestic tribute to the enema.

 

 

 

 
The “Center” of San Francisco Monument (That’s Not Actually In The Center of San Francisco)
Erecting a monument to honor the center of a city seems to be a worthy endeavor, unless, you know, it gets put in the wrong place. And then the statue itself gets stolen. Alas, all that’s left of Adolph Sutro’s 1887 “Goddess of Liberty” monument is the pediment, fir
 
mly rooted not quite in the middle of an ever-changing city.