7 Weirdest Monuments Around The World

Boll weevils, the Fonz and even filing cabinets: If it exists there's probably a monument to it somewhere in the world.

Boll weevils, the Fonz and even filing cabinets: If it exists there's probably a monument to it somewhere in the world.

Our friends at the website-of-weird, Atlas Obscura, took a look at some of the strangest public monuments, to some of the weirdest, and most ordinary objects out there.

Check out their picks below. Your favorite not included? Submit your picks in comments!

Text and photos courtesy of Atlas Obscura.

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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.

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.

As if traditional two-drawer filing cabinets weren't abomination enough in the office , Vermont artist Bren Alvarez created one 38 drawers high.

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? $85,000. They paid it.

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 stuffed with steel and fiberglass. A fork was added to the sculpture after confused visitors thought it was a cow pie.

A monument to honor the center of a city is a noble thing; only slightly less so if it gets put in the wrong place. And a little less still if the statue itself gets stolen. Alas, all that's left of Adolph Sutro's 1887 "Goddess of Liberty" monument is the pediment, firmly rooted not quite in the middle of an ever-changing city.

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 moai 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.


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