Odd Monuments

“Hell yeah, let’s build a statue here” –No one in particular.

For thousands of years people have been building and erecting statues and monuments.  Here is our list of monuments that can be  described as at least … odd.

Many folks have tried and succeeded in reaching the South Pole.  Many encampments have been manned and then abandoned.  But when the Soviets reached the Point of Inaccessibilty (The point on the Antarctic continent that is the most distant from any coast.) in 1957, they decided to plunk down a statue of Lenin to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The weather and isolation insure that the statue should remain as untouched as the trinkets left on the Moon.

Here's Joe's mug literally in the middle of nowhere.
Here’s Vlad’s mug literally in the middle of nowhere.

Speaking of the Moon, the Apollo Astronauts left experiments, equipment and garbage on the Moon.  And if that’s not a fitting monument to mankind, how about this.

The official reason for leaving the artifact was for intelligent life forms that would potentially come across it.

‘This is the family of Astronaut Charlie Duke from Planet Earth. Landed on the Moon, April 1972,’  the spaceman wrote on the back of the picture.  Duke has mentioned that he was making good a bet with his young son Charles Jr. Proof.

France gave us the Statue of Liberty and that was pretty cool.  But then in 2006, Russian President Putin commissioned and erected a memorial to the victims of September 11th.  In Bayonne, New Jersey.  Yes, our New Jersey.  Many have described as a gigantic vagina complete with stainless steel “Joy Button”.

Are you feeling it?

In the days before GPS and TACAN, the Air Mail had to go through.  It was the 1920’s and the pilots of the fledgling  U.S. Air Mail Service followed railroads to get where they were going.  Many got lost, crashed and some died.  To help them, Congress created a system of arrows the pilot could spot from the air.  Pointing out which way to go. They were improved by mounting a lighted tower on the square in the middle.  The system was used for a few years and abandoned in the 1930’s when better navigation instruments were invented.

The National Cathedral in Washington D.C. sports a gargoyle of Darth Vader. Sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter and carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, it’s the design of Christopher Rader of Kearney, Nebraska. Rader’s rendition of Vader was the third place winner of a children’s competition sponsored by the National Geographic World Magazine.

Darth Vadar Gargoyle
Replica of a Constitution-class starship in Vulcan, Alberta.

Capitalizing on this coincidence, the town has built a Star Trek–themed tourist station (the Tourism and Trek Station), which provides tourist information, displays Star Trek memorabilia, provides unique photo opportunities, and allows visitors to participate in The Vulcan Space Adventure virtual reality game. Nearby, a replica of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek V has been mounted on a pedestal which includes writing from Trek alien languages like Klingon. The town has also created space-themed murals and signs, and hosts an annual community-wide Star Trek convention known as “Spock Days”. This convention attracts hundreds of Star Trek fans from around the world.

Secret Vietnam Memorial

In a secret location, far from the beaten path stands a solemn memorial to soldiers of the Vietnam War.  Coins and cartridges have been left in homage and the park rangers keep the location from being on any map.  So we will NOT entertain any guesses here.

When it was erected is a mystery.  How it got there is secret, although there are rumors that one person helicoptered into position in the dead of night.  How appropriate.

Vietnam Vet Memorial
The translation is there on the American/English side of the memorial, “Neu khoc than …. den NGAN THU” : “If by weeping I can…. a THOUSAND AUTUMNS”; it is in the form of a poem in Vietnamese.  FYI, in Viet literature, NGAN THU means afterlife, eternity”.

In 1966, a 12 foot winged monster was seen in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  Newspapers of the time dubbed the creature “Mothman”.  In 2003, Gunn Park was renamed Mothman Park, and a “life size” 12-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture of Mothman was unveiled.

Yamato Armor
26-inch thick armor from Japanese Yamato class battleship, pierced by a US Navy 16-inch gun. The armor is on display at the US Navy Museum.
Statue honoring Elizabeth Montgomery and the TV show “Bewitched” in Salem Massachusetts.


