• From a museum chronicling the history
of ramen noodles to ¬¬¬¬¬¬a wall of used chewing gum, we count twelve of the most
bizarre tourist attractions in the world! 12 – World’s Largest Chest of Drawers,
• If being super organised does it for you, you’ll definitely want to make a stop at
High Point North Carolina to see the world’s largest chest of drawers. I know, right? It’s
like all our Christmases have come at once. • The chest stands at a whopping thirty-two
feet high and there are socks hanging out of one of the drawers – just to annoy anyone
who suffers from OCD. • It was built way back in 1926 to prove
that High Point was the Furniture Capital of the World. But nowadays it’s just a cool
spot to get a photo. 11 – Temple of Rats,
• Deathly afraid of rats? There’s no better place for you to stop by and conquer your
fear than India’s Karni Mata Temple – AKA the Temple of Rats.
• It was built back in the 1400s for the Goddess Karni, who believed members of her
family would never die, but would instead come back as rats. It turns out everyone else
in town also believe this legend, so the 20,000 rats living there are considered sacred members
of the Karni family. • The rats are known as ‘kabbas’, or
‘little children’, and fed grains, milk, and coconuts every day. The water they drink
is considered holy and, according to local beliefs, eating the rats’ leftover food
won’t bring you disease; it’ll bring good fortune. I almost believe it…
10 – Upside-Down House, • Ever wanted to see a house so drunk it
doesn’t know up from down? Check out one of Shanghai’s biggest attractions: the upside-down
house. • It turns out the builder meant to build
a normal house, but he accidentally read the plans upside down! No, I’m kidding: it was
an intentional art project. • Step inside this two-storey house and
you’ll discover that everything that belongs on the ground has instead decided to live
on the ceiling. In every room, chairs, desks, sinks and tables hang suspended from the ceiling
as if defying gravity. 9 – Valle de la Prehistoria,
• If you’ve ever wanted to go to Jurassic Park but were put off because of the whole
it’s fictional thing, Cuba’s Valle de la Prehistoria might be the next best thing.
• This prehistoric-themed tourist attraction officially opened in 1980. It has an impressive
eleven hectares of land and over two hundred life-size dinosaur models to take cheesy selfies
with. • Many of the statues littered around the
park were constructed by inmates from a nearby prison. Now that’s how you spend taxpayer
dollars! 8 – Toilet Seat Art Museum,
• If you’re someone who sees beauty in the mundane, you’ll definitely enjoy the
Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Rumour has it retired plumber Barney Smith
had this brilliant idea while on the can. • It began as a small garage project but
quickly took off, becoming a popular tourist attraction for road-weary travellers hoping
to flush away their troubles. • The seats come in every theme imaginable.
There are even PEZ dispenser seats, a troll doll seat and seats featuring various American
states. AND, if you’re looking for a unique decoration for home, visitors can get their
own toilet seats personally engraved. 7 – The Gnome Reserve,
• Forget wildlife and nature reserves! For an impishly good time visit the gnome reserve
in Devon, England. • This one-of-a-kind place has over a thousand
gnomes and pixies scattered over four acres of land. There’s also an impressive 250
species of wildflower – but let’s be honest: you didn’t come to the gnome reserve to
see flowers. • If you feel like brushing up on your gnome
history, try paying a visit to the onsite museum, which is bursting at the seams with
antique gnomes. Or you could pose for a photo with the person-sized lawn ornaments. But
make sure you wear the provided gnome hats or else you might ‘embarrass the gnomes’!
6 – Cockroach Hall of Fame, • In case you’d almost recovered from
the Temple of the Rats, I now present to you Texas’s Cockroach Hall of Fame!
• This super creepy museum is overflowing with dead roaches that have been posed and
dressed in costumes. It’s the brainchild of madman/pest control specialist Michael
Bodhan, who wants people to smile and laugh when they see a cockroach, not run and scream.
• Some of the dead roach characters include ‘David Letteroach’, ‘Marilyn Monroach’
and the piano-playing ‘Liberoachi’. And if dead ones aren’t your thing, the museum
also has Madagascar hissing roaches – and their favourite pastime is crawling all over
faces. 5 – The Instant Ramen Museum,
• Finally ramen noodles are getting the recognition they deserve! For years this tasty,
inexpensive staple of college life has given poor students the sustenance they need to
stay alive without cutting into their important beer fund.
• The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum pays tribute to all things noodles, including
the creator of Cup Noodles, Momofuku Ando. Its main feature is a replica of the shack
where Momofuku first invented chicken ramen… And what a historic moment that was.
• You can also check out an exhibition of instant noodles from around the world or visit
a tasting room to try a range of delicious noodle flavours. Who knew learning could be
so tasty? 4 – Carhenge,
• Have you ever thought Stonehenge was just a little bit dull? I mean, woo… a pile of
rocks… If only someone would do something cool, like replicate it using reconstructed
old American cars… • Well, it looks like your prayers have
been answered, car art fans! Nebraskan artist Jim Rainders has created Carhenge, a recreation
of Stonehenge built from thirty-eight spray painted classic cars. Just check out those
seriously sexy arches and the impressive twenty-nine metre diameter.
• Built in 1987, Carhenge has seen a few recent additions, including a visitor centre
and the Car Art Reserve’s ‘Fourd Seasons’. That is not my pun. I repeat, comment section,
not my pun. 3 – Market Theatre Gum Wall,
• Want to visit the world’s ‘second germiest attraction’ as voted by TripAdvisor
users? Nope, it’s not a medieval sewer or a public bathroom in any major city; it’s
a wall plastered with more than two decades worth of used chewing gum.
• Seattle’s Market Theatre Gum Wall has a simple but rather disgusting origin story.
As theatregoers waited impatiently in line at the box office, they started sticking their
gum on the wall. Some even moulded theirs into tiny sculptures. And I thought theatre
fans were supposed to be dignified! • The wall was constantly cleaned, but people
kept at it, discarding their gum in huge numbers like it was new trend sweeping the nation.
Eventually officials just threw their hands up and said fine, we’ll turn it into an
official attraction, maybe one-day start charging people to see it.
2 – Battle of the Orange, • If pelting an orange at someone with all
your might is on your bucket list but you don’t feel like getting arrested, check
out Italy’s Battle of the Orange! • At this three-day carnival, locals and
tourists alike try to find out who can force more vitamin c upon one other, the most violently.
• Legend has it the carnival dates back to the Middle Ages, when the frustrated citizens
of Ivrea rose up and overthrew a tyrant. So if the idea of honouring a small town’s
history while simultaneously participating in a city-wide food fight appeals to you,
then grab a mouthguard and get on it! 1 – Phallus Museum,
• Guess the most bizarre tourist attraction in the world. If you answered ‘a museum
full of dicks’, you are correct! • This Icelandic museum contains specimens
of almost every mammal’s phallus. It has every colour in the rainbow, from whale to
hamster, and is the place to go for animal enthusiasts, budding scientists, or bachelorette
parties. • The penises are jarred and preserved in
formaldehyde, and the museum is even said to have the genitals of mythical creatures,
such as trolls and Icelandic elves. Oh, and they have the finest bull scrotum lampshades
in the northern hemisphere.