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The famous statue has had an interesting life.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

John Harvard 'Statue of Three Lies'

The statue of John Harvard isn't actually John Harvard—or even, technically, the founder of the school.
42.3743, -71.1173
Harvard Bridge
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Bridge

This simple foot bridge was the birthplace of a unit of measurement based on a fraternity joke.
42.3546, -71.0913
The Mark I
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Mark I

This massive World War II calculator hearkens back to the days when "computer" was a job title.
42.3763, -71.1159
San Francisco, California

Mescaline Grove

A favorite haunt of dinosaur loving children and hallucinogen loving hippies alike.
37.7714, -122.4614
Nepenthes pitcher plants - beautiful killers
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Carnivorous plants, medieval aphrodisiacs, and the largest original wood structure glass conservatory in the western hemisphere.
37.7726, -122.4603
(Audium press photo)
San Francisco, California

Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space

Only theater in the world constructed specifically for sound movement.
37.7883, -122.4239
Weather Machine
Portland, Oregon

Weather Machine

This public art piece proves that in Portland even reporting the weather is a thing of whimsy.
45.5189, -122.6793
Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock

A massive sea stack famous for its appearance in The Goonies.
45.9031, -123.9610
Portland, Oregon

The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium

An emporium for the weird, creepy, rare, and just plain gross.
45.5355, -122.6974
Mill Ends Park
Portland, Oregon

Mill Ends Park

The world's smallest park was dedicated in 1948 as the only colony for leprechauns west of Ireland.
45.5162, -122.6732
Bettie Page mural
Seattle, Washington

Bettie Page House

What's that on the side of that building? Va Va Voom, it's Bettie!
47.6714, -122.3209
The old gasification plant in Gas Works Park, Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Gas Works Park

This former coal gasification plant found a curious second life as a popular public park.
47.6462, -122.3337
Seattle, Washington

Museum of Pop Culture

A museum dedicated to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction.
47.6216, -122.3481
Seattle, Washington

Fremont Troll

A giant Troll lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass.
47.6510, -122.3473
The Winchester Mystery House.
San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune.
37.3189, -121.9506
One of the four mummies
San Jose, California

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

An extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies.
37.3340, -121.9226
'The Thinker', often seen as a separate sculpture
Palo Alto, California

Gates of Hell Sculpture

Rodin's famous depiction of Dante's 'Inferno', amidst a sculpture garden of many of his other works.
37.4329, -122.1702
Redwood City, California

Pulgas Water Temple

A classically inspired temple in Redwood City.
37.4833, -122.3172
Junípero Serra Statue
Hillsborough, California

Junípero Serra Statue

This controversial depiction of the "Founder of California" looks as though it was sculpted from mashed potatoes.
37.5545, -122.3788
Albany, California

The Bone Room

A store that sells all manner of bones, insects, and animal curiosities. (CLOSED).
37.8910, -122.2854
Albany, California

Albany Bulb

An "anarchical" no man's land, complete with garbage sculptures and a hobo-run "Landfillian Library."
37.8884, -122.3258
The gas pump at BioFuel Oasis.
Berkeley, California

BioFuel Oasis

Worker-owned cooperative and resource for those looking to lighten their ecological footprint.
37.8534, -122.2794
Toking atop a mushroom
Oakland, California

Children's Fairyland

This Oakland fairytale kingdom, fiercely devoted to childlike whimsy, was an early inspiration for Disneyland.
37.8087, -122.2589
Lake Merritt Bonsai Garden Entry
Oakland, California

Lake Merritt's Bonsai Garden

Bonsai garden in Oakland is curated by the first non-Japanese female bonsai master in the United States.
37.8073, -122.2590