One of the artistic highlights of Norway is the Sculpture Park in Oslo. The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures, all modeled in full size by Gustav Vigeland without the assistance of pupils or other artists.  Including this one, “Man Attacked by Babies”
Known to some as the “Disco Dong” or “Sea Side Shaft” for its glimmering, phallic majesty, taxpayer-funded $55,000 statement has whipped some residents of Byron, Austrailia— who have dubbed it an obscene waste of public money — into a fury.
The graves of Richard and Catherine Dotson.

Richard Dotson, along with his wife Catherine, gravesite markers are located at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport near the shoulder of a runway. Read why they rest here.

On April 26th, 1986 , Reactor 4 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. Shortly after the accident, firefighters arrived to try to extinguish the fires. First on the scene was a Chernobyl Power Station firefighter brigade under the command of Lieutenant Volodymyr Pravik, who died on 9th May 1986 of acute radiation sickness. They were not told how dangerously radioactive the smoke and the debris were, and may not even have known that the accident was anything more than a regular electrical fire: “We didn’t know it was the reactor. No one had told us.”

Brave 28
The Brave 28
This fountain has been described as both “a woman pissing” and “a woman have an orgasm”.

We’re asking Loyal Readers to come to the Fore and find the location of this odd monument.

“Final Approach”- Danville Airport
During WWII, Jews in Budapest were brought to the edge of the Danube, ordered to remove their shoes, and shot, falling into the water below.

60 pairs of iron shoes now line the river’s bank, a ghostly memorial to the victims. ‘Shoes on the Danube Promenade’ by Can Togay and Gyula Pauer.
On April 13, 1985, while the Swedish Neo-Nazi The Nordic Realm Party was having a demonstration in Växjö, Sweden.

The woman who hit skinhead was Danuta Danielsson, a Polish immigrant whose mother had survived Majdanek concentration camp.
Matthew Robinson
alien gargoyle

May The Fourth be with You

Happy Star Wars Day. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to get your Geek on.

In 1977 I was in Air Force Basic Training at Lackland AFB, Texas.  When we got a town pass, most of us were to going to San Antonio to get laid. I had my date and I took her lunch and a movie.  This new movie was debuting. Star Wars. In the next year, I wound up watching Star Wars 13 times.

But let me back this story up about a few months. Yeah I was 19 but I still collected comic books. But I was 19, not a kid. I had a system. Like I had for years, I would go to the Food Corral and buy two of any comic that had a #1 on it. So I bought two comics of this things called Stars Wars. One to read and one to bag in plastic. I wasn’t impressed with the story line. It was a “space opera” but they had laser swords instead of pistols. WTF? On top of that, the story line centered on two robots. One who was obviously GAY and the other was a mobile trash can and you couldn’t understand what the hell it was saying.

Stupid story.

Needles to say I fell in Love with the story like just about everyone else on the planet.

When “The Empire Strikes Back” came out, I was stationed at Kunsan AB, South Korea.  It started playing in the base theater at midnight and kept playing as fast as they could rewind the film. All weekend long, 24 hours a day. Yes, I was there at midnight. Because it was a military theater the National Anthem was played before the movie. this showing we were so pumped up that we SANG (yes the entire audience) the Star Spangled Banner.

Two years later we took our two year old son, Brian to see Strikes Back so that he would know what Dad he was getting for his birthday.

In 1985 Brian’s baby brother got Jedi stuff for his birthday. He found the treasure trove in (where else) Dad’s closet and had everything ripped open and was playing with it on Mom and Dad’s bed. Needless to say we had to go back to Wal Mart and get more.  By this time his older brother was handing out action figures. “Please don’t beat me up, here’s Luke Skywalker”. That made Dad start his own collection. We had them all. During the divorce we didn’t argue about who would get the kids or the car or anything else. Well, except for the dolls and the action figures. Specifically one action figure.

We fought over this droid.

So Happy Stars Wars Day. Throw it in the DVD player and feel free to watch it over and over.

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