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In full bloom after Mardi Gras.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Bead Tree

After the parade, people throw their beads onto this tree for good luck.
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General Laundry Building.
New Orleans, Louisiana

General Laundry Building

It's clear this abandoned Art Deco gem was no ordinary cleaners.
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Egyptian-style former courthouse.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Old Egyptian Courthouse

This strange example of the Egyptian Revival architecture trend now holds Mardi Gras floats.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Penis Fountain

Amsterdam's Red Light District leaves little to the imagination.
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The restored giant bureau in High Point.
High Point, North Carolina

High Point Chest of Drawers

A six-foot pair of socks hangs from a drawer of the world's largest bureau.
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Zebulon, North Carolina

Mercury Cougar

A giant cat slowly prowls the parking lot of Zebulon's car dealerships.
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The urinal.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

City Hall Urinal

A public urinal so pretty, it was given the status of National Monument.
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The Battle of NOLA
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Conti Wax Museum

An old-timey wax exhibition campily depicting New Orleans legends and scandals.
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Education and Youth
Plymouth, Massachusetts

National Monument to the Forefathers

Plymouth's huge yet little-known memorial to the Pilgrims.
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The original Woolworth lunch counter is largely intact at the museum.
Greensboro, North Carolina

Site of the Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-in

This North Carolina store preserves a historic moment in America's movement for racial equality.
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New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Train Garden

Tiny historical streetcars wind through a small scale version of Crescent City in this whimsical train garden.
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Homemade gravesites
New Orleans, Louisiana

Holt Cemetery

A haunting, yet lovingly hand-hewn potters' field full of graves that flood with each heavy rain.
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Sitting beneath the Singing Oak.
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Singing Oak

This New Orleans tree is filled with hidden chimes that produce a carefully tuned melody.
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Symbols of New Orleans carved into the trunk of the tree
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Music Tree

A hurricane-stricken oak tree has been reborn as beautiful a chainsaw artwork.
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The Luling Mansion.
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Luling Mansion

Despite the ever pressing encroachment of urban sprawl this grand New Orleans manse still stands.
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The oldest fire hydrant in New Orleans.
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Oldest Fire Hydrant in New Orleans

This Birdsill Holly fire hydrant is the remnant of a very different type of hydration innovation.
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View from the Exhibit Hall looking into the waiting area.
Arlington, Virginia

Ronald Reagan National Airport's Historic Terminal A

The romance of early commercial flight still fills this Art Deco destination.
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Close up of the FDR memorial near the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Washington, D.C.

First FDR Memorial

One of the most influential presidents in U.S. history wanted only this plain, elegant monument as his lasting memorial.
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Grove Park Inn
Asheville, North Carolina

The Grove Park Inn

The U.S. Supreme Court's secret Cold War relocation facility in the mountains of North Carolina.
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The carousel in summer months
Washington, D.C.

Carousel on the National Mall

Washington's iconic carousel has a nice piece of Civil Rights history.
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Saints Justus and Pastor... or Castor and Pollux?
Barcelona, Spain

Basilica of Saints Justus and Pastor

Possibly the oldest church in Barcelona, this basilica has its pagan and Christian mythologies all mixed up.
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Main entrance
Washington, D.C.

Carnegie Library of Washington, D.C.

D.C.'s first central library was born out of a chance encounter with the philanthropist whose name it bears.
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Plaque of Saint Joseph Oriol.
Barcelona, Spain

Saint Joseph Oriol Plaque

Saint Joseph was said to heal the deaf and blind, but it was a much smaller miracle that got him canonized.
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The World's Largest Frying Pan is found inside this gazebo in Rose Hill, N.C.
Rose Hill, North Carolina

The World's Largest Operational Frying Pan

The 15-foot-wide, 2-ton pan fries hundreds of chickens once a year.
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